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FTR #405 Fifth Column

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Begin­ning with dis­cus­sion of a Mus­lim sol­dier who con­duct­ed a fatal grenade attack on his com­mand struc­ture in Kuwait, the broad­cast dis­cuss­es what appears as an Under­ground Reich Fifth Col­umn with­in the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary, intel­li­gence, polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic estab­lish­ments. After high­light­ing the links between the Al Qaeda/Wahhabi milieu tar­get­ed by the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of March 20, 2002, and the orga­ni­za­tion that vets Mus­lim Chap­lains for the US mil­i­tary, the broad­cast high­lights the geopo­lit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic strug­gle between the dol­lar and the euro—a cen­tral fac­tor under­ly­ing the Iraq war. At the cen­ter of the dis­cus­sion is the fis­cal sui­cide being pro­posed by the Bush admin­is­tra­tion and its eco­nom­ic point man Grover Norquist. Norquist is also the pri­ma­ry con­tact point for the Al Qaeda/Al Taqwa/Wahhabi milieu tar­get­ed in the March 20, 2002 Green Quest raids.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: EU pres­sure on Boe­ing to price its prod­uct in euros; the effect of 9/11 on the avi­a­tion indus­try; Norquist’s Islam­ic Insti­tute and its links to the Al Qae­da milieu; Norquist’s efforts at keep­ing the US in the red; the effects of the Iraq war on the dol­lar; review of the alleged Ger­man links to the 9/11 hijack­ers; a pos­si­ble Ger­man intel­li­gence link to Mohammed Atta; involve­ment of ele­ments of the Rudi Dekkers fly­ing school to drug traf­fick­ing; the Ger­man con­struc­tion of the bunker in which Sad­dam Hus­sein resides.

1. Intro­duc­ing a con­cept that is the the­mat­ic core of the analy­sis pre­sent­ed in this broad­cast, the pro­gram begins with dis­cus­sion of a Wah­habi “Trojan/Horse” in the US mil­i­tary. This “Tro­jan Horse” could be viewed as part of the Under­ground Reich Fifth Col­umn embed­ded with­in Amer­i­can soci­ety, although the most sig­nif­i­cant ele­ments of this are economic/political in nature, rather than strict­ly mil­i­tary. The GSISS (involved with the orga­ni­za­tions tar­get­ed in the all-impor­tant Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids of March 20, 2002) vets chap­lains for the U.S. mil­i­tary. Author Robert Willis­croft begins with dis­cus­sion of the role of the Chap­lain Corps in the military—a func­tion that is impor­tant to under­stand in order to com­pre­hend the impli­ca­tions of the GSISS’s role in vet­ting chap­lains. “ . . . From a logis­tics per­spec­tive with­in the Chap­lain Corps, it is not pos­si­ble for the ser­vices to place a chap­lain of each faith group in every unit. Instead, Chap­lains learn to min­is­ter to every faith, at least in the sense that they can meet the imme­di­ate needs of men and women prepar­ing for bat­tle. When a young mil­i­tary man or woman faces anoth­er kind of prob­lem out­side of the imme­di­ate mil­i­tary sit­u­a­tion, then the local Chap­lain can call in one of his col­leagues from the appro­pri­ate faith to deal with the spe­cif­ic sit­u­a­tion. In this sense, Chap­lains work close­ly togeth­er to serve their com­bined flocks.” (“The Wah­habi Tro­jan Horse in the U.S. Mil­i­tary” by Robert G. Willis­croft; Defense Watch: “The Voice of the Grunt”; p. 1.)

2. “All Chap­lains have at least a four-year col­lege degree, some type of for­mal train­ing with­in their spe­cif­ic faiths, and some lev­el of expe­ri­ence min­is­ter­ing to con­gre­ga­tions. With­in the mil­i­tary com­mu­ni­ty, each ser­vice deter­mines how the avail­able Chap­lain bil­lets are allo­cat­ed among the dif­fer­ent faiths. Nor­mal­ly, the allo­ca­tion is between Chris­t­ian (includ­ing all the var­i­ous denom­i­na­tions), Jew­ish, Bud­dhist, and Mus­lim, accord­ing to some for­mu­la.” (Idem.)

