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September 11, 2001: Suspected Militants Found with Calling Cards

An unnamed, young, Middle Eastern man flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, is arrested after his plane is diverted to Toronto, Canada. He is apparently found to be carrying a flight jacket, Palestinian Authority travel documents, and a picture of himself in a flight crew uniform in front of a fake backdrop of the WTC. (Gombu 9/15/2001; Godfrey and Christopoulos 9/15/2001; Jaimet 9/17/2001) Apparently, the man, who identifies himself as an aircraft maintenance engineer in Gaza, Palestine, was supposed to have arrived in the US a few days before but was delayed for unknown reasons. (CBS News 9/14/2001) A second man was arrested a few days earlier while trying to enter Canada carrying a similar photo. He also possessed maps and directions to the WTC. Both men are soon handed over to the US. (Gombu 9/15/2001) A similar picture of suspected Egyptian al-Qaeda operative Mohammad Zeki Majoub, arrested in Canada in June 2000, in front of a fake WTC backdrop was found in the luggage of one of the US hijackers. (Associated Press 3/1/2001; Godfrey and Christopoulos 9/15/2001) Canadian officials “believe the photos could be calling cards used by the terrorists to identify those involved in plotting the attacks.” (Godfrey and Christopoulos 9/15/2001)


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