Meh, I think the debate is just depressing now. There is SO MUCH information out there - some of it legitimate, some of it bunk, some of it
unsubstantiated, some of it somewhere in between...
I don't care where you stand in the spectrum of 9/11 theories - from "the government is basically truthful" to "government is completely
complicit" - if you are arguing about 9/11, you're most likely cherrypicking the data that supports your view and either ignoring or forgetting the
data that conflicts with it.
Disinformation is the most powerful and most common tool, and 9/11 is full of it from every angle. I don't care what the motive is - selfish money
schemes, or controlled misinformation - it exists and it's everywhere.
But I thought I'd post this little tidbit about Mohammed Atta that I bet at least some of you didn't know.
"Top Ten Things You Never Knew About Mohamed Atta."
NUMBER 10: Intimidated Witness: Atta's American girlfriend.
Mohamed Atta had an American girlfriend with whom he lived for two months in Venice, FL., a lingerie model named Amanda Keller. You haven't heard her
story because she was intimidated into silence by the FBI.
In the aftermath of the attack she spoke only a dozen words to the press: "I can't really discuss anything. I'm afraid I'll get in trouble."
NUMBER 9: Mohamed Atta, Beastie Boys fan.
Atta often listened to them non-stop.
"One time I got mad cause he broke one of my knick-knacks, so I snapped his CD's in half," said Amanda Keller, his erstwhile American girlfriend.
"I broke all of his CD's, cause they drove me crazy, he played the 'Beastie Boys' nonstop."
In the aftermath of the argument, Atta told her why he was such a big fan. "He told me about this girl he'd dated in France, that had his son,"
said Keller. "He didn't tell anyone else about that, for some reason he felt he could spill his guts to me. His son was like nine, he said. He said
his son was the reason he liked the Beastie Boys so much, cause they were his son's favorite band."
NUMBER 8. Mohamed Atta, Islamic Party Animal
"Atta and his crew were always flush with lots and lots of money," said Stephanie Frederickson, a 50-year old housewife and foster mother who with
her husband lived right next door to Atta's apartment. "Those guys were all really party animals."
During their brief time together, Amanda and Atta went out almost every night, she said, and were part of a social scene at clubs like Margarita
Maggie's in Sarasota. "When we went out we would meet pilots from Africa, Germany, and there were always lots of Arabs."
In fact, Atta was a heavy drinker, snorted coke, was a stylish dresser and wore enough expensive gold jewelry that a waitress in Venice thought he
might be in the Mob.
NUMBER 7. Mohamed Atta liked pork chops.
"Islamic fundamentalist" Mohamed Atta loved pork chops, according to former girlfriend Amanda Keller. In fact, she said this was 'fanatical
Islamo-fascist' Atta's one endearing trait.
Devout Muslims don't eat pork, do they?
NUMBER 6. Mohamed Atta didn't come to the U.S. to learn to fly.
Atta was already a licensed pilot when he arrived in the US., with pilot's licenses from half a dozen countries, and while at Huffman Aviation was
not treated like a 'newbie' pilot, but accorded the privileges of a flight instructor.
And instead of attending just one flight school, Huffman Aviation, as the FBI states, his path took him through at least three Florida flight
programs, not including his visit to a flight school in Oklahoma and a stint at the first flight school he attended in the U.S., whose name, oddly
enough, remains unknown.
If Atta's real reason for being in Florida wasn't to go to flight school... "why then was he here?"
That facts this basic remain unknown illustrates the extent of the official blackout on information about 9/11.
There's more of course, I didn't want to quote too much - it's not mind-blowing stuff, but tidbits that are probably true which add color to an
otherwise black-and-white portrayal of the man.
I personally think he was an asset of our Intelligence community, many signs seem to point to that.