Evidence against 9/11 plotters revealed


By Agence France-Presse
Sunday, April 10th, 2011

WASHINGTON – US prosecutors compiled lots of evidence against the five men accused of having organized the September 11 attacks on the United States, but not until this week have details been fully revealed.

The indictment charging self-professed mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others was unsealed when US Attorney General Eric Holder referred the case to the Defense Department for military trials instead of trials at a US federal court in New York.

Holder said Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali and Mustapha Ahmed al-Hawsawi could have been prosecuted in federal court and blamed Congress for imposing measures blocking civilian trials of Guantanamo Bay inmates.

They will be tried in military courts in the US naval base in southeastern Cuba.

The now-public details show that the United States, nearly 10 years after hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, reconstructed step by step the logistics of the five accused men.

They compiled bank transactions, flight records, visa applications, and dozens of telephone conversations to create the most comprehensive account of the chain of events before the attacks.

Implementation of the plan began in 1999, when Sheikh Mohammed (referred to as “KSM” by US officials) proposed to Osama bin Laden to use commercial airliners as missiles against US targets.

Until the last minute, according to the indictment, Sheikh Mohammed controlled the entire operation.

“From in or about December 1999, through in or about June 2000, Al-Qaeda selected operatives to pilot the airplanes to be hijacked and dispatched the operatives to the United States to obtain flight training and otherwise carry out the plot,” the indictment said.

Walid bin Attash, born in Saudi Arabia in 1979, traveled in first-class between Bangkok and Hong Kong, with a knife in his pocket “and approached the cockpit to test security measures.” He then took several other international flights, each time with his penknife undetected.

Meanwhile, Ramzi Binalshibh in Hamburg became friends with future hijacker Mohamed Atta. Binalshibh, a 38-year-old Yemeni, applied four times for a visa to the United States in 2000 but was denied each time.

So, at the request of KSM, Binalshibh became and intermediary between KSM and the future hijackers.

At the same time, from Dubai, KSM nephew Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, of Pakistan, provided flight simulation software to the hijackers and began transferring money to US accounts. Between January and June 2000, US investigators pinpointed 35 telephone calls between him and the hijackers.

Mustapha Ahmed al-Hawsawi, a 42-year-old from Saudi Arabia, was accused of being the principal financier of the attacks.

Bank transfers were made in small amounts so as not to arouse suspicion and different names were used each time. Tens of thousands of dollars arrived in US accounts, including for Zacarias Moussaoui, who was involved in the plot but was arrested a month before the attacks.

In the United Arab Emirates, al-Hawsawi monitored the operations and discusses them with KSM.

Between July 9-16, 2001, Ramzi Binalshibh met with Mohamed Atta in Spain. The two men “discussed, among other aspects of the plot, potential targets for the hijacking attacks.”

On July 23, KSM filed a visa application for the United States which was refused. At the end of August, he told bin Laden of the date for the attacks.

Between September 4-10, the men made their way from the UAE to Pakistan.

Walid bin Attash was with bin Laden on September 11, after which the Al-Qaeda leader ordered him to Tora Bora in Afghanistan to prepare for an offensive.

The five men, all of whom were arrested in Pakistan, could face the death penalty if convicted.

One year after the attacks, Pakistani police arrested Binalshibh at a home in a chic Karachi suburb. He was alone and didn’t put up a fight.

In March 2003, al-Hawsawi and Sheikh Mohammed were picked up by Pakistani special forces in a raid in Rawalpindi.

The indictment said the two men were “at a safe house where they possessed false identification and materials related to Al-Qaeda and the planning and execution of the September 11, 2001, attacks.”

Bin Attash and al-Aziz Ali were arrested by Pakistani police in April 2003.

All five men disappeared into secret prisons until September 2006, when they reappeared at Guantanamo.

Sheikh Mohammed is known to have been “waterboarded” or subjected to simulated drowning 183 times during his years in US custody, a method widely recognized as torture.

After his arrest in 2003 he was handed over to American agents who held him in secret prisons before sending him to Guantanamo.

Sheikh Mohammed also claims to have personally beheaded US journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002 with his “blessed right hand” and to have helped in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people.



2 thoughts on “Evidence against 9/11 plotters revealed

  1. ‘m not sure that the
    I’m not sure that the statement of FBI Director Robert Mueller that: « The hijackers had no computers, no laptops, no storage media of any kind. » was a lie because even if all the hijackers, who are supposed to have participated at the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, had personal computers, those who killed them (I do not know how) could have recovered their computers and it could be the reason for which the FBI did not find them. But it could be also a lie of the FBI, I do not exclude this possibility.

