and you will see a short video presentation from Daniel Hopsicker on Wolfgang Bohringer -- Mohammed Atta's very strange and spooky associate. Much of the footage comes from a New Zealand news team, who interviewed islander Chuck Corbett (who seems to be a real-life equivalent to Cary Grant's character in Father Goose
). Bohringer admitted his friendship with Atta to Corbett.
This information conclusively verifies the statement made by Atta's girlfriend Amanda Keller. At the time of Hopsicker's interview with Keller, he did not know about Wolfgang Bohringer, whom Amanda knew only by the first name. She pronounced that name in a correctly Germanic fashion -- "VOLF-gahng" -- imitating the way she heard it.
Confirmation of the Bohringer/Atta relationship is important because the Sarasota Herald-Tribune published a recent piece in which Amanda tries to claim that she had fibbed about knowing Atta. "It was my bad for lying," she told the newspaper.
In fact, there were numerous witnesses who saw Amanda and Atta together. Their testimony is what put Amanda's name in the newspapers in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Amanda herself did not volunteer the information.
Amanda recalled Atta making reference to an organization called "The Family," a term which cropped up in another Hopsicker interview. A restaurant owner who overheard the hijackers also heard references to this "Family." Both interview subjects spoke independently, without prompting. As readers know, I believe that the Atta "Family" may be Boris Berezovsky's "Family," which has strong ties to Chechen extremists -- who have, in turn, strong ties to Al Qaeda.
Most importantly, we have the videotaped interview with Amanda
. While no-one possesses an infallible bullshit detector, I have encountered no shortage of individuals who have fantasized a role for themselves in important news stories. Fabricators carry a distinctive aroma which does not
perfume Amanda Keller. In this tape, she comes across as a very credible witness.
Her elaborate story includes details that would never have occurred to a not-particularly-well-educated young woman asked to concoct a yarn about the world's most notorious terrorist. A fabricator would have drawn on Hollywood stereotypes of what a terrorist is like: Fanatical Islamic harangues, repeated references to the Koran, prayers to Mecca five times a day, contacts bearing Arabic (not European) names, and so forth.
The persuasively detailed account given by Amanda is of a very
Keep in mind, the story she tells does not display her in a creditable light; she comes across as somewhat tawdry and manipulative. The fantasists I have met invariably remained mired in self-justification and maudlin grabs for sympathy. Amanda, by contrast, conveys an air of Here's-what-happened-and-I-don't-give-a-damn-what-you-think-of-me
If Amanda had concocted the tale to draw attention to herself, then she would have drawn attention to herself
. She would have sought out the media; she would not have hid. She would have spoken to the tabloids, not to a guy like Hopsicker.
She is still hiding, putting herself through nursing school -- not an easy task for someone with a history of working at low-wage jobs.
Chrissy Mazzeo, who made assault charges against the Nevada governor, says that she was offered money to change her story -- offered, in fact, both carrot and stick.
I believe Chrissy.
And I think that we should keep her account in mind when we consider the troubling story of Amanda Keller.