According to Newsweek, the Washington Post and the New York Times, U.S. military officials gave the FBI information “suggesting that five of the alleged hijackers received training in the 1990s at secure U.S. military installations.”223 Hijackers may have been trained in strategy and tactics at the Air War College in Montgomery Alabama. Two were former Saudi Air Force pilots. Mohammed Atta, their supposed ringleader, attended International Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, while Abdulaziz Alomari attended Aerospace Medical School at Brooks Air Force base in Texas, and Saeed Alghambi the Defense Language Institute in Monterey California.
It is investigative reporter Daniel Hopsicker who discovered a hornet’s nest of intrigue in and around a flight school in Venice Florida, where the terrorists Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi were trained to fly. Hopsicker’s research reveals a circle of evidence which is otherwise ignored by the authorities, but which nevertheless offers up the most incriminating trail of information.
In Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta & the 9-11 Cover-up in Florida, Hopsicker reveals that at least eight of the terrorist pilots received their initial training in Venice, Florida, at either of the flight schools owned by Arne Kruithof and Rudi Dekkers.
Dekkers, the owner of Huffman Aviation, purchased the flight school at just about the time the terrorist pilots moved into town and began their lessons. Atta and al-Shehhi paid $28,000 each for flight instruction that was available nearby for a fraction of the price. Yeslam bin Laden also provided several students for training at Huffman, though he claims to be estranged from his step-brother.224
Dekkers had reportedly been indicted in his native Holland on charges that included fraud and money laundering. More might have been known about Dekkers’ dubious history, but following 9/11, the FBI removed the files at Huffman, and loaded them onto a C-130 military cargo plane at the Sarasota airport, which took off for Washington with governor Jeb Bush on board.225
Wally Hilliard, Dekkers’ financier, entered the aviation business in Florida with an assortment of criminal and covert intelligence elements. Less than three months before the two terrorists began flight training, a Learjet owned by Hilliard, carrying 43 pounds of heroin, was seized by the DEA. Charges were dropped for “lack of evidence”, but the DEA refused to return Hilliard his plane. Hilliard had gotten his Learjet from World Jet Inc, owned by drug smuggling brothers Don and Bill Whittington, who had supplied Barry Seal his plane.226
Hilliard was then loaned a plane, a Beechcraft King Air 200, worth over $2 million, by Truman Arnold, for only one dollar. The plane was conveyed from Arnold to a Hilliard company, Oryx, founded by Sheikh Kamal Adham, former director of Saudi intelligence, and BCCI front-man, and Adnan Khashoggi.227
A colleague of Khashoggi, Amr Ibrahim “Anthony” Elgindy, according to Kenneth Breen, an assistant federal attorney, notified his Salomon Smith Barney broker to sell off stocks, predicting that a stock market crash was imminent and the index would fall to 3000, which it did.228 Elgindy was charged with being the leader of a criminal racketeering enterprise alleged to have been short-selling and illegally manipulating stock in companies that were under criminal investigation. The information about these companies was provided to Elgindy, allegedly, by FBI agents that were members of his criminal enterprise. Among the other counts against Elgindy, he is accused of extorting shares from companies that he learned, via the information these FBI agents provided him, were under criminal investigation.229
Elgindy’s brother, Khaled, was linked to the Iran-Contra scandal through his ties with Elliot Abrams, who had been Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of State. Abram’s is also a Bush-pardoned Iran-Contra war criminal. Via his new role in the NSC, he was working on Arab-Israeli peace initiatives. Abrams chaired the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and sitting on the Washington DC Human Rights Committee chaired by him was Khaled Elgindy, where he served as a policy analyst.
Anthony and Khaled’s father, Ibrahim Elgindy, were reported to have founded an umbrella group of Muslim organisations in Chicago and led a 1998 protest on behalf of Muhammad Salah, a man the US government calls a designated global terrorist. Salah confessed to Israeli authorities that he was raising money for Hamas’ suicide bombings and training cells in the US to make explosives.230
One of the companies Elgindy targeted and traded was GenesisIntermedia, or GENI. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a civil suit in 2003 against individuals in scams involving GenisisIntermedia, which included Iran-Contra arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, but also stock-fraud artist Rafi Khan, the Toronto branch of Deustche Bank Securities, the Vancouver Stock Exchange (VSE), and Thomas Brooks, a broker, who can’t seem to account for shares loaned from Native Nations Securities.
