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More Miraculous 9/11 Evidence Found!

"Four credits cards found in perfect condition from inside the wallet of flight 11 passenger.."
More Miraculous 9/11 Evidence Found!
Four Credits Cards Found In Perfect Condition
From Inside the Wallet of Flight 11 Passenger
 
Joseph Iskandar said his son, Waleed, always carried  his cards in his wallet and were ‘miraculously’ returned one year later,  but he never questioned where and how the credit cards were found amidst  the devastation of the towering inferno.
 
By Greg Szymanski
11-23-5
 
More miraculous 9/11 evidence has turned up, as Joseph  Iskandar, the father of Flight 11 passenger, Waleed,  said not one  but incredibly four of his son’s credit cards were found in perfect condition  by the Ground Zero Recovery Team.
 
Originally Iskandar reported receiving only one credit  card, a perfectly intact Wells Fargo ATM card, but now three more cards  mysteriously surfaced, either in a ‘miraculous’ stroke of luck, considering  the devastation in the towering inferno, or possibly another clear sign  of more planted evidence placed by the FBI at all disaster locations on  9/11.
 
Iskandar never doubted the credibility of the evidence,  also becoming another in the long line of flight passenger family members  who have never questioned the government’s 9/11 story.
 
This comes in stark contrast to the other group of Ground  Zero family members, a group made up of literally hundreds, if not thousands,  who openly say 9/11 was an inside job or who publicly call for a new investigation.  In contrast, the flight families either remain incredibly silent or, like  Iskandar, have echoed the government story like a bunch of parrots in a  cage.
 
Regarding the new evidence, Iskandar, 73, a Lebanese  native who immigrated to the U.S. in 1980, told the Arctic Beacon Monday  in an extended telephone conversation from his Northridge, California,  home, the three other cards returned to him included Frequent Flyer credit  cards from United, American and Delta airlines.
 
"When I returned to Ground Zero for the first anniversary  of 9/11, I was told by some men that they had found four of Waleed’s credit  cards, all in good condition. They never told me how they found it or where  but just sent me the cards," said Iskandar, adding he never questioned  the identity of the men or the credibility of the cards, the items being  mailed to his home several weeks later.
 
"Waleed used to keep his credit cards in his wallet  and although it was a bit unusual considering the devastating crash, I  just considered it to be a miracle from God. I then took the cards and  they are included in a memorial at his burial site."
 
Another person closely following the chain of strange  9/11 evidence, who wants to remain anonymous, had this to say about the  Iskandar credit cards:
 
"I guess his ATM card must have slid out of his  wallet, flown out of his pocket, then out of his seat and around the seat  belt, then through the exploding jet fuel and debris, out of the building,  then to be found picture perfect!"
 
Although Iskandar believes the cards were God-sent, others  think the FBI had a dirty hand in planting tainted evidence, since besides  the incredible find of not one – but four – of Waleed’s cards coming from  inside his wallet, many other pieces of miraculous evidence has also surfaced.
 
The Arctic Beacon recently reported Capt. Jim Ingledue  of the Virginia Beach Fire Department and 9/11 first responder finding  the completely unblemished California ID card, driver’s license and wedding  ring of one of the Flight 77 passengers amidst the devastation and rubble  at the Pentagon.
 
Passenger Suzanne Calley’s husband, Frank, of San Martin,  California, verified the return of his wife’s items, but like Iskandar  didn’t question or even seek verification of the credibility of the evidence.
 
Although Calley had no questions, Capt. Ingledue, a firm  believe of the official government 9/11 story, called it "highly strange  and remarkable’ to find this type of evidence in the Pentagon meltdown.
 
"I remember thinking it was highly unusual and strange  to find a perfectly intact ID card amidst all that devastation," said  Capt. Ingledue, a Pentagon first responder who arrived two days after 9/11  and spent a total of seven days in search and rescue.
 
In a telephone conversation two weeks ago from Virginia  Beach, Capt. Ingledue added the find was "so strange" he kept  it in his pocket for an hour instead of immediately turning the evidence  over to FBI agents like he was instructed.
 
"When we arrived at the Pentagon, we were advised  to turn over any personal effects or possible evidence immediately over  to the FBI," said Capt. Ingledue, who admitted the find was unusual,  but doesn’t subscribe to any wild-eyed 9/11 conspiracy theories.    "I kept this bit of evidence with me a little longer, I don’t know  why, but I guess I thought it was strange to find an ID in perfect shape  when everything else around me was devastated."
 
Besides the possibility that Calley and Iskandar’s ID  cards and credit cards were planted by the FBI, a   similar question  has been ignored by the state sponsored press and authorities the day after  9/11 when miraculously the unscathed passport of Satam Al Suqami, one of  the alleged 19 Arab terrorists, turned up several blocks from Ground Zero.
 
Although ABC News and the Associated Press played up  the importance of the Suqami passport, linking 9/11 to the Arab hijackers,  serious questions were never raised in the press or by the 9/11 Commission  as to the credibility and authenticity of the find.
 
Critics now contend with the Calley and Iskandar cards,  all turning up in perfect condition like the passport, it only adds to  the necessity of launching a full scale investigation into the possibility  that all three items were planted by the FBI in an attempt to hoodwink  the American people into believing the official 9/11 story, a story that  has so many holes that it makes a perfectly good piece of Swiss cheese  look like a solid object.
 
And to add even more fuel to the fire, numerous other  accounts of suspicious evidence has also conveniently surfaced, linking  the alleged hijackers to 9/11, including two of   Mohamed Atta’s  bags also found right after 9/11.
 
Not only did authorities find the luggage but they conveniently  contained a handheld electronic flight computer, a simulator procedures  manual for Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, two videotapes relating to "air  tours" of the Boeing 757 and 747 aircraft, a slide-rule flight calculator,  a copy of the Koran, Atta’s passport, his will, his international driver’s  license, a religious cassette tape, airline uniforms, a letter of recommendation,  "education related documentation" and a note to other hijackers  on how to mentally prepare for the hijacking.
 
Again the state sponsored media jumped on the story,  running in the Associated Press, Boston Globe and other papers in the weeks  following 9/11, further perpetuating the government’s 9/11 myth without  even asking the question of whether the evidence was credible or possibly  planted by the FBI.
 
Regarding the Iskandar case, what’s even more unusual  than the credit cards, is Waleed, a 34-year-old Harvard graduate, was never  even listed as an original Flight 11 passenger either on the American Airlines  flight manifest or the several different conflicting passenger list versions  made public by major media outlets.
 
In fact, his name first appeared on a passenger list  one year later in an unverified list given by a media outlet on the first  year anniversary, but continued not to be listed on other distributed lists  by other large media outlets.
 
In response to his son being left off the Flight 11 list,  Iskandar said:
 
"I contacted American the day after the tragedy  and told them not to list my son as my wife, Samia, and I were grieving  terribly and we didn’t want to be bothered by the press. Later after we  realized how big this whole incident became, we had him put back on the  list."
 
Iskandar said he also kept his son’s flight itinerary  as a keepsake, adding his son was on his way from Boston to Los Angeles  to tell his parents about his recent engagement to his new fianc

No video tapes of any passengers boarding 9/11 aircraft

Why haven’t we seen the routine video surveillance tapes of ANY of the passengers alleged to have boarded the ill-fated 9/11 flights at Boston’s Logan, Newark’s Liberty and Washington’s Dulles international airports? Why haven’t we seen these video tapes? Why has the Fourth Estate failed to ask?
911 Dutch Treat?

 
By Stephen M. St. John
metatron.metatron@verizon.net
11-15-5
 

Why haven’t we seen the routine video surveillance tapes of ANY of the passengers alleged to have boarded the ill-fated 9/11 flights at Boston’s Logan, Newark’s Liberty and Washington’s Dulles international airports?
 
Will two lips in Holland end the 9/11 coverup?
 
NEW YORK — Those who have bothered to read the 9/11 skeptics know about the extraordinary "coincidences" that took place that fateful morning. One of them happens to be the lack of routine video surveillance tapes of ANY of the passengers alleged to have boarded the ill-fated flights at Boston’s Logan, Newark’s Liberty and Washington’s Dulles international airports.
 
