Manchester, Berlin, Paris, Nice, London, New York: Passports and IDs Mysteriously Discovered in the Wake of Terror Attacks

by Prof Michel Chossudovsky from Global Research

This article reviews the “mysterious” phenomenon of IDs and Passports of terror suspects routinely discovered (often in the rubble) in the wake of a terrorist attack.
In most cases the alleged suspect was known to the authorities.
Is there a pattern? The ID papers of the suspect are often left behind, discovered by police in the wake of a terrorist attack.
According to government and media reports, the suspects are without exception linked to an Al Qaeda affiliated entity.
None of these terror suspects survived. Dead men do not talk.
In the case of the tragic events in Manchester, the bankcard of the alleged suicide bomber Salman Abedi was found in his pocket in the wake of the explosion.
Legitimacy of the official stories? The UK is both a “victim of terrorism” as well as a “State sponsor of terrorism”. Without exception, the governments of Western countries which are victims of terror attacks, have supported, directly or indirectly, the Al Qaeda group of terrorist organizations including the Islamic State (ISIS), which are allegedly responsible for waging these terror attacks. Amply documented Al Qaeda is a creation of the CIA.
Below is a review of the circumstances and evidence pertaining to passports and IDs discovered in the wake of selected terror attacks, with links to Global Research articles and media reports (2001-2017). (This list is by no means exhaustive)
From NYC on 9/11 to Manchester, May 2017. In reverse chronological order:

The Manchester Terror Attack, May 2017

Manchester Bomb Suspect Said to Have Ties to al-Qaeda:

MANCHESTER, England — Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old British man … in a suicide-bomb attack, had ties to al Qaeda and had received terrorist training … was identified by a bank card found in his pocket at the scene of the…

Manchester Attack as Blowback:

A bankcard has been conveniently found in the pocket of the … Daesh has claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, but without…”

No image of the alleged bankcard is available.
Ironically, the suspect Abedi was first identified by Washington rather than UK police and security. How did they know who was the culprit 3 hours after the explosion? According to Graham Vanbergen:

In the early hours of the morning of the 23rd May – approximately 02.35BST NDTV via the Washington Post stated quite categorically that:

“U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, identified the assailant as Salman Abedi. They did not provide information about his age or nationality, and British officials declined to comment on the suspect’s identity.”

This was published at a time when British police and security services were refusing to make any statements as to who they thought the perpetrators were because at the time, they were dealing with the immediate aftermath of the event.

Berlin Truck Terror Attack, December 2016

The Berlin Truck Terror Suspect and the Curious Matter of ID Papers Left Behind:

The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the truck used in Monday’s attack on a Christmas market, which left 12 people dead, German security officials said.
The suspect was known to German security services as someone in contact with radical Islamist groups, and had been assessed as posing a risk, Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Ralf Jaeger told reporters.

Source: Daily Mail, July 15, 2016

The Nice Terror Attack July 2016

According to Peter Koening, in relation to the Nice terror attack:

During last night’s celebration of the French National Holiday, around 11 PM, a speeding truck plowed into a crowd of thousands who were watching the fireworks along the Mediterranean Boulevard Anglais. The driver of the truck, was simultaneously and indiscriminately shooting into the crowd. He was able to run for 2 kilometers before being stopped by police, which instantly shot and killed him.
A horrendous terror attack, killing hordes of people, spreading pain, misery, fear and outrage in France, Europe – the world over.All indications signal the Big Script of yet another false flag; yet again in France.
The young truck-driver was identified as a 31-year-old Frenchman, resident of Nizza, with Tunisian origins. As in previous cases, ‘coincidence’ has it that his identity papers were found in the truck

The young man is instantly killed by the police. Dead people cannot talk. A pattern well known by now.

Paris Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack, January 2015

Police found the ID of Said Kouachi at the Scene of the Charlie Hebdo Shooting. Does this Sound Familiar?:

According to news reports, police found the ID of Said Kouachi at the scene of the Charlie Hebdo shooting. Does this sound familiar? Remember, authorities claimed to have found the undamaged passport of one of the alleged 9/11 hijackers among the massive pulverized ruins of the twin towers.

Paris Bataclan Terror Attack, November 2015

Magic Passports Redux: Syrian Passport Allegedly Discovered on Paris Suicide Bomber:

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) declared that it was responsible for the latest attacks in Paris as did Al-Qaeda who also claimed responsibility for 911. … However, there are similarities between the terror attacks in Paris and New York City on September 11th.
First, Syrian and Egyptian passports from two of the suicide bombers were found at the scene of the stadium attack in the northern part of the city. After both suspected terrorists detonated their explosive devices, their passports were still found.
This brings us back to the September 11th terror attacks where U.S. officials recovered a passport intact a few blocks from the World Trade Center which did belong to one of the hijackers,

Magic Passports Redux: Syrian Passport Allegedly Discovered on Paris Suicide Bomber

In the context of the enquiry about the Paris massacres, a Syrian passport (image right) was found next to one of the kamikaze bombers of Stade de France. After being pointed out as responsible for the attacks by President Hollande, ‘the Islamic State’ claimed that they had engineered the onslaught. The French executive, that had already stated tht they wanted to take action in Syria allegedly against ISIS, but actually against Bachar El Assad, who ‘has to go’, sees in this a significant clue that comfort their military expedition.