3. “With­in the indi­vid­ual reli­gious faiths, and their denom­i­na­tions, each deter­mines its own qual­i­fi­ca­tions for a chap­lain­cy. Depend­ing on the struc­ture and nature of a spe­cif­ic faith, an appoint­ment may be for­mal­ized through a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion board, or as infor­mal as through an indi­vid­ual appli­ca­tion by a prac­tic­ing min­is­ter. Because the peo­ple coor­di­nat­ing Chap­lain admis­sions in all the ser­vices typ­i­cal­ly have a Chris­t­ian back­ground, with a grow­ing Jew­ish rep­re­sen­ta­tion, they tend not to be very knowl­edge­able about the oth­er faiths. It is nat­ur­al, there­fore, that they should turn to orga­ni­za­tions that are knowl­edge­able to qual­i­fy Chap­lains from these faiths.” (Ibid.; pp. 1–2.)

4. “In ear­ly July 2002, the U.S. Air Force asked the Islam­ic Soci­ety of North Amer­i­ca (ISNA) for assis­tance in recruit­ing Mus­lim chap­lains. On July 20, 2002, the ISNA announced that it ‘is rec­og­nized by the Depart­ment of Defense as an endors­er of Chap­lains.’ As of July 22, 2002, ISNA had vet­ted all 13 of the Mus­lim cler­ics serv­ing in the U.S. mil­i­tary. Since then, it has endorsed four more . . .” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

5. High­light­ing infor­ma­tion first pre­sent­ed in FTR#356 and fur­ther devel­oped in FTR#386, author Willis­croft dis­cuss­es the role of the GSISS in vet­ting chap­lains. A prin­ci­pal fig­ure in the GSISS is Jamal Barz­in­ji, asso­ci­at­ed with the WAMY (alleged to be a fund­ing con­duit for Wah­habi monies flow­ing to Al Qae­da.) Barz­in­ji is also asso­ci­at­ed with the Al Taqwa milieu. (For more about Barz­in­ji, see FTR#’s 356, 357, 382.) “ . . . My research has uncov­ered the addi­tion­al fact that the ISNA relies upon the Grad­u­ate School of Islam­ic Social Sci­ences (GSISS) for its actu­al vet­ting infor­ma­tion. The GSISS also had devel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for mod­er­a­tion, so even this fur­ther con­nec­tion appears on the sur­face to be rea­son­able. A major play­er in all these inter­ac­tions is Dr. Jamal Barz­in­ji, the direc­tor of GSISS . . .” (Idem.)

6. After pre­sent­ing the author’s sub­stan­tive, detailed out­line of the Oper­a­tion Green Quest raids and the Al Taqwa milieu and the links with the GSISS nexus, the pro­gram high­lights the recent lethal assault by an Amer­i­can Mus­lim sol­dier on peo­ple in his com­mand struc­ture. “ . . . Let’s pass that by once again: Evi­dence unearthed in the past year strong­ly sug­gests that Wah­habi Mus­lim extrem­ists indi­rect­ly con­trol the vet­ting pro­ce­dure for all Mus­lim Chap­lains in the U.S. mil­i­tary. The impli­ca­tions for this are stag­ger­ing. On March 22, 2003, an Amer­i­can Mus­lim sol­dier rolled grenades into the tents of the entire com­mand struc­ture of the 101st Air­borne Division’s 1st Brigade com­mand group at Camp Penn­syl­va­nia in Kuwait. One man was killed, and 11 were seri­ous­ly injured. At this time it is not known whether or not he was under orders from an Islamist cler­ic.” (Ibid.; p. 3.)

