The FBI “Kamikaze Pilots” Case

commIn a public statement issued on Monday, January 31, members of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee demanded a prompt response from the former Chairman and the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission regarding Former FBI Language Specialist Behrooz Sarshar’s censored testimony to the Commission. The former commissioners failed to respond to this request.

In February 2004 Behrooz Sarshar provided the 9/11 Commission’s investigators with specific documents and names of the related witnesses, including the full name and contact information of the key “FBI Asset/Informant” in an FBI case titled ‘Kamikaze Pilots.’ However, the commission chose not to contact or interview any of these witnesses, including FBI Director Robert Mueller. The Commission’s final report did not mention a single word of this documented testimony, and their recently released memorandum omitted the entire interview with no explanation provided.

The following information was provided by Mr. Sarshar to several Congressional offices and investigators, including staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Committee’s leading Democrat at the time, Senator Patrick Leahy, and the Justice Department’s Inspector General Office.  I was present during at least four meetings where the briefings were recorded and documented. While working at the Bureau I was briefed on this case by not only Mr. Sarshar but another firsthand witness, and I saw the actual 302 forms filed with the unit’s squad supervisor (FBI language specialists get to keep a copy of their reports/forms). Further, I personally briefed the 9/11 commission investigators on the details of this particular case, which is confirmed by the commission’s memorandum.

I have only deleted sensitive personal information related to the FBI informant-Asset, and as you’ll see every single deleted item (by me-indicated as S.E.) has been indicated in bold-italics. Other than that, the information below is exactly what was recounted by Mr. Sarshar on four occasions:

FBI File Name: “Kamikaze Pilots”

In the early 90s the Bureau hired an Iranian man as an informant, placed him on its payroll at approximately fifteen hundred dollars per month, and used him and his information in several criminal, counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations and investigations. Over time this informant, a man in his (Informant’s Age Information Deleted by S.E.), proved to be extremely reliable, and his information was found to be trustworthy.

This man had been the head of SAVAK, Iran’s main Intelligence agency, counterintelligence unit during the Shah’s regime. His area of operations involved the East and Southeastern region of Iran, and the countries under him were Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. He also managed the unit’s intelligence gathering operations in Sistan and Baluchistan, two semi-independent regions on the border with Afghanistan. Unlike U.S. agencies, the intelligence agency in Iran conducted most, if not all, of its surveillance and information gathering operations via human intelligence and sources. The man, the informant, was very good at what he did; he had established a large number of sources and informants scattered in the strategically most important areas within these countries.

Immediately after the Islamic Revolution, he planned his escape out of the country. All former SAVAK and military intelligence had been placed on the black list of the new regime, and death warrants had been issued for them. He successfully escaped Iran, and then spent several years in (Names of the informant’s previous residences/countries deleted by S.E.) where he tried to obtain a U.S. visa and come to the states, where many of his relatives and friends had already settled. In the late (date of Informant’s US entry deleted by S.E.) he succeeded and moved to the United States.

His reputation and his fame of having a wealth of resources for information all over the world had somehow reached the FBI by the early 1990s - around 1991-1992. Via a middleman, the Bureau was able to contact the man and persuade him to become an informant. He was placed on the payroll and began providing the Bureau with extremely useful and reliable information. The Bureau was so pleased with his performance that it began using him both as an informant and as an asset. On a regular basis, almost monthly, agents from the FBI HQ and WFO would meet with him at … and …and … (Meeting locations Deleted by S.E.) to obtain information and intelligence on various on-going operations and investigations.

Since the informant didn’t speak English very well, was by no means considered fluent, often if not always, the agents took an interpreter, a translator, with them to these regular monthly meetings. This is where Amin and I came into the picture. For these sessions the agents would have either Amin or me accompany them. By sheer coincidence, I happened to recognize the man during the first meeting from a gathering I frequented. I knew where he lived, and I had his phone number.

Around the end of April, 2001, I was asked to accompany two special agents from the FBI-WFO, Tony and John, to a meeting arranged with this informant; we hooked up with him somewhere near the (Meeting Location Deleted by S.E.). The agents and I were working on a particular criminal investigation that was going to court in (Possible sensitive date deleted by S.E.), and the informant’s information played an extremely important role in building the case.

