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[LAB3]: Tag der Kristalltürme
(last updated: June 2003)

Caveat: This here is a "beta version" of what this lab should look like. Lab3 will open 'officially' only after having REALLY checked all possible paths and the relative "pedagogical" value of the challenges... this said, there's no reason you shouldn't already try your own hand at it, if you feel like it... be warned if you want to try this lab, do read my Let's not become conspiracy obsessed where, I believe, you'll be able to understand the "reason d'etre" of this lab. We have also included some articles that we believe may be useful as a startpoint for your own researches.
Fallite fallentes: Tag der Kristalltürme
Let's not become conspiracy obsessed (by fravia+)

The Lab
[1) AFOREMATH: Saudian deeds?]   [2) PERIMATH: an hollywood touch?]
[3) AFTERMATH: oily oil]

Some links
[to be found here]
Some articles
[to be found here]

How to

Please note that your Lab-assignement is to find THE MORE ACCURATE DATA about each query target and to describe exactly all steps and paths you have followed. Use pencil and paper, you wont regret it... see the tips below.

Note that we will not use words like 'terror' or 'terrorism' in this search assignement: As all reversers know: 'terrorism' is a 'relative' definition: Historically, wherever it happens, if violence is committed in defiance of the existing regime, it is usually called 'terror'. If it is committed by the regime's security forces or an affiliated militia, it is not called 'terror' but something else (a rich list of 'non-terrorist' terms awaits you if you investigate the media descriptions of the warring factions and the various tribal warlords used against the Taliban in Nord-Afghanistan).
We should also not forget that definitions may suddendly change upon time: the Taliban, for instance, were for a long time "freedom fighters" before being transformed into "particularly fanatical fundamentalists and woman-haters".

Keep in mind that however, even if we do not use such 'media-rhetorical related' terms, no one, at least here in Europe, can seriously view Bin Laden, or his al-Qaeda organisation, or Sadam Hussein, as being something even remotely related to "Good".
But for sure we still view our own political elites, and the ones in the States, all together now happily fighting against "terrorism", with more than a hint of suspicion.

Note that, ironically, the infantile, childish division among 'good guys' and 'bad guys' is just the kind of attitude that fundamentalists would (literally) kill for.
The 11/9 attacks, with their unspeakable horror, were the brainchild -and other side of the mirror- of a similar bigotry.

1) AFOREMATH: Saudian deeds?

Suggestion: there are enough angles, above, to start a good query work right now...

3) PERIMATH: an hollywood touch?

"Good" versus "Evil"?
An "axes" of "evil"?
A crusade?
A war against "terrorism"?
Countering a regime of particularly fanatical fundamentalists and woman-haters?

Who when began to use such terms? Why?
And back to our searching task: the very nature of the attack that prompted this "war" (or crusade or campaign) seems CREATED in order to make it easy to sell these developments as a battle of "Good" versus "Evil").

Should we apply some rhetorical reversing to the news / attitudes sparkled by and after the 11/9 event? Would it bring us significant knowledge to do so?

Too neat to be true?
Those two airplanes hitting the twin towers (the twin towers!) with such "hollywoodian" precision / color and light and sound effects, seem 'thought' to be made in order to inprint our retinas with unforgettable images, that will for sure accompany (and give some comfort to) any soldier fighting for the "good/true God/christian/white" side when asked to kill someone somewhere that will be (allegedely) related with such an horrible deed.

"Not even Godzilla would have been able to provoke something like that in New York": is this comment to the 11/9 attack worth analysing in depth?
3) AFTERMATH: oily oil (and the euro)

What could possibly have motivated -- and still motivates -- the USA and Europe propping up of blatantly repressive non-democracies like the Saudi and Kuwaiti royal families, or regimes like that of Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran? Or pouring billions into the coffers of Saddam Hussein in the ’80s, duh?
Or even creating and training the possible mastermind of the 11/9 attacks himself: Osama bin Laden... Was he actually trained by the CIA? (Directly or through Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency-ISI)
Was he a 'blowback'? Who were the contacts he had inside ISI and CIA??
How much does "oil" play a role in this bazaar?
Who produces how much? And for how long?
Who has oil enough? Who needs it badly? Who can switch to something else? Who cannot?

