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Un-Islamic hijacker behavior


The hijackers were living it up in the weeks before the attacks, in a manner that fails to suggest intensely religious Muslims bent on destroying infidels. Stripper Amanda Keller was Mohammed Atta's girlfriend and had all sorts of tales about drugs and sex and parties and "shadowy contacts with foreign nationals". Numerous reports, e.g., San Francisco Chronicle, reported that Atta and other alleged hijackers made "at least six trips" to Las Vegas where they had "engaged in some decidedly un-Islamic sampling of prohibited pleasures." A Wall Street Journal editorial titled "Terrorist Stag Parties" noted these guys were drinking heavily and cavorting with lap dancers and call girls. Numerous mainstream news accounts on September 12 told of how Atta et al were in a Florida bar called Shuckums on September 7, getting blind drunk and loudly abusive. In a weird twist, this story began to change gradually. By September 16, the Washington Post was saying Atta was absorbed in video games the whole time, not being abusive; a week later it said the manager of the bar "didn't recall" Atta drinking. A Time magazine report the same week also revised the story, saying only the others drank, not Atta. Finally the 9/11 Commission wiped out the story completely, saying Atta flew to Baltimore that day (and therefore couldn't have been in the bar).

Source: Marrs 26-27, citing Hopsicker; Griffin, e.g. Cognitive Infiltration p 58 and 74-75


I don't know what's the usual sort of farewell one gives oneself under these circumstances, but a bit of sex and drugs doesn't sound beyond the pale to me. On the other hand, it's hard to see fundamentalist Islam condoning cocaine and lap dancers, but I'm no religious scholar. At least as unsettling as the behavior itself is the way the story changed, seemingly to preserve the idea that Atta was a radical Muslim and eliminate any contradictory information. The fact that the 9/11 Commission wiped the incident off the face of history is especially suspicious. Considering how important their extreme Muslim-ness is to the official story, I have to say this counts as rather suspicious.

Bottom line, me, I give it:

rather suspiciousrather suspiciousrather suspicious


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1. tnt 11 Jan 2008 05:15:29 PM

Wouldn't this time be considered the Al Queda equivalent of the bachelor party? Seems quite natural for someone about to nose-dive (or swan-dive)into the Twin Towers and life as we once knew it.

2. john 11 Jan 2008 09:24:58 PM

Right, it seems perfectly reasonable to me. Look, next week I'm toast...this week, lap dance city baby! But I don't know too much about the mindset. I should look into this one a bit more...

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