Florida: A Pirate's Paradise OR: WTF Mohamed Atta?
In Daniel Hopsicker's book, Welcome to Terrorland: Mohamed Atta & The 9-11 Cover-Up in Florida, the author asks two basic questions all throughout:
Here's a few fun / relevant excerpts from the book:
"Something has been struggling to emerge into our national consciousness concerning the physical location of most of the terrorist conspiracy's activities in the U.S. Mohamed Atta and his inner circle were in FLORIDA while pursing their murderous designs.
The plot was masterminded in Florida.
'Florida,' wrote one early Spanish explorer, 'is full of bogs and poisonous fruits, barren, and the very worst country that is warmed by the sun."
Some people will tell you not much has changed.
In the weeks after Sept. 11 the nation began to ask questions of Florida. Television commentators spoke of a 'Florida curse.''
'First we couldn't count the votes. Now we're hosting terrorists,' said one state lawmaker.
'My God, Florida is always involved in these things,' said Oscar Westerfield, a retired FBI official who specialized in foreign counter-intelligence and is now a security consultant in Tampa.
'You reside in a druggie mobbed-up state that also houses a lot of foreign unfriendlies with ties to various international bad guys, is run by a Bush, and where people become alligator bait and get lost in the swamps quite frequently,' wrote our friends. Additionally, there seems o be a major overload of para-military types floating in.'
FLORIDA ITSELF IS A SIGNIFICANT CROSS-ROADS OF INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE AND CLANDESTINE COLLECTION.
'The most wonderful thing about Miami is its location,' said the local lawyer.
'What do you mean?' the visitor asked.
'It's so close to the United States.'
Although there are a dozen burning questions about 9/11 worthy of book-length investigation, we chose to focus on just one.
Mohamed Atta in Florida. Who? What? When? Where? Why?
We did it because we have not received an explanation we find satisfactory from our government. In fact, it appears as if they think we don't deserve one."
Pretty interesting book! I read the entire thing recently. Although it focuses heavily on the West Coast of Florida side-of-things, which is where the bulk of the story takes place, I would've loved a detailed examination of Atta's movements in South Florida. This is what I find most intriguing. It seems to highlight the contrast between his alleged fundamentalist side (which according to eye-witnesses, didn't exist) and the excess of American hedonism.