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UQ Wire: Sarasota Herald Tribune Retraction Sought

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Demand Retraction from the Sarasota Herald Tribune

By Daniel Hopsicker
NOV 16 2006

I am urging everyone who read this to demand an answer from the Sarasota Herald Tribune to the following question:

How much heroin would Mohamed Atta's flight school owner's plane have had to be carrying before the Sarasota Herald Tribune deemed it worthy of mention?


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For at least the past three years, news accounts published in the MadCowMorningNews and in my book "Welcome to TERRORLAND" have asserted that while he was in Venice and Southwest Florida, several of terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta's closest associates were, surprisingly, not Arab nationals, but German or Swiss, through evidence developed from interviews with Amanda Keller, Mohamed Atta's erstwhile American girlfriend.

Today the Associated Press is reporting that the FBI has a terror alert in the South Pacific for one of these men, Wolfgang Bohringer, a German pilot with whom Atta was "inseparable" during his frequent visits to Southwest Florida.

It is Amanda Keller, an eyewitness the Sarasota Herald Tribune has gone to great lengths to discredit, who lived for several months with terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta at the Sandpiper apartments in Venice— despite what amounts to a campaign by the Sarasota Herald Tribune to deny it—who ultimately deserves the credit for identifying Bohringer as an individual who may pose a serious threat to this country.

In recent denigrating, demeaning, and most of all UNTRUE stories about the terrorist presence which flourished in the Sarasota Herald Tribune local coverage area, the newspaper, which is owned by the New York Times, has repeatedly referred to me, insultingly, as a "conspiracy theorist," which might come as a shock to the New York Time's own eminent and august William Safire, who for the past few years has been receiving, at his own request, notices on our latest stories as soon as they appear.

Through the simple expedient of interviewing eyewitnesses who were there, and then verifying their accounts, I have identified at least a hand-ful of previously unknown individuals who were involved with the terrorist conspiracy in Florida.

The result is a portrait of the terrorists which is much different, and far more accurate, than that which has been presented to the American people so far.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune has, so far, identified none.

So the truth is that, instead of being a "conspiracy theorist," I am a better investigative reporter than the entire staff of the Sarasota Herald Tribune…combined.

Why No Report Of Flight School Owners Heroin Bust?

Finally, the Sarasota Herald Tribune has yet to report—more than five years later—the fact, not conspiracy theory, but fact, that during the same month Mohamed Atta arrived to attend his flight school in Venice, Huffman Aviation, the owner of that flight school, Wallace J. Hilliard, had his Lear jet confiscated on a runway at Orlando Executive Airport by DEA agents who found 43 pound of heroin onboard.

It was, said the Orlando Sentinel, the "biggest drug bust in Central Florida history," which is a distinction that I'm sure the editors of the Sarasota Herald Tribune appreciate was gained against formidable competition.

I am urging everyone who read this to demand an answer from the Sarasota Herald Tribune to the following question:

How much heroin would Mohamed Atta's flight school owner's plane have had to be carrying before the Sarasota Herald Tribune deemed it worthy of mention?

If you agree with this demand for retraction, as well as a demand that this New York Times-owned newspaper begin to accurately inform the citizens of this country the real news of what happens every day in its coverage area, please take a moment and email the individuals whose emails are listed below.

wendy.dial @
tom.tryon @
mark.zaloudek @
diane.mcfarlin @
president @


- 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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