We met the informant in this park-like area and spent nearly an hour discussing the case, asking detailed questions, and of course, with me translating the communication which went back and forth. Once we were finished with the session and ready to head back to the WFO, the informant urged us to stay for a few minutes and listen to something very important and alarming he had recently received from his sources. We looked at one another and sat down on the bench; we were all ears.

The informant said:

‘Listen, I was recently contacted by two extremely reliable and long-term sources-neither one Iranian; one in Afghanistan; the other in Pakistan’s border region with Afghanistan. In the past, these guys had provided me with inside information and intelligence that was extremely hard to come by, considering the tightly-based networks and groups they were able to enter and penetrate. They notified me that an active mujahideen group led by Bin Laden had issued an order to attack certain targets in the United States, and were planning the attack as we spoke.’

Now the informant had our full attention; the agents seemed very alarmed, since their main unit of operation was under the WFO Counterterrorism division. They asked the guy to stop, asked him to repeat that again, and ordered me to take verbatim notes as I translated. They too took notes.

The informant continued:

‘According to my guys, Bin Laden’s group is planning a massive terrorist attack in the United States. The order has been issued. They are targeting major cities, big metropolitan cities; they think four or five cities; New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and San Francisco; possibly Los Angeles or Las Vegas. They will use airplanes to carry out the attacks. They said that some of the individuals involved in carrying this out are already in the United States. They are here in the U.S.; living among us, and I believe some in US government already know about all of this (I assumed he meant the CIA or the White House).’

Tony, one of the agents asked ‘did they say when? Did they give any specific dates? Did they say how they were going to use airplanes; bombs or high jacking?’

The informant paused for a second:

‘No specific dates; not any that they were aware of. However, they said the general timeframe was characterized as ‘very soon.’ They think within the next two or three months.’ He then added: ‘As far as how they are going to use the planes to attack; your guess is as good as mine. My bet, it will be bombs; planting bombs inside these planes, maybe the cargo, then have them blown up over the populated cities.’

The agents nodded and took extensive notes. I took my notes in Farsi; I usually did that, and later after returning to the office, sat down and translated them verbatim. We stood up and were ready to leave, when the informant urged us to report this immediately and act on it:

‘If I were you guys, I’d take this extremely seriously. If I had the same position I had in SAVAK, I’d put all my men on this around the clock. I can vouch for my sources; their reliability. Make sure you put this in the hands of the top guys in Counterterrorism.’

The agents nodded and thanked him for the information. We drove back in silence. After we parked the car, while walking to the elevators, the agents were discussing the best person, the top person; they should submit this warning to. They decided on Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Thomas Frields, who was in charge of the WFO Counterterrorism division and who used to lead the division that dealt with Iran’s Hostage Crisis in 1980s. I reminded them that although the informant was Iranian, his sources were not; and that they were in Pakistan and Afghanistan; not in Iran; Bin Laden was not Iranian but a Saudi. They acknowledged that, but made the point that Frields was in charge of the Counterterrorism unit in the WFO.

Once we got to the office, I went straight to my cubicle and began translating the entire conversation verbatim and typing it into a formal report. The agents went to their section and filled out the necessary 302 forms. These forms, the 302s, are forms used by agents to report information gathered from the Bureau’s assets and or informants. The agents, Tony and John, filled out two sets of 302 forms; one for the ongoing criminal case and the informants’ information related to that; the other, on the warning, with the initial code name ‘Kamikaze Pilots,’ as information related to Counterterrorism operations.

The agents called me up on my extension and asked me to escort them inside the language unit. I walked them over to my desk, where we sat, compared notes, and finalized and coordinated our report. They had me make several copies of the translation report for them to be submitted with their report. I took it upon myself to make a set of copies of their 302 forms for my own file; my own record. At the end of the day, around five o’clock, they submitted the 302 forms and my translation report. They submitted the warning report to SAC Frields; with a note, a yellow stick-up, on the top saying ‘VERY URGENT: Kamikaze Pilots’

Neither of us heard back from Frields or the Counterterrorism division. No one asked for any follow-ups or additional information. Two months went by. Around the end of June 2001, I accompanied the two agents to another meeting with the Iranian Informant. This time we met in (Location Details Deleted by S.E.).

