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Profile: Airman Flight School

 
  

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February 23-June 2001: Moussaoui Takes Lessons at Flight School Previously Used by al-Qaeda      Complete 911 Timeline

       Zacarias Moussaoui flies to the US. Three days later, he starts flight training at the Airman Flight School in Norman, Oklahoma. (Other Islamic extremists had previously trained at the same flight school or other schools in the area (see September 1999)). He trains there until May, but does not do well and drops out before getting a pilot's license. His visa expires on May 22, but he does not attempt to renew it or get another one. He stays in Norman, arranging to change flight schools, and frequently exercising in a gym. [MSNBC, 12/11/01; 9/11 Congressional Inquiry, 10/17/02] According to US investigators, would-be hijacker Ramzi Bin al-Shibh later says he meets Moussaoui in Karachi (Pakistan) in June 2001. [Washington Post, 11/20/02]
People and organizations involved: Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, Airman Flight School, Zacarias Moussaoui
          

August 23, 2001: FBI Agents Visit Moussaoui's Former Flight School; Fail to Make Connections      Complete 911 Timeline

       Two agents from the Oklahoma City FBI office visit Airman Flight School in Norman, Oklahoma, to learn about Zacarias Moussaoui's training there earlier in the year. One of these agents had visited the same school in September 1999 to learn more about Ihab Ali, an al-Qaeda agent who trained there in 1993. Apparently, this agent forgets the connection when he visits the school to look into Moussaoui. He later admits he should have connected the two cases. [Boston Globe, 9/18/01; 9/11 Congressional Inquiry, 7/24/03 (B)] The staff director of the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry later states, “No one will ever know whether a greater focus on the connection between these events would have led to the unraveling of the September 11 plot.” [New York Daily News, 9/25/02] The Oklahoma City office also does not connect Moussaoui to a memo that had come from its office in May 1998 warning that “large numbers of Middle Eastern males” were receiving flight training in Oklahoma and could be planning terrorist attacks (see May 15, 1998). Furthermore, Moussaoui's Oklahoma roommate Hussein Attas is also under suspicion at this time. The person who attempted to post bond for Attas had previously been the subject of an extensive investigation by the same Oklahoma City FBI office. That person had numerous ties to extremist groups and was involved in recruiting for a Palestinian militant group. This connection is also not noticed. [9/11 Congressional Inquiry, 7/24/03 (B)]
People and organizations involved: FBI Oklahoma City field office, FBI Minnesota field office, Hussein Attas, Airman Flight School, Zacarias Moussaoui, Ihab Ali
          

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