PENTTBOMB Investigation: The Miami Herald Media Co. (The Mcclatchy Company 30 daily newspapers) and the Herald-Tribune Media Group are urging a federal judge to make the FBI disclose details of its long-running Sarasota 9/11 investigation that took place in 2002. The two media companies want to be heard in an existing federal lawsuit against the agency by an independent news gathering organization in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Bulldog. The FBI documents could shed light on the alleged interactions of a high-echelon Saudi family — living in Sarasota’s Prestancia neighborhood just before the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on 9/11/2001 — and three hijacker pilots who trained in Venice about the same time. The newspapers are seeking to persuade a federal judge that an FBI assertion of privacy interests is outweighed by the public’s need to know what happened. The case is in US District Court Southern District of Florida case number 0:12-cv-61735-WJZ William J. Zloch, presiding.
There was a parallel investigation into a terrorist funding support network in Sarasota Fl during 2002 by ICE, (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) the Sarasota Police Department Intel Division and the Sarasota Sheriff Department with Detectives who serve on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force running alongside the FBI investigation of the Sarasota Saudi family and their links to the 9/11 hijackers. The FBI took over the ICE investigation in late 2003 when it linked to terrorism. It is no coincidence that Mohamed Atta and his 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijack pals just happened to select the Sarasota Fl area as their base of operations during the summer of 2000 and into 2001. It is no coincidence that Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat shows up at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton in the spring of 2000 and into 2003. Sarasota FBI Special Agent Thomas R. Baugher, who I met on several occasions at the Sarasota Police Department Intel Division during 2002 and 2003, told me that there are “Never Any Coincidences in Terrorism”.
It is no coincidence that Sarasota Saudi Abdulaziz al-Hijji, terrorist Wissam Hammoud and Al-Qaeda terrorist Adnan el-Shukrijumah played soccer at the local Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton during 2000 and into 2001. It is no coincidence that Abdulaziz al-Hijji was visited multiple times from the summer of 2000 and into 2001 by Mohamed Atta, Waleed al-Shehri and other 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijack pals at 4224 Escondito Circle in Sarasota Fl. 9/11 hijacker Waleed al-Shehri didn’t arrived in the United States until April 23rd 2001 on a tourist visa. Sarasota Fl was Terror Central from the summer of 2000 and into 2001.
According to a “counterterrorism agent” who was in Sarasota on 9/11 when President Bush was reading to schoolchildren. During the investigation that followed, Anthony Summers said, the source had access to FBI reports. The source related how the al-Hijjis left Sarasota just before the attacks. He said telephone “link analysis” had seemingly tied the couple to terrorists, including Mohamed Atta, pilot of the first plane to hit the World Trade Center. Since that analysis is subjective, Summers said, he was more intrigued when the “counterterrorism agent” said the Prestancia guard gate had recorded car and driver license information that linked Atta and other hijackers to the al-Hijjis. The agent suggested that Summers also talk to Larry Berberich, a former homeowners association president who had overseen security at Prestancia and was present when the guard gate records were pulled. Anthony Summers interviewed the two men in his motel room. He said they did not seem to be altering their stories to make them fit neatly together, but occasionally jogged each other’s memories “in a way that added to credibility,” he said. “One would say, ‘Wasn’t that in January?’, and the other would say, ‘No, I remember, because it was right after my daughter’s birthday.’ ”Only the agent knew about the phone link analysis, but both men seemed to know what had transpired at the guard gate, Summers said.
“I have been over to the Prestancia guard gate a number of times over the years (my brother lives there) and a Homeowner has to call in your name to the security guard on duty to get in, when you arrive you give your name to the security guard and you could be requested to show ID, the security guard checks your name off and your vehicle is photographed from the rear (video tape) as you go throught the guard gate to obtain your license plate number.”
The Saudis who lived in the Prestancia home at 4224 Escondito Circle in Sarasota Fl were Abdulaziz Al-Hijji, his wife, Anoud, and their small children. The home was owned by Anoud’s parents, Esam and Deborah Ghazzawi. Sarasota County records show the Al-Hijjis were married in May 1995 and that the Ghazzawi’s purchased the home at 4224 Escondito Circle the following September in 1995. Al-Hijji attended Manatee Community College (now the State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota) in Bradenton Fl and, at age 26, enrolled at the University of South Florida in January 2000. University records show he attended continuously until April 27, 2001 and was awarded a bachelor of science degree with a major in management information systems on August 10, 2001.
The Al-Hijjis, photo above, were married in May 1995 at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton, they had been in the Sarasota Fl area for at least 6 years prior to 9/11/2001, plenty of time to set up a base of operations for Mohamed Atta and other members of the 9/11 hijackers. Abdulaziz Al-Hijji, DOB 12/28/19723, as per a unpaid parking ticket in Manatee County Fl, was driving a 1999 tan Jeep with Fl Tag VAS14W and had Fl Drivers license number A420001734680 with a issue date of 09-12-1995, he got a duplicate Fl drivers license in 1997, 1998 and 2000.
