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Wolfgang Bohringer, the German pilot who was one of Mohamed Atta’s closest associates in Florida as well as the subject of an FBI terror alert in the South Pacific, was apprehended two weeks ago and taken into custody, but then was almost immediately released after he told authorities responsible for his capture that he works for the CIA.
...Bohringer fled tiny Fanning Island after a story in the MadCowMorningNews headlined "Close Associate of Mohamed Atta Surfaces in South Pacific" drew attention to his suspicious intention to open, on an island with no electricity and barely a hundred inhabitants, more than a thousand miles from a city of any size, a flight school to train pilots to fly only DC3's.
Kiribati President Anote Tong says there are serious communication problems on the island and Bohringer was going to help out.
"We have an old airfield that needs redoing and part of the proposal is he would do it, he would provide air services," Tong says.
But for local residents like Corbett, who spent months with Bohringer, things did not add up.
"One particular night he laid out seven passports on the table. I recall one being from Ireland, from the Bahamas, one from Grenada, India, the US, Germany and one other one," Corbett says.
Then there was the cash and lots of it.
"I would offer to go shopping for him," says Corbett. "He would always give me a $100 bill. Once it was seven $100 bills and they were always crisp and neat."
But the alarm bells really started ringing when Bohringer told islanders he was in contact with Mohammed Atta, the architect of September 11.
The pair mixed frequently as Bohringer had owned a flight school beside the airfield where the 9/11 hijackers trained.
According to Army reserve Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Shaffer, a top secret Pentagon project code-named Able Danger had identified Atta and three other 9/11 hijackers as members of an al-Qaida cell more than a year before the attacks.
Able Danger was an 18-month highly classified operation tasked, according to Shaffer, with “developing targeting information for al-Qaida on a global scale”, and used data-mining techniques to look for “patterns, associations, and linkages”. He said he himself had first encountered the names of the four hijackers in mid-2000.
When members of Able Danger made their presentation at command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Weldon said, the legal team "put stickies on the faces of Mohammed Atta on the chart," to reinforce that he was off-limits.
"They said, "You can't talk to Atta because he's here on a green card,"' Weldon said.
Had SOCom shared the information with the FBI, Weldon said, 9/11 might not have happened.
"The outcome would have been seriously affected."
Warnings from leaders of other nations and foreign intelligence apparatus' of terrorist threats
June 30, 2001 Senior Executive Intelligence Briefing (SEIB) entitled "bin Laden Threats Are Real"
The threat of President Bush's assassination at the G-8 Summit by al Qaeda in July of 2001 – using aircraft to dive bomb the summit building
July 2001 Phoenix memo, which told of potential terrorists taking flight lessons
52 FAA warnings – five of which mentioned al Qaeda's training for hijacking
August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief entitled "bin Laden Determined to Strike in US"
National Intelligence Estimate (NIE)entitled "Islamist Extremists Learn to Fly"
Intelligence agency heads describing themselves with their "hair on fire" to characterize the imminent nature of the threats they were intercepting from Al Qaeda and their sense of urgency in relating them to the Bush Administration
The arrest of Zacharias Moussaoui in August of 2001
FBI Agent Harry Samit's 70 unsuccessful attempts to get a FISA Warrant to examine Moussaoui's belongings
(CBS/AP) The FBI agent who arrested Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 accused headquarters of criminal negligence for its refusal to investigate Moussaoui aggressively after his arrest, according to court testimony Monday.
Originally posted by LoganCale
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Originally posted by LoganCale
Now, the CIA thing is a bit more tricky. The only source on that—or about him being captured and released—is from Hopsicker, so there's no way to confirm anything independently, which I always like to do before trusting anything.
Yet, in November, 2006, Hopsicker's career turned a corner. Sources connected to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) told the Megaphone that his work began to be used to track Atta's former associates. A researcher close to JTTF, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Megaphone that the "JTTF relied heavily on Daniel's research on Atta and Amanda [Keller]. I faxed them pages from [Hopsicker's book] Welcome to Terrorland."
It looks like Bohringer was right. The day after the arrest, The Megaphone's JTTF sources did an about-face. With a mix of threats and attempts at persuasion, they claimed that an error had been made: Bohringer had not been arrested. It was someone else. They couldn't say who. That identity was secret.