SUMMER OF 2000 IN SARASOTA: Yeah it was just another day in paradise in Sarasota Fl, I was working several different PI surveillance cases during the Summer of 2000, everyday was the same, bright and sunny temp in the 90’s with high humidity, tough to be outside sitting in a car watching someone but ideal weather for Middle Eastern Muslim radicals Ziad Samir Jarrah from Lebanon Mohamed Atta from Egypt and Marwan Al-Shehhi from United Arab Emirates, seen in photo above, who were just moving into Sarasota County during June of 2000.
At the Movies, ‘Mission Impossible II’ and ‘The Perfect Storm’ were big box office hits during the Summer of 2000, “Beautiful Day” by U2 was a big hit during the Summer of 2000 and Donald Trump’s Summer of 2000 book predicted a major terror attack in US. “I really am convinced we’re in danger of the sort of terrorist attacks that will make the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center by seven Muslim terrorists look like kids playing with firecrackers,” Donald Trump writes in his June 2000 book, “The America We Deserve.” “No sensible analyst rejects this possibility, and plenty of them, like me, are not wondering if but when it will happen.” The lead terrorist was Ramzi Yousef his maternal uncle is Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), with whom he allegedly planned the Bojinka plane plot. KSM is a senior al-Qaeda member and the principal architect of the September 11 attacks in 2001. Yousef is serving his 2 life sentences at ADX Florence, located in Florence, Colorado. Trump’s Summer of 2000 terror prediction came true 15 months later on September 11th, 2001 with 19 Muslim fanatics on board 4 planes.
MOVIE “THE SIEGE”: The film is about a “fictional situation” in which Muslim terrorist cells make several attacks on New York City with suicide bombers. The film stars Denzel Washington, Annette Bening, Tony Shalhoub and Bruce Willis. “Well back in 1998 this entire premise of Muslim terrorists attacking New York City seemed quite far fetched in the movie “The Siege”, virtually in the realms of fantasy by the kind of overly paranoid Yanks that stockpile guns and tinned food. Then unfortunately the unthinkable happened as America was indeed attacked and hit hard on their own turf with the dreadful September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist suicide plane bombings of the World Trade Center in New York. It is only now that this film really does have a much darker meaning with the events of the movie disturbingly realistic when once thought of as hyper reality.”
SARASOTA’s PERFECT STORM: 9/11 terrorists Marwan Al-Shehhi and Mohamed Atta lived in a small pink rental house on W. Laurel Rd Nokomis Sarasota County Fl during the Summer of 2000. Somehow and more than likely my work as a private eye in Sarasota and the paths of the 9/11 hijackers could have crossed more than once of twice. I was often in the Siesta Key village where Mohamed Atta was spotted at the 7/11 store, more than once, and I often followed errant husbands into the Cheetah Strip club which the 9/11 hijackers frequented. According to the FBI, Mohamed Atta, the pilot of the first hijacked aircraft that crashed into the World Trade Center, and his accomplices spent some of their time in Las Vegas at the Olympic Bar a downtown strip club. Samantha, a 29-year-old stripper, told the San Francisco Chronicle, that she had been paid to lap dance for Marwan al-Shehhi, the pilot of the second aircraft to hit the World Trade Center. “Some of the girls here remember a couple of those guys coming in here in August 2001, too. For me, what I remembered most was the guy with the beard. You don’t forget a face in this business.” All the strippers, she said, remember the men as well-groomed, polite and light drinkers. Some of the hijackers also used the Pink Pony strip joint in Florida. The 9/11 hijackers were also big spenders in San Diego. “The lifestyle of Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi became very expensive. Among other things, they like to go to bars. And they spent a lot of money, in fact, ‘Horndog‘ Nawaf al-Hazmi at one point wanted to marry strippers that he had met at the bar.” MORE FROM THIS SOURCE..
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Mohamed Atta did patronize local Sarasota bars and businesses. He told the manager of the Outlook bar, across the street from American Legion Post 159 in Venice, that he was from Germany and came to Venice to learn to fly because it was “more cheaper” in the United States. That’s the most significant thing Cathy Meinhart said she remembers about Mohamed Atta. He dressed in khakis and polo shirts and was fairly quiet and aloof. “As I told my family, the only thing I can tell you about him is he drank Bud Light,” she said. Mohamed Atta and several friends were regulars at a Venice bar called the 44th Aero Squadron, decorated in the motif of a bomber-squadron bunker, complete with sandbags. “I never had any problems with them,” said the owner, Ken Schortzmann. “They didn’t want to be bothered, but didn’t drink heavily or flirt with the waitresses, like some of the other flight students.” Mohamed Atta seemed to be the leader. “He had a fanny pack with a big roll of cash in it,” said Schortzmann. Lisa Acosta of North Port said she remembers seeing Mohamed Atta at the 7-11 where she works, in the Siesta Key village area, several times in the spring. She didn’t remember what he bought. A dancer at the Cheetah Lounge in Sarasota also reported seeing one of the 9/11 terrorists at the strip club. Several other Cheetah employees, shown pictures Friday of the 9/11 terrorists who trained in Venice, said they looked somewhat familiar but that the dancer who had recognized one of them wasn’t at work. A club manager escorted a Herald-Tribune reporter out of the club shortly afterward, saying the Cheetah had no comment.
Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Adnan El-Shukrijumah knew some of the 9/11 terrorists who were in training at Venice Airport, according to a former friend who provided the information to an FBI agent and a Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office detective in 2004. The informant, a Sarasota cellphone store owner named Wissam Hammoud, made the claim while awaiting trial in the Hillsborough County Jail on federal charges. He is now serving a 21-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty in August 2005 to charges of plotting to kill a federal agent and a confidential informant. Through the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hammoud arranged to be interviewed by Sarasota sheriff’s Detective Michael Otis and FBI agent Leo Martinez, who worked in the agency’s Fort Myers field office, according to a 2004 investigative report file by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. See FDLE report https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/785160-wissaum-hammoud-interview-2004-about-sarasota.html
Sarasota Budget Mobile store owner Wissam Hammoud told investigators that he often exercised with Abdulaziz al-Hijji at the Shapes Fitness center near the Prestancia neighborhood, and that the two played soccer together on property surrounding the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center Mosque at 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd Sarasota Fl. Al-Qaeda and Hamas linked Imam Muneer Arafat was hired by the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center in March of 2000, he listed local address’s on Central Sarasota Pkwy and at Nature Circle Sarasota, FL. Al-Hijji brought a friend to the games who Hammoud claimed was Adnan El Shukrijumah, a man who was federally indicted in 2010 for his alleged role in a terrorist plot to attack New York City’s subway system. The plot, uncovered in September 2009, was directed by senior Al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan, and El Shukrijumah is thought to have been part of the group’s external operations hierarchy.
Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Adnan El-Shukrijumah could have been coming to 4224 Escondito Circle in Prestancia from at least 1995 as he was living in Miramar Fl at that time. Al-Qaeda terrorist leader Adnan El-Shukrijumah and Abdulaziz Al-Hijji both moved to South Florida in 1995. “In mid-August 2001, Abdulaziz al-Hijji, purchased a new vehicle and renewed the registration on several other vehicles at the Sarasota County tag office near his home, so why did he ‘bug out’ just days later in August. One of the vehicles was a 1999 tan 4dr Jeep, Vehicle License VAS14W. On Aug 27th 2001 a moving truck appeared and moved the al-Hijji subjects out of the house. Left behind were the vehicles and numerous personal belongings, including food, medicine, bills, baby clothing etc.. Abdulaziz Al-Hijji, DOB 12/28/1973, 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.
FBI DISAVOWS OWN SARASOTA DOCUMENT: The 9/11 Review Commission, tasked to examine new evidence, obtained a copy of the Sarasota case file and was briefed by the FBI, which disavowed its April 2002 report saying it was “poorly written and wholly unsubstantiated.” “When questioned later by others in the FBI, the special agent who wrote (it) was unable to provide any basis for the contents of the document or explain why he wrote it as he did,” the report says. The report does not name the agent, but its language suggests the commission accepted the FBI’s statements without challenge. The report does not address why the FBI kept its Sarasota investigation a secret from two federal inquiries into 9/11. The FBI’s denial was later contradicted by its own documents that were made public two years ago amid ongoing Freedom of Information litigation brought by Broward Bulldog, Inc., FloridaBulldog.org corporate parent. One FBI report, dated April 16, 2002, said investigators determined that the Sarasota Saudis had “many connections to individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.”
“HOLY MAN” MUNEER ARAFAT TERROR LINKS. Imam Muneer Arafat first began his career in the US in St. Louis and Columbia, MO. In St. Louis he 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. They would butt heads over and over again about other issues including Arafat’s dishonesty about his religious education and immigration status. Imam Muneer Arafat first shows up in Sarasota in March of 2000, he had been hired by the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB) mosque. Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat was driving a blue 2000 Isuzu SUV with IL license plate 3678625 in the Sarasota area between June 2000 to Jan 2001 with no drivers license when Mohamed Atta was living at his rental house on W. Laurel Rd in Nokomis Fl and when Mohamed Atta and his pals where visiting Abdulaziz al-Hijji at 4224 Escondito Circle Sarasota Fl. I don’t know if Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat also visited 4224 Escondito Circle but since Wissam Hammoud and Abdulaziz al-Hijji were members of his Mosque I think it is highly likely he did.