“The car registration numbers of vehicles that had passed through the Prestancia community’s North Gate in the months before 9/11, coupled with the identification documents shown by incoming drivers on request, showed that Al-Qaeda terrorist Mohamed Atta and several of his fellow hijackers had visited 4224 Escondito Circle on multiple occasions,” the source said. Al-Qaeda terrorists did not just happen to show up at at 4224 Escondito Circle, they were invited which means Abdulaziz Al-Hijji had their cell phone and email information. Mohamed Atta’s car was a 1989 red Pontiac with Fl tag D79DDV, see info below.
The others who visited 4224 Escondito Circle included Marwan al-Shehhi, who plowed a United Airlines jet into the World Trade Center’s South Tower, Ziad Jarrah, who crashed another United jet into a Pennsylvania field and Waleed al-Shehri who flew with Atta on the first plane to strike the World Trade Center. Also identified as having visited: Saudi-born Al-Qaeda boss Adnan el-Shukrijumah.
Born in Saudi Arabia, Waleed al-Shehri had been a student until he accompanied his mentally ill brother to Medina. He later went to fight in Chechnya along with his brother Wail, but was redirected to Afghanistan, where he was recruited for the 9/11 attacks. 9/11 hijacker Waleed al-Shehri arrived in the United States in April 2001 on a tourist visa. Subpoenaed phone records connect 9/11 hijacker Walid al-Shehri to the 4224 Escondito Circle home in Sarasota Fl. He was on American Airlines Flight 11 which Mohamed Atta piloted into the North Tower. The FBI tied 10 other 9/11 terrorists to the 4224 Escondito Circle home.
A counter-terrorism source said law enforcement “also conducted a link analysis that tracked phone calls – based on dates, times, and length of phone conversations to and from the Escondito house at 4224 Escondito Circle – dating back more than a year before 9/11/2001 into early 2000, around the time Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat shows up at the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton. See Al-Qaeda hijacker Mohamed Atta’s phone records below. And the phone traffic also connected with the 9/11 terrorists – Mohamed Atta- though less directly than the gate logs did.”
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, the Florida Democrat who co-chaired Congress’s bipartisan Joint Inquiry into the 2001 terrorist attacks, called news of the Sarasota investigation the “most important” development on the background to the 9/11 plot in years. He added that Congress should have been told about it, FBI withheld all this info.
FDLE reports buttress key elements of the story, while providing new details: Sarasota cell phone store owner Wissam Hammoud said the two men worked out together at Shapes Fitness in Sarasota and played soccer at the local Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton. Hammoud stated he met ALHIJJI through his own relatives in Sarasota, (the Kazbour’s) in 1996. He described ALHIJJI as a heavy drinker and smoker of cannabis, however very well schooled in Islam. Hammoud indicated that ALHIJJI’S wife ANWD GHAZZAWI (maiden name) had family that provided her with money. He told the FBI Al-Hijji that “Osama bin Laden was a hero of al-Hijji.” He added that Al-Hijji showed him a “website containing information about bin Laden,” and spoke of “going to Afghanistan and becoming a freedom fighter.” Al-Hijji also tried to recruit him, Hammoud said. According to Hammoud, al-Hijji also talked of “taking flight training in Venice.” He said he believed “al-Hijji had known some of the terrorists from the September 11, 2001 attacks” who were students at an airport there.
Jailed Sarasota cell phone store owner Wissam Hammoud said al-Hijji “entertained Saudis at his residence” at “pot parties” that he himself did not stay for because – unlike al-Hijji as he remembered him – he “did not drink or smoke cannabis.” One Saudi Hammoud identified as an al-Hijji “friend” he brought to a soccer game at the Sarasota mosque in 2000 or 2001 was Al-Qaeda boss Adnan el-Shukrijumah. Wissam Hammoud’s wife and sister-in-law confirmed during interviews that they too knew the al-Hijjis and are familiar with elements of Hammoud’s account. Mrs. Hammoud, who asked that her full name not be used, got the impression from comments al-Hijji made that he was “anti-American.” Hammoud himself, speaking from prison, said al-Hijji “had a lot of hatred towards everyone in America.” He said he had thought al-Hijji “nuts” when he asked him to go fight in Afghanistan. Wissam Hammoud’s 2003 charges were solicitation to commit murder, retaliating against a witness, use of a firearm during a crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, he could have got LIFE. Wissam T. Hammoud is currently in the Federal Correctional Insititute in Milan MI, a low security federal correctional institution with a detention center, with a release date of 2023, he will be 57. Hammoud agreed to cooperate in unspecified investigations.
