- The possibility that 19 Muslim men accused of being the
Sept. 11 hijackers were not, in fact, the hijackers, is not so extraordinary
an idea as it might seem.
- After seven months of non-stop declarations by U.S. government
spokesmen that there exists solid proof tying 19 Muslim men to plotting
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, FBI Director Robert Mueller has now admitted
quite the opposite.
- That 19 Muslim men who have apparently disappeared have
been named as the hijackers is not in doubt.
- What is in doubt is whether those 19 men were actually
plotting anything, either individually or together.
- The amazing possibility remains that others carried out
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, using the identities of the 19 Muslims
who have been assigned guilt in the tragedy.
- In an April 19 speech delivered to the Common wealth
Club in San Francisco, Mueller said that the purported hijackers, in his
words, "left no paper trial." The FBI director stated flatly:
- In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single
piece of paper-either here in the United States or in the treasure trove
of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere-that mentioned
any aspect of the Sept. 11 plot.
- In describing Mueller's evidence fiasco, Los Angeles
Times reporters Erich Lichtblau and Josh Meyer, whose article was reprinted
in The Washington Post on April 30, note that:
- Law enforcement officials say that while they have been
able to reconstruct the movements of the hijackers before the attacks-all
legal except for a few speeding tickets-they have found no evidence of
their actual plotting.
- The Times reporters acknowledge that Mueller's comments
"offer the FBI's most comprehensive and detailed assessment to date
of its investigation, remarkable as much for what investigators have not
found as for what they have."
- The FBI director explained away the absence of evidence
by making the disingenuous assertion that the hijackers used "meticulous
planning, extraordinary secrecy and extensive knowledge of how America
works" to conceal their scheme.
- Mueller made this claim despite the fact that in the
immediate wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, a variety of U.S. officials and
media sources speciously announced, almost instantaneously, that there
was firm evidence not only that these 19 Muslim men were agents of Osama
bin Laden's al Qaeda "network" but that they were indeed the
individuals who hijacked the doomed flights on Sept. 11.
- Mueller seems to forget that early government and media
reports loudly hyped "discoveries"-letters and other documents-in
the luggage and personal belongings of the presumed hijackers which "proved"
that they were on a "mission for Allah," etc etc.
- Now Mueller's comments seem to contradict everything
that's been said.