Another mind-blower from Daniel Hopsicker.
Did you know that Mohamed Atta, lead 9/11 hijacker, may have co-owned a business?
Government records in Florida reveal that Mohamed Atta was the President of a company in Orlando with a partner whose web of 'dummy' corporations appear characteristic of the type used in terrorist financing and illicit money laundering, the MadCowMorningNews has learned.
One day after the 9/11 Commission Report says the terrorist ringleader finished making withdrawals in Virginia Beach, VA. totaling $18,000 from a SunTrust Bank account, April 5th, 2001, Hassan Erroudani, an Orlando man with close ties to the Moroccan Embassy in Washington D.C., filed incorporation papers with the state of Florida listing the President of KARAM LLC as "Mohamed Atta."
The document lists an address for "President" Atta in Marseilles, France, which can be traced to a graphic design firm there.
Atta told Amanda Keller that he was French. Even so, your first thought is probably my first thought: We must be talking about another guy named Mohammed Atta.
(Side note: Just for grins, I plugged the names "Mohamed Atta" and "Mohammed Atta" into Lycos' WhoWhere site
. There are two "hits" in New Jersey and Connecticut. A pay
service reports the presence of several other Attas; none are in Florida.)
Even Hopsicker considered "a little far-fetched" the idea that the 9/11 Atta and the "Karam" Atta could be one and the same. So Hopsicker got on the phone with Hassan Erroudani, who happens to be the president of the Moroccan-American Chamber of Commerce. Their dialog was of no small interest:
Trust us... We had been nothing if not polite, even to the point of suggesting a reason for why the whole thing might be just a big misunderstanding...
“Was it perhaps just a case of two different men with similar names?” we asked helpfully.
Ennoudani’s forceful response: “I don’t have anything to say about that.”
And then he hung up.
This sounds like the behavior of a man caught off guard. Suspicious indeed! If the two Attas were separate people, why not simply say
so? Surely, Ennoudani could have laughed and said: "Yeah, yeah, different guy. We get this all the time..."
Even so, I still have a difficult time accepting that the two Attas can be the same, and for one good reason: Karam listed Atta as a corporate officer in January of 2003
Atta's current address, if Florida Division of Corporate Records can be believed, is 4124 West Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL., the location of an International House of Pancakes.
This Erroudani fellow seems genuinely intriguing. He owned a car export/import business oriented to high-end customers in the Middle East, and his partner in that concern appears to be the Naval Attaché with the Turkish embassy.
Hopsicker goes on to provide persuasive evidence that the "used car" trade has provided cover for money transfers used in illegal operations, including terrorism.
Moreover, Hopsicker says that Mohamed Atta did a brief stint as a used car salesman in Germany, an assertion mentioned here
. (A strange posting, that; nothing else is said.) Other sources indicate that the "used car" Atta may be a lookalike. The matter is, alas, intricately connected to the controversy over whether Atta met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague
. Most people consider that allegation spurious or a red herring.
As noted earlier, Erroudani is an important figure in the Moroccan-American community. Keep that fact in mind as you assess the following:
Mohamed Atta phoned the Moroccan Embassy in DC on January 2, 2001—for reasons unknown, speaking to persons unknown—a fact buried in the notes of the 9/11 Commission’s report.
And Atta bodyguard Marwan Al Shehhi, pilot of the second plane to hit the Twin Towers, had flown to Casablanca, Morocco and back, also for reasons unknown, and visiting person unknown, in early January of 2001.
All of these leads place us on the road to the same place. Does Webster's Dictionary still come "Morocco bound"?
I still have a hard time believing that the two Attas are the same person. In the clandestine worlds -- in the realms of spooks and of criminals -- people have been known to trade identities the way other men might trade business cards.
One other possibility must be considered: Perhaps Mohammed Atta's father -- also named Mohammed Atta, although he sometimes goes by the name Mohammed El-Amir -- was involved with these odd companies?
I've spoken about the elder Atta, and his possible connection to Magdy El-Amir, here
. (Magdy El-Amir is an accused terror funder who was defended by Michael Chertoff -- later appointed head of Homeland Security!) Magdy has a brother named Mohammed, although the weight of the evidence indicates that he is not
the same man as Mohamed Atta's father. (El-Amir is a fairly common Egyptian name.)
Even so, it is undeniable that, in 2005, the elder Atta -- a lawyer in Cairo -- announced himself as a mad-for-blood jihadist. He also told a number of interviewers that his son was still alive after September 11, 2001.
Most observers decided that Atta the elder was either misinformed or had lost his reason.
Right now, I still believe that Mohamed Atta flew that jet, and I think he died in 2001. But I also think that we have a far
from complete view of the man's activities.