7. The author notes that Chap­lains have the abil­i­ty to influ­ence per­son­nel assign­ments in the mil­i­tary. Whether the GSISS is, in fact, involved with sub­ver­sion with­in the ranks of the mil­i­tary is an inter­est­ing con­cept to pon­der. Whether or not Islam­o­fas­cist ele­ments asso­ci­at­ed with the Under­ground Reich are infil­trat­ed into the mil­i­tary, we have seen in past broad­casts that Nazi/white suprema­cist ele­ments cer­tain­ly have, and they may strike from that van­tage point. “What we have in place, how­ev­er, is a mech­a­nism that prac­ti­cal­ly guar­an­tees that this will hap­pen with increas­ing fre­quen­cy. We already know that a prop­er­ly moti­vat­ed Mus­lim ter­ror­ist will will­ing­ly kill him­self in order to take out an impor­tant tar­get. Mil­i­tary Chap­lains have the abil­i­ty to influ­ence per­son­nel assign­ments. With prop­er manip­u­la­tion, sev­er­al ‘sleep­er’ Chap­lains can arrange for a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of under­cov­er ter­ror­ists to be pre-posi­tioned so that they can cause max­i­mum dam­age to our com­mand struc­ture. . . .” (Idem.)

8. The assault against the US by the Under­ground Reich and its Islam­o­fas­cist allies that Mr. Emory believes to be under way is—in its pri­ma­ry manifestation—economic in nature. It is believ­able that the goal of the gam­bit of which the 9/11 attacks is a com­po­nent, is the destruc­tion and/or sub­ju­ga­tion of the Unit­ed States. The attack, from a con­cep­tu­al point of view, could be viewed as a com­bi­na­tion of the Ger­man inva­sion of France in World War II, the bat­tle of Ver­dun in World War I, and Oper­a­tion Bern­hard in World War II. The goal of the Ger­man high com­mand in the bat­tle of Ver­dun was to attack a posi­tion (the steel-mak­ing city of Ver­dun) that the French would not be will­ing to lose. In so doing, the Ger­mans hoped to bleed the French army dry—to inflict so many casu­al­ties that they would have to sue for peace. Oper­a­tion Bern­hard was a Ger­man gam­bit intend­ed to destroy the British econ­o­my by forg­ing pound notes and destroy­ing the UK’s abil­i­ty to finance its war effort. The fol­low­ing arti­cle dis­cuss­es the eco­nom­ic aspects of the war with Iraq. Asian cen­tral banks’ sup­port of the dol­lar has—to date—made this an eas­i­er enter­prise to under­take than it might have been under dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances. This sit­u­a­tion might change should the eco­nom­ic land­scape be altered in a sig­nif­i­cant fash­ion. “The 19th cen­tu­ry British polit­i­cal econ­o­mist Wal­ter Bage­hot had a pithy quote from Louis XIV on war finance. The last guinea, said the Sun King, will always win. In the case of Iraq it will be the last US dol­lar. And one of the more remark­able things about the US-led inva­sion of Iraq is just how eas­i­ly and cheap­ly the ven­ture will be financed. On the face of it, war has rarely been waged in such inaus­pi­cious finan­cial cir­cum­stances. At a time of extreme geopo­lit­i­cal uncer­tain­ty the pay­ments bal­ances of the world’s biggest economies are bad­ly out of kil­ter. US house­hold sav­ings are seri­ous­ly deplet­ed and the deficit on the cur­rent account of the Amer­i­can bal­ance of pay­ments is close to an unprece­dent­ed 5 per cent gross domes­tic prod­uct.” (“The Sinews of War are Asian” by John Plen­der; Finan­cial Times; 3/21/2003; p. 17.)

9. “The US has, since the burst­ing of the stock mar­ket bub­ble, become a rel­a­tive­ly unat­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for for­eign pri­vate cap­i­tal. Inter­est rates are low, the dol­lar is weak and the US econ­o­my will advance this year at less than its under­ly­ing trend growth rate. Yet as pri­vate cap­i­tal has fought increas­ing­ly shy of the world’s largest econ­o­my, the cen­tral bankers have come to George W. Bush’s res­cue. Japan, Chi­na, Tai­wan, Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore alone have accu­mu­lat­ed offi­cial reserves worth more than $1,100bn, of which the great major­i­ty is invest­ed in dol­lar-denom­i­nat­ed IOU’s such as US trea­suries. For many cen­tral banks these reserves are earn­ing much less in inter­est than they could earn back at home.” (Idem.)

