According to the official story,
teams of four and five hijackers armed only with primitive weapons
overcame the flight crews of four out of four flights
and then proceeded to fly three of the four planes into
The World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.
The alleged hijackers supposedly belonged to semi-autonomous cells,
having been in the United States for months and years.
The cells were directed by the terrorist organization Al Qaeda
Osama bin Laden.
The hijacker story had a great deal of appeal to the American audience.
The hijackers were all Muslim extremists,
far removed from mainstream American culture.
Their fanaticism made their success against overwhelming odds
seem more plausible.
Despite its attractive features,
the hijacker story is challenged by many facts,
especially relating to the implausability that they could have performed
all of the tasks attributed to them by the official story.
However, a mantra of "no Muslum hijackers" has become a staple
of some skeptics of the official story
based primarily on the following arguments:
- There is a lack of credible evidence that the alleged hijackers were
on any of the four planes.
- Passenger manifests for each of the four flights lacked any Arab names.
- Several alleged hijackers reported themselves alive following the attack.
- The behavior of several of the alleged hijackers prior to the attack
was inconsistent with Muslum beliefs and practices.
Each of these four arguments has been challenged and
discredited to some degree.
Argument 1 requires dismissing the many reported phone calls from the planes
as evidence of hijackers.
Implausible theories of phone-call fakery
have been advanced to
discount the numerous reported calls from Flight 93 in particular.
Argument 2 has been exposed as based on mischaracterizing
victims lists, published in the media shortly after the attack,
as passenger manifests.
Around the time of the Moussaoui trial,
a list of alleged passenger manifests
was released to a reporter by the FBI,
and those lists contain Arab names.
Argument 3 has been eviscerated somewhat by the
BBC essentially repudiating its original reports in 2006.
Argument 4 has been challenged by questioning the credibility of news
reports describing carousing behavior.
These arguments have tended to eclipse analysis of the
official hijacking scenario that show it to be highly implausible
The following arguments go to the implausibility of the official account
without excluding the possibility that there were Arab-looking men
on the planes, perhaps in the role of patsies.
- None of the alleged hijackers were good pilots, and none had flown
jet airplanes, let alone large jetliners.
Yet they are supposed to have piloted jetliners into their targets
with apparent "surgical strike" precision.
- The staggered flight times and long flight paths of the
targeted jetliners exposed the plan to certain defeat,
had the air defense system been allowed to function normally.
- According to the official account,
four flight crews were defeated, and the pilots removed from their seats
by bands of four or five hijackers using only "boxcutters",
despite several of the airline pilots being Vietnam combat veterans.
- Not one of the flight crews radioed distress or punched in
the four-digit hijack code.
- The silent takeovers of each of the jetliners
proceeded despite alerts raised by the hijacking of Flight 11 being
communicated to pilots of the remaining flights.
Not a "Single Piece of Paper" Links Alleged Hijackers to Plot
Most of the above facts are never acknowledged by government agencies
or mainstream media.
However, FBI director Robert Mueller did admit that his agency
failed to find "a single piece of paper" linking the alleged
hijackers to the 9/11/01 plot.
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The hijackers also left no paper trail. In our investigation, we have not
uncovered a single piece of paper either here in the U.S. or in the treasure
trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere
that mentioned any aspect of the September 11th plot.
The hijackers had no computers, no laptops, no storage media of any kind.
They used hundreds of different pay phones and cell phones,
often with prepaid calling cards that are extremely difficult to trace.
And they made sure that all the money sent to them to fund their attacks
was wired in small amounts to avoid detection.
With such a lack of evidence it is no wonder that there has
not been a single prosecution
leading to conviction
anywhere in the world of the alleged perpetrators,
with the single exception of Zaccarias Moussaoui,
who was only convicted because he admitted to involvement
in the alleged plot.
'But I'm Not Dead'
In the weeks following the attack,
several individuals whose identities matched
suspects in the FBI's list of 19 hijackers
protested their lack of involvement in the attack.
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The world's media has reported that many of the so-called hijackers
"fingered" by the FBI are still alive. For example the BBC
(British Broadcasting Cooperation) carried this report:
Hijack "suspects" alive and well.
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Of the 19 alleged hijackers identified by the FBI,
at least six turned up alive after the attack.
The FBI's identifications included names, photographs, and,
in several cases, other personal details -- all of which matched
the six persons who surfaced after the attack to proclaim their innocence.
These pages each cite a number of mainstream press accounts that
document the efforts by the suspects to proclaim their innocence.
Yet despite this, the 9/11 Commission Report
repeated the FBI's original list of 19 hijackers without so much as
admitting that there was a problem in the identifications.
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National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
Outline of the 9/11 Plot
The muscle hijackers 'picked by bin Ladin':
Satam al Suqami, Wail and Waleed al Shehri (two brothers)
Abdul Aziz al Omari
Fayez Banihammad (from the UAE), Ahmed al Ghamdi, Hamza al Ghamdi, Mohand
Saeed al Ghamdi
Ahmad al Haznawi, Ahmed al Nami
Majed Moqed, and Salem al Hazmi
(the brother of Nawaf al Hazmi).
How can the 9/11 Commission be taken
seriously when they refer to 9/11 'hijackers' who are still alive?
Agents of terror leave their mark on Sin City: Las Vegas workers recall the men they can't forget, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/4/01
The Day the FAA Stopped the World, time.com, 9/14/01
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