The 9/11 Commission simply ignored this issue even though it can be fairly said that not only did the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington originate at these airport gates, but so did the resulting invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
Why haven’t we seen these video tapes? Why has the Fourth Estate failed to ask, Why haven’t we seen these video tapes? Why the conspiracy of silence?
 
Well, the answer may very well lie in Holland. You see, security at some if not all of these airport gates of 9/11 was in the hands of an American minimum-wage subsidiary of a Dutch corporation called ICTS-International. What is most remarkable about this arrangement is that the Dutch corporation ICTS-International was, as of 9/11, Dutch in name only. An early 2003 check of its web-site showed a Board of Directors consisting entirely of nationals of the Zionist state with the single exception of the Comptroller, who apparently was the nominal Dutchman. And if I need to clue in the clueless, the Zionists were hellbent on finding a reason for the USA to invade Iraq. And it would be fair to say that these Zionists of ICTS-International were the gatekeepers of 9/11 and all that followed, such as the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Interesting, eh?
 
But the story gets even wilder. Not long after 9/11, the chairman of ICTS, Ezra Harel, whose surname is famous in the annals of the Mossad, died suddenly of a heart attack in his early 50s on his yacht off the coast of Palestine. Talk about not being available for comment!
 
But that’s not the kicker. Hours before the House version of the first Patriot Act went to a vote, "technical corrections" were inserted into the body of the legislation whereby foreign security companies such as ICTS-International would be immune from lawsuits related to the events of 9/11. Talk about not being available for deposition! This "Patriot" act legislative sleight of hand occurred before the inception of the 9/11 Commission when Fearless Leader George W. Bush was still resisting the very IDEA of an investigation into 9/11. Hence, in the face of an institutional cover-up, citizens were denied the possibility of a discovery process which is normally afforded to litigants. Without such discovery process, ICTS-International would never be compelled by a court of law to give testimony and show evidence related to the missing airport video surveillance tapes of 9/11 or any other aspect of security measures in place on 9/11.
 
The legal situation has since changed and ICTS-International is now a co-defendant in a lawsuit in Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York. (see www.sept11tortlitigation.com) More about this will follow.
 
And so, we are supposed to believe that even as multiple NORAD drills were underway, video surveillance tapes from multiple cameras at multiple locations in three different "Category X" high security international airports just happened to fail to capture images of ANY of the passengers – the good, the bad and the ugly – about to board the ill-fated flights of 9/11! As many 9/11 skeptics already know, what I have just described here is just one aspect of the BIG LIE about 9/11. Some of the answers to our national security problem will be found in Holland. That is for sure!
 
But there are those who will insist that they have seen on television video surveillance tapes of the hijackers of 9/11 and are satisfied with the official explanation of what happened on that fateful day.
 
However, these people are confused by the tape repeatedly shown on TV of two of the alleged hijackers (Mohammad Atta being one of them) passing through a security checkpoint at Portland Maine International Airport to take a connecting flight to Boston on the morning of 11 September 2001.
 
This Portland tape has no timestamp, which makes it suspect. Also, even IF the tape were genuine, it does not place either of the two young Arabs at Logan International Airport.
 
Nearly all Americans were lulled into believing that the Portland, Maine tape was sufficient proof when it was not. People were mesmerized by the repeated showing of this tape on TV and in their emotional state did not realize exactly what they were looking at and what they weren’t looking at.
 
Also, yet another tape was shown in the 24 hour interval leading to the official release of the 9/11 Commission Report; however, this tape, released to the news media by the South Carolina law firm Motley Rice LLC, was almost immediately withdrawn because it quickly became apparent that it was bogus. This Motley Rice surveillance tape purportedly showed two young Arabs boarding flight 77 at Dulles International Airport on the morning of 9/11. But again, just like the Portland Maine tape, there is no timestamp, which makes it suspect. Beyond that, as pointed out by the late, great Internet researcher/writer Joe Vialls, who some believe is really Ari Ben-Menashe (see www.judicial-inc.biz), the shadows appearing just outside the terminal door are those you would expect to see at midday rather than in the early morning. Moreover, the surveillance camera is no ordinary surveillance camera; for the tape reveals a panning camera focused on the two young Arabs and then zooming in on them and then moving left as they move left instead of following the pretty blonde lady who was going to the right. Clearly, some person unknown at some time unknown was filming these young Arab men for a specific but unknown reason.
 
This Motley Rice film was never shown again because of the critical eyes of researchers, many of whom preserved copies of the mysterious tape in their computers.
 
In consideration of the foregoing, one must conclude that no tape has EVER been shown that reveals ANY of the passengers boarding the 9/11 flights out of Boston’s Logan, Newark’s Liberty and Washington’s Dulles international airports.
 
One must also ask, if the 9/11 surveillance tapes at these airports do in fact exist, why haven’t we seen them? And if they do not even exist, how can this be explained?
 

Body count in the Pentagon is a secret

http://web.archive.org/web/20010917011524/www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2001/t09142001_t914irby.html

United States Department of Defense
NEWS TRANSCRIPT

 Presenter: John F. Irby, Director, Federal Facilities Division. Friday, September 14, 2001 – 1:00 p.m.

DoD News Briefing – Pentagon Update

<!– START HEADER DoD News Briefing John F. Irby, Director, Federal Facilities Division Friday, September 14, 2001 – 1:00 p.m. END HEADER (14 lines) –>

(Also participating: Victoria Clarke, assistant secretary of Defense for public affairs; Army Maj. Gen. Jim Jackson, commanding general, Military District of Washington; James Schwartz, assistant chief, Arlington County Fire Department; and Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for public affairs. Slides used in this briefing are available at http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2001/g010914-D-6570.html )
 

[…] 

Q: Can I ask the chief a question please? I don’t mean to be churlish, but in New York they are getting accurate body counts. Can you tell us the reason why we’re not getting them? Because what’s ending up happening is that at various times we’re able to go out and talk to different people and we’re getting different estimates, and I think that’s concerning to folks. So we would like an official number.

Schwartz: And I can certainly appreciate the desire to know.

What I have to tell you, though, is that as we operate the incident command system with this incident, we do it jointly with other agencies, including the FBI. And their desire at this point is not to release that information, and I’m going to maintain that relationship and that confidence with them.

Strange facts about the autopsies

More ‘Miraculous 9/11 Evidence’ Found; Independent Medical Investigation Not Allowed as Pentagon Controls Flight 77 Autopsy Results, But Lists Three
People Not Even On The Flight!

Flight 77 passenger, Suzanne Calley’s, wedding ring and driver’s license turns up in perfect condition from Pentagon wreckage. ATM card of Flight 11 passenger, Waleed Iskandar, also turns up unscathed, but he wasn’t even listed as a passenger on the AA official flight list.

16 Nov 2005

 

By Greg Szymanski

 

Capt. Jim Ingledue of the Virginia Beach Fire Department and 9/11 first responder recently reported he found the completely unblemished California ID card of a Flight 77 passenger amidst the devastation and rubble at the Pentagon.

 

Critics were quick to jump on what they called “another miraculous find,” claiming it was just another indication of bogus evidence planted by FBI, including the unscathed passport found outside the WTC of one of the hijackers, Satum AL Suqami, the luggage of Muhammad Atta with blatant incriminating evidence and the perfectly intact Wells Fargo ATM card of Walled Iskandar, one of the Flight 11 passengers.

 

In the case of Iskandar, whose ATM card discovery was first made public by the Arctic Beacon, it has also been learned he never even was listed as a passenger on Flight 11 in the first place, either on the original flight manifest or on the verified passenger list made public by American Airlines and subsequently released by CNN.

 

Iskandar’s parents, Joseph and Samia, were unavailable for comment, failing to return numerous messages left on the answering machine at their home in Northridge, California.

 

Besides the strange Iskandar situation, the Arctic Beacon has now learned there may be even more bogus and planted FBI evidence, as the husband of Suzanne Calley, 42, whose ID was found at the Pentagon, also said the recovery team returned the couple’s wedding ring and her perfectly intact California driver’s license, as well as the ID card.

 

Frank Calley of San Martin, California, this week told another family member who lost a loved one on 9/11 that all three items were returned in perfectly good condition, a recovery even Capt. Ingledue said was “strange and unbelievable? considering the meltdown at the Pentagon.