After going over the target criminal investigation; now only …(Specific Date Deleted by S.E.), as we were ready to turn around and leave, he stopped us:

‘What did you do with the information I gave you two months ago? Did you report it to your bosses?’

The agents nodded. One of them said: ‘Yes; we sent it up. We submitted it to the top guy.’

The informant was animated now,

‘Well; are they going to do something about it? Because, three days ago I heard back from one of those two sources; in Pakistan. He swore the attack was on its way; any time now; a month or two max.’

Tony said: ‘I know; I hear what you are saying, man; but doing something about this won’t be up to us. Plus, we don’t have enough information to take any action here. We don’t know when, how, or exactly where. The only thing we have is: Mujahideen, Kamikaze Pilots, Bin Laden, five cities, and airplanes. That ain’t enough.’

The informant reasoned:

‘I’ve been thinking about this; trying to make more sense out of it myself. The source mumbled something about tall buildings. Maybe they will blow up the plane over some tall buildings; I don’t know. Maybe the FBI can get more specifics from the Pakistanis; ISI. Have they tried? After all they are your guys, and they already know all about this.’

The agents were getting exasperated and impatient, ‘We’ve got to go; we have a lot of work back there. We have done all we could. We reported it to the guy in charge; now, it is up to them.’

As we turned around and walked away, the informant yelled in Farsi:

‘Why don’t you discuss it with the CIA? They know. Tell the White House. Don’t let ‘them’ sit on this until it is too late…’

I asked Tony, ‘Maybe sharing this with other agencies is not a bad idea. What do you think?’

He rolled his eyes ‘not up to us Behrooz. As far as the White House goes, the HQ guys will include it in their briefings; I’m sure they’ve already done so. Frields is obligated to submit what he got, everything he gets under Counterterrorism, to the HQ guys in charge of Whitehouse National Security Briefings. He always does. So, the White House and other agencies have already heard about this. Let’s drop this man; will ya?’

That was the last time we ever discussed this case before the 9/11 attacks took place. The only other person I told this to and showed the 302 forms and the translation report, before September 11, was Amin here. Then, on that Tuesday morning on September 11 everything came back to me and hit me on the head like several tons of bricks.

That morning, we heard the news, and all of us ran out to the next unit to watch the CNN footage on the TV screens installed out there. As soon as I saw the planes hitting those buildings I said to myself: ‘Oh my God, oh dear God; we were warned about this; we were told about this; very specifically’ I almost fainted; I kept hearing the informant’s words; I kept hearing his last warnings begging us to do something fast. And we had done NOTHING. Now it was already way too late. I felt nauseous; I felt sick.

A few minutes later I saw one of the two agents; I started making my way into the crowd gathered in front of the TV screens, hundreds of people, and walked toward the agent. He spotted me before I got to him; we locked eyes; knowing eyes. He felt what I was feeling; he knew what I knew; he thought what I was thinking; we were responsible for this. Someone in the FBI would be hung for this.

When I got close to him I asked ‘what are we going to do? What should we do next?’ He shook his head and whispered: ‘I don’t know. I cannot even think straight right now. I don’t know Behrooz. We fucked this up; the Bureau fucked our country. Why?! Oh God; we let this happen.’ With that said he ran out of the room. I went back to check my drawer and make sure that I still had everything: the 302 forms, from both meetings, my translation reports; both of them. They were all there.

A few days later, when I got together with both agents and Amin to go over an assignment, I brought up the topic. They avoided eye contact with me. I asked the agents what they were going to do; if they’d already done something. At first they were evasive. Then, after I insisted, one of them, Tony, said: ‘Listen; Frields called us into his office and gave us an order; an absolute order.’ I asked them what the order was. He said ‘we never got any warnings. Those conversations never existed; it never happened; period. He said this is very sensitive…and that no one should ever mention a word about this case; period.’


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  1. Frields has something more to tells us. Where is he? Who told him this never happened or did he decide that for himself?