10. If the US should become enmeshed in a cost­ly post-war, or if the Bush administration’s plans to dras­ti­cal­ly increase mil­i­tary spend­ing while dra­mat­i­cal­ly slash­ing tax­es on the wealthy should come to fruition, the effect on the dol­lar could be dis­as­trous and deci­sive. “This is not, of course, a phil­an­thropic ges­ture. For Japan, with a stag­nant econ­o­my, it is a mat­ter of resist­ing an appre­ci­a­tion of the yen that would hit the export sec­tor. The oth­ers main­tain a dol­lar peg, large­ly for rea­sons of com­pet­i­tive­ness . . . Yet it remains the case that glob­al finance has been excep­tion­al­ly kind to Mr. Bush. And Louis XIV was indeed express­ing an age-old ver­i­ty. The Tac­i­tus ver­sion was pecu­nia nervus bel­li: mon­ey is the sinew of war. We should not for­get that unlim­it­ed mon­ey, how­ev­er help­ful, can­not guar­an­tee the peace.” (Idem.)

11. The piv­otal con­flict between the euro and the dollar—a cen­tral behind-the-scenes aspect of the Iraq war—is at the core of the fis­cal con­test between Boe­ing and the EU-man­u­fac­tured Air­bus. It is impor­tant to note that the 9/11 attacks had a huge, neg­a­tive impact on the air­line indus­try and (con­se­quent­ly) on the Boe­ing cor­po­ra­tion. “The own­ers of Air­bus, the pan-Euro­pean air­craft mak­er, are seek­ing to per­suade their main US aero­space rival Boe­ing to adopt the euro as the bench­mark cur­ren­cy for the tra­di­tion­al­ly dol­lar-based com­mer­cial air­craft mar­ket. The call from Philippe Camus, co-chief exec­u­tive of the Fran­co-Ger­man Euro­pean Aero­nau­tic Defence and Space com­pa­ny (EADS), reflects the cost dis­ad­van­tage that Air­bus cur­rent­ly suf­fers fol­low­ing the sus­tained depre­ci­a­tion of the dol­lar against the euro. ‘Cur­ren­cies are a fac­tor of com­pe­ti­tion and we want to force Boe­ing to adopt our cur­ren­cy struc­ture,’ said Mr. Camus in his first inter­view since the death ear­li­er this month of Jean-Luc Lagardere, the EADS co-chair­man.” (“Euro­peans Try to Pull Boe­ing into Euro” by Paul Betts and Mar­tin Arnold; Finan­cial Times; 3/25/2003; p. 20.)

12. “How­ev­er, Mr. Camus’ call also has a sym­bol­ic edge, reflect­ing the recent change in the bal­ance of pow­er in the civ­il air­craft mar­ket. Airbus—of which EADS owns 80 percent—last year claimed 54 per cent of new orders for large air­craft by units and dol­lar val­ue, with Boe­ing tak­ing the rest. . . .A sim­i­lar shift in base cur­ren­cies was pro­posed a year and a half ago by some oil pro­duc­ing coun­tries includ­ing Iran, Libya and Rus­sia, which sug­gest­ed that oil prices should be expressed in euros. Before the out­break of war, Iraq was already pric­ing its oil in euros. . . . A US oil indus­try ana­lyst yes­ter­day sug­gest­ed that there would only be a case for the euro to become the ref­er­ence cur­ren­cy for oil if it unseat­ed the US dol­lar to become the strongest cur­ren­cy on a last­ing basis.” (Idem.)

13. The effect of the Iraq war on the fate of the dol­lar is not to be over­looked. “Cur­ren­cy strate­gists are won­der­ing if mil­i­tary strate­gists may not have a bet­ter idea of the dollar’s imme­di­ate move­ments than they do. . . .That lim­bo state cur­rent­ly applies to the dol­lar. Sur­pris­ing­ly rapid advances at the out­set of the allied cam­paign in Iraq pushed the dol­lar to two-month highs by Fri­day. But set­backs at the week­end sent it sharply low­er ear­ly this week, and the greenback’s move­ments since the con­flict began show its near-term for­tune is almost entire­ly cap­tive to mil­i­tary action.” (“Fate of the Dol­lar Remains Tied to the For­tunes of War”; Finan­cial Times; 3/27/2003; p. 22.)