 

Calley, however, didn’t question the authenticity or believability of the items found, but added when questioned whether his wife’s body was positively identified in the rubble:

 

“They told me they found her remains, but I decided not to look. The Pentagon officials also said the remains of at least 19 others on board the plane were also identified by a military medical group.

 

“Immediately after the crash, I was assigned a personal liaison who handled my case. He was cooperative and helpful and I decided I didn’t want to see Suzanne’s remains.”

 

What’s strange about the autopsy investigation is that none of the family members, including Calley, have demanded an independent investigation, relying solely on government medical reporting as advised by the Pentagon liaisons, a personal military attach

Credit cards of passenger found intact in WTC

More Miraculous 9/11 Evidence: Four Credits Cards Found in Perfect Condition From Inside the Wallet of Flight 11 Passenger

Joseph Iskandar said his son, Waleed, always carried his cards in his wallet and were ‘miraculously’ returned one year later, but he never questioned where and how the credit cards were found amidst the devastation of the towering inferno.

 

23 Nov 2005

 

By Greg Szymanski

 

 

 

More miraculous 9/11 evidence has turned up, as Joseph Iskandar, the father of Flight 11 passenger, Waleed,  said not one but incredibly four of his son’s credit cards were found in perfect condition by the Ground Zero Recovery Team.

 

 

 

Originally Iskandar reported receiving only one credit card, a perfectly intact Wells Fargo ATM card, but now three more cards mysteriously surfaced, either in a “miraculous? stroke of luck, considering the devastation in the towering inferno, or possibly another clear sign of more planted evidence placed by the FBI at all disaster locations on 9/11.

 

 

 

Iskandar never doubted the credibility of the evidence, also becoming another in the long line of flight passenger family members who have never questioned the government’s 9/11 story.

 

 

 

This comes in stark contrast to the other group of Ground Zero family members, a group made up of literally hundreds, if not thousands, who openly say 9/11 was an inside job or who publicly call for a new investigation. In contrast, the flight families either remain incredibly silent or, like Iskandar, have echoed the government story like a bunch of parrots in a cage.

 

 

 

Regarding the new evidence, Iskandar, 73, a Lebanese native who immigrated to the U.S. in 1980, told the Arctic Beacon Monday in an extended telephone conversation from his Northridge, California, home, the three other cards returned to him included Frequent Flyer credit cards from United, American and Delta airlines.

 

 

 

“When I returned to Ground Zero for the first anniversary of 9/11, I was told by some men that they had found four of Waleed’s credit cards, all in good condition. They never told me how they found it or where but just sent me the cards,” said Iskandar, adding he never questioned the identity of the men or the credibility of the cards, the items being mailed to his home several weeks later.

 

 

 

“Waleed used to keep his credit cards in his wallet and although it was a bit unusual considering the devastating crash, I just considered it to be a miracle from God. I then took the cards and they are included in a memorial at his burial site.”

 

 

 

Another person closely following the chain of strange 9/11 evidence, who wants to remain anonymous, had this to say about the Iskandar credit cards:

 

 

 

“I guess his ATM card must have slid out of his wallet, flown out of his pocket, then out of his seat and around the seat belt, then through the exploding jet fuel and debris, out of the building, then to be found picture perfect!?

 

 

 

Although Iskandar believes the cards were God-sent, others think the FBI had a dirty hand in planting tainted evidence, since besides the incredible find of not one – but four – of Waleed’s cards coming from inside his wallet, many other pieces of miraculous evidence has also surfaced.

 

 

 

The Arctic Beacon recently reported Capt. Jim Ingledue of the Virginia Beach Fire Department and 9/11 first responder finding the completely unblemished California ID card, driver’s license and wedding ring of one of the Flight 77 passengers amidst the devastation and rubble at the Pentagon.

 

 

 

Passenger Suzanne Callex’s husband, Frank, of San Martin, California, verified the return of his wife’s items, but like Iskandar didn’t question or even seek verification of the credibility of the evidence.

 

 

 

Although Calley had no questions, Capt. Ingledue, a firm believe of the official government 9/11 story, called it “highly strange and remarkable? to find this type of evidence in the Pentagon meltdown.

 

 

 

“I remember thinking it was highly unusual and strange to find a perfectly intact ID card amidst all that devastation,” said Capt. Ingledue, a Pentagon first responder who arrived two days after 9/11 and spent a total of seven days in search and rescue.

 

 

 

In a telephone conversation two weeks ago from Virginia Beach, Capt. Ingledue added the find was “so strange? he kept it in his pocket for an hour instead of immediately turning the evidence over to FBI agents like he was instructed.

 

 

 

“When we arrived at the Pentagon, we were advised to turn over any personal effects or possible evidence immediately over to the FBI,” said Capt. Ingledue, who admitted the find was unusual, but doesn’t subscribe to any wild-eyed 9/11 conspiracy theories. “I kept this bit of evidence with me a little longer, I don’t know why, but I guess I thought it was strange to find an ID in perfect shape when everything else around me was devastated.”

 

 

 

Besides the possibility that Calley and Iskandar’s ID cards and credit cards were planted by the FBI, a similar question has been ignored by the state sponsored press and authorities the day after 9/11 when miraculously the unscathed passport of Satam Al Suqami, one of the alleged 19 Arab terrorists, turned up several blocks from Ground Zero.

 

 

 

Although ABC News and the Associated Press played up the importance of the Suqami passport, linking 9/11 to the Arab hijackers, serious questions were never raised in the press or by the 9/11 Commission as to the credibility and authenticity of the find.

 

 

 

Critics now contend with the Calley and Iskandar cards, all turning up in perfect condition like the passport, it only adds to the necessity of launching a full scale investigation into the possibility that all three items were planted by the FBI in an attempt to hoodwink the American people into believing the official 9/11 story, a story that has so many holes that it makes a perfectly good piece of Swiss cheese look like a solid object.

 

 

 

And to add even more fuel to the fire, numerous other accounts of suspicious evidence has also conveniently surfaced, linking the alleged hijackers to 9/11, including two of   Mohamed Atta’s bags also found right after 9/11.

 

 

 

Not only did authorities find the luggage but they conveniently contained a handheld electronic flight computer, a simulator procedures manual for Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, two videotapes relating to “air tours” of the Boeing 757 and 747 aircraft, a slide-rule flight calculator, a copy of the Koran, Atta’s passport, his will, his international driver’s license, a religious cassette tape, airline uniforms, a letter of recommendation, “education related documentation” and a note to other hijackers on how to mentally prepare for the hijacking.

 

 

 

Again the state sponsored media jumped on the story, running in the Associated Press, Boston Globe and other papers in the weeks following 9/11, further perpetuating the government’s 9/11 myth without even asking the question of whether the evidence was credible or possibly planted by the FBI.

 

 

 

Regarding the Iskandar case, what’s even more unusual than the credit cards, is Waleed, a 34-year-old Harvard graduate, was never even listed as an original Flight 11 passenger either on the American Airlines flight manifest or the several different conflicting passenger list versions made public by major media outlets.

 

 

 

In fact, his name first appeared on a passenger list one year later in an unverified list given by a media outlet on the first year anniversary, but continued not to be listed on other distributed lists by other large media outlets.

 

 

 

In response to his son being left off the Flight 11 list, Iskandar said:

 

 

 

“I contacted American the day after the tragedy and told them not to list my son as my wife, Samia, and I were grieving terribly and we didn’t want to be bothered by the press. Later after we realized how big this whole incident became, we had him put back on the list.”

 

 

 

Iskandar said he also kept his son’s flight itinerary as a keepsake, adding his son was on his way from Boston to Los Angeles to tell his parents about his recent engagement to his new fianc

Flight 93 remains yield no evidence

Flight 93 remains yield no evidence

Thursday, December 20, 2001

http://www.post-gazette.com/headlines/20011220shanksville1220p2.aspBy Tom Gibb, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

United Airlines Flight 93’s crash into rural Somerset County decimated all human remains so badly that investigators can’t say if any of the 44 people aboard were killed before the aircraft went down, the FBI has told the county coroner.

