Victims Lists, Passenger Manifests, and the Alleged Hijackers
According to the official story, teams of four and five Islamic hijackers took over Flights 11, 175, 77, and 93. Victims lists for the four planes published by CNN and elsewhere are free of Arab names. 1 2 3 4 This fact has been highlighted as suspicious by some researchers describing the lists as passenger manifests. However, these lists are not passenger manifests, but lists of victims, and hence include an implicit rationale for excluding alleged hijackers. In a different part of the CNN.com website not directly referenced by the above-mentioned flight victims pages -- that entitled "September 11: A Memorial" -- CNN describes its criteria for including persons in its memorial in a pop-up window labeled "About this site":
- CONFIRMED DEAD Includes victims who have been confirmed dead by a coroner's office or the Defense Department. It also includes those a court has declared legally dead, even if no body has been recovered. Once the court has made such a finding, a death certificate can be issued.
- REPORTED DEAD Includes those whose deaths have been reported by family, employers, mortuaries, places of worship or by the airlines that listed them as aboard one of the four flights. Includes people for whom memorial services have been held, even if their bodies have not been recovered or positively identified. (Those identified by federal authorities as the hijackers are not included).
Moussaoui Trial Exhibits
In July of 2006 a large collection of documents was published on a website containing prosecution and defense exhibits for the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. 6 Included in the prosecution exhibits are a set of Flash presentations detailing the government's account of the passengers on all four commandeered jetliners. 7
The following table contains a snapshot from the Flash presentation for each of the four flights, providing a list of passengers and seat assignments.
American Airlines Flight 11
United Airlines Flight 175
American Airlines Flight 77
United Airlines Flight 93
Faxes of Alleged Flight Manifests
At around the time that the Moussaoui trial exhibits appeared, a seven-page set of faxes purported to be the original flight manifests was published on a weblog claiming that they were from the Moussaoui trial exhibits. If the faxes are in the exhibits, they are not easy to find: the prosecution trial exhibits number 977, and include many huge, uninformatively-described files requiring media players such as Flash to view. 8 According to the 911myths.com website the fax images were obtained from the FBI by Terry McDermott while researching his book Perfect Soldiers. 9 The faxes, reproduced below, include the names of the alleged hijackers.
Other Questions About the Alleged Hijackers
The highlighting of the absence of Arab names on victims lists as suspicious may reflect erroneous assumptions, but there are several other facts that undermine the credibility of the FBI's published list of suspects. One is the existence of a handful of reports in mainstream newspapers of those suspects proclaiming their innocence after the attack. 10 11 Six of the 19 suicide hijackers identified by the FBI shortly after the attack by name, photograph, and other personal details reported themselves alive. 12 Another is the reported lack of piloting skills of the suspects.
2. AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 77, cnn.com, [cached]
3. UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 175, cnn.com, [cached]
4. UNITED AIRLINES FLIGHT 93, cnn.com, [cached]
5. September 11: A Memorial, CNN.com,
6. United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui Criminal No. 01-455-A Trial Exhibits, www.vaed.uscourts.gov, 7/31/06
7. Exhibit Number OG00010, United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui [...] Trial Exhibits, www.vaed.uscourts.gov, 7/31/06
8. Prosecution Trial Exhibits, United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui [...] Trial Exhibits, www.vaed.uscourts.gov, 7/31/06
9. The Passengers, 911myths.com,
10. The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions, , page 23
11. Tracking the 19 Hijackers What are they up to now? ..., welfarestate.com, [cached]
12. Alleged Hijackers Alive and Well, The World Messenger, [cached]