According to German investigations, by at least this time, the Hamburg cell including Mohamed Atta, Marwan Alshehhi, Ziad Jarrah, and Ramzi bin al-Shibh has come up with the idea of attacking the United States using airplanes. This theory is based on witness statements and the discovery by the German police of a flight simulator file on a computer used by the Hamburg cell that was downloaded by this time. Both Atta and Alshhehi start taking lessons on ultralight aircraft this year . However, the 9/11 Commission claims that the planes into buildings plot was hatched by al-Qaeda's leadership and was communicated to the Hamburg Cell in December 1999.

Originally by KJF from Center for Cooperative Research on August 1, 2007, 11:49pm

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