Thursday, July 22, 2004
But this is just another coincidence, so stop thinking that:
"And in a related development, at least 13 relatives of Osama bin Laden, accompanied by bodyguards and associates, were allowed to leave the United States on a charter flight eight days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a passenger manifest released Wednesday.
posted by lazarus |
One passenger on the flight, Omar Awad bin Laden, a nephew of the al-Qaeda leader, had been investigated previously by the FBI because he had lived with Abdullah bin Laden, a leader of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, which the FBI suspected of being a terrorist organization.
The passenger list was made public by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who obtained the manifest from officials at Boston's Logan airport. Lautenberg's office was given the document in recent weeks and released it Wednesday in advance of the Sept. 11 panel's report.
Though much was already known about the flight, Lautenberg provided additional details, including the information that the plane, a 727 owned by DB Air and operated by Ryan International, began in Los Angeles and made stops in Orlando, Dulles and Boston before continuing on to Gander, Newfoundland; Paris; Geneva; and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The aircraft, tail number N521DB, has been chartered frequently by the White House for the press corps that travels with President Bush."