Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Phoenix, Part 3

We continue from Part 2.

In Part 1, we saw how the Moussaui trial brought into the open some previously classified documents, including the Phoenix Memo, which was featured in that post, and which anticipated terrorist attacks by Osama bin Laden's organization on US civil aviation.

In Part 2, we saw how the US Government had, before 9/11, been frequently presented with the problem of terrorists (especially bin Laden's crowd) planning to use aircraft as missiles, and contrasted that to Condoleeza Rice's denial that anyone had imagined that could happen.

Now we pick up what was happening in mid-August, 2001, when the FBI in Minneapolis was becoming suspicious of some activity that was being observed.

It seems there was a guy in Minnesota who wanted to learn how to fly 747's, but this guy had no corresponding background in aviation. He was paying thousands of dollars in cash for simulator time.

It turns out the subject was a French citizen, so the agent requested information about him. It was a "weird story" and the agent needed a response in a hurry.

The guy had no pilot's license, and supposedly just wanted to know how to fly a 747.

The agent wrote: "That's pretty ominous and obviously suggests some sort of hijacking plan."


WomanHonorThyself said...

I can not get over how well researched your writing is YD!..and happy Chaunukah and holiday season to u as well!..:)

Yankee Doodle said...

Thanks for all your good words, Angel! :)