Is it true that media avoid whenever possible to state the obvious matter of fact that the US-military is in the Middle East only to guarantee that whatever comes out of the ground is exploitable and controlled by American multinationals? Is this really such a obvious matter of fact? Is this a matter of fact at all?

More specifically: is it true that the world is drawing down its oil reserves at an unprecedented rate, with supplies likely to be constrained by global production capacity by 2010?

Is it true that the OPEC countries are ready to switch to the euro and that the first one that did it, towards end 2000, was Iraq?

Some tips before leaping into it:
  1. How easy (or difficult) was it to figure out the correct approach?
  2. Was the formulation adequate to help you plan your search?
  3. Which search-approaches and strategies did you choose?
  4. Did you use any "classical" search engine? If so which ones?
  5. Did you use any "special" search engine? If so which ones?
  6. How many results did you retrieve?
  7. What proportion of the results were relevant to your perceived information requirements?
  8. How current were the results? How many 404s?
  9. Was the amount of detail displayed with the results enough to allow you tho evaluate?
  10. Was the order in which the results were displayed evident or apparently illogical?
  11. What other features contribute to (or detract from) the utility of the tools and approaches you choosed?
  12. Did you time your query?
Eh, of course you don't need to answer all the questions above. The purpose of these labs is to let you understand how important it is to be more "systematic" when searching the web. You may hop, you may leap, you may be a grasshopper or an ant... the only decisive factor is the success of your query and the time you had to employ: you got the targets you were searching for quickly? You won.
Feedback, critics, suggestions, ameliorations... welcome!
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Possible list of the 11/9 commandos (Must be checked)

1) Satam M.A. Al Suqami- Possible Saudi national
-Dates of birth used: June 28, 1976; 
 Last known address: United Arab Emirates

2) Waleed M. Alshehri - Possible Saudi national
-Dates of birth used: September 13, 1974; January 1, 1976; 
 March 3, 1976; July 8, 1977; December 20, 1978; 
 May 11, 1979; November 5, 1979
-Possible residence(s): Hollywood, Florida; Orlando, Florida; 
 Daytona Beach, Florida
-Believed to be a pilot

3) Wail M. Alshehri
-Date of birth used: September 1, 1968
-Possible residence(s): Hollywood, Florida; Newton, Massachusetts
-Believed to be a pilot

4) Mohamed Atta - Possible Egyptian national
-Date of birth used: September 1, 1968
-Possible residence(s): Hollywood, Florida; 
 Coral Springs, Florida; Hamburg, Germany
-Believed to be a pilot
-Alias: Mehan Atta; Mohammad El Amir; Muhammad Atta; 
 Mohamed El Sayed; Mohamed Elsayed; 
 Muhammad Muhammad Al Amir Awag Al Sayyid Atta; 
 Muhammad Muhammad Al-Amir Awad Al Sayad

5) Abdulaziz Alomari - Possible Saudi national
-Dates of birth used: December 24, 1972 and May 28, 1979
-Possible residence(s): Hollywood, Florida
-Believed to be a pilot


1) Khalid Almihdhar - Possible Saudi national
-Possible resident of San Diego, California, and New York
-Alias: Sannan Al-Makki; Khalid Bin Muhammad; 
 'Addallah Al-Mihdhar; Khalid Mohammad Al-Saqaf

2) Majed Moqed - Possible Saudi national
-Alias: Majed M.GH Moqed; Majed Moqed, Majed Mashaan Moqed