That leaves it up to the jet’s cockpit voice recorder to offer support for widely held assumptions that the four hijackers began killing passengers before or during a fight for control of the jetliner. For now, federal investigators holding that recorder, one of two pieces commonly dubbed the black box, are staying mum.

Investigators who recovered remains from the Shanksville-area crash site brought possible stab wounds and lacerations to the attention of FBI pathologists, Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller said yesterday. But the FBI has responded that “the catastrophic nature of the crash and fragmentation” left them unable to draw conclusions, Miller said.

The coroner’s assessment came yesterday as he confirmed that the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory has used DNA samples to match recovered remains with the last of 40 crew members and passengers aboard the hijacked jetliner 14 weeks ago when it slammed into a recovered strip mine at around 500 mph.

Miller has kept control of the crash site, under watch by security guards hired by United Airlines, expecting a possible final search for remains in the spring.

Remains of passengers and crew identified so far should be released in February to families or for burial, entombment or cremation in the Somerset County area, depending on families’ preferences, Miller said. Unidentified remains, yielding no DNA information, will be “treated properly,” probably interred or entombed in the county, according to the coroner.

This is where hijackers and victims get different treatment.

Death certificates for the 40 victims list their deaths as homicides. The hijackers’ death certificates, not released yet, call their deaths suicides.

The four hijackers’ remains will stay in FBI custody in case they prove important to the evolving investigation.

Investigators segregated remains which yielded DNA samples that did not match DNA profiles of the 40 passengers and crew. Those, by process of elimination, are the hijackers, and their remains are being grouped by common DNA.

The air pirates have been identified as Ziad Jarrah, Ahmed Al Haznawi, Saeed Al Ghamdi and Ahmed Al Nami — but not so positively identified that officials will list the names in official records.

“The death certificates will list each as ‘John Doe,’ ” Miller said.

Media published fake passenger lists for AA11

MEDIA PUBLISHED FAKE PASSENGER LISTS FOR AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 11.

by Gerard Holmgren
[see Interview with Gerard Holmgren, 27 June 2005, at:  http://www.serendipity.li/wot/holmgren_interview.htm]

 As everyone knows, on Sept 11 2001, 5 Arabs allegedly hijacked American Airlines flight 11 and crashed it into the Nth Tower of the World Trade Centre. It was part of a crime which killed approximately 3000 people.

Any serious crime, particularly one of this magnitude, is – or should be – subject to rigourous examination by investigative and law enforcement authorities, such as the FBI. In any crime involving the illegal use of a plane, it is obvious that one of the first investigative steps taken by such authorities is to find out who was on the plane.

This is not a difficult thing to do. Airlines keep well organized records of everybody on any particular flight. Thus the apparent ID of anyone on that flight – regardless of whether they used a true or false ID – should be immediately available to authorities.

Unless the authorities decide that such information should be with-held from public view for fear that disclosure will jeopardize the investigation, then such information should also be easily available to the media. Assuming that authorities cleared it for release, it should be as simple as an exchange of faxes or emails between the media and either the airline involved or one of the relevant authorities to which the airline has released the information. Or possibly printed copies handed out at a press conference.

In relation to the alleged AA11, there has never been any indication that such information has been with-held for security reasons. We, the public have been given the clear impression that the information relating to exactly who was on that plane has been made available to us, via the media – which presumably sourced it in the manner suggested above. If such information had been with-held, one would expect this  to have been disclosed. There would appear to be no reason to believe that disclosure of the official passenger lists would jeopardize any investigation, and even less reason to believe it to be so sensitive that even the fact that its being with-held must be hidden.

Supporters of the official story seem to support this view. In the face of mounting evidence that none of the Sept 11 crashes were actually caused by the planes alleged to have been involved (some of this evidence is linked at the conclusion of this article), supporters of the official story will often reply with a demand to know exactly what happened to the alleged passengers, illogically imagining the lack of a specific answer to represent a flaw in the no planes/substitute planes argument. Implicit in this demand is the belief that there is rock solid documentation of who the passengers were.

Presumably, supporters of the official story depend upon the passenger lists published by the media as proof that the IDs of all the passengers are in the public domain.  Anybody can put up a website or do a radio interview or send an email,  claiming to be family or friend of a plane victim. But ultimately, the only credible, official source for such information is the airline passenger list, and the only credible source for obtaining this information  is the airline itself, or anyone to whom the airline may make it available , who can be reasonably expected to reproduce it accurately – law enforcement authorities and the media. One can’t demand an explanation of what happened to particular people alleged to be on the flight  unless one can prove that they were on the flight. As noted earlier, this should not be a difficult thing to do. It is implicit in  the official story that such information has been established in the public domain by the media.

Given that the passenger lists provided by the media provide an important component of the official story,  it is then incumbent upon any serious investigator to properly examine such passenger lists and ensure that they match with other alleged facts we have been given, and with the processes by which one would expect the information to have been sourced.

In this context, the following statement by “USA Today? in relation to its published passenger lists is of some concern.

“Partial lists of passengers and crew killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, according to family members, friends, co-workers and local law enforcement.”

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2001/09/11/victims-list.htm

This is a very strange way to source such information. Why not get the information from American Airlines or the FBI? If neither AA nor the FBI  were consulted, then how did USAT know who’s “family members, friends, co-workers? to go looking for? Or if AA and the FBI were the first source of inquiry, why a partial list from hearsay sources? Why  “local law enforcement? rather than the feds, who would surely have any complete database of the victims? This statement appears to make no sense at all, except to confirm that the obvious sources where any media outlet should be looking – American Airlines and the FBI – seem to have been left out of the process. And it gets more ridiculous.

At  http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2001/09/12/victim-capsule-flight11.htm

USAT gives the following bio of one of the alleged victims.

“Tom McGuinness, of Portsmouth, N.H., was co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, an official at his church confirmed…He said church pastors were with his wife when she was notified Tuesday morning. ?

Surely American Airlines, the FAA or the FBI would be the most reliable sources of who was co-piloting the plane. A family member, who’s ID can be verified would be a reasonably good unofficial source, but first one needs to find out which family one is looking for. In the process of ascertaining that, one should have already received official confirmation of the information. This source is someone who claims to know such a family member – a second hand attribution a source which is not official anyway, and should be subject to confirmation from AA, The FAA or the FBI.

Perhaps the church administrator got this info from the official sources himself and then passed it on to USAT, who lacked the investigative qualities to do this for themselves. Or the church administrator may have known McGuiness well enough to surmise that he was the co-pilot – which would still be an unofficial and unreliable source. But if so, then how did USAT know McGuiness? ID to begin with? How did they know where to go looking for the church administrator? Or if they already knew that McGuiness was the co-pilot, due to enquiries with AA, the FAA or the FBI, then why do they cite the church administrator as the source of the information ? Or did the church administrator contact USAT with this claim, and USAT fail to confirm it with official sources?  This is very poor journalism.

One can’t be certain of the exact processes employed by USAT, but its fair to say that there are strong indications that its passenger list is based on hearsay, because they had some kind of problem in obtaining the routine documentation which one would expect to be available in such a situation, but failed to give a direct disclosure of what that problem was.

In contrast to this, CNN,  introducing its passenger list ,says

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/victims/main.html

?authorities from American Airlines, United Airlines, the Department of Defense, the New York City Medical Examiners Office and the New York City Fire Department, have released partial lists. They are linked below.”

This is a clear indication that CNN claims to have sourced its passenger information as one would expect.

The first list passenger list for AA11 which  I studied was that presented by CNN.

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/victims/AA11.victims.html

It says that there were 92 people aboard, but if you count the names listed there are 87 – and no Arabic names. On the surface, this seems reasonable. One can speculate  that CNN has published the names of all 87 innocent victims, and deleted the names of the 5 hijackers for sensitivity reasons.

If so,  why is this described as a “partial list? ?

For the moment, lets  give CNN  the benefit of the doubt and  assume this  to be a complete list (in contradiction to what they wrote) of the 87 innocents alleged to be on board – a list sourced from AA, whether directly, or indirectly via a law enforcement agency. A reading of the names suggests that the CNN list may actually represent only 86 people –  one name duplicated with different spelling.

