UQ Wire: Mohamed Atta Associate in South Pacific
FBI Terror Alert in South Pacific for Wolfgang Bohringer
Terror Alert suspect fingered by Mohamed Atta's American girlfriend
MadCowMorningNews WORLD EXCLUSIVE
by Daniel Hopsicker
NOV 16 2006
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An FBI terror alert has been released in the South Pacific for Wolfgang Bohringer, a German pilot first identified as a "close associate" of Mohamed Atta three years ago in the MadCowMorningNews and the opening chapter to "Welcome to TERRORLAND" in interviews with Atta's former American girlfriend, Amanda Keller.
"U.S. authorities have uncovered a plot to set up a flight training school in Kiribati and suspect the man behind it may have had links to September 11 mastermind Mohamed Atta," reported the Associated Press.
Bohringer recently fled tiny Fanning Island in the South Pacific aboard his yacht after a story in the MadCowMorningNews headlined "Close Associate of Mohamed Atta Surfaces in South Pacific" revealed his presence and drew attention to his suspicious intention to open, on an island with no electricity and barely a hundred inhabitants more than a thousand miles from a city of any size, a flight school to train pilots to fly only DC3's.
Before he fled, Bohringer deleted his online resume, which we had cached earlier, anticipating he might soon attempt to eradicate personal information.
It what may prove to be a crucial detail, Keller told us that Wolfgang was one of only a few people whom Atta called “my brother.”
Atta's American girlfriend proven right... again
Amanda Keller was identified as Atta's one-time live-in American girlfriend in a story on September 27,2002 headlined "Atta, American Girlfriend in Wild Drug & Booze party in Key West.
It is Keller, who lived for several months with terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta at the Sandpiper apartments in Venice, who deserves credit for first identifying Bohringer, an individual who the FBI now believes may pose a serious threat to this country, as a close associate of terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta.
Keller told us a German pilot named Wolfgang, whose last name she didn't know had been close to Mohamed Atta for what she said appeared to be, based on their familiarity with each other, a long time.
Based on personal information she provided, a subsequent investigation determined the man she was referring to was Wolfgang Bohringer.
The FBI knows about Wolfgang Bohringer today because Amanda Keller told us about him four years ago.
World catches up to readers of The MadCowMorningNews
A March 20 2003 story in the MadCowMorningNews first revealed that Wolfgang Bohringer was a "close associate" of Mohamed Atta:
A year-long MadCowMorningNews investigation has uncovered evidence that at least seven of Mohamed Atta's closest associates in Florida during the year leading up to the 9/11 attack were not Arab, but German.
The names of the seven, all pilots, have not surfaced in any press accounts of Atta's stay in the U.S., nor has their existence been mentioned or alluded to in official statements.
Traveling with Atta, or meeting him around the state, Atta's German friends appeared to share a relationship with him of long-standing, according to eyewitnesses, dating back to his days in Hamburg.
The meetings, in places like Key West and Miami, were apparently very serious business; when they returned, said someone who was there, Atta and his German associates "always came back glum."
Islands in the stream
The story in the South Pacific begins after Bohringer showed on a yacht up a year ago at tiny Fanning Island, tucked away in a far corner of the South Pacific.
Local residents like Chuck Fanning's suspicions were aroused by Bohringer's announced his intention to open a flight school to teach pilots to fly DC3’s, a vintage aircraft much-favored for its ability to fly into dirt airstrips by pilots carrying contraband cargo like weapons and drugs.
“The FBI is on the trail of a man with alleged links to one of the 9/11 masterminds after he tried to set up a pilot training school on a remote island bordering US territory, despite the island having no airport or telephones,”
Reporter Barbara Dreaver of New Zealand network TVNZ broke the story of the terror alert yesterday: "The isolated Kiribati islands are grappling with being catapulted into the world of terrorism. The man causing the alarm is Wolfgang Bohringer, who sailed into Kiribati's Fanning Island a year ago.”
"It's absolutely gut wrenching frightening," says Fanning Island resident Chuck Corbett.
A shady cover story, a shadowy suspect
Corbett had gotten in touch with us two months ago after reading several stories about Bohringer in the MadCowMorningNews. He is an easy-going but inquisitive American.
From a picture of him we found on the web, he appears to be something of an old school longboard-type surfer who may have been a little too young and impressionable when he first saw the surf movie "Endless Summer."
He told a frightening tale of automatic weapons, a treasure chest filled with crisp new hundred dollar bills, and more.
Bohringer said they mixed frequently together, said Corbett. He explained the connection by saying that he (Bohringer) owned a flight school beside the airfield where the 9/11 hijackers trained.
Seven passports and a 'get out of jail free' card
Kiribati authorities began to investigate Bohringer amid growing suspicions about his presence there.
What they learned, a Kiribati government authority told New Zealand reporter Dreaver, was that “there was maybe a little more to the proposal (to redo a landing strip and provide air service to the island) than there appeared to be.”
“Then there was the cash. Lots of it,” according to New Zealand TV. "I would offer to go shopping for him," says Corbett.
"He would always give me a $100 bill. Once it was seven $100 bills and they were always crisp and neat."
For Corbett, who spent months with Bohringer, things did not add up.
"One particular night he laid out seven passports on the table,” Corbett said. “I recall one from Ireland, from the Bahamas, one from Grenada, India, the US, Germany and one or two others.
The Kiribati government is calling for the US, New Zealand and Australia to help them with security, reported New Zealand’s Barbara Dreaver.
“New Zealand’s ONE News spoke to an FBI Agent who confirmed that the FBI is continuing its search for the mysterious Wolfgang Bohringer, and his cash-laden yacht. They want answers to why Bohringer would set up a flight school using DC3’s on an island bordering US waters, and “are very keen to find out where he is.'”
Russian Mob shoots. Russian Mob scores.
Wolfgang Bohringer, we discovered, had been the personal pilot of Victor Kozeny, a Russian Mob-connected international swindler currently awaiting extradition to the U.S. from the Bahamas on charges of stealing more than $150 million from U.S. investors.
One of those investors “just happens” to be former Majority Leader of the Senate of the United States, and roving ambassador, George Mitchell.
So here's the real scoop:
A close associate of Mohamed Atta’s in Florida was flying, at the same time he was "hangin’ with Mohamed," for a Russian Mob-connected ‘oligarch’ reported to control (after the demise of Communism) fully one-third of the entire economy of the nation of Czechoslovakia.
In some places, this might be called “news.”
You didn't see what you thought you saw. See?
Four years ago the MadCowMorningNews began reporting suppressed news from the terrorist hijackers base of operations in Venice, FL on the activities and associates of Mohamed Atta and his Hamburg cadre.
One of the crucial discoveries of our investigation, that among the terrorist ringleader’s close associates in Florida could be numbered a half-dozen decidedly non-Arab German, Swiss, and Austrian nationals--was confirmed yesterday by the FBI.
But there are a lot more.
- Daniel Hopsicker is the author of Barry & 'the boys: The CIA, the Mob and America's Secret History. About the author. - Email the author.
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