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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 02:56 PM
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"Heroin, Al Qaeda and the Florida Flight School"
Interesting stuff here from Sander Hicks:

...what makes Ben-Veniste such an intriguing player on the 9/11 Commission (The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States) is his experience with rogue drug-running CIA operatives. Ben-Veniste defended Barry Seal, the notorious smuggler who flew C-123 military cargo planes filled with cocaine into Mena, Arkansas on behalf of the contras.

Al Qaeda's lead 9/11 hijacker, Mohamed Atta, was allegedly partying with CIA-connected pilots while he got his flight training in fall/winter 2000 at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Fla., where two of the other 9/11 hijacker pilots trained. Atta wasn't acting much like a holy martyr: He wore jeans and sneakers, played video games, bought himself a red Pontiac and was said to be a hedonist. The Press posed the question to Ben-Veniste: If Atta belonged to the fundamentalist Muslim group, why was he snorting cocaine and frequenting strip bars?

"You know," said Ben-Veniste, as he smiled a little. "That's a heck of a question."

The source of this information about Atta and cocaine is Amanda Keller, Atta's American ex-girlfriend, according to Daniel Hopsicker, an investigative journalist who has spent two years researching Huffman and its ties to the CIA. It took Hopsicker a year, but he tracked Keller down. Like many other witnesses who knew Atta, Keller says she has been harassed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Keller has not been called as a witness by the 9/11 Commission.

More on Amanda Keller:

FBI agents harassed and intimidated witnesses to the 9/11 terrorist conspiracys activities in Florida, issuing warnings to avoid talking with reporters, say current and former residents in Venice, Florida.
At least one eyewitness, who knew Mohamed Atta because he lived next door for a time, received regular visits for over six months after the attack from FBI agents eager to ensure she continued to remain silent. Several said they felt unfairly singled out because what they saw and heard is at considerable variance with the official story of the terrorist cadres time in Florida.

An American girl named Amanda Keller, for example, briefly lived with Mohamed Atta in Venice, according to both local news reports and numerous eyewitnesses. (plus a streaming video interview of Keller)
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 03:07 PM
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1. Wally Hilliard is quite a story too. He was formerly from Green Bay.
Edited on Fri Mar-26-04 03:13 PM by bobthedrummer
The Hilliard family has donated a lot to the RW here in Wisconsin, just like the Bradley family of Milwaukee.

Wally is a friend of Dekkers and Kruithof btw.

on edit: 43 pounds of heroin were seized by the DEA from a Discover Air plane-Hilliard owned Discover Air--nothing ever happened to him though.
Under Wally's direction American Medical Security/AMS expanded into 32 states and had over $1bn in premiums.
Hilliard then began to buy aviation companies such as Vision Aire, Discover Air and Huffman Aviation-where the hijackers allegedly trained.
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 03:23 PM
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2. Thanks bob. The drug aspect to the Florida connection
positively screams covert ops. And it has been totally ignored by the mainstream press. But then, so has virtually the entire Florida connection.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 04:24 PM
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3. Oh boy. Time to collect press releases from every congressman in
Washington. Accentuating the positive is practiced by every politician in this country.

(BTW, did anyone buy that Republican Congressman's reply to Clarke when Clarke said that it was a political issue, not a morality one? The Congressman replied, "Well, I'm just from the midwest." What malarky! How long do we have to go on believing that midwesterners are incapable of the same spin jobs. Puhlease.)
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9215 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 04:31 PM
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4. Here is a picture of Jeb Bush at a get together with Hilliard
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 05:10 PM
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7. The thing is, they could pass for law-abiding citizens.
Edited on Fri Mar-26-04 05:11 PM by Minstrel Boy
And we get called paranoid for calling them the Bush Crime Family.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush With The "Discover Air" Family
One of Discover's Planes Was Seized With 30lbs Of Heroin Aboard

A Learjet belonging to the true owner of the Venice flight school that trained both terrorist pilots who flew into the World Trade Center was seized with more than 30 pounds of heroin onboard by Federal Agents in July of 2000 at the Orlando Executive Airport.

Authorities at the time called it the biggest seizure of heroin ever found in central Florida.

The seized plane belonged to 70-year old Wallace J. Hilliard of Naples, FL., multi-millionaire businessman, self-styled Mormon Bishop, and the newly-discovered secret owner of Huffman Aviation at the Venice Airport since its purchase in 1999, just months before terrorists began arriving in force in Southwest Florida.

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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-27-04 01:55 AM
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9. Then there's Poppy's point monster...
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9215 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 04:41 PM
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5. Bob Dole's former senior adviser say's hijackers were funded by US!!
Edited on Fri Mar-26-04 04:43 PM by 9215
Stanley Hilton, Bob Dole's former senior advisor and Wolfowitz schoolmate appeared on the Alex Jones Show (03/11/03)

He discussed information that he was privy to, based on classified depositions of 9-11 witnesses.

Interviews with an American ex-wife of one of the 9-11 hijackers revealed that she met Mohammed Atta and his younger brother and that this group were double-agents operating in a series of cells that were aided and abetted by the US government.

She mentioned that these "cells" were not comprised of muslim fundamentalists, but "playboys" and that they also participated in the OKC bombing and the first WTC attack.

Hilton is representing 400 families suing Bush and others in the federal government for "causing, aiding and abetting 9/11".
Listen (MP3)
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Media_Lies_Daily Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 04:58 PM
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6. IMHO...
...I believe at least five of the alleged hijackers were Saudi Naval officers because all five had attended U. S. military schools sometime prior to 911. It appears that Atta himself attended the Foreign Officers School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.


MY NOTE: When I was going through Officer Candidate School in 1976-1977 in Newport, RI, we had five Iranian Naval officers in our company that were participating in an officer exchange program with Iran. This was before the fall of the Shah of Iran.

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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-26-04 05:35 PM
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8. High-level drug running: drug profits allegedly funded FEMA
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