9/11 Unanswered Questions Remain 

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Date: Tuesday, 27 July 2004
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Unanswered Questions : Thinking for ourselves.

9/11 Unanswered Questions Remain

Not least in the mind of the mainstream media

Since the 9/11 report was released on 22nd July it has been poured
over my more than a few reporters. While some have reported what
they were supposed to report, namely that 9/11 was nobodies fault,
nothing to see here, move along please∑. Others, including the
following two reporters from the Los Angeles Times and the Washington
Post, still have unanswered questions. ˆ UQ Wire Editor


Questions Persist Despite 9/11 Investigations
By Terry McDermott

From: www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-unanswered26jul26,1,769572.story_
Los Angeles Times
Monday 26 July 2004

With countless police, intelligence and journalistic examinations
and two special congressional inquiries, the Sept. 11 attacks
have been among the most investigated criminal acts in history.

The release last week of the final report of the independent
9/11 commission offered the nation a comprehensive overview of
the origin and execution of the attacks. What the nation does
not have are answers to all the outstanding questions, some of
them fundamental:

Who provided the nearly half a million dollars it cost to carry
out the attacks? How could the man who is alleged to have recruited
several of the hijack pilots have done this while under investigation
by at least three intelligence services – those of the United
States, Germany and Morocco? Who, if anyone, assisted the hijackers
during their time in the United States?

Some unanswered questions fall more in the category of perplexing

(Note the full text of this article contains a great deal more
detail than just these questions. See∑.



Why did Mohamed Atta and another hijacker drive from Boston to
Portland, Me., the day before the attacks, then fly back to Boston
the next morning, almost missing the flight they intended to

How did it happen that a single family of Pakistani expatriates
in Kuwait, by most accounts an ordinary, pious family devoted
to good works, produce five men – the plot mastermind, Khalid
Shaikh Mohammed, and four of his nephews – who played roles in
the attacks?

Who provided the nearly half a million dollars the attacks cost?

How could Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born citizen of Germany,
have safely recruited the Hamburg pilots when he was under investigation
as a possible Al Qaeda operative?

The question about Zammar raises a larger issue on the role of
a network of Syrian expatriates across Europe, particularly in
Germany and Spain, who had frequent contact with the Hamburg
hijackers and with Al Qaeda over many years. Many of the Syrians
had been members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that has
had great influence on the evolution of radical Islamist theory
in the last half a century. Were they witting helpers of the
hijackers or, as many of them claim, simply Muslims trying to
serve the dictates of their religion by assisting their brothers?

Also in Hamburg, what role if any was played by an associate
of the hijack pilots named Mohammed bin Nasser Belfas?

What were the relationships, if any, of the hijackers to other
Al Qaeda cells in the United States?

What was the role, if any, of Zacarias Moussaoui, the Frenchman
originally accused in U.S. courts of being the so-called 20th

If Moussaoui was intended to be part of a second wave, what happened
to it?

When did the Germany-based pilots first go to Afghanistan?

How did Marwan Al-Shehhi, one of the Germany-based pilots, meet
the others?

Why did Al-Shehhi fly to Morocco in January 2001, and to Egypt
in April?

Were Binalshibh and hijacker Khalid Almihdhar involved in the
bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole in Yemen?

Why do officials of the United Arab Emirates continue to insist
that they questioned hijacker Ziad Samir Jarrah at U.S. request
in January 2001, when he was en route from Pakistan to Germany
immediately after meeting with Bin Laden?

What were the roles of Essabar and fellow Hamburg resident Said
Bahaji, both of whom fled Hamburg to Afghanistan in the days
prior to Sept. 11 and are presumed alive and at large?

Why on the morning of Sept. 11 did the State Department watch
list have 61,000 names on it and the Federal Aviation Administration's
no-fly list have 12 names?

(Note the full text of this article contains a great deal more
detail than just these questions. See∑.




Failures of the Sept. 11 Commission
By William Raspberry
Washington Post
Monday 26 July 2004

For all its somber-faced seriousness, the report of the Sept.
11 commission turns out to be a childlike explanation of what
went so tragically wrong nearly three years ago.

It acknowledges the obvious, but it manages to avoid any semblance
of individual responsibility. “The lamp broke,” a child might
say. Or, as the report would have it, the “system” failed.

Which surprises Ray McGovern not a whit.

“The whole name of the game is to exculpate anyone in the establishment,”
says McGovern, a 27-year veteran of the CIA and a member of a
group of former agents called Veteran Intelligence Professionals
for Sanity. “ 'Mistakes were made,' but no one is to blame. Why
is it that after all this evidence and months and months of testimony,
the commission found itself unable even to say if the attacks
could have been prevented?”

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