14. As dis­cussed in FTR#’s 357–359, the point man for the Repub­li­cans’ tax-slash­ing pro­gram is also the point man for the Islamist/Al Qaeda/Wahhabi/Muslim Broth­er­hood fac­tion of the Repub­li­can eth­nic out­reach orga­ni­za­tion. That man is Grover Norquist. (One should not fail to note in this con­text that the Islamist milieu is the one allud­ed to in the arti­cle about the Wah­habi Tro­jan Horse in the Chap­lain Corps.) Slash­ing tax­es while increas­ing expen­di­tures to fight wars will rep­re­sent a syn­the­sis of Ver­dun and Oper­a­tion Bern­hard. It will destroy the US econ­o­my (and also the mil­i­tary, which will not be able to finance its oper­a­tions.) Note that Norquist is “pri­ma­ry tax-cut­ter” and also “pri­ma­ry Islamist con­tact man” for the GOP. The pro­gram reviews the Sami Al-Ari­an law­suit, which led to the Oper­a­tion Green Quest Raids of March 20, 2002. Again, note Norquist’s posi­tion here. “The indict­ment alludes to efforts by the defen­dants to gain polit­i­cal clout, alleg­ing that they sought ‘to obtain sup­port from influ­en­tial indi­vid­u­als in the Unit­ed States under the guise of pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing Arab rights.’ It offers few details of such efforts, but like­ly will inflame a debate embroil­ing the Repub­li­can Par­ty over efforts to court Mus­lim Amer­i­cans. The spat pits con­ser­v­a­tive activist Grover Norquist—a close ally of the Bush White House who has spent years woo­ing Mus­lims through a group he found­ed called the Islam­ic Institute—against pro-Israel con­ser­v­a­tives led by Frank Gaffney. . . .Last year, Mr. Ari­an vis­it­ed the Islam­ic Institute’s Wash­ing­ton offices, which shares offices with Mr. Norquist’s Amer­i­cans for Tax Reform. . . . The Islam­ic Insti­tute has received at least $31,000 from a net­work of Islam­ic orga­ni­za­tions in Vir­ginia under inves­ti­ga­tion by fed­er­al author­i­ties for sus­pect­ed ties to ter­ror­ism, can­celed checks and tax records show. Inves­ti­ga­tors have said in court papers that the basis of that probe is a finan­cial rela­tion­ship between the Vir­ginia groups and Mr. Arian’s alleged Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad fronts.” (“Flori­da Pro­fes­sor, 7 Oth­ers Are Accused of Ter­ror Fund­ing” by Jess Bravin and Glenn R. Simp­son; The Wall Street Jour­nal; 2/21/2002; p. A8.)

15. Norquist’s role as pri­ma­ry tax-slash­er is high­light­ed in the arti­cle that fol­lows. “Reac­tion from advo­cates and crit­ics was swift and strong. ‘It’s a tax shel­ter for the wealthy. This is real­ly an attempt to help the president’s friends,’ said Rep. Robert t. Mat­sui, D‑Sacramento. ‘It’s unbe­liev­able.’ ‘These are the build­ing blocks of a new tax sys­tem,’ said Grover Norquist, pres­i­dent of the con­ser­v­a­tive Amer­i­cans for Tax Reform.” (“Bush Pro­pos­es New Tax-Free Sav­ings Plans” by Peter G. Gos­selin; The Los Ange­les Times; 2/1/2003; p. A20.)

