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  • Gee, do you think this is relevant? Germanwings co-pilot reported to be a 'recent convert to Islam'

    03/26/2015 4:56:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 94 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 3/26/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Many in the politically correct media are becoming annoyed with questions regarding the religious beliefs of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Gunter Lubitz. Lubitz locked the pilot out of the cabin of an Airbus A-320 jet over the French Alps on Tuesday and crashed the plane into a mountain at 434 miles per hour, killing himself and murdering an additional 140 people. Questions about the religious background of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who investigators said deliberately crashed a plane in the French Alps this week, killing all on board, have sparked outrage and debate about whether such information is relevant...
  • DHS Against White House Plan to Lift Ban on Libyans Attending U.S. Flight Schools

    09/17/2014 4:49:16 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 17, 2014 | Staff
    Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told lawmakers that he will not sign off on an Obama administration proposal to reverse a longstanding ban on Libyan nationals studying in U.S. flight schools and training here in nuclear science. Asked by lawmakers Wednesday if Johnson intended to go along with the plan, he responded that he would not sign off on it, the Washington Times reported.
  • FBI Report: Florida Family Had Ties to People Linked to 9/11 Attacks

    04/16/2013 8:14:49 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers,
    A Saudi family who “fled” their Sarasota area home weeks before 9/11 had “many connections” to “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” according to newly released FBI records. One partially declassified document, marked “secret,” lists three of those individuals and ties them to the Venice, Fla., flight school where suicide hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi trained. Accomplice Ziad Jarrah took flying lessons at another school a block away. Atta and al-Shehhi were at the controls of the jetliners that slammed into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jarrah was the...
  • TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien

    07/18/2012 4:59:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien By Edwin Mora July 18, 2012 ( -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved flight training for 25 illegal aliens at a Boston-area flight school that was owned by yet another illegal alien, according to the Government Accountability Office. The illegal-alien flight-school attendees included eight who had entered the country illegally and 17 who had overstayed their allowed period of admission into the United States, according to an audit by the GAO. Six of the illegal aliens were actually able to get pilot’s licenses. Discovery of the trouble...
  • Stow flight school students arrested

    11/05/2010 9:00:45 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 12 replies
    Boston Hearald ^ | Nov 5, 2010
    Stow flight school students arrested By Associated Press | Friday, November 5, 2010 | | Local Coverage STOW - The owner of a Massachusetts flight school as well as more than 30 of his students have been charged by federal authorities with being in the country illegally. The owner of the TJ Aviation Flight Academy at Minute Man Air Field in Stow and the students received federal clearance to train as pilots despite strict security controls put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Some of the 9-11 terrorists trained in the U.S. Those arrested at the...
  • TSA Dodges Congressional Investigation of Breach

    12/19/2009 8:47:07 AM PST · by AJKauf · 5 replies · 439+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec. 19 | Annie Jacobsen
    Osama bin Laden has approximately 53 half-siblings. Last week, ABC reported that 12 of them have FAA pilot’s licenses, making them “eligible to fly aircraft anywhere in the United States.” While this is indeed an eye-opener of a headline, Osama bin Laden’s high-profile siblings and the FAA are a small concern compared to the threat posed by thousands of would-be foreign pilots routinely granted pilot licenses by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA). Last year, in my Pajamas Media article “Flight School Fiasco: No Lessons Learned After 9/11,” I wrote that the TSA, not the FAA, has the final say on...
  • Pilot went from high school to flight school

    12/12/2009 6:12:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 752+ views
    Multinational Force Iraq ^ | Sgt. Travis Zielinski, USA
    Spc. Jonathan Moore, from Columbus, Ga., an AH-64D Apache attack helicopter crew chief with 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, stands by to launch Chief Warrant Officer 3 Aaron Fouquette (backseat), from Jacksonville, Fla., and Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Munson (front seat), from Lyons, N.Y., on Camp Taji, Dec. 10. Photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski, 1st Cavalry Division. CAMP TAJI — In the Army, a 20-year-old can fly the most advanced helicopters around. When signing up, that's what Chief Warrant Officer 3 Aaron Fouquette wanted to do. "I was always fascinated with flying...

