Atta in Prague
In the days following 9/11, a picture was published of MOHAMED ATTA, the ringleader of the attacks. Officials of the Czech Republic immediately identified ATTA as the man who met AHMED SAMIR AL ANI, the consul at the Iraqi Embassy, at a café in Prague. This story, first reported on September 18, 2001--the day the deadly anthrax letters were mailed--was immediately disputed. As it stands today, U.S. officials doubt the accuracy of the story, including Vice President DICK CHENEY, a former proponent of the alleged connection. But certain Czech officials still believe ATTA is the man who met al-Ani and was deported from the country. Other evidence obtained in Iraq links Atta to Saddam's regime.
In the final analysis, the 9/11 Commission Report makes this statement (Page 229): "These findings cannot absolutely rule out the possibility that ATTA was in Prague on April 9, 2001. He could have used an alias to travel and a passport under that alias, but this would be an exception to his practice of using his true name while traveling (as he did in January and would in July when he took his next overseas trip)."The fallacies of the 9/11 Commission's purported debunking went largely uncriticized. For nearly 3 years, the meeting was reported as occurring on April 8, 2001, but the story was changed to April 9. Though MOHAMED ATTA's cell phone was used on April 6, 9, and 11 to call lodging sites within the U.S.A., his cell phone was not used on the day in question. AL ANI was scheduled to meet a "Hamburg student" (ATTA's self-description on his Czech visa) on April 8 and was in Prague that day with a Middle Eastern male, not 60 miles away as AL ANI had told his interrogators. ATTA had made 2 trips to Prague in 2000, on May 30 and June 2. His brief May 30 trip (which is sometimes incorrectly reported as another Pakistani with a different name), was marked by his urgency and careful avoidance of most security cameras, only possible by inside knowledge of the airport. A moustachioed ATTA and AHMED AL-ANI had been previously photographed on the outskirts of Prague. Ted Weaver of The X Report performed careful comparisons between the man walking with AL ANI and AA Flight 11 terrorist pilot ATTA are the similarities between the man in the photo and other photos of ATTA in eyebrows, eyes, hairlines, nose, Adam's apple, lips, jawbone, and ears. ATTA also had false documentation that was provided by RAMZI BINALSHIBH, who is now in American custody.