16. In the con­text of the eco­nom­ics of 9/11, the depressed state of the air trav­el indus­try as a result of those attacks, and the strug­gle between the dol­lar and the euro, one should note the Ger­man con­nec­tion to the 9/11 hijack­ers. The broad­cast reviews the piv­otal­ly impor­tant arti­cle researched by Daniel Hop­sick­er, the author of Bar­ry and the Boys. “A year-long Mad­Cow­Morn­ingNews inves­ti­ga­tion has uncov­ered evi­dence that at least sev­en of Mohamed Atta’s clos­est asso­ciates in Flori­da dur­ing the year lead­ing up to the 9/11 attack were not Arab, but Ger­man. The names of the sev­en, all pilots, have not sur­faced in any press accounts of Atta’s stay in the U.S., nor has their exis­tence been men­tioned or allud­ed to in offi­cial state­ments. Trav­el­ing with Atta, or meet­ing him around the state, Atta’s Ger­man friends appeared to share a rela­tion­ship with him of long-stand­ing, accord­ing to eye­wit­ness­es, dat­ing back to his days in Ham­burg. The meet­ings, in places like key West and Mia­mi, were appar­ent­ly very seri­ous busi­ness; when they returned, said some­one who was there, Atta and his Ger­man asso­ciates ‘always came back glum.’ Only one of the sev­en is still in the U.S.; five live in Ger­many or Switzer­land. The sev­enth, with whom Atta report­ed­ly trav­eled exten­sive­ly, has a crim­i­nal record in Ger­many, and today lives in Sau­di Ara­bia. The iden­ti­ties of the sev­en Ger­man nation­als were pieced togeth­er from infor­ma­tion gleaned in inter­views with Atta’s one-time Amer­i­can girl­friend, cor­rob­o­rat­ed by inde­pen­dent avi­a­tion sources in Venice and Naples, FL. . .” (“9/11: The Ger­man Con­nec­tion” by Daniel Hop­sick­er; p. 1.)

17. The arti­cle stress­es the struc­tur­al sim­i­lar­i­ty of Atta’s Ger­man asso­ciates with the back­ground of Andreas Strass­meir, alleged mas­ter­mind of the Okla­homa City bomb­ing and asso­ciate of Tim­o­thy McVeigh. “ . . . Strassmeir’s father was once a top aide to Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Hel­mut Kohl; Atta’s Ger­man friends are all chil­dren of the Ger­man elite. But before delv­ing fur­ther into Atta’s Ger­man con­nec­tions, there were two oth­er relat­ed devel­op­ments in Flori­da last week. In the first, the for­mer own­er of the ter­ror flight school in Venice, FL., Rudi Dekkers, was arrest­ed last week on a sin­gle count of felony fraud, and booked into the Col­lier Coun­ty jail in Naples, FL.” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

18. Both of the men run­ning the fly­ing schools in Flori­da that trained the hijack­ers were Dutch nation­als. Might this have some con­nec­tion to the Thyssen-Borne­misza link to the Nether­lands described in FTR#370? “As the Mad­Cow­Morn­ingNews has been report­ing, sus­pi­cious and often ille­gal activ­i­ties were com­mon­place occur­rences at Dekkers-owned flight schools at the same time the schools were train­ing a ver­i­ta­ble ‘Who’s Who’ of Ham­burg cadre ter­ror­ists. Now the arrest of the con­tro­ver­sial Dutch nation­al comes amid indi­ca­tions from author­i­ties that Fed­er­al agen­cies involved in the 9/11 inves­ti­ga­tion are tak­ing a clos­er look at Dekker’s busi­ness activ­i­ties in Flori­da dur­ing the past decade, fuel­ing spec­u­la­tion he might become the first non-Arab charged in a wider 9/11 con­spir­a­cy than has so-far been revealed. . . .Pos­ing for a new mug shot is the lat­est in a series of rever­sals suf­fered recent­ly by the Venice ‘Mag­ic Dutch Boy,’ so-called because he is one of two Dutch nation­als who owned flight schools at the Venice Air­port which each—by appar­ent freak coincidence—ended up train­ing ter­ror­ists to fly. . .” (Idem.)