Robin Caplin and Robin Kaplan are listed as two different people. There is a brief bio for Kaplan, but nothing for Caplin, except the home town. Perhaps this is just an enormous co-incidence and two people with such names actually were on the flight ? Lets suspend judgment  for the moment, while we investigate further.

I then checked the passenger list provided by USA Today.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2001/09/11/victims-list.htm

Again, it is described as a partial list. It contains 86 names – one less than the 87 which should represent a complete list.  Robin Caplin is  missing.   However, two other names from the CNN list – Jude Larson and  Natalie Larson –  are also missing, and the list contains  two names which are not on the CNN list. Kelly Booms and  Pendyala Vamsikrishna. Lets think through the possibilities.

1) Two of the names from the collective passenger lists are fictitious.

2) Neither list is complete, and the complete list of innocents only emerges from a collective viewing of the lists – as strongly implied by the term “partial list? used in relation to both lists. If so, then we have 89  innocents. If this is the case then there can’t be 5 hijackers for a total of 92 people. And yet nobody seems to dispute these two figures.

At   http://www.boston.com/news/daily/12/victims_list.htm

We find a list of AA 11 victims published on Sept 13 2001, which, judging by the introduction, may have come from exactly same the source as that used by USAT today. It begins thus.

“By The Associated Press.  Partial list of those killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, according to family members, friends, co-workers and law enforcement. ?

Lets compare it with the introduction to the USAT list.

“Partial lists of passengers and crew killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, according to family members, friends, co-workers and local law enforcement.”

However this list is quite different from that published by USAT – or CNN . While not giving any summation, it contains the names of 89 alleged innocents and introduces two new names – Robert Jalbert and James Roux. Vamsikrishna and Booms are the two names not included from the collective CNN and USAT lists. Since it publishes 89 names as a “partial list ? this implies a minimum of 90 innocents aboard the plane.

From the three combined lists, we now have 91 alleged innocents and 5 hijackers for an apparently undisputed summation of 92. The Boston Daily list ,in isolation, implies a minimum of 95 aboard, while the collective lists imply 96 – if one is to believe in 5 hijackers. Alternatively, there must be four fictitious innocents.

This Boston Daily list also contains “Heath Smith”, which would appear to be a substitute for  “Heather Smith? named on the previous two lists.

A year later, the Boston Daily published a very different list, seemingly without acknowledging any previous error.

http://www.boston.com/news/packages/sept11/anniversary/victims/flight11.htm

It contains only 87 names. Jalbert ,Roux,Caplin and the two Larsons have been dropped for Booms,Vamsikrishna and another new name – Waleed Iskander – who is not alleged to be one of the terrorists.  Heath Smith has become Heather Lee Smith. A person named on every other list as Antonio Montoya has become Antonio Jesus Montoya Valdes.

Peter Hashem has been replaced by Peter el-Hachem.From the bio, it appears to be a different name for the same person  While the odd spelling discrepancy or missing hyphen is quite plausible, this much of a name change is stretching the credibility a little. I can believe that “Green? could become “Greene? or “Catherine? become “Katherine”, but “Hashem? becoming “el- Hachem? – from an official passenger list – is more difficult to accept.

This is most unsatisfactory. The combined lists now name 92 innocents, so if one is to believe in 92 aboard, 5 of which were hijackers, we now have 5 fictitious innocents.

Furthermore, we now have three major mainstream media outlets, publishing 4 lists which all contradict each other about who was on board, when this information should have been very simple to source accurately.

I checked another list – from the Guardian dated sept 13 ,2001

http://www.guardian.co.uk/wtccrash/story/0,1300,551423,00.html

This also claims 92 people aboard. It published only 75 names, saying

“This is a preliminary, partial list of passengers aboard the flight whose next of kin have been notified. Some families asked the airline not to include their loved ones’ names: these do not appear. ?

Fair enough. So this list is unable to be fully tested for consistency with either of the other four conflicting lists. However, it does agree on the number of people aboard. This creates a real headache for the official story. Is the figure of 92 incorrect? Should it be really be 97 – the 92 collectively listed innocents plus 5 hijackers? If so, why is everyone saying 92 ? Or were there no hijackers? If so, why is everybody saying 5 ? Or are 5 of these names fabricated ? If so, how,why and by whom?

The Guardian list also has Heath Smith instead of Heather Smith. It has Hashem not el-Hachem

There’s another problem. If AA released only 75 names on Sept 13, how did the Boston Daily mange to publish 89 on the same day ? Where did they get the extra names that the airline was still withholding ?

Now the list from NBC

http://www.msnbc.com/modules/wtc/victims/default.asp?p=5

It lists 87 names for a summation of 92, and is the same as the USAT list, except for the addition of Iskander.That is – the same as the anniversary list from the Boston Daily.

 I checked another mainstream media source – PBS

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/terrorism/sept11/victims/aa11.html

which entitles its list ? One year later. Remembering the victims.”

This agrees with the NBC and Boston anniversary lists .

Nearly half 9/11 dead cannot be identified

February 23, 2005

Nearly Half of NY Sept. 11 Dead Cannot Be Identified, Forensics at New York’s Ground Zero Ends

"New York authorities have ended efforts to identify victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, leaving the remains of nearly half the 2,749 people killed in the World Trade Center unidentified, the city’s medical examiner said on Wednesday.

Some 9,720 unidentified bone and tissue fragments have been sealed and stored in case developments in technology allow for identification in the future, said Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office.

Of those killed, 42 percent remain unidentified due to difficulties in getting DNA samples from the remains.

The medical examiner’s office has identified 1,585 victims, but progress has slowed to a halt on 1,161 victims. Only eight remains have been identified since September." – Reuters (02/23/05)

Victims not found on the Death Register


As pointed out a while ago, Dulce also looked into the Social Security Death Index, and was heavily attacked on this discussion board of DU, for doing this.
However, this index has something to say about the official passengers of Flight 11:

There exists in the United States the Social Security Death Index. It contains death 75,163,608 Records
http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi

The SSDI does not include death records for everyone who has been issued a Social Security Number (card). Common reasons for exclusion include the following:

  • The death was not reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
  • The death occurred before the Death Master File was maintained in a computer database. About 98 percent of the deaths in this database occurred between 1962 and the present.
  • The person did not participate in the Social Security program.
  • Survivor death benefits were (are) being paid to dependents or spouse.
  • A recent death may not be indexed yet.
  • Human error. (Before you give up, read the section titled "Missing Entries in the SSDI.")

If you do not find a listing in the SSDI, it does not mean the person is still living, or that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has no records on the deceased. See "Contacting the SSA for Information" for instructions on requesting information on individuals not in the SSDI.


CREW
John Ogonowski, 52, Nothing found
First Officer Thomas McGuinness, 42 Nothing found
Barbara Arestegui, 38 Nothing found
Jeffrey Collman Nothing found
Sara Low, 28 27 Oct 1972 — 11 Sep 2001
Karen Martin 6 people with that name died in 2001. None in September.
Kathleen Nicosia Nothing found
Betty Ong, 45 ELIZABETH ONG 11 Feb 1909 — 05 May 2001
Jean Roger, 24 JOAN P ROGER 23 Aug 1940 — 20 Apr 2001
Dianne Snyder, 42 DIANNE B SNYDER 06 Jul 1945 — 25 Oct 2001
Madeline Sweeney, 35 MADELINE A SWEENEY17 Dec 1916 — 09 Dec 2001 (MARY F SWEENEY 01 Jan 1929-11 Sep 2001)

PASSENGERS
Anna Williams Allison, 48 Nothing found
David Angell, 54 23 Mar 1960 — 25 May 2001
Lynn Angell, 45 Nothing found
Seima Aoyama Nothing found

Myra Aronson, 52 Nothing found
Christine Barbuto, 32 Nothing found
Berry Berenson, 53 (BIRDIE BERENSON 15 Mar 1904 — 22 Aug 2001)
Carolyn Beug, 48 Nothing found
Carol Bouchard, 43, (CAROLE J BOUCHARD 11 Jun 1940 — 10 Jun 2001)
Robin Caplin Nothing Found
Neilie Casey, 32, Nothing found
Jeffrey Coombs, 42 18 Sep 1958 — 11 Sep 2001
Tara Creamer, 30 30 Nov 1970 — 11 Sep
Thelma Cuccinello, 71 THELMA R CUCCINELLO 01 Feb 1930 — 11 Sep 2001
Patrick Currivan Nothing Found
Andrew Curry Green Nothing Found
Brian Dale, 43 BRIAN P DALE 23 Oct 1957 — 11 Sep 2001
David DiMeglio (DAVID M DIMEGLIO 08 Feb 1967 — 01 Mar 2002)………

The list with these strange irregularities continued and can be seen in this discussion thread.
I can reveal that since we’re also looking into the fact that Flight 11 officially departed from two different gates (26 and 32), we asked 9/11 family members, if they could confirm some of these oddities. After a while, one of the close correspondents of 6-9000 family members, told me that flight 11 family members had been scared to speak out and didn’t want to receive further e-mails on that matter.

