“Forensic investigators have recovered the charred remains of most of the 9/11 hijackers — to honor a pledge that they would never be buried with the victims,” reports the Daily Express. “Flesh or bone from 13 of the 19 Al Qaeda terrorists who flew passenger jets into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington have now been identified.”
If we are to believe this report, the FBI spent millions and employed “the brilliant skills of forensic scientists” to ID the remains of the alleged terrorists. I say alleged because there is plenty of evidence many of the supposed hijackers are still alive. Abdul Aziz Al-Omari, Saeed Al-Ghamdi, Waleed Al-Shehri, Ahmed Al-Nami, Salem Al-Hazmi, Khalid Al-Mihdhar, Ameer Bukhari, Adnan Bukhari, Amer Kamfar — these are “terrorists” variously reported to still be alive, with the exception of Ameer Bukhari, who died in a small airplane crash before September 11, 2001.
Moreover, there is no solid evidence the alleged hijackers were on the fatal flights. For years, 9/11 researchers not only claimed that the names of the putative terrorists did not appear on the flight manifests, but no Arab names appeared on the lists. In fact, as NowPublic notes, “the U.S. Government withheld the actual passenger lists for years” and the “lists are not passenger manifests, but lists of victims… By not releasing these documents, the U.S. Government actually encouraged speculation that the hijackers names did not show up on the passenger lists.”
“In the most intense crime scene investigation in history, scientists sifted through a mountain of concrete dust, buckled iron and shattered glass to find what was left of the terrorists,” Stuart Winter writes for the Daily Express.
And yet more than a thousand people who died on September 11, 2001, have yet to be identified. “No trace has been identified of 1,151 of the 2,749 people who died at the Trade Center,” USA Today reported on April 20, 2006. “In February 2005, the medical examiner’s office announced that attempts to identify remains had exhausted current DNA-matching technology.”
Apparently, the FBI has some sort of super-duper DNA technology reserved for identifying terrorists.
In response to the FBI’s preposterous claim, Eve Conant writes for Newsweek: “The blunt reality is that no matter how fastidious their efforts, the scientists will never fully sort the victims from the hijackers. The fragments are too small, too ruined and too scattered for bodies to be restored in their entirety. Some were lost to fire or during the excavation of the wreckage. Today, 1,126 of the 2,751 victims from the World Trade Center and five individuals from the Pentagon have yet to be identified at all—none of their remains and no traces of their DNA have been found.”
“The number of people believed to have been killed in the World Trade Center attack hovers around 2,780, three years after the attack,” notes the 9-11 Research website. “No trace has been identified for about half the victims, despite the use of advanced DNA techniques to identify individuals. Six weeks after the attack only 425 people had been identified. A year after the attack, only half of the victims had been identified. 19,906 remains were recovered from Ground Zero, 4,735 of which were identified. Up to 200 remains were linked to a single person. Of the 1,401 people identified, 673 of the IDs were based on DNA alone. Only 293 intact bodies were found. Only twelve could be identified by sight.”
Obviously, the government has been less than forthcoming with evidence surrounding the people and events of 9/11, so why should we believe this latest claim? For instance, at least three of the hijackers — Ahmed Alnami, Ahmed Alghamdi, and Saeed Alghamdi — trained at Pensacola Naval Air Station, a disconcerting fact dismissed by the Pensacola News and the Washington Post (the newspapers speculate the hijackers stole the identities of military trainees). The supposed 9/11 ringleader, Mohamed Atta, once attended the International Officer’s School at Maxwell/Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, according to Air Force spokesman Colonel Ken McClellan.
As award winning journalist Seymour Hersh reported on October 1, 2001, many of “investigators believe that some of the initial clues that were uncovered about the terrorists’ identities and preparations, such as flight manuals, were meant to be found.” A former high-level intelligence official told Hersh, “Whatever trail was left was left deliberately — for the FBI to chase.”
It appears the FBI is merely attempting to placate the families of the victims with this latest claim and also further discredit the 9/11 truth movement.