Wissam Hammoud, Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Mohamed Mezroub Link To Sarasota Mosque on Lockwood Ridge Rd and Al-Qaeda Linked Imam Muneer Arafat Prior to 9/11. SARASOTA HERLAD TRIBUNE 9/11/2013…Lawsuit asks FBI to release Sarasota 9/11 documents. Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks that included three hijacker pilots trained in Venice, the terrorists’ alleged interaction with a high-echelon Saudi family that lived in Sarasota remains shrouded in secrecy. A sheikh named Muneer Arafat came to St. Louis talking all that jihad talk prior to the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks”. In St. Louis, from 1996 to 2000, Imam Muneer Arafat became a well-known lecturer at different Masjids and built up quite a following. He gave lectures at local mosques that almost exclusively focused on jihad week in and week out and this got him into trouble with Sheikh Muhammad Nur of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis who at one point banned him from giving lectures at the Gateway Masjid, he then shows up at the Sarasota Mosque in March of 2000 just prior to the 9/11 hijackers showing up in Sarasota county in June of 2000. Imam Muneer Arafat quotes “I’m not opposed to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s goal of destroying Israel and replacing it with an Islamic state”. “Muslims need to stay unified, and they should support the Palestinian uprising known as the intifada”.
“Sarasota Saudi Family Had Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah over to 4224 Escondito Circle Prior to 9/11 Attack.”Wissam Hammoud told investigators that he often exercised with Abdulaziz al-Hijji and that the two played soccer together on property surrounding a Sarasota mosque“….The “Sarasota Mosque” is the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center on Lockwood Ridge Rd, at the time (6/2000 to 1/2001) the Holy Man at the mosque was Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat who was arrested by ICE agents on November 22nd 2002 in Sarasota and shipped off for questioning before a Federal grand jury in St Louis on December18th, 2002 , see St Louis Post-Dispatch article of January 20th, 2003 above. I had been following Muneer Arafat and others linked to him in Sarasota Fl since June of 2002. I photographed Muneer Arafat’s vehicle parked in front of a Sarasota Muslim used car dealer’s house on November 16th, 2002 just before he was arrested by ICE agents and then again on December 20th, 2002 after he was released from jail in St Louis, why did they let him go, was he now a spy for the FBI?
SARASOTA FL 2002 INVESTIGATION AL-QAEDA SUPPORT NETWORK: Muneer Arafat, 51, the Sarasota Imam and Al-Qaeda agent Ziyad Khaleel’s prior roommate was arrested by BICE on Nov 22nd 2002 in Sarasota Fl (6 days after I took the surveillance photo above of his vehicle in Sarasota) for over staying his visa on immigration charges, the FBI shipped Muneer Arafat back to St Louis MO to face a Grand Jury. Muneer Arafat had registered his 2000 Isuzu Trooper SUV in East St. Louis IL and was driving around Sarasota Fl with Illinois plates.
Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat says during the Sami Al-Arian trial that Al-Arian tried to recruit him into a faction of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in 1988 but he was already a Islamic Jihad terror member with the Tamimi Faction. Muneer Arafat worked for the FBI as a paid confidential informant on an international USED car trade based support of terrorism investigation in Sarasota Fl from at least December 2002 to at least early 2004. Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat was paid $35,000 by the FBI to spy on Muslim used car dealers in Sarasota and most likely Tampa Fl, I would not be surprised if he was wearing a wire during this time frame, they would have never suspected him.
Osmaa Sam Mustafa was the only person to employ any of the 9/11 hijackers in the USA prior to the attack on the USA. Why Isn’t Scumbag Osama ‘Sam’ Mustafa on FBI Most Wanted Fugitive List He Stole $17 Million From IRS and Helped 9/11 Hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi in San Diego. After the 9/11 attacks Osama ‘Sam’ Mustafa made his way to Tampa Fl and set up another used car business and associated with known terrorist Sami Al-Arian and others.
MOHAMED ATTA WAS A USED CAR DEALER IN HAMBURG, By Peter Finn Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, September 15, 2001; Page A15… At the university and in his work as a car dealer, Mohamed Atta gave no indication to casual acquaintances of having extremist beliefs. “He made such a friendly impression,” said Abdullah Bozkurt, 59, a dealer who knew Mohamed Atta from the open-air car market on Hamburg’s Feld Street before Atta showed up in the Sarasota Fl area in June of 2000.
INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF USED CAR DEALERS LINKED TO FUNDING 9/11 ATTACK ON THE USA. STOLEN VEHICLES WERE IMPORTED INTO MADRID, HAMBURG, JEDDAH SAUDI ARABIA AND DUBAI UAE (Jebel Ali) FROM AROUND THE WORLD. The Spanish cell’s alleged mastermind was 40-year-old Imad Yarkas, a Syrian-born used car dealer (importer) with a Spanish wife and five children. He was jailed in Madrid in November 2001, one of about 40 alleged Islamic extremists arrested in Spain since the 9/11 attacks. Yarkas was convicted and sent to prison in Nov 2006 for 27 years.
Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat lied about being an US citizen, solicited funds for the Hamas terror organization, was Al-Qaeda agent Ziyad Khaleel’s roommate, was arrested by the Feds in November 2002 in Sarasota and put in front of a St Louis Grand Jury investigating terror ties in the USA and worked for the FBI as a paid confidential informant on an international USED car trade based support of terrorism investigation in Sarasota Fl during 2002 to 2004, a very busy boy who should have testified in front of the 9/11 Commission, but he did not.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota to Panama City Fl, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com