Federal investigators now believe that some of the
suspected hijackers entered the United States using stolen Saudi Arabian
passports that had doctored photos. A Saudi Arabian man has surfaced with the same
name as one of the hijackers, and he claims his passport was stolen while he
was attending university in Denver, Colo.
Several of the suicide hijackers took a trip to Virginia in order to
obtain driver's licenses (which they would need to board an airplane). They
took advantage of a loophole in Virginia law that allows one to establish
residency by obtaining an affidavit from a notary public. Hijackers were able to purchase documents saying they were residents of Virginia.
Nabil al-Marabh is believed to be one of Osama bin Laden's key operatives
in North America and was arrested after a nationwide manhunt. He is facing
questioning on the Sept. 11 attacks. He had driver's licenses from several
states, including a recently acquired license to transport hazardous materials.
Further investigation revealed that al-Marabh had been detained at the
U.S.-Canada border on June 27, 2001, with a fake Canadian passport. But instead
of being arrested, he was simply sent back to Canada, where the authorities
arrested him and then released him after a lawyer promised he would return for
Three Arab men were arrested at the apartment of Nabil al-Marabh
shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. In the apartment, investigators
found false immigration documents, a stolen passport and Social Security card,
and licenses to transport hazardous materials, along with sketches of aircraft
and airport security badges.
Habib Zacarias Moussaoui is the suspected 20th hijacker.
But he was in jail on Sept. 11, 2001, having been been arrested weeks earlier in the
U.S. on a visa violation after a flight school in Minnesota reported he was
acting suspiciously. The U.S. Embassy in London had granted Moussaoui a student
visa to the U.S., even though he was already on a French watch list of
suspected Islamic extremists.
Hani Hanjour, believed to be one of the pilots in the suicide hijackings, was admitted into the U.S. on Dec. 8, 2000, on a student visa that he obtained after being accepted at the ELS Language Centers on the campus of Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif. He never appeared for class and
is thought to have been the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed
into the Pentagon.
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