1360 families received death certificates without identifiable body


New York adjusts terrorist death toll downward

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Almost a year after the attacks on the World Trade Center the death toll on September 11 is still being revised  



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From Phil Hirschkorn
CNN New York Bureau

NEW YORK (CNN) — Less than three weeks before the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks, New York is still unsure how many people were killed at the World Trade Center that day.

The city’s police department now counts 2,807 victims in Lower Manhattan. But the total is expected to go lower.

Earlier this week, the city’s medical examiner released a list of victims’ names — the same list provided to city hall for a public reading at next month’s commemorative ceremony at the Trade Center site. But names continue to be deleted.

The list released Tuesday, obtained by CNN, contained 2,819 names. That was four less than the 2,823 that had been reported since April. Now, 12 more names have been removed from the total.

"These are people who have been reported to the police department as having been in the World Trade Center. But the [medical examiner] has not been able to verify the deaths of those people," said NYPD Detective Walter Burns.

"There is no DNA or no body has been recovered, nor have the families applied for death certificates."

"There have been cases that have come off because fraud has been involved or duplication of names. We’re probably down to the last part of that," he said.

For example, one name removed this week was a woman who had been counted twice — by her married and maiden names.

Many other individuals reported as missing actually aren’t. At least one woman on the list, a 31-year-old doctor, had been reported missing on September 10, 2001.

The Manhattan district attorney and New York state’s attorney general have charged more than two dozen individuals for falsely filing for death certificates and claiming that relatives died in the Trade Center attack. Several defendants are from outside the New York metropolitan area or even the United States.

The police department’s missing persons bureau continues to investigate possible erroneous or fraudulent claims.

"We would like to have this stuff cleared up a long time ago," Burns said. "If it gets down before September 11, all well and good."

Part of the confusion stems from the medical examiner’s policy of issuing death certificates without a body to families of September 11 victims that request them.

The unusual practice, ordered by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was to accommodate families trying to collect life insurance or charity benefits.

According to the Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner, 1,360 families have received death certificates without the existence of an identifiable body or remains.

An additional 1,374 families have received death certificates upon the identification of a body or human remains. In most cases, only a body part or tissue sample has been recovered. Only 292 bodies were recovered from the site before the cleanup ended in May, Borakove said.

No death certificates have been issued for 73 people reported as missing.

"There will be more names being removed," Borakove said, adding that a new list of victims’ names will be released next week.

The medical examiner has identified approximately 4,000 of nearly 20,000 partial human remains it has collected. DNA samples have helped identify remains in more than 500 cases. Dental samples have helped identify more than 300 victims.

The 2,807 victims range in age from less than 1 year old to 85. Four out of five victims were men.

The New York death toll does not include the 10 hijackers who slammed the two airliners into the twin towers.

It does include the 127 other passengers and 20 crew members on the two hijacked airliners.

At the Pentagon, there were 184 victims of the September 11 attack — 125 people in the building plus 53 passengers and six crew members on the third hijacked plane, not including five hijackers.

In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the fourth hijacked plane crashed, there were 40 victims — 33 passengers and seven crew members, not including four hijackers.

That makes a total of 3,031 victims of September 11.

70 Bodies Removed From Pentagon

Note by webmaster:  In this article the author refers to “70 bodies” whereas in the article on “Forensic Radiology”, reference is mostly to “body parts”. Note also the “bomb threat” that would permit Pentagon officials to manipulate the scene of the crime without being seen by workers.  Note that among the 70 recovered bodies there were no aircraft passengers (they are not “yet” recovered as by this article.

70 Bodies Removed From Pentagon

LARRY MARGASAK
Associated Press Writer, September 13, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 70 bodies have been removed so far from the buckled section of the Pentagon as search and rescuers workers toiled around the clock with little hope of finding more survivors.

FBI crews worked side-by-side, looking for evidence and making their way toward the black box of the commercial jetliner that was hijacked by terrorists who slammed the plane into the Pentagon Tuesday.

“We’re making inroads into the impact area foot by foot now,” Fairfax County Capt. Jerry Roussillon said Thursday after search and rescue teams worked through the night stabilizing the damaged parts of the building.

The workers were evacuated Thursday morning for about one hour following a telephoned bomb threat, U.S. officials said.

A nonspecific telephone threat about a bomb forced the evacuation of the rescue workers and law enforcement officials, Pentagon and FBI spokesmen said. The call came some time before 6 a.m. EDT.

The FBI received the threat and “to be cautious” pulled out its people and everyone working in the area, a law enforcement official said.

Search-and-rescue workers were shoring up unstable areas around the impact site and were hoping to be able to enter that area later Thursday to search for more remains as well as the airplane’s recorders.

The military services said about 150 people — mostly Army soldiers — were unaccounted for, along with 64 passengers and crew from the plane. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said an earlier estimate by fire officials of as many as 800 dead was too high.

Crews began removing victims’ remains Wednesday afternoon but there was no word on how many bodies were recovered. By evening, crews had started tearing down unstable parts of the building to continue their search. They hoped to have enough demolition work done by morning to enter the impact area.

Arlington County, Va., Fire Marshal Shawn Kelley said searchers know “the general area within the building where they can find the black box,” but couldn’t yet get there.

A small American flag planted on the roof spoke to the Pentagon’s determination to restore its spirit despite the horrendous breach of its famous walls.

The little flag was replaced late in the day by a huge one. A dozen firefighters held the banner aloft on the roof, in a display timed to coincide with a visit from President Bush. Then they draped it near the stricken section, a bold display of red, white and blue hanging two-thirds of the way down the wall.

Meantime, stories of harrowing, nick-of-time escapes emerged.

Army Specialist Michael Petrovich, 32, threw a computer through a window, then jumped out behind it, officials said. He has second-degree burns.

Army Lt. Col. Marion Ward, 44, jumped from a second floor window after the plane hit, and suffered smoke inhalation and a sprained ankle. Retired Navy Cmdr. Paul Gonzalez, 46, a budget analyst, got out through the hole in the wall just before the area collapsed. He was in serious condition with burns and respiratory distress.

First lady Laura Bush visited the three in a hospital.

Authorities did not rule out finding people in adjacent areas after a wrecking ball could be used to clear unstable debris, but they did not appear confident of that possibility.

Four search and rescue teams each with 70 members were working around the clock looking for survivors, though Pentagon officials acknowledged the prospects of finding anyone alive was extremely remote.

“Anyone who might have survived the initial impact and collapse could not have survived the fire that followed,” the department said in a statement.

Washington-area hospitals treated at least 94 people from the Pentagon, with a minimum of 10 in critical condition. Among them was Louise Kurtz, 49, who was starting her second day of work as an Army accountant. She had burns on about 70 percent of her body.

“I didn’t recognize my wife of 31 years,” said Michael Kurtz. “I saw a person who looked like a mummy. I’m mortified and shocked like the rest of the country.”

Forensic Radiology: Response to the Pentagon Attacks on 9/11

DOI: 10.1148/radiol.2231011850

(Radiology 2002;223:7-8.)

Editorial

Forensic Radiology: Response to the Pentagon Attack on September 11, 2001

H. Theodore Harcke, Col, MC, ARNG, ,
Joseph A. Bifano, Maj, USAF, MC, and ,
Kelly K. Koeller, Capt(S), MC, USN
From the Department of Radiologic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC (H.T.H., K.K.K.), and 436th Medical Group/SGSAR, Dover Air Force Base, Del (J.A.B.). Received November 20, 2001; accepted November 24. Address correspondence to H.T.H., Department of Medical Imaging, Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803 (e-mail: tharcke@nemours.org).

