1996 – In Martin Bryant’s car at the tollbooth was a combat shotgun, a bag of ammo for – and conveniently, his passport.
2001 – The passport of one of the alleged hijackers, Satam Al Suqami, survived the crash fireball and tower explosions. It was later “found” a few blocks from the World Trade Center. It was given to a New York City detective by an unknown person.
2005 – Russell Square Tube bomb killed 26 people. Jermaine (Germaine) Lindsey’s passport and his driving licence (plus his certificate of mobile phone insurance), were located next to his body by the ‘anti-terror’ squad on the 17th of July. Apparently they had already been to his home in Aylesbury. (report here)
2014 – Police found the ID document of Said Kouachi. This was used to implicate the Kouachi brothers in the Paris Charlie Hebdo shootings. Said’s ID was left in the car that they abandoned after the shooting. CNN affiliate BFMTV reported. “It was their only mistake,“.
2001 – There were 5 alleged hijackers on Fight 77. Several items were found in a Toyota at Dulles Airport car park on the 12th: Four diagrams of an instrument panel for a B757 aircraft; A box cutter; One Pan Am Int. Flight Academy identification card in the name of Hani Hanjour; Travel itinerary for Khalid Al-Mihdhar and Majed Moqed; A piece of paper with “Osama 5895316” – among other things.
Note: Reported in the Telegraph 23rd September 2001 – “Mr Al-Hamzi is 26 and had just returned to work at a petrochemical complex in the industrial eastern city of Yanbou after a holiday in Saudi Arabia when the hijackers struck.”
NO PASSPORT REQUIRED, 2009 – According to attorney Kurt Haskell and his wife Lori, they were at waiting to board Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam when a smartly dressed man, leading a Nigerian, told the ticket agent: “We need to get this man on the plane. He doesn’t have a passport.” The Nigerian was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “Underwear Bomber“. The incident was a catalyst for the purchase of body scanners.
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