FBI agent Dan Coleman explains how the passport of 9/11 hijacker Satam Al Suqami was "found"

The story of the "magic" passeports found on 9/11 is so unbelievable that an unidentified former high-level intelligence official claimed that “[w]hatever trail was left was left deliberately – for the FBI to chase." (New Yorker, 8 October 2001). Nevertheless, a recent French documentary about the story of the FBI from its beginning to the 2000s gave us some interesting details about how one of these "magic" passeports was found, the one of Satam Al Suqami, (the passport had sometimes be mistakenly referred to as belonging to Atta, not Al Suqami), found a few blocks from the World Trade Center. Interviewed during this documentary, FBI agent Dan Coleman explains that the passeport was not found by any agent on the WTC site, but, incredibly, that it had been given to a detective by a mysterious man who "ran off" after having handed the passeport.

Here is the transcript of the interview : ...first day we had the passport of Satam al-Suqami. That was given to a New York City detective from the fifth precinct that was down there, trying to talk to people as they were coming out to the buildings. And it was handed him [but] by the time he looked up again, the guy who had handed it to him [had] run off, you know, which made sense. And that passport was given to a detective on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. So, by that evening we had it, the detective Marty Mann, from a detective of fifth precinct had given it to him and it was bagged up, and you know. But it was also -- we realized by then, because we'd gotten some communication back with headquarters that this was the passport of one of the people that headquarters had identified as one of the 19 probable hijackers. We couldn't have done any of that, because basically, the 212 telephone exchange, the building that housed the exchange was on fire and was... didn't work anymore.

More info would be good...

It would be good to get Marty Mann to describe the person handing in the passport (and running away).

It would also be good to get Coleman's opinion on the passport - whether he believes it is a "throw down" as reported by the Guardian newspaper at the time. Coleman is not backward from coming forward. This 2006 interview has him poo-poohing Clinton's plan for killing OBL.

http://articles.cnn.com/2006-09-26/politics/coleman.cnna_1_bin-al-qaeda-leader-cole-attack?_s=PM:POLITICS

Who? What? Where? Uhhhhhhhhh.........

This is one incredible piece of police work.

We don't know who produced it, what the circumstances were or where exactly it was discovered.

Amazing!

Better yet, we have Mr. Coleman saying the determination connecting the passport to the 19 alleged Muslims couldn't have happened because the phone where it would have been reported was not working at the time.