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Some Hijackers' Identities Uncertain
By Dan Eggen, George Lardner Jr. and Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 20, 2001; Page A01
FBI officials said yesterday that some of the 19 terrorists who carried out last week's assault on New
York and Washington may have stolen the identities of other people, and their real names may remain
MANY 9-11 "HIJACKERS" ARE STILL ALIVE.
The New York Times
By SEAN D. HAMILL
Published: September 20, 2008
7 Years Later, 9/11 Hijackers’ Remains Are in Limbo
Seven years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the remains of 13 of the 19 men responsible have been identified and are in the custody of the F.B.I. and the New York City medical examiner’s office.
At Least 7 of the 9/11
Hijackers are Still Alive
Hijack 'suspects' alive and well
Tracking the 19 Hijackers
What are they up to now?
At least 9 of them survived 9/11
A former high-level intelligence official told me, "Whatever trail was left
was left deliberately--for the F.B.I. to chase." New Yorker 10/1/01 by Seymour Hersh
FBI clear on hijackers' identities
By KAREN GULLO
Associated Press Writer
The FBI has confirmed that the hijackers' names released in late September are the true identities of all 19 men, said a law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Remains of the Day
Nineteen hijackers died on 9/11. What should be done with what's left of them?
From the magazine issue dated Jan 12, 2009
Many of the bodies of the passengers aboard the two airplanes that struck the buildings were consumed by burning jet fuel, (leaving only traces of DNA,) much of it so damaged that it was impossible to read. Few bodies were found intact. Most of the human remains culled from the vast wreckage at Ground Zero were little more than tiny fragments of charred tissue and bone. The volume was overwhelming. Robert Shaler, who headed the city's Department of Forensic Biology and was a leader of the identification effort, worried his lab would be paralyzed if it tried to identify every piece. At first, they decided they would only attempt to test samples that were "the size of a thumb or larger," he says. But when they saw how small many of the fragments were, they changed their minds. "If we were really going to make an honest effort," Shaler says, "we had to do everything that came along."
leaving only traces of DNA,
Through a combination of innovative DNA-mapping techniques, help from the FBI's crime lab and dumb luck, the scientists have now ID'd four of the 10 New York hijackers. The remains of the nine hijackers from the Pentagon and Pennsylvania crash sites have also been confirmed; six other hijackers have yet to be identified.
Scientists are still trying. More than seven years later, the effort continues to identify the missing victims—and hijackers.
None of the families of the hijackers, and no foreign governments, have come forward to request that the remains be handed over, and it is not clear what the official response would be if they did. The U.S. government has not said what, if anything, it plans to do with them. "No determination has yet been made," says FBI spokesman Kolko. For now, they are being held as evidence in the still-open 9/11 investigation. Yet at some point, the investigation will be closed. The remains of the identified victims have been returned to their families; but what is to be done with the remnants of their killers?
In the first two weeks after 9/11, Miller and his team identified 16 of the 44 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 through fingerprint and dental records. For others, he turned to DNA testing. Hairbrushes and razors collected from the families of the victims provided DNA to match up with human fragments pulled from the wrecked plane.
Somerset county coroner Wallace Miller, who was working at the crash site of allegedly Flight 93, said it looked as if someone took a scrap truck, dug a 10-foot ditch and dumped trash into it, said there was nothing visible of human remains and that it was as if the plane had "stopped and let the passengers off before it crashed," and also said that the most eerie thing about the site was that he hadn't seen a "single drop of blood" there.