Leon Harris, CNN anchor: Folks, we are going to break into this press conference by the mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, because we have some breaking news. Leon Harris here at the CNN Center in Atlanta, but we're going now to Washington D.C., where our Kelli Arena is standing by. She has got some breaking news on the identities of those 18 hijackers. Kelli, take it away.First of all, Arena's list has 19 names, not 18. And within about four hours, the FBI did release its official list of 19 hijackers. The phoentic spellings in the CNN transcript are a bit rough -- but they do match what the FBI released
Kelli Arena, CNN correspondent: Well, Leon, we did manage -- CNN managed to grab a list of the names of the 18 suspected hijackers that is supposed to be officially released by justice sometime later today. I will do my best to read, to read the names, some are a bit unfamiliar. On American flight 11, the first name Walid Al Shehhi (ph), the second, Wellal Sheyi (ph), also known as Wahidal Sheyi. ... third name, Mohammed Atta (ph). ... Abdul Ala Mari (ph) and Setam Segani (ph), Marwanal Shehhi on the list as well. They are looking an awful lot alike here, Leon.
Marwan Al Shehhi, a UAE passport. Fayez Ahmed, Mahad Al Shari (ph), Hanza Al-Gari (ph), Amdad Al Dandi (ph). Let me stop here for a moment. We have a few more names to read. The way this is working out, there were five hijackers on two planes, four hijackers on two others. We are told by law enforcement sources that most of these names in some way connect in some way to indirectly or directly to Osama bin Laden.
Continuing on, united Airlines flight number 93, Almad Alhanawi (ph), Almed Alnami (ph), Ziad Girad (ph) and Sayd Algamdi (ph). American Airlines flight number 77. Cammid Al-Madar, and Mosear Caned (ph), Majar Mokhed (ph), Nawar Al Hazni (ph) and Salem Al Hazni (ph). ... Again, this list not officially released yet by the Justice Department. We obtained this list of name through sources -- Leon.
Flight 11-- with one glaring exception. "Mosear Caned" does not sound anything like "Hani Hanjour." ... So who was "Mosear Caned" and why was he dropped from the first list and replaced by Hanjour?
Walid Al Shehhi Waleed M. Alshehri
Wellal Sheyi Wail Alshehri
Mohammed Atta Mohamed Atta
Abdul Ala Mari Abdulaziz Alomari
Setam Segani Satam Al Suqami
Marwan Al Shehhi Marwan Al-Shehhi
Fayez Ahmed Fayez Ahmed
Mahad Al Shari Mohald Alshehri
Hanza Al-Gari Hamza Alghamdi
Amdad Al Dandi Ahmed Alghamdi
Almad Alhanawi Ahmed Alhaznawi
Almed Alnami Ahmed Alnami
Ziad Girad Ziad Jarrahi
Sayd Algamdi Saeed Alghamdi
Cammid Al-Madar Khalid Al-Midhar
Majar Mokhed Majed Moqed
Nawar Al Hazni Nawaq Alhamzi
Salem Al Hazni Salem Alhamzi
Mosear Caned Hani Hanjour
Part of the Hanjour problem is that almost every single report describes him as about as bad a pilot as you could possibly imagine, and considering the way Flight 77 hit the Pentagon (twisting through a rapid descent and leveling out about 20 feet off the ground), it's impossible that a pilot of Hanjour's limited skills could have done it.
More manifest questions: Initial FBI reports state that the names of two Florida men -- Adnan Bukhari and Ameer Bukhari -- were on the manifests of either Flight 11 and/or 175. When it raided some Florida homes on September 12, the FBI learned that one of the Bukhari brothers was alive (he was held, questioned and released) and the other one had died exactly one year earlier.
However, those two names do not appear on any version of the released manifests. So if the Bukharis were on the actual manifests (perhaps being used by two hijackers as aliases), then how did the FBI know who was using the fake names? And how did they get their names and pictures to release on 9/14?
Also, in the days following the attacks, before the official lists were released, John Ashcroft stated there were somewhere between 12 and 24 hijackers. What names on the announced manifests had been thought of as possible terrorists? And why were they ruled out as terrorists?
Further, it's possible that as many as 10 of the 19 hijackers are still alive. Many came forward in the weeks after the attacks after seeing their pictures splashed across TV screens and newspapers around the world.
In the face of this evidence, however, the FBI never changed its initial list -- indeed, it maintains that the list is still 100% correct -- and the 9/11 Commission continued this fiction by never mentioning the fact of the "still-alive" hijackers.
We have absolutely no idea who was on any of those four planes. We cannot trust what the Bush administration has told us. Neither airline has ever released a complete list of passengers -- and if such a list was produced now, it would be extremely suspect.