    04/06/2009 7:43:14 PM PDT · by Cindy · 157 replies · 8,331+ views
    NORTHLAND NEWS ^ | Story Published: Apr 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM CDT;Story Updated: Apr 6, 2009 at 9:30 PM CDT | n/a SNIPPET: "A stolen airplane from Thunder Bay, Ontario that had U.S. defense Officials on high alert throughout Monday, landed on a Missouri highway." MULTIMEDIA WATCH THE VIDEO SNIPPET: "Spokespeople say a student at a flight school stole the aircraft and took off. The plane continued to fly towards Madison and that's when two F-16 fighter jets fighter intercepted the stolen Cessna"
  • 9/11 Redux: "Thousands of Aliens" in U.S. Flight Schools Illegally

    02/28/2008 2:36:05 AM PST · by T.L.Sink · 13 replies · 182+ views
    ABC News ^ | Feb. 27, '08
    Thousands of foreign student pilots have been able to enroll and obtain pilot licenses from U.S. flight schools, despite tough laws passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, according to internal government documents obtained by ABC news. "Some of the very same conditions that allowed the 9/11 tragedy to happen in the first place are still very much in existence today," wrote one regional security official to his boss at the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration. "Thousands of aliens, some of whom may very well pose a threat to the country, are taking flight lessons, being granted FAA certifications...
  • Flight instructor gets $5 million for catching '20th' hijacker

    01/24/2008 9:37:23 PM PST · by wideminded · 17 replies · 216+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/24/07
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Minnesota flight instructor who notified his bosses of student Zacarias Moussaoui's suspicious behavior received a $5 million reward Thursday from the State Department, two government officials told CNN. Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted in 2006 of conspiring to kill Americans on September 11, 2001. Clarence "Clancy" Prevost was an instructor at the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Eagan, Minnesota, when Moussaoui was a student there. Moussaoui, sometimes called the "20th hijacker," is the only person charged and convicted in connection with the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. ... Prevost, a retired Northwest...
  • Ryanair hijacker trained as pilot in US

    08/31/2002 4:17:53 PM PDT · by Mohammed El-Shahawi · 1 replies · 325+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 9/1/02 | David Bamber and Julian Isherwood
    The Muslim convert accused of trying to hijack a Ryanair plane from Sweden to Stansted attended an American flying school leaving with a qualification to pilot light aircraft. The revelation that Kerim Chatty, 29, had taken flying lessons in the US - just like the September 11 terrorists - came as detectives investigated reports that he was planning to crash the plane into an American embassy in Europe, possibly London. An intelligence officer in Sweden told Reuters: "We know for sure that the plan was to crash the plane into a US embassy in Europe." If London were the target,...
  • Dozens of Foreign Pilots Training Illegally at US Flight Schools

    09/25/2006 10:56:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies · 1,167+ views
    Dozens of Foreign Pilots Training Illegally at US Flight Schools September 25, 2006 1:09 PM Brian Ross and Eric Longabardi Report: Apg_plane_060925_nr_1Dozens of foreign student pilots with questionable visas have been able to slip between the cracks and gain entry to American flight schools, federal officials tell ABC News. The FAA says it is conducting an investigation of a number of flight instructors and schools, including one school which was attended by 9-ll hijackers Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi. An internal Homeland Security document obtained by ABC News, says the post 9-11 program to prevent terrorists from entering US flight...
  • Man with links to 9/11 pilot deported (Slice of Life DownUnder)

    06/09/2006 5:42:36 PM PDT · by DieHard the Hunter · 25 replies · 946+ views
    NZPA ^ | 10 June 2006 | Staff reporter
    Man with links to 9/11 pilot deported 10 June 2006 A man the Government says had a direct link with a September 11 terrorist has been deported from New Zealand because he was a threat to national security. Immigration Minister David Cunliffe confirmed today Yemeni national, Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali, was deported because his continued presence in New Zealand posed a threat. "He was directly associated with persons responsible for the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001," Mr Cunliffe said in a statement. He was deported under the rarely used Section 72 of the Immigration Act...
  • Berg, Moussaoui and the OK bombing ties

    05/28/2004 8:10:06 PM PDT · by antonia · 38 replies · 3,499+ views ^ | 2004/5/24 1:23:12 | By Ewing2001
    The links between Nick Berg and Zacarias Moussaoui, once described as the 20th hijacker of 9/11, opened now room for new speculations, if there are deeper ties between the OKC Bombing'95 and 9/11, than thought before. Apparently Berg knew also Moussaoui's roomates. One of them was Mujahid Menepta, who is connected to both 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the 1995 OKC bombing. But Menepta wasn't arrested in Summer 2001, when Moussaoui got caught. The FBI waited until after Sep11th.Why?Berg, Moussaoui and the OK bombing ties By Ewing20012004/5/24 On May 18th, 2004, according to Newsmax, Nick Berg's family insisted that...
  • Jayna Davis Dissects Berg-Moussaoui Links