Other than Khashoggi, ties between Iran-Contra conspirators and GENI included its director, Michael Roy Fugler, who was an integral part of Barry Seal’s organisation. It was Fugler’s job to set-up the front companies for Seal’s drug proceeds.231
Arnold, the chief fund-raiser for the Democratic Party in 1995, when the Whitewater scandal broke, was investigated for dubious money-raising schemes, from renting out the White House’s Lincoln Bedroom to selling tickets on Air Force One. Arnold, who played golf with Clinton, had also been responsible for coordinated payments to convicted Clinton friend Web Hubbell.232 Arnold was defended during the Whitewater Investigation by slick Washington lawyer Richard Ben-Veniste, who had also not only served on the Watergate and then Whitewater panels, but defended Barry Seal, and eventually served on the official 9/11 probe.233
Britannia Aviation, which operated from a hangar at Huffman Aviation at the Venice Airport, had a “green light” from the Justice Department’s Drugs Enforcement Administration (DEA), while the Venice Police Department “had been warned to leave them alone.”234 It was found that Britannia had been providing maintenance services for Caribe Air, a notorious CIA proprietary carrier. Caribe Air aircraft had been seized a decade before by federal officials, at the infamous Mena airbase in Arkansas, after having been accused by the government of using as many as twenty planes to ship drugs valued in the billions of dollars into the U.S.235
Britannia’s move from Venice to Lynchburg, VA, was eased because Hilliard had loaned Jerry Falwell a million dollars, which the televangelist showed no indication of intending to repay. Falwell needed the money because he was being foreclosed upon by Jackson Stephens. Many flight trainers who trained the Arab terrorists also moonlighted by flying “Christian missionary” flights to Central and South America, out of the Venice and Sarasota Airports, for Falwell crony, Pat Robertson’s Operation Blessing.236
Hilliard and Dekkers were partners with Rick Boehlke in the creation of a new airline, Florida Air, or Flair. Boehlke was also then a participant in Portland, OR, in the $340 million looting of pension funds of mostly Mafia run unions, like the Laborers Union. Boehlke was assisted by his friend Jeff Grayson, head of the firm Capital Consultants LLC, who invested $6 million with Title Loans of America, a legalised loan-sharking firm in Georgia, owned by Alvin Malnik, known as “Meyer Lansky’s heir”. Alvin Malnik, a Jewish lawyer from Miami, has extremely close ties to Prince Turki al Faisal. Malnik’s son, Mark, converted to Islam, changed his name to Shareef, and then married the daughter of Sheikh al Fazzi, whose other daughter is married to Prince Turki.237
Boehlke owned one of the largest holdings of freestanding retirement homes, one of which was on the opposite side of the street and a block away from Huffman Aviation, a building belonging to the empire of Jackson Stephens. The building houses Stephens’ former law firm, Boone Boone & Boone, which some credit with running the town of Venice.238
Hilliard’s business partner was Mark Shubin, a Russian with experience in the Jamaican military and links with the CIA, the KBG, and the Russian Mob. Mark Shubin was in business with the notorious Ken Wood, who played a large part in the Silverado Saving and Loan collapse. He was in business with Neil Bush, brother to the former president, George Bush junior. Peter Brewton, of the Houston Post, who broke the CIA-Mafia connection to the S&L Scandal, said that Neil Bush’s Silverado partners “all had connections to individuals or S&L connected to [New Orleans “Mafia Kingfish”] Beebe, allegedly connected to the underworld.”239
Wally Hilliard also did business with Myron Du Bain, who had worked alongside late ex-CIA director John McCone on the boards of several banks. Du Bain was on the board of United California Bank (UCB), right after former CIA director John McCone had served as chairman. Essentially, UCB had been known as John McCone’s “piggy bank”, and with Du Bain on board, they had “attempted to recover monies looted and missing” by Saudi arms dealers, such as Adnan Khashoggi and former CIA personnel.240
