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Rudi Dekkers Enters a Sealed Plea: May Never Go to Trial

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COMMENT: For years, we’ve covered the heroic, lonely research done by Daniel Hopsicker on the 9/11-related flight schools in Southern Florida.

Sadly and predictably, the journalistic community, including the so-called “progressive sector,”  have ignored Hopsicker’s incisive work, which has revealed, among other things, that:

 Rudi Dekkers–one of the principal figures in the milieu to which Atta and associates belonged–was arrested for drug trafficking in Houston.

Dekkers has entered a seal plea agreement, which will likely mute any public disclosure of the findings in the case.

With all of the powerful malefactors linked to the Dekkers investigation, it is not surprising that the situation will be resolved behind the scenes.

Source: Rudi Dekkers Drug Case ‘Will Never Go to Trial'” by Daniel Hopsicker; Mad Cow Morning News; 3/6/2013.

EXCERPT: The upcoming trial in Houston of Rudi Dekkers for drug trafficking has been pushed back and may now never happen, according to a lawyer close to the case.

“The case has been continued, and a plea agreement is in the works,” said the attorney, who asked for anonymity. “The case will never go to trial. That’s all I can say.”

The Asst U.S. Attorney declined comment, as did a representative from Floyd Carlson Choate, the prominent Houston law firm recently retained by Dekkers. In a brief phone conversation in which he declined comment, partner Chistopher Choate confirmed he is from the old New England family whose name adorns prestigious Connecticut boarding school Choate.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, it was Rudi Dekkers’ running account of the character and personality of Mohamed Atta and the other terrorists which transfixed a nation and the world. He was everywhere on television.

The controversial Dekkers—who managed the Venice Florida flight school which trained both terrorists who crashed airliners into the World Trade Center— was arrested in the parking lot of a flight school in Houston in early December carrying a suitcase stuffed with two pounds of heroin and more than 80 lbs of cocaine.

The trial was set to begin February 23.  But on January 18 Dekkers’ lawyers filed what the court docket calls a “Sealed Event.”  Then on February 7 the judge issued an “Order on a Sealed Motion.” . . . .


2 comments for “Rudi Dekkers Enters a Sealed Plea: May Never Go to Trial”

  1. The FBI asserting in court that an FOIA release of classified information on an investigation into these activiies would pose a national security risk. The reason why it would pose a risk is that it “would reveal current specific targets of the FBI’s national security investigations,” the according to the FBI. That current investigation in question is over a sudden, anomalous departure by two Saudis living in Sarasota two weeks before the attacks. It also looks like the newly released documents indicate the existence of 2002 investigations that found extensive connections between the Sarasota Saudis the the Venice aiport 9/11 hijackers including actual visits to the Sarasota home. Ok then:

    The Miami Herald
    Mystery of Sarasota Saudis deepens as Justice moves to end lawsuit citing national security
    Posted on Monday, 06.03.1

    By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers

    A senior FBI official has told a Fort Lauderdale federal judge that disclosure of certain classified information about Saudis who hurriedly left their Sarasota area home shortly before the attacks on 9/11 “would reveal current specific targets of the FBI’s national security investigations.”

    Records Section Chief David M. Hardy’s assertion is contained in a sworn 33-page declaration filed in support of a Justice Department motion that seeks to end a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed last year by BrowardBulldog.org.

    The government’s latest court filings, thick with veiled references to foreign counterintelligence operations and targets, deepen the mystery about a once-secret FBI investigation of Esam and Deborah Ghazzawi and their tenants, son-in-law and daughter, Abdulaziz and Anoud al-Hijji.

    The filings by Miami Assistant U.S. Attorney Carole M. Fernandez also seek to justify in the name of national security numerous deletions of information from FBI records about the decade-old investigation that were released recently amid the ongoing litigation.

    They do not, however, explain why an investigation the FBI has said found no connection between those Saudis and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people involves information so secret its disclosure “could be expected to cause serious damage to national security.”

    The investigation, which the FBI did not disclose to Congress or the 9/11 Commission, was first reported in a September 2011 story published simultaneously by BrowardBulldog.org and The Miami Herald.

    It began after neighbors in the gated community of Prestancia reported that the al-Hijjis had suddenly departed their home at 4224 Escondito Circle about two weeks before the attacks. They left personal belongings and furniture, including three newly registered cars, one of them brand new.

    According to a counterterrorism officer and Prestancia’s former administrator Larry Berberich, gatehouse log books and photographs of license tags were later used by the FBI to determine that vehicles used by the hijackers had visited the al-Hijji home.

    The FBI later confirmed the existence of the probe, but said it found no evidence connecting the Ghazzawis or the al-Hijjis to the hijackers or the 9/11 plot.

    The newly released FBI records contradict the FBI’s public denials. One report dated April 4, 2002, says the investigation “revealed many connections” between the Saudis who fled Sarasota and “individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.”

    The report goes on to list three of those individuals and connect them to the Venice, Florida, flight school where suicide hijackers Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi trained. The names of those individuals were not made public.

    The FBI removed additional information in the report, citing a pair of national security exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act.

    For months, the FBI claimed it had no responsive documents regarding its Sarasota investigation. But on March 28, Hardy unexpectedly announced the Bureau had located and reviewed 35 pages of records. It released 31 of them.

    Prosecutor Fernandez now contends the FBI conducted a “reasonable search” and that “no agency records are being improperly withheld.”

    Her motion asks the court to grant summary judgment in the government’s favor.

    Well this is all highly unexpected!

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 5, 2013, 7:44 pm
  2. Only in america would we waste time and money on a piece of thrash like this guy. Send him where they execute drug dealers and be done with this waste.

    Posted by mahituna | November 23, 2013, 7:34 am

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