  2. Bill Bergman says:

    “I don’t think anybody could have predicted … that they would try to use an airplane as a missile,” — Condoleeza Rice

    One of the key questions this transcirpt raises, among other things, was noted in the letter a couple days ago from the September 11th Advocates. Very simply, why was this information excluded from the Final Report? The ‘full and complete accounting?’ In turn, what does that say about the integrity of the report itself? What else is missing?

  3. This is a bombshell, an absolute bombshell. Thank you to the families and especially to Sibel for taking the initiative on this. I’m hearing from a lot of people, and they are FURIOUS over this.

  4. ZicaTanka says:

    Can Frields be arrested on suspicion of obstructing justice or is that only applicable to a criminal investigation (which we haven’t had)? Any prosecutors out there who want to make a court filing or go to the police? We need to get him, Tony, John, and Mr. Sarshar on the witness stand.

  5. He[Frields]said ‘we never got any warnings. Those conversations never existed; it never happened; period. He said this is very sensitive…and that no one should ever mention a word about this case; period.’

    Thank you Sibel.

    Letterhead to Cass Sunstein, Office of information and regulatory affairs, White House., with regard ‘crippled epistemology’ and “conspiracy theorists”

    Lets Roll….

  6. Sibel,

    I don’t know much about the spy business… so my comments are from a completely uniformed person.

    Reading this account, I don’t trust this man.. I wouldn’t trust this man… this to me… is complete hearsay.

    Now it sounds like an interesting story but you need to consider who gave the story – a ex Savak murdering scum who has no moral compass. The lowest of the low.

    Second, he’s being paid to produce prattle (my word)… he comes up with a story his employee puts a gold star on his forehead and he gets a bonus and he gets their confidence… oh ho ho ho ho.

    This spy nonsense has got to stop or be changed. When that a hole says X was told to him by Y you ask for a meeting with them and then keep going back deeper and deeper to see if this is BS made out of whole clothe for some purpose or has merit.

    My sense is that all this master plan of using plans was not an AQ plot but something dreamed up by some novelist or nut case in the CIA so they could seed the idea in the the hot heads who they like to ENTRAP.

    I see most of these terrorist cases as ENTRAPMENT.

    I see the 93 WTC bombing as an FBI entrapment case and the FBI should have been on trial ALONG with Abdul Rahmam.

    Something smells rotten and I would never ever ever ever trust this man knowing his past. I would sooner punch him in the mouth as I would translate his prattle.

  7. dutchbradt says:

    The SAVAK informant may have been a scumbag -but his information was correct. The reports were made of his warnings by FBI agents, why did they disappear when transmitted up the chain of command? Why were the reporting agents told afterward by they supervisor that the warnings were never made? Why was this testimony washed from the Commission report?

    The FBI upper management is either covering up their own failure or the failure of those above them. It’s hard to believe that the warning stopped at Frields.

    If this were just an FBI failure, would the Commission have covered it up? The complete omission of this testimony from their report suggests that they were covering for someone higher up than FBI management or even the Attorney General.

    But, so what? The current administration is only looking forward. Nothing will ever come of this revelation.

  8. Time for a peter lance comment. Are you, Sibel, still in touch with him? Is he willing to recognize the significance of your statements?

  9. I am just guessing here… they were covering up because an investigation of the source of this story would lead right back to…

    the CIA.

    Now how would that sound to the American people? A true “story” about a CIA directed plot… or a planted story to pin it on the Arabs.. planted by

    the CIA.

    The CIA closed this down because their fingerprints were all over it.

  10. Thank you for this Sibel, and thank you also to Mr Sarshar. For all your effort, and for acting with honor thank you. That the powers that be choose to act poorly in response reflects badly on them alone.

    Keep at it.

  11. Just because the FBI asset was former SAVAK is no reason to discount his information. SAVAK had assets in Afghanistan and the tribal regions since they bordered Iranian territory and the Sunni and Shi’ite divide there. Actually, I was reading this earlier today and went to the Complete 9/11 timeline here:

    where I typed in a search for the Bojinka plot. What I got for results amazed even me. Did you know that OKC bomber Terry Nichols met with members of Abu Sayyaf in the Phillippines before that bombing? I highly recommend the website for any serious 9/11 research since most of the info cited is open source from all the world’s media as well as books on the subject. As for Sharshar’s testimony, it only buttresses the perception that the so-called 9/11 Commission report was a complete whitewash and fraud.