19. Is some­one work­ing to silence Dekkers and Kruithof? “ . . . Then, too Dekker’s heli­copter crashed recent­ly, while he was en route to a show­down meet­ing with part­ner Wal­ly Hilliard over con­trol of Huff­man Avi­a­tion. In anoth­er freak coin­ci­dence, own­er of the sec­ond Dutch-owned flight school at the Venice Air­port, Arne Kruithof, also suf­fered a near-fatal avi­a­tion mishap last sum­mer when his plane fell from a hun­dred feet in the air onto the run­way of the Venice Air­port. It appears as if both would be well-advised to stay away from open win­dows.” (Ibid.; pp. 2–3.)

20. “The Ger­man ele­ment arrived in Flori­da with ‘Wolf­gang’ in 1996. Pri­or to arriv­ing in Naples he was asso­ci­at­ed with an orga­ni­za­tion called ‘The Fly­ing Club of Munich.’ ‘Wolf­gang showed up from Munich in the mid-1990’s and imme­di­ate­ly began oper­at­ing a flight school ille­gal­ly in ’96,’ stat­ed an avi­a­tion source in Naples. ‘He’s half Swiss, half Ger­man.’ Wolf­gang was instru­men­tal in bring­ing anoth­er of Atta’s Ger­man asso­ciates to Flori­da, a pilot named ‘Stephan,’ who we were to learn has done jail time in Ger­many, was on parole there when he came to the U.S., and recent­ly spent a year in Gun­dog­du, Turkey.” (Ibid.; p. 3.)

21. “While reg­u­lar Ger­man flight stu­dents strug­gle to obtain the nec­es­sary visas, Wolf­gang and Stephan appar­ent­ly had inside con­nec­tions which smoothed their progress. ‘Some­times it makes me mad that a crim­i­nal gets pref­er­ence,’ stat­ed one Ger­man nation­al flight instruc­tor in Naples with obvi­ous bit­ter­ness. ‘Wolf­gang signed off on Stephan’s books, and Stephan also got in on a fraud­u­lent busi­ness investor’s visa.’ ‘Wolf­gang was in his thir­ties,’ says Aman­da Keller, who lived with Atta dur­ing March and April of 2001. ‘He and Wolf­gang were very tight, they went every­where togeth­er. When he came into the pic­ture they were togeth­er all the time. . .’” (Idem.)

22. “Strange­ly, Keller also states that Atta always spoke Ger­man with Wolf­gang, a state­ment con­tra­dict­ed by the tes­ti­mo­ny of Rudi Dekkers, who told a Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee that when he addressed him in Ger­man, Atta had mere­ly looked at him strange­ly . . . Newsweek says its sources say the unnamed coun­try is Sau­di Ara­bia. That may prove to be at least part­ly cor­rect; still, there are few, if any, Saud­is named ‘Wolf­gang.’ Newsweek should keep dig­ging.” (Ibid.; pp. 3–4.)

23. Hop­sick­er has pro­vid­ed sup­ple­men­tal infor­ma­tion that points to a Ger­man insti­tu­tion­al con­nec­tion on Atta’s part—possibly an intel­li­gence con­nec­tion. “Sus­pi­cion is grow­ing in Ham­burg, Ger­many that Atta main­tained ties with West­ern intel­li­gence agen­cies while in tech­ni­cal School, says one for­mer Ger­man intel­li­gence offi­cial, point­ing to Atta’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in an elite pro­gram spon­sored by the Ger­man equiv­a­lent of the Agency for Inter­na­tion­al Devel­op­ment, an arm of the gov­ern­ment which often har­bors intel­li­gence oper­a­tives in the U.S.” (“Mohammed Atta Con­nect­ed to Sau­di Roy­al Fam­i­ly?” by Daniel Hop­sick­er; pp. 1–2; accessed at his vital­ly impor­tant web­site www.madcowprod.com; .)

24. “Even the Ham­burg elec­tron­ics com­pa­ny which employed three mem­bers of the core cadre—Atta, Mar­wan al-She­hhi, and Ramzi Binalshibh—for more than two years while they were stu­dents is begin­ning to appear to be not quite what it seemed at first glance. Hay Com­put­ing Ser­vice GmBH is sus­pect­ed of being what is known in Ger­man as a ‘briefkas­ten­fir­ma,’ lit­er­al­ly a ‘mail­box firm,’ com­mon­ly referred to in the U.S. as a ‘dum­my front com­pa­ny.’” (Ibid.; p. 2.)

