By Dee McLachlan
You gotta love a good script.
And it seems the same old plot devices are being reused all the time. Someone goes to the glove box, or boot of the car, and whad’ya know – the terrorist has carelessly left his passport behind!
Then, as often as not, the culprit abandons his own working car and hijacks a better looking one – which usually runs out of petrol. And where are those CCTV cameras when you need them? Well, they happened to be out of order that day.
In some movies – sorry, incidents – the “discoveries” are even more elaborate and imaginative, so that the media can identify the culprit before you can practically draw breath!
So as it’s movie awards time — with the Golden Globes and the Oscars coming up — we will focus on nominees for the “Best Set Dressing” of an Abandoned Vehicle.
The first nominee considered for the prize is
Martin Bryant’s Volvo.
This Volvo was left at the tollgate on the 28th of April 1996, and it is alleged that Martin Bryant’s passport was retrieved from the glove box.
Talk about a minefield of information and misinformation! In the same case, it was a miraculous phone call at 6.30 p.m. to Hobart headquarters from a member of the public that suggested that a bloke named Martin Bryant could be the man holed up in Seascape – as he had an jealous obsession about David and Sally Martin. Along with his passport a combat shotgun, and ammo for the Belgian FN were also retrieved.
Details of the vehicle’s registration came through later – around 8.30 p.m, after Carleen Bryant had been brought into the police station. But coroner Ian Matterson and his team apparently only arrived at the Volvo scene after 9.00 that evening.
So, who found the passport? We have never been told.
The next nominee for best “dressed” car is:
The Kouachi brothers’ Citroën
Two masked assassins entered the Charlie Hebdo office on January 7, 2015 and murdered 12 people. The two brothers escaped – but crashed their Citroën C3. Their seamless escape left the trail cold — until the police found that one of the men, Said Kouachi to be exact, had stupidly left his ID card in the Citroen! This finding meant that Paris Police could track the entire Charlie Hebdo tragedy to two guys of Algerian descent. Allahu akbar already!
As a CNN affiliate BFMTV reported, “It was their only mistake.”
Wrong. They made a monumental gaffe, going to (rob) a convenience store the next day, not wearing their masks!
(See my article The Bizarre Actions of the ‘Kouachi brothers’.)
Our third nominee – and winner – for best “dressed” car is
The Toyota at Dulles Airport
Within hours of the 9/11 attacks, Paul Bremer and Jerome Hauer had managed, on live television, to identify Osama bin Laden as the culprit. What a team!
Then, on the afternoon of the 12th of September, a Toyota was flagged as “suspicious,” at Dulles International Airport. It was registered to Al-Hazmi of Lemon Grove, California, and was diligently searched. Among the items found, were:
- Four (4) color diagrams of an instrument panel for a B757 aircraft
- One yellow and black utility knife (a.k.a. “box cutter”)
- One identification card form the Pan Am International Flight Academy, Jet Tech International, in Phoenix, AZ, bearing the name HANI HANJOUR
- A cashier’s check to the Flight Academy in the amount of $5745 from HANJOUR
- A travel itinerary for KHALID AL-MIHDHAR and MAJED MOQED on AA Flight 77, specifying seats 13A and 13B
- A piece of paper with the name “Osama 5895316”
We should point out that we could not accept the entry from a citizen in Shanksville Pennsylvania. This was a half-burnt visa paper belonging to Lets’ Roll hijacker Ziad Jarra. It was found in a field amongst other debris of Flight 93. (The essential criterion for today’s award is that the nominee be an automobile.)
The “Special Mention” Category
Special mention tonight goes to something that could have been found in a car, but thanks to a delay by the connecting flight into Boston, it was found in Mohamed Atta’s luggage.
Let’s have a look.
Mohamed Atta (alleged ‘ringleader’ of the 9/11 hijacking plot) was apparently on a feeder flight from Portland to Boston — but his suitcase never made it onto Flight 11.
The excuse mentions was that it was a tight connection, but Atta arrived in Boston at 6:45am and you would think there was plenty of time for American Airlines to truck his luggage out to Flight 11, leaving at 7.45am. Well, they didn’t.
“Atta was the only passenger among the 81 aboard American Flight 11 whose luggage didn’t make the flight” (Paul Sperry, WorldNetDaily.com, September 11, 2002).
Remember now, this is only being put forward for Special Mention. And how special it was.
The Washington Post describes how FBI investigators found “writings” in Atta’s luggage – a document that was a “chilling spiritual exhortation aimed at the hijackers and an operational mission checklist.” Interestingly in Atta’s bag (recovered in Logan International Airport) were airline uniforms, flight manuals, and other items.
But most intriguing was a copy of his will. (In Arabic, of course.) This proves he didn’t expect to die on that flight.
Ergo, it proves Mohamed Atta was a patsy!!!!
And here it is, for your inspection:
The English version translated by the FBI and first reported in Der Spiegel