Friday, April 19, 2002

For Those of You Who Think Michael Moore is the Only One Full of Shit:
Just got this in email this morning:

>An interesting tidbit...... Terrorist pilot Mohammed Atta blew up a bus in
>Israel in 1986. The Israelis captured, tried and imprisoned him. As part of
>the Oslo agreement with the Palestinians in 1993, Israel had to agree to
>release so-called "political prisoners." However, the Israelis would not
>release any with "blood on their hands." The American President at the time,
>Bill Clinton, and his Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, "insisted" that
>all prisoners be released. Thus Mr. Atta was freed and eventually "thanked
>the US" by flying an airplane into Tower One of the World Trade Center. This
>was reported by many of the American TV networks at the time that the
>terrorists were first identified. It was censored in the US from all later
>reports. Please pass this on to anyone you think would appreciate reading it.
>And to think Clinton will get millions for his book of memories???? I WONDER
>IF HE WILL INCLUDE THAT LITTLE TID BIT??????

For the actual truth, go to these sites:
http://www.snopes2.com/rumors/atta.htm and
http://www.jpost.com/Editions/2001/11/07/LatestNews/LatestNews.37713.html

Apparently the original version of the story blamed Reagan, but the timeline didn't fit, and, I'd imagine, that stuck in somebody's craw, so they changed the names from Reagan and Schultz to Clinton and Christopher. But it's still false. These were two different people with the same name; the US extradited the bus-bomber to Israel to stand trial, and if that Atta was released (it's hard to tell for sure, due to conflicting reports), then he was released by the Israeli Supreme Court, due to irregularlities in the extradition process.

You've gotta love urban legends, huh?

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