To: Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
I wish first to express my appreciation for your compilation of global terrorism statistics and the attempt to use a reasonable methodology in classifying terrorist incidents.
My question refers to one particular and major incident, in which I contend that you make serious unsubstantiated allegations. The incident, ID nr. 74144, refers to part of the September 11, 2001 events, namely to the alleged crash of Flight AA11 on the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
In the detailed description of this incident, the perpetrators are identified as Al-Qa’ida, deemed an Islamic-Islamist (Sunni) religious organisation. Their motive is listed as “an attempt to cause a blow to the United States and cause American casualties.” Yet, there exists no material evidence linking this incident to Al-Qa’eda, notwithstanding how this elusive entity is defined. The US Government has never produced any evidence, that would be admissible in a court of law, that an organisation by the name of Al-Qa’eda, or any of its alleged leaders, planned, financed or organized this incident. Statements made by alleged Al Qa’eda leaders cannot be considered material evidence of such a link, particularly when one considers where, when and how such statements were allegedly made. Moreover, the FBI admitted in June 2006 to an American journalist that it possessed no “hard evidence” to link Osama bin Laden to 9/11.
Secondly, contrary to what is stated in the Incident Summary, there is no factual base for the allegation that “[f]ive hijackers belonging to the Al-Qa`ida terrorist organization, took control of the Boeing 767 aircraft on a flight originating from Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, and destined for Los Angeles International Airport.” There exists not a single document proving that the five persons alleged to have hijacked Flight AA11, had boarded on that aircraft; there are also conflicting reports regarding the gate number from where the aircraft departed as well as evidence that Flight AA11 was not scheduled to fly on September 11, 2001. In addition, no one has seen the alleged hijackers board the aircraft, no CCTV recording documents their boarding, no boarding cards’ stubs have been produced proving their boarding and their bodily remains from the crash site have not been positively identified. Finally, there is no evidence that these five individuals “belonged” to Al Qa’eda. While families of victims and members of the public have repeatedly asked for evidence proving who boarded Flight AA11 and the other aircraft of 9/11, the US Goverenment has failed for over six years to produce this evidence. The statements in that entry are, therefore, unsubstantiated and constitute serious accusations that are particularly hurtful to the families of the 9/11 victims who are entitled to the truth, as well as the families of those wrongfully accused of mass murder. The events of 9/11 have not been properly claimed by anyone, notwithstanding the preposterous and possibly fraudulent claims attributed to a fugitive named Osama Bin Laden or to individuals kept at a secret location and subjected to torture.
Hence, I would respectfully urge GTD to delete this entry from the database in order that your database achieve the necessary level of credibility which it deserves. Alternately, GTD might wish to add to its entries on 9/11 that the information included therein remains tentative and is based on unconfirmed official allegations regarding the identity of the perpetrators, their goals and the means of causing death.
In the view of the seriousness of the unsubstantiated allegations referred to in this letter, I intend to make this letter and our future correspondance available to the internet community.
April 20, 2008