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9/11 Commission

Alleged Hijackers

According to the official story, teams of four and five hijackers armed only with primitive weapons (boxcutters) 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 headed by 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:

  1. There is a lack of credible evidence that the alleged hijackers were on any of the four planes.
  2. Passenger manifests for each of the four flights lacked any Arab names.
  3. Several alleged hijackers reported themselves alive following the attack.
  4. The behavior of several of the alleged hijackers prior to the attack was inconsistent with Muslum beliefs and practices. 1  

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 operationally. 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. 2  
  • 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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title: Robert S. Mueller, III, Director, FBI, Commonwealth Club of California
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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title: Resurrected Hijackers
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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title: At Least 7 of the 9/11 Hijackers are Still Alive

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) Both Alive , Abdul Aziz al Omari Alive , Fayez Banihammad (from the UAE), Ahmed al Ghamdi, Hamza al Ghamdi, Mohand al Shehri Alive , Saeed al Ghamdi Alive , Ahmad al Haznawi, Ahmed al Nami Alive , Majed Moqed, and Salem al Hazmi Alive (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?


1. 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 [cached]
2. The Day the FAA Stopped the World, time.com, 9/14/01 [cached]

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The FBI compiled a list of 19 hijackers within 72 hours of the attack. The same list was repeated by the 9/11 Commission without their acknowledging the controversy over the identities of the alleged hijackers.