What's the first article on? I can't read it because it seems I have to pay money.
that's a bit of a fucker
why do they do that?
like i wanna pay to be pissed off...
here's the article:
the sunday times (uk)
May 09, 2004
Briton trained as 9/11 hijacker
A FORMER waiter in a Manchester curry house was recruited by Al-Qaeda and trained as a hijacker in preparation for the September 11 attacks.
The British Muslim was enlisted at a mosque in Oldham and attended terrorist training school in Pakistan. But he had second thoughts about his suicide mission as he flew to America and surrendered to the police after gambling away thousands of pounds given to him by Al-Qaeda.
The FBI’s counter-terrorism taskforce questioned the 29-year-old man for three weeks at Newark, New Jersey, in the spring of 2000. There, agents refused to believe his claim that terrorists were planning to fly passenger jets into buildings, even though he passed lie detector tests.
Other hijackers were entering the United States at about the same time and enrolling at flight schools to learn the skills they would need, only 18 months later, to carry out the world’s most audacious acts of terrorism.
The failure to investigate the Briton’s claims was one of a startling series of missed opportunities that have emerged in inquiries by a US commission examining the September 11 attacks. His case has now been reopened amid wrangling between the FBI and British authorities.
The man, whose name is being withheld by The Sunday Times because his life is under threat from militants, was brought back to Britain in 2000 by two FBI agents and handed to British security officials at Heathrow airport.
He was then questioned by Special Branch and released. The FBI believes the British authorities failed to follow up the case or pass on any relevant intelligence. An urgent request to find the man after September 11 was ignored, although Special Branch officers have said they went back to him and took “appropriate action”. The FBI has now asked for him to become a witness in their investigation.
Born in Britain, he grew up in his family’s home village in Pakistan before returning to Oldham when he was 16. After sixth-form college, he worked at a restaurant but became addicted to gambling, running up debts of £15,000.
He was approached at his local mosque by a recruiter who offered him money in return for carrying out “a job”. He accepted, even when he realised what was involved.
“If your life has no colour and a mullah says you can be a hero by dying, why not?” he said. “I think there are a lot of frustrated Muslim youths in Britain who feel the same way.”
He travelled to Lahore, where he was taught how to carry out a hijacking and familiarised with the inside of a Boeing cockpit. “I knew they wanted me to do some kind of operation in which I would die but my life was such a mess that in my mind I was already dead,” he said.
“At that time if they had told me to strap a bomb to my body and blow myself up I would have done it as easily as taking a glass of water to drink,” he added.
On his return to Britain, he was given a further £5,000 and sent to New York, where he was told he would be met at the airport.
But he had got married and during the flight thoughts of his wife and baby helped to change his mind. He gave his contact the slip and instead of going through with his mission, he took a bus to Atlantic City, where he lost his money in casinos and then gave himself up.