The NATO Secretary General, in attributing
authorship of the September 11 attack, said that all
roads lead to Osama Bin Laden and the al Qaida network.
Is it true that all the evidence leads to Osama
and al Qaida?
There are four evidentiary roads possibly
connecting the 19 Gulf Arab and Egyptian suicidists
aboard the doomed planes with the group that financed
and directed them.
1) The wire transfers amounting to $100,000.
Mohamed Atta received this money in June 2000 in Florida
in several payments from source identifying himself as
"Mustafa Ahmad" through the medium a bank in the United
Arab Emirate. Since the money was used to finance training
suicidists pilots, and the sender's name turned out to
be an untraceable alias, it can be assumed that the sender
represented the plotters directing Atta. Unfortunately,
the sender successfully cloaked his identity (which is
not difficult with a UAE bank), so the road leads to a
2) Surveillance by Czech intelligence of Ahmed Al-Ani,
a diplomat at the Iraq Embassy in Prague.
Czech surveillance was routinely covering Al-Ani in
the Spring of 2000. In June, it reportedly spotted him
meeting with Atta who had briefly stopped in Prague
just prior to his departure to the US. Shortly thereafter,
Atta received the $100,000 bank transfers from "Mustafa
Ahmad." Whether Atta knew the actual identity of Ahmad
Al-Ani when they met or whether Ani was contacting him
under a "false flag" is not known. Czech surveillance,
however, certainly knew that Ani was an officer in the
Iraq Intelligence service since it expelled him from
the Czech Republic for espionage activities in April
2001. Secretary of State Powell took this report seriously
enough to ask the Czech's about it following the September
bombings. This road, if the reports are accurate (which
is a big "if) leads directly to directly to Iraq.
3) Malaysian police surveillance of Al Qaida in Malaysia
in December 1999. Khalid al Midhar, one of the 19 suicidists
was videotaped meeting with al Qaida supporters in Kuala
Lumpur at a Islamic conference. This was 18 months prior
to his joining the hijackers in the US. This road, if
it was uninterrupted, leads to al Qaida.
4) The transfer of $15,000 by Atta and two other suicidists
on September 9, 2001. This money reportedly was sent through
a UAE bank to an account traceable to Bin Laden. Who,
if anyone, directed Atta to ghost this traceable trail
is not known. If it was the "Mustafa Ahmad" who sent the
money, the question as to his motive in putting a return
address on the crime may be relevant.
So not all roads from the suicidists lead exactly in the
same direction: one road is a dead end, one road leads
to Iraq, and two road leads to al-Qaida and Bin Laden.