    05/19/2004 8:40:48 AM PDT · by Maria S · 19 replies · 494+ views
    Was executed American contractor Nicholas Berg's decision to share his computer password with alleged "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui during a 1999 encounter in Norman, Okla., just a coincidence, as Attorney General John Ashcroft assured the nation last week? Or was there more to this bizarre development than meets the eye? Oklahoma City bombing investigator, former NBC reporter Jayna Davis, has been exploring some of the more troubling aspects of the Berg-Moussaoui meeting, especially in light of the role the city of Norman played in events leading up to 9/11. First, says Davis, the official story which had Berg, then a...
  • Mystery Flight (More info about 2 pass. of KLM flight on the no fly list)

    04/16/2005 9:26:56 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 97 replies · 3,597+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Apr. 25, 2005 issue | Mark Hosenball and Michael Hirsh
    Fifteen minutes after KLM Flight 685 took off from Amsterdam for Mexico City on April 8, Mexican authorities forwarded the names of all the passengers to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The reason: the flight was scheduled to pass through U.S. airspace. by the time the Boeing 747 had finished its three-hour crossing of the Atlantic, Homeland Security screeners were on high alert. The names of two Saudi passengers aboard the KLM flight had begun producing "hits" on the screening center's lists of 70,000 suspect foreigners. The two Saudis, the database reported, were brothers and pilots who had attended...
  • Pilot subject of terror alert - Man, who trained at Briscoe Field, found in Britain

    04/09/2005 3:45:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies · 1,212+ views
    A man trained as a pilot at a Lawrenceville airport three years ago raised an international terror alert this week. He was found in Britain on Friday, the FBI said. Zayead Christopher Hajaig, a 35-year-old British national, "remains a person of interest" although he has been located, said Steve Emmett, an FBI spokesman in Atlanta. FBI officials released little information about Hajaig on Friday. They would not say whether he had been detained or how he had been located. Earlier this week, authorities issued a "special alert bulletin" warning airports about Hajaig, who took flight lessons at Astron Enterprises at...
  • Alert issued on man who took flight lessons at Gwinnett airport

    04/08/2005 3:33:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies · 1,819+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | April 8, 2005 | SAEED AHMED
    Authorities have issued an alert for a 35-year-old British man who was taking flight lessons at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field and allegedly tried to have his pilot rating upgraded despite not being qualified. In a special alert bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies and aviation facilities this week, the Atlanta Joint Terrorism Task Force said the man, Zayead Christopher Hajaig, became "aggressive" and also tried to have the flight school speed up his training schedule, which began in 2002 and continued off and on for more than two and a half years. The flight school notified the task force. The...
  • Homeland Security Agents Force Plane to Land in San Antonio

    01/24/2005 10:12:18 PM PST · by ElephantinTexas · 329 replies · 17,410+ views
    WOAI ^ | 1/24/2005 | ElephantinTexas
    This is my first post so I hope I got it right. This is breaking here in San Anonio. A single engine plane has been forced down at Stenson Field south of San Antonio. Homeland Security, DPS and SAPD are on the scene. They are waiting for a Chinese tranlator but they have Chinese illegals in custody and said that the pilot was someone Homeland Security has been looking for. I'll post more as it comes available.
  • Jayna Davis Dissects Berg-Moussaoui Links

    05/18/2004 11:59:09 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 250 replies · 2,145+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5/18/04
    Was executed American contractor Nicholas Berg's decision to share his computer password with alleged "20th hijacker" Zacarias Moussaoui during a 1999 encounter in Norman, Okla., just a coincidence, as Attorney General John Ashcroft assured the nation last week? Or was there more to this bizarre development than meets the eye? Oklahoma City bombing investigator, former NBC reporter Jayna Davis, has been exploring some of the more troubling aspects of the Berg-Moussaoui meeting, especially in light of the role the city of Norman played in events leading up to 9/11. First, says Davis, the official story which had Berg, then a...
  • AP News in Brief Blocked From Pursuing Future Hijacker, FBI Agent Warned "someone Will Die"

    09/20/2002 5:16:25 PM PDT · by tomball · 13 replies · 347+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, September 20 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Thirteen days before the Sept. 11 attacks, a frustrated FBI agent warned headquarters that "someday, someone will die" after he was denied permission to pursue a man who would become one of the hijackers, a congressional panel was told Friday. The agent's efforts were among many missed opportunities to stop two of the hijackers after they were spotted attending an al-Qaida meeting in Malaysia in January 2000, according to the report to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. It was the latest revelation of apparent failures by intelligence and law enforcement authorities before the attacks. In...
  • Canadian arrests mirror 9/11 [19 Pakistani's interested in Nuke Plant]

