President Obama halted the military proceedings at Guantánamo in the first days after his inauguration, and the five men’s case is on hiatus until the government decides how it will proceed.
In their filing, the men describe the planning of the Sept. 11 attacks and the killing of Americans as a model of Islamic action, and say the American government’s accusations cause them no shame, according to the excerpts read by the government official.
“To us,” the official continued reading, “they are not accusations. To us they are a badge of honor, which we carry with honor.” It appears that the men wrote the document at meetings they are permitted to conduct periodically at the detention camp without lawyers.
Several of the men have earlier said in military commission proceedings at Guantánamo that they planned the 2001 attacks and that they sought martyrdom. The strategic goal of the five men in making the new filing, which reached the military court on March 5, 2009 was not clear.
From July 2000 up to and about August 2001 Mohamed Atta and two of the other 9/11 suicide pilots lived, trained, purchased a vehicle, opened SunTrust bank accounts, set up cell phone accounts and re-visited the Sarasota, Nokomis, Venice Fl area.
3rd June 2000: Arriving in Newark Atta arrived from Prague, Czech Republic, at Newark Airport as a tourist. He was given a customary six-month stay, valid until December 2, 2000.
4th June 2000: Cellphone Atta purchased a cellular phone and $50 phone card from Datavision in New York City. The cellular phone, number 646-479-0432, was activated the following day.
18th June 2000: New York apartment Atta and al-Shehhi leased apartment 5D, 106 Cabrini Boulevard, New York City. The lease, which Atta signed, ran from June 19 to June 26, 2000.
25th June 2000: A Brooklyn apartment Atta and al-Shehhi leased an apartment at 198 12th St, Brooklyn, NY. They stayed at this apartment until July 2, 2000
On July 1st, 2000, Mohamed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi arrived at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Florida to inquire about taking flying lessons.
On July 3rd, 2000, Atta and Alshehhi came back to Huffman Aviation to sign up for lessons. Atta already held a Private Pilot License but wanted to advance and get his Commercial License and Alshehhi was there to obtain both a Private and Commercial License.
7th July 2000: Buying a car Atta and al-Shehhi opened a joint checking account at the Nokomis, Florida branch of the SunTrust Bank, with a $7,000 cash deposit. The account was jointly held by Atta and al-Shehhi in Atta's name. Atta and al-Shehhi begin flight instruction at Huffman Aviation. Atta buys a 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix, FL D79DDV. He insures it until September 2001 with an Allstate Insurance vehicle policy. The car is purchased from Cramer Toyota in Venice, Florida, Mohamed Atta uses an Egyptian drivers license, B000353t-Egypt, to operate the vehicle in the Sarasota area (no Fl License till 5/21/01).
12th July 2000: Rental of 516 W Laurel Rd Nokomis Fl, Atta and al-Shehhi rented a house at 516 West Laurel Road, Nokomis, Florida. They signed a six-month lease that ended on January 14, 2001.
28th September 2000 - 6th October 2000: Atta and al-Shehhi train at Jones Aviation Sarasota Fl. According to the instructor at Jones, the two were aggressive, rude, and sometimes even fought with him to take over the controls during their training flights, Atta and Shehhi then returned to Huffman.
19th December 2000: Commercial pilot licence tests passed, Atta and Shehhi took their commercial pilot license tests at Huffman Aviation, completing their schooling. Atta was back in Venice Florida on December 21, 2000 again seeking to increase his flying skills and have the U.S. government itself sign off on his documented skill as a pilot, by none other than the FAA.
Before December 26 2000: Atta applies for flight training at Eagle Jet International, Atta gives his contact address as 516 W Laurel Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275. Phone number is 941-685-0468. Atta's passport number is 1617066, issued 05/08/2000, expiration 05/07/2007, Credit card number taken is VISA 4011-8008-4050-7778 EXP 07/02. Mohamed Atta, 5/21/2001, Florida drivers license A300-540-g8-321-0.
3rd January 2001: Travel to Madrid, Atta takes American Airlines Flight 5372 from Tampa to Miami, then Iberia Airlines Flight 6122 from Miami to Madrid.
15th August - 29th August, 2001: Renting a car, Atta rents a car from Warwick Rental in Pompano Fl, Atta puts 1,915 miles on the vehicle in 14 days (136 miles a day), it appears Atta returned to the returned to the Sarasota -Venice area. During this time period Atta still had the 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix that he purchased in Venice Fl, the car was still on the road and registered, he sold the car the following week.
15th August- 29th August 2001. Nokomis Fl, Less than six weeks before the September 11th attack Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi engaged in a fist-pounding shouting match, according to eyewitnesses, at The Pelican Alley restaurant in Nokomis Florida (just down the road from the 516 W. Laurel Rd rental house). "Right after (Sept 11th) we had newspapers come down, and immediately we knew what it was about, because I remembered the table, and so did Tom," says Renee Adorna, the owners.
7th September 2001: Atta Sells car he purchaesed in Venice Fl, organises wire transfer, flies to Baltimore, Atta sold his 1986 Grand Prix to Sun Auto Leasing (Elite Select Used Cars), Ft Lauderdale, FL - $800