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Profile: Zacaria Soubra

 
  

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April 17, 2000: Arizona FBI Agent Initiates Investigation into Flight School Students, but Faces Delays      Complete 911 Timeline

       Arizona FBI agent Ken Williams gets a tip that makes him suspicious that some flight students might be Islamic militants. [New York Times, 6/19/02] It appears that flight school student Zacaria Soubra is seen at a shooting range with a known jihad veteran. [Los Angeles Times, 10/28/01 (C)] On this day, Williams starts a formal investigation into Soubra. [Arizona Republic, 7/24/03] Soubra is the main focus of Williams's later memo. But Williams's work is greatly slowed because of internal politics and personal disputes. When he finally returns to this case in December 2000, he and all the other agents on the international-terrorism squad are diverted to work on a high-profile arson case. Says James Hauswirth, another Arizona agent, “[Williams] fought it. Why take your best terrorism investigator and put him on an arson case? He didn't have a choice.” The arson case is finally solved in June 2001 and Williams once again returns to the issue of Islamic militant flight school students. His memo comes out one month later instead of some time in 2000. Hauswirth writes a letter to FBI Director Mueller in late 2001, complaining, “[Terrorism] has always been the lowest priority in the division; it still is the lowest priority in the division.” Others concur that the Arizona FBI placed a low priority on terrorism cases. [New York Times, 6/19/02; Los Angeles Times, 5/26/02]
People and organizations involved: Ken Williams, Robert S. Mueller III, James Hauswirth, Zacaria Soubra
          

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