Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Booman Diaries

Today's Booman diary at Daily Kos starts off:

This is cross-posted at Booman Tribune, where I invite you to become a member. This story involves conspiracies...I hope I don't get banned.

I doubt Booman will get banned for this, since he's too big of a name at Daily Kos, but - just in case - I'm only going to provide a link to the cross-post at Booman Tribune: Weldon and the 9/11 Commission.

Yesterday Booman wrote two diaries about the Able Danger story on the front page of The New York Times: Shocking 9/11 Revelations and Meta Diary on My Other Diary.

It's great to see a big name blogger not afraid to tackle such a controversial topic. But, hell, a large reason why Booman started his Scoop Website in the first place was because others were too timid to talk about election irregularities and the urgent need for reform.

I have more to report on this story, but for now I'll just say that I think the most significant part of it is that the 9/11 Commission ignored this story in their report.

It's not the only thing the commission ignored.

The commission ignored 9/11 widow Mindy Kleinberg's testimony.

The commission - and America's mainstream press - also ignored this story that the BBC reported on September 23rd, 2001 (Hijack 'suspects' alive and well):

"Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well."

"The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt."

"Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September."

"His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world."

"Now he is protesting his innocence from Casablanca, Morocco."

"He told journalists there that he had nothing to do with the attacks on New York and Washington, and had been in Morocco when they happened. He has contacted both the Saudi and American authorities, according to Saudi press reports."

"He acknowledges that he attended flight training school at Daytona Beach in the United States, and is indeed the same Waleed Al Shehri to whom the FBI has been referring."

"But, he says, he left the United States in September last year, became a pilot with Saudi Arabian airlines and is currently on a further training course in Morocco."

There's more about the others who may still be alive at the BBC article, so make sure you check it out.

I've got more to report on Curtis Weldon, but whether or not Atta's name was linked in 2000, the fact that the 9/11 Commission didn't seem to follow-up on it seems very - shall I say...screw it - suspicious.

Booman left this comment on his Meta Diary:

"9/11 was carried out by a bunch of people engaged in a conspiracy. The 9/11 Commission Report is an effort to explain the conspiracy."

"Any indication that the 9/11 staff investigators fudged the facts is an indication that they engaged in a conspiracy."

"And it means that the official conspiracy theory has significant shortcomings, and incomplete data."


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