The U.S. military has a time-honored commitment to its members and their families to recover those killed in service, identify their remains properly, and prepare them for appropriate honors and interment. The continued efforts to find those missing from the war in Vietnam and the recent identification of a serviceman from that conflict who was buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery are evidence of this obligation (1). Following the September 11 attack on the Pentagon, as search and rescue efforts began, the process of recovery and identification of those who did not survive was also initiated. Forensic radiology was a key component in the system of casualty identification at the Port Mortuary, Dover Air Force Base, Del. Here, the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, augmented by a support group of more than 200 military and federal personnel representing all services and many agencies, undertook the identification of remains and forensic investigation of the deaths that occurred at the Pentagon. The military faced a situation unlike past experiences in war and peacetime accidents: a mass-casualty scenario, involvement of military and civilians, and the inclusion of terrorists among civilian casualties.

Radiographic analysis of the remains from this event was a crucial step in the identification of victims and the investigation of the crime scene. The Department of Radiologic Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, or AFIP, performed this step with support from the Diagnostic Imaging Department of the Dover Air Force Base Medical Clinic. Because of the extraordinary scope of the mass-casualty scenario created by the Pentagon attack, an additional radiologist and military technologists from two reserve components supported the mission. This staff operated up to 12 hours per day, 7 days per week, as required by the volume of recovered remains.

The mortuary has two radiographic rooms equipped with fixed overhead tubes. A daylight film-processing system arrived on the 2nd day of operation to replace a darkroom system. This system greatly reduced the time required to move specimens through the radiographic station. On review of the radiographs, the radiologist completed a report consisting of handwritten notations on a form that showed a schematic skeleton. The comments were brief and were designed to assist those performing other steps in the identification and investigation process, such as forensic dentistry, autopsy, and anthropologic assessment. The report and radiographs traveled with the specimen, and it was easy for professionals at other stations to compare their observations with the report and seek out the radiologist who completed the report for consultation and discussion.

Human remains that are recovered from a disaster site are highly variable in form and condition. Recovered bodies may have been subjected to extreme physical and thermal trauma. Casualties may result from crash impact, building collapse, or associated fire and smoke. The intense heat of burning fuel in aircraft accidents severely burns tissue, clothing, and furnishings. The process of recovery from beneath fallen rubble further alters tissues (2). Consequently, specimens ranging from relatively intact bodies to small body-part fragments were received from the Pentagon site. Whole-body radiography is one step in processing remains received at the military mortuary. Unfortunately, many specimens were received as body parts, often unrecognizable from their gross appearance and mixed with debris from the site. Each specimen designated for processing had an identification number assigned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that linked it to its recovery location at the scene. Each specimen also received a mortuary control number.

In many cases, the whole-body radiograph established whether body parts, personal effects, or other materials were present in the specimen. The forensic radiologist reported all identifiable human structures and substantial objects recognized, along with comments on the condition of each. For example, we commented on the presence of fractures, the absence of anatomically contiguous body parts, and the presence of jewelry and/or personal effects. Also noted were distinguishing features that may aid in establishing the age of the victim (eg, the presence of skeletally immature bones or osteoarthritis in a knee) and identifying military personnel (eg, the presence of military insignia). The forensic dental team benefited from the discovery of teeth on a radiograph when they may not have been noted previously at gross inspection of the specimen. Since the event was known to be the result of a terrorist action, the radiologist also searched for any clues, such as weapons or aircraft parts, that might lead to a better understanding of the attack.

Interpretation of specimen radiographs poses a number of particular challenges for the forensic radiologist that are not typical for a clinical radiologist. Screening whole-body radiographs provide only one view of the specimen. Because of the very nature of the specimen, radiographs of body parts are often limited initially to a random projection that may not produce a familiar anatomic view of skeletal fragments. While this is particularly true of pieces of flat bones, such as the skull, pelvis, and scapula, a radiographic appearance of a long bone diaphyseal fragment may be problematic. The discontiguous arrangement of one or two vertebral bodies in a nonstandard projection can make identification of the level difficult. It may not always be feasible to obtain a second radiograph of the specimen because of workload and technical factors. In certain circumstances, employing a tested radiographic axiom (“go examine the patient”) by directly palpating the specimens in the bag may allow the forensic radiologist to learn more about their three-dimensional characteristics.

There is also the ever-present problem of debris. Virtually every specimen from this site was mixed with debris composed of aircraft and building materials of an opaque and semiopaque nature. Body parts from several individuals may have been mixed into a single specimen. In some specimens, this was apparent because skeletally immature bones and adult bones were contained in the same specimen bag. This is particularly true of appendicular skeletal structures, which are frequently detached during high-velocity impacts such as aircraft accidents (3).

The positive identification of remains is the responsibility of the medical examiner. Those working on individual steps in the process each contribute data used in making the decision. There are instances in which the data make identification relatively easy, and there are other circumstances that make identification impossible. Personal effects are not as substantial as one would imagine. Clothing can be borrowed, cards can be forged or stolen, and pieces can be scattered over distances and recovered with another body. The military anticipates the requirement of obtaining DNA specimens from all personnel and maintaining them in a central repository for postmortem identification purposes (4). In addition, dental records are maintained and usually include a full-mouth pantograph. The existence of a reference database allows relatively rapid positive identification of military casualties. This was, in fact, true with the Pentagon attack, since many more military casualties were positively identified than civilian casualties in the early stages of the investigation.

Radiologic services at the mortuary supported two tasks: remains processing and remains identification. Dental records and DNA reference samples may be sufficient in the final identification step for many military casualties. However, radiography of victims remains an essential asset of this process. This is especially true when reliable dental information is not available or when attempts to collect DNA from victims are hampered. Analysis of DNA is a powerful tool in military casualty identification, but it has limitations. The DNA sources from victims subjected to intense fire may denature and not be recoverable (5). The mass-casualty operation resulting from the Pentagon attack confirms the importance of forensic radiology as a key component of casualty identification.

The views expressed in this editorial are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of Defense or the Departments of the Army, Air Force, or Navy.

1. Arlington National Cemetery. Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Available at: www.arlingtoncemetery .org/visitor_information/tomb_of_the_un knowns.html.. Accessed December 27, 2001.
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World Trade Center fatalities drop by 40

World Trade Centre fatalities drop by 40

“Grant McCool, The Courier-Mail 31st October, 2003

In New York the September 11, 2001, death toll has dropped by 40 to 2985 after investigators found fraud, duplication and people once thought dead, city officials said yesterday.

The official death toll has fluctuated frequently since two hijacked passenger planes were flown into the 110-storey twin towers of the World Trade Centre at a time when tens of thousands were normally in the vicinity of the lower Manhattan complex.

Some of the 40 taken off the list were originally reported missing by people living overseas.

"Two or three are still being investigated, so those could still be removed in the future.

"Some people were duplication, some were alive and didn’t even know they had been reported missing; There are Other people who claimed people were missing who didn’t even exist," she said.

Since the tragedy, it has been discovered some people invented the names of people to fraudulently claim compensation from the city.

New York police have arrested 40 people falsely claiming they lost loved ones. Other names removed yesterday included people whose relatives said they were near the towers at the time but can give little more information.

In and around the twin towers there were 2752 deaths, while 189 people died when a plane was flown into the Pentagon. Another 44 were killed when a hijacked jet crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

The official tolls do not include 19 hijackers linked to Saudi-born Islamic militant Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda, the global network Washington blamed for a series of attacks on US interests abroad and at home since the mid-1990s.

The destruction of the twin towers was so great that medical officials have only been able to positively identify the remains of 1527 victims.

Days after the attacks that caused the collapse of the soaring towers, officials feared the number of people killed would be more than 6000.

The 40 names removed from the twin towers toll had been legally declared dead, with death certificates issued based on documented proof or witness reports that they were in the World Trade Centre or aboard one of the hijacked planes.

