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Reader comment on item: [Hesham Hedayet and] Border Agencies in Denial

Submitted by G Donz (United States), Oct 22, 2002 at 06:20

Since bureaucrats will protect their own positions even if it means that mass murdering separatists are allowed to blow away Americans and Israelis, let us turn the various bureaucracies against each other.

Let them point fingers at each other, so that they all lose credibility.

Let's review:
The M.O. of Hedayet's attack at LAX is identical to Abu Nidal's attacks on El Al ticket counters (1988?) . However, while Abu Nidal planned out two simultaneous attacks on two ticket counters (Milan and Paris), Hedayet exacted his attack on only one target. This could mean that Hedayet was a copycat acting alone, or it could mean that another shooter was ready somewhere else in the world at another El Al ticket counter but something went wrong and the simultaneous mission was aborted or preempted.

Hedayet signed two confessions, admitting to being a member of a known terrorist group; both were witnessed by Egyptian police.

London based Arab newspaper's intelligence sources (Al Hayat?) claim that Hedayet met with top Al Qaeda reps TWICE...and the dates of such alleged meetings 1995, 1998, match up with DebkaFile's analysis of Hedayet's finances. Namely, at both points in time, Hedayet was a hair's breadth away from losing his taxi company which would mean no longer having regular access to Los Angeles International Airport. This is strikingly similar to Islamist terror-groups donating "seed money" so that operatives can remain in the field at sensitive locations and sensitive times. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times ... reported that Hedayet
was seemingly on the verge of bankruptcy at those times when all of a sudden, surprise surprise, he bought a new limousine, more expensive than his previous one. He also hired additional staff.

"Terrorism does not respect borders" --- Shimon Peres

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