"Joyous Celebration" during 9/11 World Trade Center
(5) Israeli nationals, detained in conjunction with the TWINBOMB
investigation, had videotaped the terrorist attack on the World Trade
Center and may have possessed foreknowledge of the same..."
On September 11, 2001
five employees of a moving van company called "Urban Moving Systems"
were apprehended hours after the twin towers were struck. An eyewitness
saw them celebrating the attacks on the World Trade Center from the
window of her apartment building.They emerged from a white van, jumped
up and down, and high-fived each other with apparent glee. The
eyewitness observed them in New Jersey overlooking the Hudson River with an unobstructed view of the burning
towers. The eyewitness contacted the police. What follows are FBI
reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act regarding their
detention, questioning and apparent deception during polygraphs about
affiliation with Israeli intelligence agencies.
FOIA Release Letter
January 16, 2013 release of 183 pages from a 215 page file. Withholdings under the National Security Act of 1947, and other
1169683-001 --- 303A-NY-C237934-Serial 325 --- Section 1
On September 11, 2001, members of the FBI-NK,
acting upon information received from a complainant, stopped and
arrested five (5) Israeli nationals purported to have witnessed
the initial explosion of the World Trade Center and were seen to
be celebrating the event...With the timing of the complaint
sighting coupled with the joyous celebration of the individuals,
members of the FBI-NK arrested the five individuals after a
possible "hit" was received by a law enforcement bomb squad
1169683-001 --- 303A-NY-C237934-Serial 326 --- Section 1
"...there was a
considerable criminal venture associated Urban Moving Systems.
Along with the reported employees, these companies utilize
Israeli nationals in the U.S. on B-2 Visas (tourist/business).
This being done to willingly circumvent U.S. Labor, Tax and
1169683-001 --- 303A-NY-C237934-Serial 337 --- Section 1
FBI interviews detained Israeli
former soldier on November 16, 2001
1169683-001 --- 303A-NY-C237934-Serial 338 --- Section 1
Former Jewish Agency security
guard interviewed on November 20, 2001 in conjunction with 9/11
attack. Illegal activities, visa overstay.
1169683-001 --- 303A-NY-C237934-Serial 339 --- Section 1
November 28, 2001 reports on interviews and polygraphs of
Israelis detained on 9/11. "Preliminary
results of the polygraph have shown [redacted] not have prior
knowledge regarding the terrorist attacks on 09 11 2001.
However, [redacted] showed deception when asked about
It was evident to the interviewing
agents that [redacted] had liked on two previous interviews and
was withholding information during the present
interview/polygraph. It is unclear to the interviewing agents as
to the exact nature and reason for[redacted] deception.
1169683-001 --- 303A-NY-C237934-Serial 368 --- Section 1
January 3, 2001 New York Polygraph Unit/A-1
"responses to relevant questions relating to the issue of
Intelligence affiliation were indicative of deception."
1169683-001 --- 303A-NY-C237934-Serial 459 --- Section 1
June 4, 2002 redacted report from National Security Division
1169683-001 --- 303C-PH-C91946-Serial 2 --- Section 1
Two additional detained Israelis "were
associated with 5 Israeli Nationals who were being detained in
the New York city area for possibly having prior knowledge of
the captioned terrorist attacks." Inconclusive polygraph
1169683-001 --- 303C-PH-C91946-Serial 3 --- Section 1
September 21, 2001 Newark Squad C-9 report on detention of two
Urban Moving Systems workers.
1169683-001 --- 303C-PH-C91946-Serial 10 --- Section 1
October 31, 2001 FBI report to Kansas City, Newark and New York
"To summarize interviews
with 7 Israeli Nationals employed by various moving companies
who were detained by INS for visa violations."
1169683-001 --- 303C-PH-C91946-Serial 18 --- Section 1
January 24, 2002 FBI Suspicious Activities report. "
FBI Newark informed FBI
Philadelphia that there were two Israelis who had been detained
in York, Pennsylvania, by Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS) for violating their Visa status. These two Israelis worked
for a moving company, Urban Moving Systems in Weewauken, New
Jersey. FBI Newark had detained 5 other employees of Urban
Moving Systems after they were observed on September 11, 2001,
on the roof of their business building in Weehauken, NJ, taking
pictures of the World Trade Center attacks. One report stated
that these individuals were on the roof prior to either airplane
crashing into the World Trade Center towers, suggesting there
may have been prior knowledge on their part. As such, they were
detained by local police, and identified. They were Israeli
males which were in violation of their Visa status. FBI Newark
had interviewed and conducted polygraphs of these
individuals..."Zoomcopter" kiosks manned by Israelis suddenly
activity, and in turn, notified FBI Philadelphia. It was
determined they were Israelis. After receiving this information,
FBI Philadelphia inquired about the kiosks in the local malls
and learned that all had been abandoned in a similar fashion
that same day. Further investigation revealed that the same day,
toy helicopter kiosks in malls located in Washington, D.C.,
Hickory, North Carolina, Arlington, Texas and in all the malls
in the local Philadelphia area hadbeen abandoned within the same
two hour period...It was evident that an extremely
well-organized and effective communication system existed
between these Israelis nationwide."
1169683-001 --- 303C-PH-C91946-Serial 33 --- Section 1
August 13, 2002 FBI report on interviews "Related to PENTBOMB"
"...the Mossad may be active in the
United States when a specific target or mission has been
identified...the Mossad has an interest in Detroit,
Michigan...Israel has an agency comparable to the FBI of the
United States which is known as the Shabak/orShin Bet, the
Israeli Security Service.
1169683-001 --- 303C-PH-C91946-Serial 357 --- Section 1
September 21, 2001 FBI from Philadelphia on arrival dates of
1169683-001 --- 303C-PH-C91946-Serial 33 --- Section 1
September 21, 2001 FBI report that "provides the investigative
resuts and analytical findings of...investigation to date."
1169683-001 --- 303D-NY-C282820-Serial 221 --- Section 1
May 3, 2012 file copy of Wayne Madsen report on "The Israeli Art
Students and Movers Story"
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