ATTA WORKED FOR ELITE
GOVERNMENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
by Daniel Hopsicker
copyright 2003 MadCowMorningNews
may not be printed without permission
VENICE, FL—April 24
For at least four years while living in Hamburg during the 1990’s terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta was part of a 'joint venture' between the U.S. and German Governments, the MadCowMorningNews has learned, an elite international “exchange” program run by a little-known private organization with close ties to powerful American political figures like David Rockefeller and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
government effort picked up the tab for Atta on
Moreover Atta’s financial relationship with the U.S.—German government effort may even extend back to his initial move from Egypt to Germany in 1992, after being “recruited” in Cairo by a mysterious German couple dubbed the “hijacker’s sponsors” in a recent news account in the Chicago Tribune.
before becoming a ‘terrorist ringleader,’ enjoyed the patronage of a government
initiative, known as the “Congress-Bundestag Program," overseen by the
U.S. State Department and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and
Development, the German equivalent of the U.S. Agency for International
Development busy currently supervising the secretive bidding race for tens of
billions of dollars of post-war reconstruction contracts in Iraq.
All the news that fits...under the rug
News that Mohamed Atta had been on the payroll of the elite international
program surfaced in a curious way just a month after the 9/11 attack: a brief
seven-line report by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine
The story quoted spokesmen for “Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft,” described as a “German international further education organisation,” as having admitted paying Hamburg cadre principal Atta as a “scholarship holder” and “tutor,” between 1995 and 1997.
But what makes the story curious is that the German paper concealed the shocking implications of their story, that Mohamed Atta had been on the payroll of a joint U.S.—German government program, through the simple expedient of neglecting to mention that the “Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft” was merely a private entity set up to administer the "exchange" initiative of the two governments.
The list of elite power
brokers backing CDS International ranges from the aforementioned Kissinger and
Rockefeller to former President Bill Clinton and other Democratic heavyweights
like former First Lady Hillary Clinton and Clinton White House adviser Ira Magaziner.
One reason Kissinger bowed out
Kissinger, to cite just one
example, had at one time addressed over 100 international business leaders at
an anniversary dinner organized and celebrating CDS International held at the
River Club of New York
Kissinger congratulated CDS
International on its 20 years of service in keeping close business ties, not
Five years later, Mohamed Atta became one of these participants from "other" countries.
Then-President Bill Clinton
also found a lot to like about CDS International. During his visit to
Were he to give the same speech today, he would no doubt change the wording to read "the chance to visit and vaporize" each other's countries.
CDS International, states the organizations literature, provides opportunities for young German engineers. Mohamed Atta wasn't, strictly speaking, a "young German engineer," but apparently Kissinger's praise for "career development programs for participants from other countries as well" had been taken to heart by the friendly folks at the Carl Duisberg Society.
"These young German engineers earn real world experience and are given assignments to contribute from the start,” a program spokesman enthused in a newspaper interview.
The organization is today
understandably shy about mentioning that their most famous recent graduate's
“real world experience” included murdering almost 3000 people in
A financial relationship between
the terrorist ringleader and the
Big Juice in High Places
Having big juice in high places may also explain more equally-curious omissions in a second story about Mohamed Atta’s time in Germany, which appeared recently in the March 7,2003 Chicago Tribune, under the headline “9/11 haunts hijacker's sponsors; German couple talks of living with pilot Atta.”
The article describes the
1992 meeting in
During a visit to the
Egyptian capital in fall 1991, the Tribune reported, the German couple had
stayed with friends who knew Atta's father, a
who had recently graduated with a degree in architectural engineering from the
Though the article neglects
to mention it, the reason Atta found himself with “no
particular idea where he should go” was because although he had studied
engineering at prestigious
The paper quotes the German
wife telling investigators: "In this first conversation, we suggested he
continue his studies in
Atta, she states, accepted their offer right away.
This magnanimous gesture by the German couple to an undistinguished young man they have just met raises serious questions. Perhaps their gesture is just the very milk of human kindness; perhaps it is something else.
Why did this German couple
running an international exchange program leap at the opportunity to help a
young man not considered promising enough to gain
entrance to graduate school in
The Tribune doesn’t say.
And they have made it difficult for anyone lese to follow up on their story, because they neglected to identify either the couple or the "international" program they ran by name.
But although Tribune
correspondent Stevenson Swanson cites the German couple for “having played such
an important role in Atta's move to
This is some curious, if you know what we mean. After all, the story is 1200 words in length. So its not as if they didn't have room to print the names, is it?
"Jane and John Doe from Help-A-Student International" would have been enough.
You know: Who What When Where and Why.
So, either the Tribune just
forgot the 'Who,' or something even weirder
Was "Shock &
Awe' campaign used first
After studying German in
And since just two years later Atta was on the payroll of the “Congress-Bundestag Program” it is reasonable to conclude--and no thanks to the Chicago Tribune--that it was also the "exchange program" responsible for bringing him to Germany in the first place..
CDS International's elite sponsors are apparently influential enough to have kept their organization’s name out of the newspapers.
Or at any rate out of the Chicago Tribune.
returned home several years later for a three-month visit to
Yet, strangely, Atta chose this exact time to grow a beard, traditionally a sign of a devout Muslim, but also in Atta's case assumed to have been a defiant political gesture chosen to register his disgust at the secular elite that ruled his homeland.
Or, at least, that's the way they tell the story.
And indeed, his two German traveling “companions” report that Atta said he would not be cowed by his home country's "fat cats," who he believed were criminalizing religious traditionalists while bowing shamefully to the West in foreign and economic policies.
At least that's what they say he said.
But maybe growing a beard and assuming an "Islamic fundamentalist" pose had instead merely been the act of a man “singing for his supper” by going undercover on behalf of “fat cats” from another part of the forest entirely...
It couldn't be.