3) Nawaf Alhazmi - Possible Saudi national
-Possible resident of Fort Lee, New Jersey; Wayne, New Jersey; 
 San Diego, California
-Alias: Nawaf Al-Hazmi; Nawaf Al Hazmi; Nawaf M.S. Al Hazmi

4) Salem Alhazmi - Possible Saudi national
-Possible resident of Fort Lee, New Jersey; Wayne, New Jersey

5) Hani Hanjour -
-Possible resident of Phoenix, Arizona, and San Diego, California
-Alias: Hani Saleh Hanjour; Hani Saleh; Hani Hanjour; 
 Hani Saleh H. Hanjour


1) Saeed Alghamdi
-Possible residence: Delray Beach, Florida
-Alias: Abdul Rahman Saed Alghamdi; Ali S Alghamdi; 
 Al- Gamdi; Saad M.S. Al Ghamdi; Sadda Al Ghamdi; 
 Saheed Al-Ghamdi; Seed Al Ghamdi

2) Ahmed Ibrahim A. Al Haznawi - Possible Saudi national
-Date of birth used: October 11, 1980
-Possible residence: Delray Beach, Florida
-Alias: Ahmed Alhaznawi

3) Ahmed Alnami
-Possible residence: Delray Beach, Florida
-Alias: Ali Ahmed Alnami; Ahmed A. Al-Nami; Ahmed Al- Nawi

4) Ziad Samir Jarrah
-Believed to be a pilot
-Alias: Zaid Jarrahi; Zaid Samr Jarrah; Ziad S. Jarrah; 
 Ziad Jarrah Jarrat, Ziad Samir Jarrahi


1) Marwan Al-Shehhi
-Date of birth used: May 9, 1978
-Possible residence(s): Hollywood, Florida
-Believed to be a pilot
-Alias: Marwan Yusif Muhammad Rashid Al-Shehi; 
 Marwan Yusif Muhammad Rashid Lakrab Al-Shihhi; 
 Abu Abdullah

2) Fayez Rashid Ahmed Hassan Al Qadi Banihammad
-Possible residence(s): Delray Beach, Florida
-Alias: Fayez Ahmad; Banihammad Fayez Abu Dhabi Banihammad; 
 Fayez Rashid Ahmed; Banihammad Fayez; Rasid Ahmed Hassen Alqadi; 
 Abu Dhabi Banihammad Ahmed Fayez; Faez Ahmed

3) Ahmed Alghamdi
-Alias: Ahmed Salah Alghamdi

4) Hamza Alghamdi
-Possible residence(s): Delray Beach, Florida
-Alias: Hamza Al-Ghamdi; Hamza Ghamdi; Hamzah Alghamdi;
Hamza Alghamdi Saleh

5) Mohand Alshehri
-Possible residence(s): Delray Beach, Florida
-Alias: Mohammed Alshehhi; Mohamd Alshehri; Mohald Alshehri

Some links

Exposing The NORAD Wag The 911 Window Dressing Tale Using NORAD’s Own Press Release And Fifth Grade Math (facts and confutations)
Peter Dale (personal stance)
why-war (archiving news articles since october of 2001, helpful for digging up information)

Some Articles

by W. Clark, January 2003, Independent Media Center

The Real Reasons for the Upcoming War With Iraq: A Macroeconomic and Geostrategic Analysis of the Unspoken Truth

(euro awakens, dollar scared)

George Monbiot Tuesday February 18, 2003, The Guardian

Underlying the US drive to war is a thirst to open up new opportunities for surplus capital

(US switched from the domination of global production to the domination of global finance through IMF and world bank, and tried to impose a patent system, but needs a good ole war now: nothing helps, but blood, when you have so much money to burn)
by Gerard Holmgren, January 2003

Debunking Conspiracy Theorists
Paranoid Fantasies About 911 Detract From Real Issues

(A humorous list of some of the 'incoherences' around the 11/9 event, can be used as useful series of starting points for some serious web-delving)

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