photo: President Bush in Florida is told the
grim news of the firstWorld Trade Center
journalist Daniel Hopsicker lives in Venice,
the Florida base of Mohamed Atta's terrorist
cadre. On July 22 this year he wrote that
four hours and thirty-eight minutes before
Mohamed Atta flew an airliner into the World
Trade Center on Sept 11, the Secret Service
agents guarding President George W Bush during
his visit to Sarasota, Forida,
received a warning that a terrorist attack on
America was imminent.
The President might also be a
target for assassination that morning.
Was there in fact such an attempt,
and has it been covered up?
On the night before the attack,
Zainlabdeen Omer, a Middle Eastern resident of
Sarasota, told local police that a friend he
knew as "Ghandi," who had made threats against
the President in the past, had just arrived in
the city. Sarasota Police called in the Secret
When local reporters later got
wind of the story the Secret Service dismissed
Omer's warning as "coincidence".
But Longboat Key Fire Marshall
Carroll Mooneyhan, who was at the front desk of
the Colony Beach Resort that morning as
President Bush prepared for his morning jog,
told the Longboat Observer that at about
6 a.m. on Sept. 11 a van carrying Middle Eastern
men tried to gain entry to the Resort, and
identified themselves as a TV news crew with a
poolside interview scheduled with the President.
They asked for a Secret Service agent by name,
Mooneyhan said. Secret Service agents turned the
van back, telling the men to contact the
President's public relations office in
Assassins had used exactly the
same ruse just two days earlier to liquidate the
Afghan Northern Alliance leader Shah Masood. He
granted an interview to a television crew, and
theircamera exploded, killing him and two
suicide bombers disguised as journalists. Some
"coincidence." Later that morning Secret Service
agents did search an apartment in Sarasota
looking for further corroboration of Omer's
account. They arrested three occupants from
Sudan; they were questioned for the next ten
hours, according to one, Fathel Rahman Omer.
The Secret Service also raided a
beauty supply store in Sarasota, owned by one
"Hakim," who identified the mysterious "Ghandi"
as a member of the Sudanese People's Liberation
Army, a Christian group fighting against the
fundamentalist Muslim government in Sudan,
itself closely allied with the Taliban and Al
Hakim's story seems to make no
sense. But the key witnesses are all missing. A
few days later the beauty supply store suddenly
closed, and the owner, Hakim, was gone. Said the
owner of a liquor store next door, "We saw a lot
of people go in there, but didn't see anyone
come out with beauty supplies."
Zainelabdeen Omer, who warned of
an assassination attempt, is missing too. It
turns out he quit his job and his apartment.
"All I know is he can't leave
town," a friend of his told reporter Monica
Yadov. "Omer got in a lot of trouble with the
law." "So you think he's still somewhere?" Yadov
"Should be," shrugged Omer's
friend, who insisted on anonymity. "If he's
The Secret Service's stonewalling
leads to questions about the ongoing cover-up in
It was Bush brother Jeb
Bush who flew out of Sarasota aboard a C-130
loaded with files about the Venice flight
schools which trained the terrorist cadre.
Did the Secret Service help with this
Where are the missing
witnesses? The Secret Service says they don't
Is Omer being detained? The
INS won't say.
What's the reason for all
the official silence?
The answer may lie in the identity
of the mysterious "Ghandi." His name may have
been deliberately misspelled. The share the same
name as a revered Indian pacifist seems
downright absurd -- unless his real name was in
fact "Al- Ghamdi." Then he would join three
other men with the same last name who were
listed by authorities as being among the
nineteen plane hijackers. All three gave on
their drivers' licenses a home address at the
Pensacola Naval Air Station.
All three are now, presumably,
very much dead. But there is yet another
Alghamdi . . . still very much alive. He was
also involved in the Sept 11th terrorist
conspiracy. And this is the link that leads to
the Saudi Royal Family.
Daniel Hopsicker is the author of
Barry & 'the boys: The CIA, the Mob and
America's Secret History. A video of his
researches, Mohamed Atta and the Venice
Flying Circus, will be on sale at the