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Evidence against 9/11 plotters revealed

2011-04-10 22:21

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 Defence 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 Centre 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.

First-class

"From in or about December 1999, through in or about June 2000, al-Qaeda selected operatives to pilot the aircraft 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, travelled 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.

Tora Bora

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.

Blessed right hand

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 Centre bombing that killed six people.

Comments
  • lakhan7 - 2011-04-10 22:55

    Was it really worth it? These men got used nicely by Laden ( like a moth to the fire ) . What a waste of their life - while Laden sits in comfort, somewhere in Iran - enjoying the riches of life, and poor others hard work.

      charles - 2011-04-11 06:12

      Ha Ha,"Got used !!!" There are words with the meaning of "Yes" an "No" in everybody's language. They are adults, therefore they have to pay for their crimes. They are monsters without souls and they are poisoning our air with every breath they takes.

      Thangy - 2011-04-11 12:16

      Please, these are the fall guys, The US government staged the whole attack

      Thangy - 2011-04-11 12:16

      Please, these are the fall guys, The US government staged the whole attack

  • meelo - 2011-04-11 06:27

    Fly a plane into building, but falls straight down lol It looked like control demolition to me. On that basis was some country's invaded and said they have Nuclear war heads, i guess they still looking hey

  • koolaid - 2011-04-11 07:11

    9/11 was an inside job people.

      Jaimo - 2011-04-11 08:06

      No evidence was found of a plane crashing the Pentagon! The 2 Towers went down exactly like implode demolition. The 3rd small Tower imploded 15-20mins later!! The World Shadow Govt. at its agenda!! -for World Control! Oh yes, Bush,Sakozi,Merkel etc know all about it.

      V. Zela - 2011-04-11 08:41

      @Jaimo go to 911myths.com and then comment

      koolaid - 2011-04-11 09:36

      Try infowars.com - another side of the story

      V. Zela - 2011-04-11 11:13

      I have read both at least 911myths.com asks you to make up your own mind

      buka001 - 2011-04-11 11:26

      Oh whaat an idiot. There is evidence of the plane at the Pentagon. There are photo's of hundreds of pieces of the plane sitting all over the place. They found bodies, where the DNA was linked to people registered as passangers on the plane. The flight data recorders confirm the crash. Radar data confirms the crash. Eyewitness testimony confirms the crash. Your comments confirms your idiocy. If you can explain how 3 buildings (2 of which were one of the tallest in the world) were rigged for demolition as you so belive, then you can go to the USA and claim insurace fraud by the owners and you will pocket a percentage of the payout which would entitle you to a minimum of 3-5%. That millions of US dollars. How were the charges placed on the columns and beams as would be required for demolition? How was this carried out in a building occupied 24 hours a day? How were thousands of people kept quite? Not everyone who works there died. How was the detonation cord fixed and run in place as would be required, without someone noticing the thousands of kilometers of cord running between levels and over floors to and from columsn and beams? How were the blaster caps placed in position without anyone noticing? Where was the detonation station? How did the cables run to this point without anyone seeing it? How long would it have taken? Why did no one see it? Why was no evidence of explosives found after the collapse?

      buka001 - 2011-04-11 11:31

      Why do registered independant structual engineers confirm using calculations and structural engineering principles that the building collapsed due to fire? Why do these studies get published in independant journals, peer reviewed by engineers all over the world? Why has no study on demolition ever been posted? Why has no evidence to the demolition theory ever surfaced? Why have no witnesses to the demolition ever surfaced? Your comments show you have not researched this topic enough. You fail. When you have researched properly and provide evidence to your claims, please do so. You will be the first person in the world to have done so. If you have a theory, have you informed the lawyers for KSM on evidence they could use? Is there evidence they could use? Is there anything anyone could use ass evidence for the conspiracy theories? After 10 years is ther anything? mmm nothing ok I see.

      Thangy - 2011-04-11 13:06

      @buka001 "Why do registered independant structual engineers confirm using calculations and structural engineering principles that the building collapsed due to fire? Why do these studies get published in independant journals, peer reviewed by engineers all over the world?" Please provide us with evidence of the above.

      Thangy - 2011-04-11 13:06

      @buka001 "Why do registered independant structual engineers confirm using calculations and structural engineering principles that the building collapsed due to fire? Why do these studies get published in independant journals, peer reviewed by engineers all over the world?" Please provide us with evidence of the above.

  • Jakob - 2011-04-11 07:18

    was bush's signature on it?

  • Grant Hide - 2011-04-11 09:19

    Coverup.

  • Badballie - 2011-04-11 09:39

    Good article, however lets get a few facts straight, the US flag flown in all US courts has a gold fringe, anyone with even a small knowledge of the US systems will know that any flag with a gold fringe is the flag of the Commander in chief of the Armed forces, America the great does not have and never has had a civil court, All US courts and Legal departments are military institutions. The towers themselves were demolished and did not "collapse" anyone who say the footage can verify this themselves i.e. the buildings fell at the same speed as debris free falling next to them, the only way to achieve this is to use explosives to destroy the floors inside the building.

  • Rene Scrooby - 2011-04-11 11:23

    What BS some ppl will believe. Bury ur heads in the sand and dream on.

  • Bsquabs - 2011-04-11 11:28

    What BS ppl will believe. Just carry on dreaming with ur heads buried in the sand.

  • Bsquabs - 2011-04-11 11:30

    What BS ppl will believe. Dream on with ur heads buried in the sand.

  • Bsquabs - 2011-04-11 11:30

    What BS ppl will believe. Dream on with ur heads buried in the sand.

  • meelo - 2011-04-11 12:10

    @buka001 keep it short we dont have all day to read your crap

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