Their names were also read aloud at the second anniversary ceremony at the World Trade Centre site. ? Additional reporting Phillip Coorey

Experts Puzzle Over Identities “Phillip Coorey, The Courier-Mail 15th August , 2003
NEW YORK: Almost two years since terrorists flew planes into New York’s twin towers, scientists concede less than two-thirds of the 2792 victims will ever be positively identified.

Principals in the identification process said only 1518 victims had been identified.

Now the original goal of 2000 appears far-fetched because of the damage caused by fire, water and decomposition.

Howard Cash, a Washington engineer who developed the software which has enabled tricky DNA identifications, said yesterday the 2000 figure was now considered ambitious.

"I’ll be honest. Our goal is to positively identify 2792 out of 2792. I just don’t think that’s realistic," he said. "I think 2000 is a goal that may be achievable at the very outside edge of technology."

Dr Robert Shaler, the head of the Department of Forensic Biology at the New York Coroner’s office, said the identification of 1800 people was now a more realistic maximum figure.

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, only 292 complete bodies were recovered, mainly of people on the ground who were hit by falling debris.

In all, 19,998 pieces of bone and tissue were recovered of which 12,498 have been identified. In one case, 208 remains were found to be from the same person.

Victims Are Alive ? The Sunday Mail 3rd November , 2002
THE World Trade Centre death toll has dropped by two to 2795 after a woman and a man who had been reported missing were found to be alive.

Police located Tina Spicer of Manhattan and Peter Montoulieu of Miami more than a year after they were listed as victims, and seven weeks after their names were read out at the September 11 anniversary ceremony.

"It was verified that they are alive and well," a senior policeman said.

Montoulieu said his former wife reported him missing because she thought he had been attending a convention in Manhattan. In fact he was in Indianapolis.

Officials did not say how the Spicer error was made.
Twin Tower Victims Back From Dead ? The Courier-Mail 29 August, 2002
Fernanda Santos in NEW YORK

TWO people presumed killed in the World Trade Centre attacks on September 11 have been found alive in New York hospitals in recent weeks, improbably fulfilling the faint hopes of loved ones.

And they are not alone.

At least five more people will be coming back from the dead, their names to be removed from the list of 2819 dead or missing, city officials said yesterday.

"I couldn’t believe it," said Anna Sims, whose 46-year-old son George was among the missing. "All I could say was, ‘Oh, my God! God is good! God is good!"’

The discoveries come after the city released its first overall list of those killed or missing in the attacks?a list that will be revised next week.

"There are going to be more," Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner, said. "We know some other names, but we are not going to put them out in dribs and drabs."

Albert Vaughan, 45, of Brooklyn, was another person missing after September 11, a homeless man known to sometimes sleep in the subways beneath the Trade Centre. Two months ago, his family was notified that he was alive and being cared for at a New York hospital.

Some details about when Sims and Vaughan were admitted and whether they were anywhere near the twin towers when they collapsed remain a mystery. George Sims, who shared a house with his mother in Newark, was found this month in a New York hospital, where he had been diagnosed with amnesia and schizophrenia.

Like many other families, relatives of Vaughan and Sims had given the medical examiner’s office personal effects so their loved ones’ remains could be identified through DNA if their bodies were found in the World Trade Centre debris.

Anna Sims said her son George had remembered his birthday and enough of his Social Security number for official to identify him.

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Ground Zero Has 2017 Unknowns “The Sunday Mail 31 March, 2002

MORE than 2000 victims remain unidentified almost seven months after the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Centre were razed.

Just 813 victims pulled from Ground Zero have been identified.

More than 14,000 pieces of bone in plastic bags fill the freezers in the Springfield, Virginia, laboratory of Bode Technology; an estimated 2017 people are unidentified.

Scientists are extracting DNA from the remains and attempting to match them with genetic profiles of missing victims gleaned from toothbrushes and personal items provided by families. About 160 victims have been identified through DNA.

Closer to Ground Zero, 18 refrigerated trailers at the headquarters of the New York medical examiners office hold thousands of human remains awaiting identification.

While the identification process is expected to take at least another eight months, the clean-up at Ground Zero should be completed within eight weeks.

More than a million tonnes of debris has been removed in 98,000 truck trips from the site on the southern tip of Manhattan.
Ground Zero Toll At 3478 “The Gold Coast Bulletin 30 October, 2001

US officials have dropped the death toll in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York to below 3500, thanks to the return of more and more residents to the lower Manhattan area of the city.

Residents were returning to Battery Park City, the main residential area near the ruined Twin Towers, said police.

Many people had fled their homes, perhaps to stay with relatives, and were on the missing list because their neighbours had been concerned about them.

The official death toll of more than 6500 in the middle of September declined steadily as duplications were discovered and people reported as missing were found.

The latest tally gave the total of dead and missing as 3478. Authorities update figures daily as bodies are pulled from the rubble. Dozens of names have been dropped from the list as foreign consulates revise their claims of the numbers of nationals believed to have been in the twin towers.

   
   

Remains of 9/11 victims ‘to spend eternity’ in city rubbish dump

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Remains of 9/11 victims ‘to spend eternity’ in city rubbish dump


By Charles Laurence in New York, TELEGRAPH.CO.UK
(Filed: 10/10/2004)

The remains of hundreds of victims of the September 11 attacks are to be permanently buried in the world’s largest rubbish dump, to the consternation of their grieving relatives.
    
In the aftermath of 9/11, more than half a million tons of dust and ashes from the Twin Towers were taken to the sprawling Fresh Kills landfill site on Staten Island.

More than 100 years’ worth of refuse from New York City had accumulated at the dump before it was finally closed just six months before the attacks. The rubble from the World Trade Center ended up covering some 48 acres.

Relatives were assured that ashes would be returned after they were sorted, but city authorities have since balked at the estimated $450 million cost of transferring them again. Instead they have promised to lay a 2,200-acre park on top of the dump, whose rotting contents smell strongly of methane, and to erect a memorial to the victims.

Relatives of 1,169 of the 3,000 who died have yet to receive any remains, and many are outraged at the authorities’ decision.

Diane Horning, whose son Matthew, 24, died in the North Tower, where he worked for the insurance company Marsh and McLennan, said: "We were promised the remains – any and all remains of the victims – and now we discover that my lost son is to spend eternity in a rubbish dump.

"This is morally reprehensible and emotionally unacceptable, and we are going to fight it all the way."

Matthew made two mobile phone calls to his family after the first jet struck the World Trade Center. He asked his father to tell his fiancee, Maura, that he loved her. His last word, sent on a pager message, was: "Scared".

His mother, who believes that the cost of moving the ashes has been exaggerated tenfold, said: "They have already started bulldozing junk and debris on top of our loved ones and they have left our son in the garbage. They promised that this would never happen, and they are trying to cover up their mistake, literally and figuratively."

Mrs Horning and her husband, Kurt, a retired teacher, have formed the World Trade Center Families for Proper Burial, a group campaigning for a formal cemetery with markers commemorating each of the 2,749 known victims. A petition on the group’s website has more than 18,000 signatures.

Last week the families of victims were invited to a planning meeting on Staten Island but officials offered no concessions.

According to city proposals, the mound of debris will be shaped into two embankments of 1,368 ft and 1,362 ft. Each will be as long as the 110-storey Twin Towers were high. Visitors will be able to walk in between the embankments, looking towards the Trade Center site across the harbour.

Officials say that a cemetery for the ashes would cost at least $45 million and that a memorial will be a focal point of the new Trade Center.

However, Mrs Horning is enraged by suggestions that it will be a "symbolic" cemetery. "Only if my son is ‘symbolically’ dead," she says. "But if he’s really dead then I really want him buried."

The governor of New York, George Pataki, is said to be sympathetic and the New Jersey legislature has passed a law ordering the Port Authority, which owned the Trade Center, to move the dust and ash. Yet it is toothless unless the New York legislature passes the same law.

The office of the New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg, pointed out that the coroner’s office was still trying to identify 10,260 fragments of remains gathered at Fresh Kills. Those that remained unidentified would be interred in the official memorial at the Twin Tower site.

The mayor said: "After months of evaluating the complex concerns raised by members of the Families for Proper Burial, we have concluded that we will proceed with plans for a respectful memorial at the recovery site."