Wissam Hammoud, Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Mohammed Mezroub Link To Sarasota Mosque on Lockwood Ridge Rd and Al-Qaeda Linked Imam Muneer Arafat Prior to 9/11. According to Sarasota cell phone store owner Wissam Hammoud, Mohammed Mezroub, his photo above in Sarasota Fl was one of Abdulaziz al-Hijji pals in June of 2000 to August 2001, they had talked of going to Afghanistan and fighting for the Mujahedin against US Forces. Mohammed Mezroub was arrested numerous times by Sarasota County Sheriff’s office with multiple Battery Charges, see just one at link https://cms.sarasotaclerk.com/BenchmarkwebCAPS/CourtCase.aspx/Details/944680?digest=j7Qbq7ksYYwguSe3Ns5Icg .
Wissam Hammoud, (currently in prison), Abdulaziz al-Hijji and Mohammed Mezroub all link to the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center on Lockwood Ridge Rd when Al-Qaeda linked Imam Muneer Arafat was there, why did this Mosque get a pass. See FDLE report https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/785160-wissaum-hammoud-interview-2004-about-sarasota.html
According to security people at the Prestancia gated community in Sarasota the license plates of vehicles owned by Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah had been to 4224 Escondito Circle Prior to 9/11 Attack. During the time period of June 2000 to August of 2001 Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Ziad Jarrah, Wissam Hammoud and Adnan El-Shukrijumah appear to have visited Esam Ghazzawi and Abdulaziz al-Hijji at 4224 Escondito Circle Prior to 9/11 Attack. I had run the license plate of Mohamed Atta, D79DDV, on May 27 2002 it was on a 1989 red Pontiac, Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi had been living on W. Laurel Rd in Nokomis Fl, see photo above.
Esam Ghazzawi’s son-in law Abdulaziz al-Hijji began attending the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center 4350 N. Lockwood Ridge Rd in 1995, see photo above with red Pontiac parked out front. Al-Qaeda and Hamas linked Imam Muneer Arafat was hired by the Sarasota Bradenton Islamic Center in March of 2000, he listed local address’s on Central Sarasota Pkwy and at Nature Circle Sarasota, FL. Abdulaziz al-Hijji and his wife Anoud left three cars at their luxurious home in a gated community in Sarasota, Florida — one of them new — and flew to Saudi Arabia in August 2001. The refrigerator was full of food; furniture and clothing were left behind; and the swimming pool water was still circulating.
Muneer Arafat, 50, 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 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 and he was questioned about his past roommate Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khalil. Muneer Arafat had registered his 2000 Isuzu Trooper SUV in East St. Louis IL and was driving around Sarasota Fl with no drivers license, flying under the radar, Arafat didn’t register with the State of Florida. Before arriving in Boca Raton during 2003 at the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), Muneer Arafat was the Imam of the Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton (ISSB) mosque. Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR) made national headlines when one of its congregants, Rafiq Abdus Sabir, was caught plotting to go overseas and aid members of Al-Qaeda. In addition, one of ICBR’s current Directors, Bassem Alhalabi, was a research assistant for Sami Al-Arian and published materials with Al-Arian at the University of South Florida (USF) all the while Muneer Arafat was their ‘Holy Man’.
Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa aka Ziyad Khalil was a roving jack-of-all-trades in the American underground militant Islamic community, he was also the roommate of Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat. His name and Detroit address both appeared prominently in ledgers taken from the Al-Kifah Refugee Center in 1994, a critical international financial and strategic arm of al Qaeda. While in Orlando, Florida, Khaleel served as the regional director for the Columbia, Missouri-based Islamic African Relief Agency (IARA), an Islamic charity that had a multimillion-dollar USAID contract cancelled after the U.S. State Department determined that it was not in America’s “national-security interests.” In Columbia itself, Khaleel operated a remote-branch office on behalf of radical Saudi dissidents based in London who were closely aligned with Osama bin Laden. While living in Orlando Fl, he even added a digitized copy of an infamous al Qaeda propaganda video titled “The Martyrs of Bosnia” to his own short-lived Internet website.
SARASOTA’s PERFECT STORM SUMMER OF 2000: And all of these Muslim radicals, Muneer Arafat, Ziad Jarrah, Mohamed Atta, Marwan Al-Shehhi, Wissam Hammoud, Ziyad Khaleel, Abdulaziz al-Hijji, Sami Al-Arian and Adnan El Shukrijumah where in Sarasota Fl during the Summer of 2000, small world eh?
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at http://www.wbipi.com