June 9, 2006

Probably Nothin'

In the New Zealand Herald:

A Saudi Arabian linked to one of the September 11 hijackers spent four months in New Zealand before being expelled as a national security risk. The United States-qualified pilot, Rayed Mohammed Abdullah Ali, was admitted to New Zealand in February on a student visa, saying his dream was to become a commercial airline pilot and that he needed an English language qualification to assist...

...The report says Abdullah lived and trained in Phoenix with Hani Hanjour, the Saudi Arabian believed to have piloted Flight 77 into the Pentagon. Abdullah was a leader at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Phoenix where, the FBI says, he "reportedly gave extremist speeches at the mosque".

A website sourced to the 9-11 report says Abdullah attended the same Phoenix flight school as Hanjour and the pair used a flight simulator together on June 23, 2001.

(Jihad Watch via LGF)

No mention in the report on whether or not Abdullah had the word "hijacker" tattooed across his forehead as well, but New Zealand authorities decided to act anyway.

UPDATE 6/9: I should have known Michelle would be all over this.

Posted by dan at June 9, 2006 9:38 PM