Phoenix memo

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The so-called Phoenix memo, written by FBI agent Ken Williams during the summer of 2001, warned "that Arab students training at U.S. aviation schools were linked to a militant Muslim group." [1]

Williams "was concerned by the flight students' affiliation with Sheik Omar Bakri Mohammed's group because the sheik had been involved with a fatwa -- an Islamic call to action -- that suggested airports as one of several legitimate attack targets in the United States, officials told The Associated Press. [2]

"In addition, Williams' memo had identified another Muslim figure in Arizona -- who was not training at aviation schools but was linked through phone communications to one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants, Abu Zubaydah, the officials said, speaking only on condition of anonymity. [3]

"The agent spent extensive time trying to link that man to one of the students, but never succeeded, officials said." [4]

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