It's hard to read this Oklahoma Gazette article on alleged 9/11 hijack plotter Zacarias Moussaoui, without developing an immediate impression that his story is the deliberate creation of a stooge.
And that's before you get to the part where he coincidentally meets later-to-be-beheaded Iraq 'hostage', Nick Berg.
Note that Moussaoui is not claimed to have been involved in the main 9/11 attacks, but a planned seperate attack on the White House. That makes it easier to plant the patsy -unconnected to the other alleged conspirators.
This is an email from Moussaoui to a Norman, OK flying school:
Hi Brenda, finally I am coming to fly hopefully with you.That was a mundane communication in a reasonable tone, sure to excite little attention. Moussaoui was still at this point meant to operate under the radar.
My plan is for tomorrow Friday the 23 via Chicago Flight no UA 5723 from Chicago (coming from London heathrow) Arriving at 17:35 local time. So I know that I give you short notice but it will be nice if somebody will be receiving me .Mr ZACARIAS (that my first name because E is not secure). Otherwise I will be staying in one of the hotel you kindly mention to me, and I will phone you on Saturday may be Monday if I am very tired.
So take care and I hope to see you soon.
But his later May 23rd, 2002 email to the Pan Am International Flight Academy is an immediate red flag -designed to attract suspicion.
"I am Mrs Zacariasl. Basically I need to know if you can help me achieve my Goal my dream.Then he paid his fees in $100 bills. No wonder they called in the FBI.
I would like to fly in a professional like manners one of the big airliners. I have to made my mind which of the followwing: Boeing 747, 757, 767, 777 and or Airbus A300 (it will depend on the cost and which one is easiest to learn). The level I would like to achieve is to be able to takeoff and land, to handle communication with ATC, to be able to successfully navigate from A to B (JFK to Heathrow for example).
In a sense to be able to pilot one of these Big Bird, even if I am not a real professional pilot... I know it could be better but I am sire that you can do something. After all we are in AMERICA and everything is possible. Have a nice day, waiting for a positive fly."
But the FBI dropped the ball. A so-called "missed opportunity."
They should rename him Lee Harvey Moussaoui.
9/11 Commission Extract: “Moussaoui can be seen as an al-Qaida mistake and a missed opportunity. An apparently unreliable operative, he had fallen into the hands of the FBI. … If Moussaoui had been connected to al-Qaida, questions should instantly have arisen about a possible al-Qaida plot that involved piloting airliners, a possibility that had never been seriously analyzed by the intelligence community.”"An apparently unreliable operative," says the report.
Appearances can be deceptive.