John Villada stated, “I was Wally’s jet manager. My office was next to his. I could overhear everything he said. I still don’t know who he is.” Nobody knows for sure who Wally works for,” said Mark Shubin. “I know more about Wally Hilliard than I ever want to know,” said a former Huffman Aviation Executive. Referring to the U.S. military deliberately leaving an escape route open to Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, he further noted, “why do you think the U.S. military didn’t close the passes into Pakistan during the Tora Bora bombing? This all goes far deeper than you think.” Like many other witnesses in Venice, he demanded anonymity. He explained, “I’ve got a family”.241
Though Dekkers denied there was such a relationship, according to Venice cab driver Bob Simpson, Dekkers and Mohammed Atta, “knew each other well, really well. They were friends.”242 Most of Atta’s closest associates in Venice were not Arabs, but Europeans with connections to the drug trade. Amanada Keller, Atta’s girlfriend in Venice, claimed that all of his friends, with the exception of al Shehhi, were German and Dutch, including Dekkers and Kruithof. Atta called certain Arabic people “my brother”, but he also called his German friends, Wolfgang and Juergen, “my brother”.243
As discovered by Daniel Hopsicker, Atta lived two months with Amanda Keller, an American stripper and lingerie model. He apparently loved the nightlife, to drink, and snorted cocaine. Atta’s email list also included names of people who worked for defence contractors, like one who, for instance, worked for a Canadian firm, Virtual Prototypes, which helped develop the avionics for F-15, F-22 and B-2. Under pressure from the FBI, Keller publicly retracted her story though. Similarly, according to two employees of a bar in Ft. Lauderdale, Atta and two companions had gotten “wasted”, and Atta blurted “F*ck God!” However, these witnesses, too, mysteriously retracted their statements.244
For four of the years Atta lived in Hamburg, he was a “scholarship” student at an elite international exchange programme, part of a “joint venture” between the U.S. and German governments, run by an organisation with ties to figures like David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger. The U.S. end of the programme is run out of an address at the U.N. Plaza in New York, by CDS International, named after Carl Duisberg, who headed the Bayer Corporation, and founded I.G. Farben.245
During WW I, Duisberg devised the slave labour system later perfected by IG Farben, which financed the infamous Joseph Mengele, who later developed the MK-Ultra and Monarch mind control programmes.246 Captain John McCarthy, US Army Special Forces (Ret.), who ran CIA assassination teams out of Saigon during the Vietnam War, told his friend, LAPD whistleblower Mike Ruppert, that “MK-Ultra is a CIA acronym that officially stands for “Manufacturing Killers Utilizing Lethal Tradecraft Requiring Assassinations.”247
Henry Kissinger nevertheless lauded the programme at a dinner celebration of the CDS International in 1987, congratulating it for its 20 years of service in keeping close business ties, not only between Germany and the U.S., but more also through career development programmes for participants from “other countries”. During his visit to Germany, to commemorate the Berlin Airlift, Clinton noted the U.S. “will be working hard to expand our support” for the CDS programme, which “has already given more than 10,000 German and American students the chance to visit each other’s countries.”248
223 Wheeler, Larry, “Pensicola NAS link faces more scrutiny”, Pensicola News Journal, September 17, 2001.
224 Hopsicker, Daniel. Welcome to Terrorland, p. 31.
225 Ibid. p. 31.
226 Ibid. p. 268.
227 Paul W. Rasche, “The Politics of Three - Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel," Studien von Zeitfragen 35, Jahrgang Internet, August 2001.
228 Dobry, Gary. The Body Politic.
232 Hopsicker , Daniel. “Six Degrees of Richard Ben-Veniste” December 20, MadCowMorningNews.
233 Hopsicker, Welcome To Terrorland, p. 326.
234 Ahmed, The War on Freedom, p. 100.
235 Ibid, p. 102.
236 Ibid, p. 320
237 Ibid, p. 228.
238 Ibid, p. 241.
239 Ibid, p. 265.
240 Hicks, Sander. The 9/11 Truth Movement - Part Two, “No Easy Answer Heroin, Al Qaeda And The Florida Flight School”.
241 Hopsicker, Welcome to Terrorland, p. 256.
242 Ibid. p. 308.
243 Ibid, p. 332.
244 Ibid, p. 82.
245 Hopsicker, Welcome to Terrorland, p. 335
246 “50 Years after the War Crimes Trials against IG Farben”, Campaign Never Again.
247 Dowbenko, Uri. Mind Control Slavery and the New World Order. Reformatted by Kidd November, 2000.
248 Hopsicker, Welcome to Terrorland, p. 337.