Amer Kamfar

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Amer Mohammed Kamfar was named in the media as one of the early suspects in the 9/11 attacks. ABC News had this dramatic account on September 12:

Here's part of a New York Times report from September 13, 2001:

A piece in the Miami Herald, on September 13 2001, provided more specific details:

However, Kamfar and Bukhari were both officially cleared by the FBI in early October:

Kamfar's name still appears regularly on 9/11 sites, though. The typical argument is that he appeared on the Flight 11 manifest, but turned out to still be alive, therefore he (and perhaps all the other hijackers) must have been using stolen identities. Here's WhatReallyHappened:

(We're focusing particularly on Kamfar being on the manifest here, but there's much more to the article - go read it if you want to see what else they had to offer.)

The argument has been taken up by many other 9/11 truth figures. Jay Kolar made similar claims in an essay printed in "The Hidden History of 9-11-2001", for instance, and these in turn have been referenced by David Ray Griffin.

Of course there's a very obvious problem with this chain of logic. They tend to simply assume Kamfar was on the manifest, when, as we've seen, the press stories immediately after the attacks show that was not the case. On the 12th of September ABC News reported a "be on the lookout" warning for a man perhaps armed with an AK-47, for example, strongly suggesting they believed he was alive. The next day the Miami Herald specifically listed him as a live suspect, separate from actual hijackers like Mohamed Atta. And on September 14th the Boston Herald printed the complete manifest, showing the passengers, the named hijackers, but not Kamfar, Bukhari or anyone else.

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There is no reason to believe that the authorities thought Kamfar was on the Flight 11 manifest, then, and substantial evidence that they did not.

Why did they suspect him at all, then? The FBI have never provided an answer to that, but from the reports we've seen it appears the reasoning went somewhere like this.

The investigators decided early on that the pilots of the hijacked jets would never have flown them into buildings, therefore they were looking for hijackers with flight experience.

Records in Atta's luggage, along with public and airline records for the other hijackers would have pointed them in the direction of Florida.

Abdulaziz al-Omari appears on the Flight 11 manifest as Abdulrahman al-Omari (his full name was Abd al-Aziz Abd al-Rahman Muhammed al-Umari). If investigators searched public records for Abdulrahman al-Omari's in Florida then they would have found a pilot living in Vero Beach, and Kamfar is listed in reports as either a neighbour or roommate, who moved out just before the attacks:

So: Kamfar appeared to be connected to one of the hijacker suspects, and left suddenly only weeks before the attacks. It's not hard to see why the investigators would want to talk to him. But only a few days later the central mistake became clear:

There's no reason to believe Kamfar or Bukhari were on the Flight 11 manifests, then. And their cases provide no evidence whatsoever to support the idea that the hijackers were using false identities. They were just unlucky, caught up in a simple error made hours into the investigation which was corrected a few days later, and we see nothing more significant here than that.