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WASHINGTON - Khalid Shaikh
Mohammed, mastermind of the Sept.
11 attacks, has told American inter-
rogators that he first discussed the plot
with Osama bin Laden in 1996 and
that the original plan called for hijack-
ing five commercial jets on each U.S.
coast before it was modified several
times, according to interrogation
reports reviewed by The Associated
Mohammed also divulged that, in
its final stages, the hijacking plan
called for as many as 22 terrorists and
four planes in a first wave, followed
by a second wave of suicide hijack-
ings that were to be aided possibly by
al-Qaida allies in southeast Asia,
according to the reports.
Over time, bin Laden scrapped var-
ious parts of the Sept. 11 plan,
including attacks on both coasts and
hijacking or bombing some planes in
East Asia, Mohammed is quoted as
saying in reports that shed new light
on the origins and evolution of the
plot of Sept. 11, 2001.
Addressing one of the questions
raised by congressional investigators
in their Sept. 11 review, Mohammed
said he never heard of a Saudi man
named Omar al-Bayoumi who provid-
ed some rent money and assistance to
two hijackers when they arrived in
Congressional investigators have
suggested Bayoumi could have aided
the hijackers or been a Saudi intelli-
gence agent, charges the Saudi gov-
ernment vehemently deny. The FBI
has also cast doubt on the congres-
sional theory after extensive investi-
gation and several interviews with
In fact, Mohammed claims he did
not arrange for anyone on U.S. soil to
assist hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar
and Nawaf al-Hazmi when they
arrived in California. Mohammed
said there "were no al-Qaida opera-
tives or facilitators in the United
States to help al-Mihdhar or al-Hazmi
settle in the United States," one of the
Al-Mihdhar and al-Hazmi were on
the plane that was flown into the
Mohammed portrays those two
hijackers as central to the plot, and
even more important than
Mohammed Atta, initially identified
by Americans as the likely hijacking
Mohammed said he communicated
with al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar while
they were in the United States by
using Internet chat software, the
Mohammed said al-Hazmi and al-
Mihdhar were among the four original
operatives bin Laden assigned to him
for the plot, a significant revelation
because those were the only two
hijackers whom U.S. authorities were
frantically seeking for terrorist ties in
the final days before Sept. 11.
U.S. authorities continue to investi-
gate the many statements, that
Mohammed has made in interroga-
tions, seeking to eliminate deliberate
misinformation. But they have been
able to corroborate with other captives
and evidence much of his account of
the Sept. 11 planning.
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Hurricane victims vent about aftermath
Utility crews had restored power yesterday to more than two-thirds of the peo-
ple who had been without since Hurricane Isabel struck, but isolated price goug-
ing and a general lack of information were starting to wear down residents in the
Long lines formed in many places where there was news of ice or water
or hot showers. But at the Red Cross office in Hampton, workers plastered
the front doors with signs declaring in double-underlined words: "We do
not have ice."
Newport News resident Shawn Williams went to the office to get water for his
three young daughters, but all the office had was rice, meat, gravy and pineapple.
His money reserves were running low and he was disgusted to find a local gas
station demanding $2.50 a gallon. "Two days, we thought it was fun. We camped
out," said Williams. "Four days is long enough."
Terri Ellis, who was a claims adjuster in Miami in the aftermath of devastating
Hurricane Andrew, said Virginia's response to Isabel was abysmal. She vented her
frustration yesterday at weary Red Cross volunteers, unable to control her anger
at being told to call emergency numbers.
"They say 'call the emergency management office.' When I get home, I
have no phone," she said.
Ex-Citigroup CEO named NYSE interim chief
The New York Stock Exchange chose former Citigroup Chairman and CEO John
Reed as its interim leader yesterday for a salary of $1, less than a week after its pre-
vious chairman was forced to step down amid outrage about his compensation.
Reed, 64, who left Citi in 2000 after losing a power struggle with then co-chair-
man Sanford Weill, will temporarily replace Dick Grasso, exchange officials
announced at a hastily called news conference.
In a phone conference from France, where he was vacationing, Reed said there
had been some failures in corporate governance at the exchange and he would
make the issue a priority. "I have seen crises quite comparable to what the NYSE
has gone through ... and clearly it did not help anyone," Reed said.
He declined to comment on Grasso or the circumstances of Grasso's departure
but said he realized the gravity of the situation. Grasso's pay package of $187.5
million was considered excessive by many on and off Wall Street.
Reed, who said he will be paid $1 for his work, will start at the exchange as
interim chairman on Sept. 30, but he said he plans to start talking to other NYSE
executives this morning.
Bush will not yield to
U.N for help on Iraq
President Bush said yesterday he's
not sure the United States will have to
yield a significantly larger role to the
United Nations to make way for a new
resolution on Iraq.
And he continued to insist on an
orderly transfer of authority to the
Iraqis rather than the quick action
demanded by France.
In an exclusive interview with Fox
News' Brit Hume, Bush said he will
declare in his speech tomorrow at the
U.N. General Assembly that he "made
the right decision and the others that
joined us made the right decision" to
But the president said he will ask
other nations to do more to help stabi-
"We would like a larger role for
member states of the United Nations
to participate in Iraq," Bush said in
the interview to be aired Monday
New record set for
refuigee passage limits
Those huddled masses yearning to
breathe free shouldn't hold their breath
waiting for passage to America, which is
setting a new record this year for refus-
ing sanctuary to eligible asylum seekers.
The United States will admit about
25,000 refugees by the end of the cur-
rent budget year, a low for a nation
founded by people fleeing persecution.
Experts blame both terrorism fears and
an obsolete asylum program that still
lists "Soviets" as one of the top five
nationalities that deserve U.S. protection.
Recall candidates plan
for final campaignig
With a federal judicial panel likelyto
reinstate the Oct. 7 date for the California
recall election, Gov. Gray Davis and the
candidates vying to succeed him are
preparing for a final two-week campaign
The best known Republican in the
race, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was
preparing to step into the spotlight for
his first and - chances are, only -
debate of the campaign Wednesday.
Yesterday, Schwarzenegger outlined
several proposals to cut air pollution in
California by 50 percent by 2011.
His appearance came a day before an
11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals was scheduled to hear
arguments on whether to uphold a rul-
ing by a smaller panel last week that the
election must be postponed until six
counties still using punch card ballots
can upgrade to more reliable voting
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