April 24, 2005

A Deliberate Leak?

Via Joe at Dean's World, we have an update from Annie Jacobsen regarding her report of an apparent hijacking dry run on a Detroit to Los Angeles flight last year. At the time, the official response was "Nothing to see here, move along" but that is not what she heard now that she has been interviewed by investigators from the Department of Homeland Security. Not only did they ask her the sort of questions that show they shared her concerns, but they told her things, knowing she would share them online, which raise my concern.

The thirteen Syrians who Ms. Jacobsen suspected were hijackers were supposedly musicians, and were in the country on cultural visas, but nobody in airport security confirmed that their luggage contained musical instruments (could this be one reason searches are getting more detailed?) and nobody made note of the fact that their visas had expired.

They also told her something else, which I think would have been all over the news had it already been public information. In August of 2001, respected character actor James Woods became concerned about passengers on a flight he was taking. He informed the pilot that the thought the plane was to be hijacked, and after the flight filed a report of an apparent dry run. What the agents told Ms. Jacobsen, and I am viewing as a deliberate leak, is that later review shows that 9/11 team leader Mohammed Atta was on that flight.

Folks, if you are planning on flying anywhere, get one of those high grade solid metal pens, and find out where to hit with it. If anything going on during your travels sets off your intuition, don't disregard it, and make sure to report it in detail.


I'm pleased to note that these characters were not carrying umbrellas.

Posted by triticale at April 24, 2005 09:27 PM

Man, I hope the TSA doesn't read this, or it'll ban pens next.

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