25. Review­ing an arti­cle first pre­sent­ed in FTR#336, the broad­cast fur­ther under­scores the Ger­man asso­ciates of Atta and com­pa­ny. “When Thorsten Bier­mann arrived at the Flori­da Flight Train­ing cen­ter a year ago for a six-week course for an instru­ment license, he was pleased to be housed with three oth­er Ger­man-speak­ing stu­dents in a school-owned apart­ment with­in walk­ing dis­tance of the air­field. One of his room­mates, a con­ge­nial Lebanese, was even will­ing to cook most of the group’s din­ners and lend the oth­ers his red Mitsubishi—the only trans­porta­tion the four stu­dents had. But the Lebanese left a night­mare lega­cy when he turned in his key. He was Ziad Samir Jar­rah, one of the sus­pect­ed Sept. 11 air­plane hijack­ers, and the young Ger­man has been taint­ed by asso­ci­a­tion. . . ‘It was a coin­ci­dence that both Jar­rah and I were from Ham­burg; maybe that is what raised sus­pi­cion,’ said Bier­mann, not­ing that none of the oth­er Ger­mans or Aus­tri­ans who moved in and out of the apart­ment he shared with Jar­rah had been placed on the FBI watch list. [Ital­ics are Mr. Emory’s].” (“Sus­pi­cion Hangs Over Hijack Suspect’s Ex-Room­mate” by Car­ol J. Williams; The Los Ange­les Times; 11/15/2001; p. A4.)

26. One of the activ­i­ties that may have been under­tak­en by the milieu of the “Fly­ing Dutch­men” was drug-traf­fick­ing. “In point of fact, the rev­e­la­tion of the four addi­tion­al ter­ror sus­pects brings the cur­rent total of 9/11 cadre ter­ror­ists known to have been enrolled at flight schools owned by Dutch nation­als Rudi Dekkers and Arne Kruithof to eight. Rudi Dekkers’ fig­ure alone stands at five . . . and count­ing. Hilliard [Dekkers’ part­ner] was asked about his busi­ness asso­ci­a­tions with per­sons of dubi­ous repute, like Rudi Dekkers. One of Hilliard’s prized Lear jets was con­fis­cat­ed from him by the DEA after hav­ing been found with 43 pounds of hero­in aboard.” (“Four More 9/11 Ter­ror­ists Linked to Rudi Dekker’s Flight School” by Daniel Hop­sick­er; 2/5/2003; p. 2.)

27. With the demise of Sad­dam Hus­sein, it is inter­est­ing to con­tem­plate the Ger­man “bunker-builder” who con­struct­ed Sad­dam Hussein’s under­ground shel­ter. (The Ger­mans have quite a his­to­ry build­ing under­ground bunkers for fas­cist dic­ta­tors.) “The Ger­man archi­tect of one of Sad­dam Hussein’s main bunkers in Bagh­dad said on Fri­day the Iraqi leader can sur­vive any­thing short of a direct hit with a nuclear bomb if he stays with­in its four-feet-thick walls. ‘It could with­stand the shock wave of a nuclear bomb the size of the Hiroshi­ma one det­o­nat­ing 250 meters away,’ said Karl Ess­er, a secu­ri­ty con­sul­tant who designed the bunker under­neath Saddam’s main pres­i­den­tial palace in Bagh­dad. U.S.-led troops will also find it hard to fight their way in through its three-ton Swiss-made doors, Ess­er told Reuters in an inter­view.” (David Cross­land [Reuters]; 3/28/2003; p. 1.)

28. “Ess­er said he had no qualms about hav­ing helped to pro­tect a dic­ta­tor likened to Hitler. ‘It’s not just one per­son get­ting pro­tec­tion, it’s sev­er­al peo­ple, it’s the palace staff as well. I just see it as an achieve­ment of bunker tech­nol­o­gy,’ said Ess­er.” (Ibid.; p. 3.)


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