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9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta, fellow plotter Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and two of their associates, Mohammed Haydar Zammar and Mohammed Belfas, find employment at a small Hamburg-area computer company called Hay Computing Service GmbH. (Federal Bureau of Investigation 1/11/2002, pp. 30; Federal Bureau of Investigation 4/19/2002) Hijacker Marwan Alshehhi also reportedly works there. (Sullivan 12/30/2001) Atta and Belfas got their jobs through Agus Budiman, an Indonesian associate of theirs, who was already employed at the company. (9/11 Commission 1/28/2004 pdf file) Another unnamed individual, who will be investigated after 9/11, also works there with bin al-Shibh. (9/11 Commission 11/6/2003) The cell members work in the company’s warehouse, packing computers for shipment. (Rhoads and Boudette 10/9/2001; Fouda and Fielding 2003, pp. 123; Der Spiegel (Hamburg) 9/8/2003)

Agus Budiman.Agus Budiman. [Source: Der Spiegel]Mohammed bin Nasser Belfas and Agus Budiman, two Muslims living in Hamburg, Germany, travel to the US where they stay for two months. During this period, they meet with Abdurahman Alamoudi, a prominent Muslim activist whom the US has linked to Osama bin Laden. (Isikoff and Hosenball 10/1/2003) In 1994, the FBI learned that bin Laden sent Alamoudi money, which he then passed on to Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman, known as the “Blind Sheikh” (see Shortly After March 1994). (Myers 10/23/2003) Belfas will later say the purpose behind their meetings with Alamoudi was to request some favors. For instance, at Belfas’s request, Alamoudi writes a letter of recommendation for him. But after 9/11, investigators will suspect that the two were part of the Hamburg cell and that their trip to the US was related to the 9/11 attacks, for both Belfas and Budiman have connections to Mohamed Atta and other members of the cell. (Isikoff and Hosenball 10/1/2003) In 1998, Belfas shared an apartment with Hamburg cell member Ramzi bin al-Shibh, led a prayer group attended by Atta and others (see 1999), and worked in a computer warehouse packing boxes with Atta, bin al-Shibh, and Marwan Alshehhi. (McDermott 9/1/2002)


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