[FoRK] Leaked FAA Memo about Flight 11 / Danny Lewin

snitilicious at tampabay.rr.com snitilicious at tampabay.rr.com
Sun Apr 18 18:10:45 PDT 2004

Huh. Came across this site.... a little biased toward an anti-bushevik 
perspective, but still quite fascinating: 

I searched the archives and see that this never came up when it was 
reported. Lewin is reported to have been shot or stabbed before the plane 
hit the WTC according to a leaked, prelim memo. This item speculates that, 
because of his past training, he may also have tried to stop the hijacking:


September 11 , 2001 (X)

        An FAA memo written on the evening of 9/11 suggests a man on Flight 
11 was shot and killed by a gun before the plane crashed into the WTC. [See 
the leaked FAA memo , originally posted at ] The "Executive Summary," based 
on information relayed by a flight attendant to the American Airlines 
Operation Center, stated "that a passenger located in seat 10B shot and 
killed a passenger in seat 9B at 9:20 A.M" [since Flight 11 crashed at 
8:46, the time must be a typo, probably meaning 8:20]. The passenger killed 
was Daniel Lewin, shot by passenger Satam Al Suqami. The FAA claims that 
the document is a "first draft" and declines to release the final draft, 
calling it "protected information." A report in Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz 
on September 17 identifies Lewin as a former member of the Israel Defense 
Force Sayeret Matkal, Israel's most successful special-operations unit 
[UPI, 3/6/02]. Sayeret Matkal is a deep-penetration unit that has been 
involved in assassinations, the theft of foreign signals-intelligence 
materials, and the theft and destruction of foreign nuclear weaponry. 
Sayeret Matkal is best known for the 1976 rescue of 106 passengers at 
Entebbe Airport in Uganda. [New Yorker 10/29/01] Officials later deny the 
gun story and suggest that Lewin was probably stabbed to death instead 
(which would still be very interesting). [UPI, 3/6/02, Washington Post, 
3/2/02] Note that Lewin founded Akamai, a successful computer company, and 
his connections to Sayeret Mat'kal remained hidden until the gun story came 
to light. [Guardian, 9/15/01] Perhaps Lewin just happened to be there, and, 
with his past training, tried to be a hero and stop the hijack? What are 
the odds that an Israeli counter-terrorist expert would not only be on this 
hijacked flight, but also have terrorists sitting in the seats directly in 
front and behind him?

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