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FBI Releases 'Watch List' of 100 Names, Names 19 Suspects

Friday, 14 September 2001 12:00 AM

Attorney General John Ashcroft said the names were not those of suspects in Tuesday's terror attacks in New York City and Pentagon near Washington, just the names of people the FBI would like to interview in the investigation.

Ashcroft noted that the bureau earlier released the names of 19 hijacker suspects presumed dead in the crash of four airliners Tuesday.

"The FBI requests that anyone who has information about these individuals … immediately call an FBI field office or call the FBI hotline," 1-866-483-5137, which is also listed on the bureau's Web site at fbi.gov.

"The FBI has also forwarded a list of more than 100 names to law enforcement organizations," Ashcroft said. Those on the list "could be helpful to this investigation."

Ashcroft said the size of the watch list might change. "The nature of this list is that it could be changing constantly as people are taken off or added to it," he said.

The attorney general appeared with FBI Director Robert Mueller at a news conference in the bureau's headquarters.

Though there have been many reports of alleged suspects being detained, Mueller said, "There have been no FBI arrests at this time."

However, the bureau's agents have conducted "thousands of interviews," served 30 search warrants, and "hundreds of subpoenas have been issued," Mueller said. The director said 4,000 special agents are still on the case, assisted by 3,000 support personnel.

The FBI is following up more than 36,000 leads, most of them from e-mail.

FBI Deputy Director Tom Pickard and Dale Watson, chief of the FBI's counterterrorism division, are running the investigation, called PENTBOMB, Mueller said.

Earlier Friday, an FBI spokesman said no one was arrested in New York Thursday in the investigation, despite the morning newspaper headlines in Washington and elsewhere that said armed individuals had been taken into custody at airports.

"We investigated the situation thoroughly, and it was resolved to our satisfaction," the spokesman said.

However, there were some activities at New York airports Thursday. At one, authorities determined that two of the passengers on board a flight to Los Angeles were on a list of those sought for questioning by the FBI.

"We have notified other agencies of people's names we would like to talk to," a Justice Department official said. "They are not suspects." The official refused to say how long the list was, but said its size was fluid.

The official later said the early list was not the same one that went out from the FBI to other federal agencies Friday.

After determining that the two sought individuals were on the plane, five Port Authority officers entered from the front of the plane, while another five entered from the rear at about 7:30 p.m. EDT Thursday.

One of the individuals was accompanied by a woman, and both "courteously left the plane," according to the official. The other refused and was escorted off the plane. All three were questioned by the FBI and released. Their baggage was also taken from the plane.

Also Thursday, "at JFK, there was one incident were a male was stopped and had a fictitious (Federal Aviation Administration) pilot's license," the official added.

The individual was stopped by police, but was not arrested by the FBI. One incident stretched back to Tuesday, when the terror attacks began. Four persons on a flight at JFK would not get off a plane until security was called in. The four came back Thursday to change their tickets, were questioned by the FBI and released.

At LaGuardia Thursday, police received a report that five people collecting their baggage after getting off a plane had "crew member stickers" on the baggage, when they had no right to the stickers. Police found no crew stickers on the baggage and concluded that it was a false report.

On Friday, the FBI released 19 names of suspected hijackers on the four planes involved in Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

The names, all of Arabic origin and many possibly temporary residents of Florida, with partial information on each:

On American Airlines Flight 77, which hit the Pentagon - Khalid Al-Midhar, possible residence Los Angeles and New York City, visa had expired; Majed Moqed; Nawaq Alhamzi, possible residence Fort Lee and Wayne, N.J., and Los Angeles; Salem Alhamzi, possible residence Fort Lee and Wayne; Hani Hanjour, possible residence Phoenix and San Diego, believed to be a pilot. On American Airlines Flight 11, which hit the north tower of the World Trade Center - Satam al Suqami, birth date used June 28, 1976, last known residence United Arab Emirates; Waleed M. Alshehri, birth date used Sept. 13, 1974 and Jan. 1, 1976; Wail Alshehri, birth date used July 31, 1973, possible residence Hollywood, Fla., and Newton, Mass., believed to be a pilot; Mohamed Atta, birth date used Sept. 1, 1968, possible residence Hollywood and Coral Springs, Fla., and Hamburg, Germany, and believed to be a pilot; Abdulaziz Alomari, birth dates used Dec. 24, 1972 and May 28, 1979, possible residence Hollywood, Fla., believed to be a pilot. On United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center - Marwan Al-Shehhi, birth date used May 9, 1978, possible residence Hollywood, Fla., believed to be a pilot; Fayez Ahmed, possible residence Delray Beach, Fla.; Ahmed Alghamdi, Hamza Alghamdi and Mohald Alshehri, all possibly of Delray. On United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania - Saeed Alghamdi, possibly of Delray; Ahmed Alhaznawi, birth date used Oct. 11, 1980, possibly of Delray; Ahmed Alnami, possibly of Delray; and Ziad Jarrahi, believed to be a pilot.

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