    08/23/2003 6:19:16 AM PDT · by MalcolmS · 43 replies · 768+ views
    National Post ^ | Sat Aug 23, 2003 | Adrian Humphreys et al
    TORONTO - An anti-terrorism probe that led to the arrest of 19 Pakistani men, including one who took commercial flight training over a nuclear power plant, highlights security holes that should have been plugged after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, Ontario officials said. The Public Security and Anti-Terrorism Unit, a federal national security task force, quietly arrested the group of mostly young men last week. The men appear to have used fraudulent student visas to enter Canada or to maintain their residency here. Federal authorities documented a pattern of suspicious behaviour that shows an interest in Ontario's nuclear generators...
  • Man who ran flight school that trained terrorists survives helicopter crash into Caloosahatchee

    01/25/2003 6:09:02 AM PST · by Jennifer in Florida · 19 replies · 456+ views
    The Naples Daily News ^ | January 25, 2003 | Denise Zoldan
    Man who ran flight school that trained terrorists survives helicopter crash into Caloosahatchee Saturday, January 25, 2003 By DENISE ZOLDAN, Trapped in a helicopter filled with water, the door up against the bottom of the river and a safety belt that wouldn't budge, Rudi Dekkers started to panic. On the coldest day of the year in Southwest Florida on Friday, Dekkers crashed his 1972 FH-1100 helicopter into an ice-cold Caloosahatchee River. The 46-year-old native from Holland, whose Huffman Aviation flight school made national headlines when it was discovered it trained two Sept. 11 terrorists, nearly drowned trying to escape...
  • An Alien Dragnet: Old-fashioned investigation techniques pay off

    01/12/2003 9:30:59 AM PST · by EggsAckley · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 1-12-03 | Elaine Shannon
    Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003 It seemed at first like a cumbersome bit of old-fashioned gumshoe work. Soon after the U.S. military went into Afghanistan, the FBI, the CIA and military intelligence began collecting fingerprints of al-Qaeda operatives and members of other international terrorist groups. They scoured caves and safe houses in Afghanistan and Pakistan and sought records from police and security services worldwide. Thousands of prints were digitized and entered into a classified database, along with names, aliases, mug shots, addresses, associates, descriptions of scars and, occasionally, DNA data. Now, U.S. authorities say, this ambitious project is paying off. In...
  • Man Tied to Hijacker Is Convicted of Lying

    02/16/2002 12:45:00 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 413+ views
    New York Times ^ | Saturday, February 16, 2002
    h5>February 16, 2002 Man Tied to Hijacker Is Convicted of Lying By REUTERS HOENIX, Feb. 15 — A Saudi Arabian who lives in Arizona has been convicted in federal court of lying to the F.B.I. about his link to a hijacker who flew an airliner into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The Saudi, Faisal al-Salmi, 34, was found guilty on Thursday of one count of making false statements in denying any knowledge of the hijacker, Hani Hanjour. The jury in Federal District Court here took about 90 minutes to reach the verdict after a two-day trial. Mr. Salmi faces ...
  • Swedish suspect went to flight school in U.S

    09/01/2002 4:08:14 PM PDT · by USA21 · 3 replies · 204+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Monday, September 2 | Alan Cowell
    Swedish suspect went to flight school in U.S. LONDON The Swedish authorities say that a man arrested at a Swedish airport with a gun in his carry-on luggage as he tried to board a London-bound flight had studied at an aviation school in the United States and had a criminal record. However, almost three days after the arrest of the man, identified as Kerim Chatty, 29, a senior Swedish official denied reports attributed to Swedish intelligence and police circles that he had planned to seize the plane and attack a U.S. embassy in Europe in a conspiracy with four other...
  • Saddam's stepson arrested in Miami - Was to attend Flight School

    07/03/2002 7:51:22 PM PDT · by rightisright · 134 replies · 1,922+ views
    A man thought to be the step-son of Saddam Hussein was arrested tonight in Miami on an immigration violation. Mohammad Saffi arrived in the Los Angelas yesterday on a flight from New Zeland and then came to Miami. He came to South Florida to attend a flight school.
  • 9/11 Ties Suspected in Visa Fraud

    05/09/2002 11:56:21 AM PDT · by Minutemen · 4 replies · 151+ views
    Pilot Online ^ | 5/9/02 | TIM MCGLONE
    9/11 ties suspected in visa fraud By TIM MCGLONE, The Virginian-Pilot © May 9, 2002 NORFOLK -- A suspect in the national scheme to obtain fraudulent student visas had flight manuals, photos of people outside the World Trade Center and a date book with only one entry -- Sept. 11 -- indicating a plan at the twin towers and the Pentagon that day. Another suspect, who lived in Norfolk, also had apparent flight training materials in his car, officials said. The FBI and other federal agencies are investigating whether any of the individuals had ties to the terrorist attacks or...