  12. camusrebel says:

    In. Side. Job.

    No other explanation covers the hundredes of changed stories, outrageous “coincidences” (war games with phantom radar inserts),
    118 first responders on video talking about bombs going off, on and on and…’s not rocket surgery.

    There are WAY too many “smoking guns” not to call the duck a duck.

    Sibel, thank you for your kind response on the previous thread. I understand your desire to make this site not about you. Or ALL about that game changing September morn damn near 10 years ago. Thank you for this bombshell. We truthers will take it from here. I get out in the streets on a regular basis with some DC area activists and this just adds fuel to our fire.

    Keep doing what you do so well. When the chance comes along in the natural order of things to throw us a bone….we will gratefully accept.

    Together in the struggle for a more love filled planet, John

  13. Hannah K OLuthon says:

    Thanks for the very interesting information. These revelations are not the first of their kind, nor, I hope, will they be the last. I personally do not desire further “official” investigation of the major event at issue here. I prefer that the search for truth be left to the zeal of interested citizens and the competence of historians and scientists. Serious specific contributions like yours are far better than voluminous “cover your ass” reports issued by “blue ribbon commissions” and “wise men”. In the end the truth is found only in hearts and minds, not in prepackaged and “certified” sacred texts, so I’m happy to see that you haven’t censored comments which take issue with the “obvious” implications of this story.

  14. Sibel,
    maybe I read the other posters’ questions wrong but I thought they were asking what made this translator’s testimony non classified so that you are able to print it while your testimony is treated differently. With no agenda at all here, why wouldnt that be the case?

  15. green frog of hope says:

    Are you people really buying this FBI,CIA “blowback” excuse that this story is attempting to perpetuate? Give me a break.

    Sometimes, PsyOps and dis info are employed to prevent the sheeple from focusing on the elephant in the room.

    Cass Sunstein must be proud

  16. PecosinRat says:

    It’s interesting that the timing this testimony gives to when the FBI was informed about the 911 plot (spring 2001) matches the timing given in Susan Lindauer’s (CIA Asset)account of her warnings to her handlers at the CIA and to her cousin Andy Card at the White House (See her book on her 9/11 story, “Extreme Prejudice”).

  17. Kingfisher says:

    So, one of the sub-sources was ISI? Figures, I’ve heard similar stories.

  18. Kingfisher says:

    Your observation about the Iran-Afghanistan-Pakistan border area is very astute. Balochistan is significant to a range of important issues, from the geostrategic to the history of AQ/9-11.

  19. Kingfisher says:

    Have I told you just how annoying you are, at all this year?

    Seriously, I wish some hairy SAVAK goons would take some of those Gallagher watermelon smashing mallets to your fingers, so this place won’t have to read your prattle again.

    In fact, it doesn’t even have to be Persian goons who do it. I would settle for hairy Greeks, even. Actually, I would settle for anyone to do it….even that annoying Gallagher. In fact, that would be perfect for a Gallagher come-back special; instead of breaking watermelons, Gallagher breaks expensive items in SanderO’s home and/or SanderO’s bones. Hillarious!


  20. @KF: “So, one of the sub-sources was ISI?” He didn’t spell that out. I suspect it was, but again, that would be my take.
    “Balochistan is significant to a range of important issues, from the geostrategic to the history of AQ/9-11.” Agreed.

    General statement: This post was in response to the recently released 9/11 commission memo. & the press release by the family members. Done. It is on the record, and I guess for now that’s all it would be. I am sorry it doesn’t fit everyone’s scenario/theory/hypohesis. It is one case among hundreds.

    Coming soon: a short piece on Egypt.

  21. Sibel… on behalf of myself, I apologize for the antics of some. They do not represent people like me.

    On a different note, it seems that the 9/11 story that overshadowed this one in the eyes of the “media” is bogus.