    Zacarias Moussaoui was arrested before the attacks and his arrest was certainly not foreseen by the mass murderers of September 11, 2001. It would explain why, unlike other hijackers, its personal computer was found. But it is interesting to note that the FBI agent Harry Samit who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui was not allowed to investigate the computer of this one:


    “Harry Samit, the Minnesota FBI agent who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui three and a half weeks before the September 11,2001 terror attacks, provided explosive testimony against his superiors during cross-examination by Moussaoui’s defense attorneys. Samit, who arrested Moussaoui and his Oklahoma University roommate Hussein Al-Attas on August 16, confirmed on the witness stand that he and other agents in the Minnesota office had argued repeatedly with their Washington, D.C., superiors, urgently requesting permission for a warrant to search Moussaoui’s laptop computer, as well as Moussaoui and Al-Attas’ apartment and possessions.

    Agent Samit said he had contacted his superiors 70 times, urgently requesting assistance with the Moussaoui/Al-Attas investigation, only to be repeatedly rebuffed without any rational explanation. He said the superiors who thwarted the Minnesota investigation were guilty of “criminal negligence and obstruction”:


    “I am so desperate to get into his computer, I’ll take anything,”Samit wrote in an e-mail on September 10, 2001.”


    “Besides, in the same speech by Muelller, he says: “We went to those who run a popular travel website that several of the hijackers used to make their flight reservations.” So how did they visit a website without using a computer?

    Perhaps FBI Director Robert Mueller thought that a personal computer was not necessary to visit a website and make flight reservations. Another question would be to know if they are the hijackers themselves who made these flight reservations. When I look at the activities of Mohamed Atta and of Marwan al-Shehhi in the hours precedent attacks, I am not sure that they knew that they are going to participate in a suicide mission on September 11, 2001.



  2. Please look closely: There is no, nothing, nada evidence for a 9/11 plot involvement. ATS bank receipts, car rental receipts, flight tickets are NO evidence whatsoever. They only show that a group of people was present in the US and booked on the planes.

    Crucial points: Why did some of the alleged hijackers booked connection flights? Why didn’t they make sure that a prompt confession was made to the public? How could they had done it, navigating and nose diving and reaching the targets?

    The oct only has circumstantial evidence: The planes diverted from their routes and crashed. So it has to be a hijack with mass suicide. But we have to assume the demolition. If the demoltion charges were set up, someone has to made shure the planes hit, on the right floor eventually.
    And “elephant trace” evidence: The “We have some planes” radio message. The bag packed with burdening stuff, that does not make sense to left in any way. The allegedly false UA93 voice recording. Never checked for authenticity.

    Evidence, once and for all could prood beyound doubt a hijacking: The original voice and flight data recording, with all the automatically messages, as it was recorded, not something someone made in a lab with false islamic statements in english wording.

    Mueller was most probably right: There was no sign of any 9/11 planning left on paper trail, because such planning did not exist, at least not by Atta and Co. All the chatter of a upcoming attack could mean a hijack, as acknowledged by Mossaoui, too.

    Submitted by Sitting-Bull on Tue, 04/12/2011 – 9:27am.
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    Connecting flights
    I’d be interested to know sources of information you might know about relating to suspects’ having booked connecting flights.

    Submitted by rm on Wed, 04/13/2011 – 11:40pm.
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    This info was revealed by FOIA requests in 2008
    from the first “hijacker timeline” release, and Rawstory did an entry on it:

    Post Sept. 11, 2001 flights
    The FBI timeline reveals that Al-Ghamdi, the alleged United hijacker, was booked onto several flights scheduled for after the 9/11 attacks, a piece of information not documented in the Commission�s final report. According to the FBI timeline, Al-Ghamdi was booked on another United Airlines flight on the very day of the attack.

    On page 288 under an entry pertaining to AlGhamdi, the FBI timeline reads: “Future flight. Scheduled to depart Los Angeles International Airport for San Francisco International Airport on UA 7950.”

    The sourcing reads simply: �UA passenger information.

    The timeline similarly documents Al-Ghamdi’s bookings for several other post 9/11 flights, including one on Sept. 20, 2001 from Casablanca, Morocco to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and another on Sept. 29, 2001 from Riyadh to Damman, Saudi Arabia. (FBI Timeline 2, p. 296 under Alghamdi)

    No additional information or explanation is offered in the FBI timeline itself


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