Mohammed Atta was trained at a second military base of the U.S.

FROM WAYNE MADSEN

August 21-22, 2012 — Atta trained at a second U.S. military base

WMR previously reported that alleged 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta received training from a company owned by U.S. Federal Judge Mark Fuller, the judge who sentenced former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman to 78 months in prison. On August 10, we reported: “Fuller ran a company that helped train alleged 9/11 lead hijacker Mohammed Atta. In 2001, Fuller was ostensibly a full-time state district attorney running an office based in his hometown of Enterprise in the south-central part of the state. But he was also CEO of Doss Aviation, Inc., based in Colorado Springs, CO, an affiliate with overlapping ownership of the flight training school, Professional Aviation. The companies trained Air Force and international pilots.”

WMR also reported from multiple unconnected sources that Atta was often seen at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama and there were initial reports from the U.S. Air Force that a “Mohammed Atta” attended the International Officer’s School at Maxwell but later tried to recant the report by stating in “may [emphasis added] have been a case of mistaken identity.”

It has now come to light from a former U.S. Army intelligence operative that from late 1998 to early 1999, Atta received training at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Specifically, Atta’s training included interrogation, counter-intelligence, and training administered to COLTs (Combat Observation and Lasing Teams). The CIA maintains that it did not start monitoring Atta’s activities in Hamburg until early 2000 and that he did not move to the United States until June 2000.

In 1998, Atta was reportedly receiving financial assistance from the Carl Duisberg Society, a philanthropic educational foundation that supported cultural exchanges between Germany and the United States. Atta, according to Der Taggespiegel of Berlin, taught seminars to students on North African affairs. The Spanish paper El Mundo reported that in 1998 Atta may have been attending the Valencia School of Medicine using an alias. Professors at the school stated that Atta could not have been involved with radical Islamist cells in Hamburg at the same time they saw him in Valencia. In fact, there were several unexplained absences of Atta from Hamburg in 1998 and there were a number of unconfirmed reports that he must have gone to Afghanistan for training with Al Qaeda. The 9/11 Commission concluded that Atta could not have gone to Afghanistan until late 1999.

Even more astounding, the information that Atta had been trained at Maxwell and Huachuca was known to the team of Army and other military service personnel assigned to operation ABLE DANGER, a deep data mining program staffed out of the Army’s Land Information Warfare Activity (LIWA) at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. ABLE DANGER was abruptly terminated by the Bush administration and, specifically, the Defense Department under Donald Rumsfeld, some four months before the 9/11 attacks.

Then-U.S. Representative Curt Weldon (R-PA) told a joint hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on Strategic Forces and Terrorism, Unconventional Threats, and Capabilities on February 16, 2006, that 99 percent of the data collected on Atta and the other alleged hijackers was destroyed after the Pentagon’s termination of ABLE DANGER.

On September 11, 2009, WMR reported that operation DORHAWK GALLEY, an associated intelligence program that worked in tandem with ABLE DANGER and was also shut down four months prior to 9/11, “may have involved surveillance of U.S. and Israeli operatives who were coordinating their efforts with the lead hijackers and their cells in the United States and abroad.”

In fact, some July 2000 months before 9/11, ABLE DANGER personnel briefed Army intelligence personnel in training at Fort Huachuca that they should expect a terrorist attack within the continental United States in fourteen months and that the United States would subsequently be at war. Specifically, ABLE DANGER reported that the World Trade Center would be hit, as well as a number of targets in Washington, DC, The briefing was highly classified, according to our source.

Atta, a Lt. Col. in the Egyptian Air Force, had been associated with covert U.S. intelligence flight training and Israeli counter-intelligence elements in Venice, Sarasota, Lantana, Ope-Locka; Key West, and Jacksonville, Florida; Norman and Bethany, Oklahoma; Lawrenceville, Georgia; Teeterboro, New Jersey; San Diego; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Angeles City, Philippines.

Fort Huachuca has been used to train a number of U.S.-supported client dictators and their forces. In the editor’s 1999 book, “Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999,” details are provided on the use of the Barry Goldwater Test Range, which adjoins Fort Huachuca, to train Rwandan People’s Army (RPA) forces to shoot civilian airplanes down with shoulder-launched missiles. The RPA used U.S.-supplied shoulder-launched missiles to hit the presidential aircraft carrying the presidents on Rwanda and Burundi in April 1964, resulting in their deaths and triggering a genocide in Rwanda that killed some 800,000 people. In his early days as a CIA informant, Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was trained in counter-intelligence and interrogation practices at Fort Huachuca, according to a former U.S. Army intelligence agent.

Wayne Madsen Biography:

Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. He has written for The Village Voice, The Progressive, Counterpunch, Online Journal, CorpWatch, Multinational Monitor, News Insider, In These Times, and The American Conservative. His columns have appeared in The Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Columbus Dispatch, Sacramento Bee, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others.

Madsen is the author of The Handbook of Personal Data Protection (London: Macmillan, 1992), an acclaimed reference book on international data protection law; Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999 (Edwin Mellen Press, 1999); co-author of America’s Nightmare: The Presidency of George Bush II (Dandelion, 2003); author of Jaded Tasks: Big Oil, Black Ops & Brass Plates; Overthrow a Fascist Regime on $15 a Day; and The Manufacturing of a President: the CIA’s Insertion of Barack H. Obama, Jr. into the White House.

Madsen has been a regular contributor on RT and PressTV. He has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. Madsen has taken on Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity on their television shows. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government.

Madsen has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation. Madsen was a Senior Fellow for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a privacy public advocacy organization.

Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club.

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