    Maybe now the “news” will finally cover what you and the September Eleventh Advocates did with the same veracity they did with the bogus story.

    Then again…

  22. Syed Zaidi says:

    Sibel does not spell out what this article is about. This is how I understand it. We had learned from Sibel herself that, right up to 9/11, bin Laden was working for America, doing its dirty work from Afghanistan against the Chinese in Sinkiang. If you have been paying attention to the work of David Ray Griffin and others you know pretty well by now that there were no Muslims involved in 9/11. It was an inside job, for and under the leadership of the Zionist / globalist power structure. Generating stories such as in this report by Sibel, and getting them fed back to America was as much a part of that horrific project of global domination as loading the three WTC buildings with cutting-edge nano-thermite. The point of the whole operation was to get sincere whistle-blowers to get out the fake bin Laden story, while letting the administration fall back on the excuse of incompetence — a weird sort of incompetence that was never punished and was always rewarded.

  23. Sibel Edmonds, Cryptome and the 9/11 Families get the credit for this release of real 9/11 information, not Wikileaks and its releases of planted “information”.
    This testimony gets us somewhere, but what is the next step? At this point the first line of defense would be that of incompetence and stupidity up and down the line. The “higher-ups” did not find the information specific enough to do anything about it. They did pass it along but by the time it got to Bush’s desk it was in the form of that Presidential Daily Briefing of August 6, “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the US”. Everybody was asleep at the switch, NSC director Condoleeza Rice was thinking about oil tankers being named after her, not imagining planes crashing into buildings, Bush was too busy working on his golf game, so nothing was done. That’s a good enough defense, if they can make it stick. Incompetence and stupidity are not crimes. Bush will take the rap for that. He doesn’t care. In fact that’s why he was put there. So how do we push this investigation farther? Can we not locate this Iranian informant, and find out where he got his information? Or is he conveniently dead by now, like that other agent Behrooz was working with mentioned in the Cryptome Document, Brad Ducet, who is said to have committed suicide? We should be able to figure out who whe informant is, there can’t be that many heads of the Savak whose career fits the description. It looks like his information came from the ISI, which is of course a partner of the CIA. They both obviously knew all about it and the CIA put the kibosh on the FBI investigation, and also got the Behrooz testimony omitted from the 9/11 Commission Report. But how can we prove it? There is Hamid Gul, the head of the Pakistani ISI at the time Al Qaeda was formed, who has suggested that 9/11 was an inside job, is currently in touch with the Taliban leadership, and recommends that the U.S. should negotiate the withdrawal of their forces with Mullah Omar, whom he says the US will find “very reasonable”. He actually said all this on Fareed Zakaria’s “GPS Global Public Square” show.

  24. The Truth is Out There says:

    “A few days later, when I got together with both agents and Amin to go over an assignment, I brought up the topic. They avoided eye contact with me. I asked the agents what they were going to do; if they’d already done something. At first they were evasive. Then, after I insisted, one of them, Tony, said: ‘Listen; Frields called us into his office and gave us an order; an absolute order.’ I asked them what the order was. He said ‘we never got any warnings. Those conversations never existed; it never happened; period. He said this is very sensitive…and that no one should ever mention a word about this case; period.’”

    This is what ALWAYS will be criminal & conspiracy… The willingness to cover-up mistakes & hide the truth for the sake of National Security & to protect those in higher positions to prevent their deserved sacrifice or prosecution.

    The government doesn’t want to go through the hassles of another Watergate that directly implicates FBI & Intelligence & Political failures, so just bury it instead. Even Obama does not care, because it is too much of a distraction for his agendas.

    This will only serve to mobilize more fraud & criminal abuse, encourage spies & infiltration both foreign & domestic, because there was no accountability for the massive failures throughout the Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Military, Dept. of Justice, and political leadership. The government would Fall & Crash with honest revelations about 911, and a “new order” would arise replacing their little fiefdoms of corruption & fraud.

    I wonder how long it will be before I can’t find Sibel & other whistle-blowers on the net under the Police State guise of National Security & State Secrets?

    It’s time to end the shadow governments & let them sink along with their pawns; they sacrificed us for what?

    What does Frields do now?

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