London 7/7 Terror attack, July 7, 2005

The 7/7 London Bombings and MI5’s “Stepford Four” Operation: How the 2005 London Bombings Turned every Muslim into a “Terror Suspect”:

On Tuesday, July 12th, Lindsay’s wife Samantha Lewthwaite had called police to report her husband Germaine (“Jamal”) missing. Police searched their home immediately. The next day, on July 14th, police announced that they had Lindsay’s ID and he was the fourth bomber. Lewthwaite was incredulous and refused to believe the accusation without DNA proof. The police identification was stunning because they had been claiming that all of the suspects looked Pakistani; there was no way anyone could mistake the big, black Lindsay for an Asian. What had police been looking at?

9/11 Terror Attacks: September 11, 2001

9/11 Truth and the Joint Congressional Inquiry: 28 Pages of Misdirection on the Role of Saudi Arabia:

For years the 9/11 Truth movement (9TM) has been vainly pleading with ….. FBI agent Dan Coleman explains how the passport of 9/11 hijacker…”

9/11 Contradictions: Mohamed Atta’s Mitsubishi and His Luggage:

9/11 Contradictions: Mohamed Atta’s Mitsubishi and His Luggage … It also contained a Saudi passport, an international driver’s license….

“In the official version for 9/11 the FBI claimed that they found the unscathed passport of one of the pilots near one of the towers that were reduced to ashes by explosions whose heat melted even the steel columns in the buildings’ structure. The fourth plane’s crash near Shanksville also yielded a passport which, though scorched, still made it possible to read the person’s first name and surname and to see his ID photo. This is all the more disturbing as nothing at all was left in the crater, no part of the plane or of the people travelling in it, only this partly scorched passport.

Confirmed by Dan Rather CBS News, “a passerby found the passport of one of the hijackers” on the street just hours after the 9/11 attacks. (Video at 1′.23″)

According to Who What Why:

The Visa of Satam al-Suqami: This identify document of one of the alleged 9/11 hijackers somehow survived unscathed a few blocks from the twin towers, though the plane itself was virtually obliterated.

Visa belonging to Satam al-Suqami

The Passports belonging to Ziad Jarrah and Saeed al-Ghamdi: The passports of two alleged hijackers of United Airlines Flight 93 supposedly survived the fiery crash in Pennsylvania that left the aircraft itself charred and widely scattered—with one passport entirely intact.

Remains of Ziad Jarrah’s visa.

Passport of Saeed al-Ghamdi

Food for thought?
Can we believe the official narrative of HM government?
No questions asked. Can we believe the Western media?

Copyright © Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2017


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Dec 11, 2017 4:39 AM

Nearly 20 years earlier on 28 April 1996, at Port Arthur in Australia, the same unbelievable phenomenon occurred. A passport, said to belong to the lone-nut gunman (read patsy) was allegedly found inside a vehicle (yellow Volvo sedan) which officials claimed proved the so-called identified person did the shooting that allegedly killed 35 people and wounded 23 others. For extensive details related to this alleged passport and the innocent patsy (Martin Bryant – now being tortured to death in Risdon Prison near Hobart) see the book MASS MURDER: Official Killing in Tasmania, Australia (2nd edition; 2014): paperback copies – amazon (red&white cover; one volume); free PDF copies – [email protected] & internet.

Jun 12, 2017 7:34 PM

Not only the matter of the passports is a strange coincidence. Are people aware that Anis Amri was shot in Milan in a spot very close to where the truck he drove into a crowd in Berlin was loaded 3 days earlier? He was shot in north milan at the Sesto San Giovanni regional train and bus station. The truck was loaded at OMM Scrubber (cleaning equipment) at Cinisello Balsamo. I took a walk from OMM Scrubber to the station and it took me 10 minutes, i filmed the short journey but you can also check it in google maps. There is a mosque around the corner and the location where he was shot appears to be a hangout from what i could see. The truck was loaded on the 16th of december 2016 in milan and drove on to berlin via the brenner pass. The attack in berlin was… Read more »

Jun 8, 2017 5:16 PM

As in most cases, possession of a passport, or other identity document in the vicinity of a crime, means, ipso facto, that you or they are responsible for the crime so occuring. The investigation and criminal justice system can then proceed on the basis of the presence of such documents providing a reasonable inference of one’s guilt.
And to be honest, if CCTV footage of someone buying a can of tuna, isn’t evidence of them having committed mass-murder I don’t know what is.

Jun 7, 2017 10:06 AM

These two thing spring to mind, regarding these “events”


Greg Bacon
Greg Bacon
Jun 6, 2017 4:52 PM

When one dials 911–in the States–or 999 in England, it usually takes about 3+ minutes–from the time of the call–for the emergency units to arrive on the scene.
For the London police to then need only 4.5 minutes to track down, sift thru the terror-induced crowds and shoot the alleged perps is nothing short of fantastic.
Either London has some first-rate police or someone knew what was going to happen; when it would happen and the location so they could have units pre-placed with orders to ‘shoot to kill,’ which is the first rule of assassinations: After the hit, you murder the triggerman so the trail goes cold.

Jun 7, 2017 10:21 AM
Reply to  Greg Bacon

@Greg: Ditto your thoughts exactly – 8 mins? By several accounts, and even audio – the SAS (Operation Blue Thunder) were on the scene as the second volley of gunfire went off. How did they deploy from Hereford (or even a closer staging area – in 8 MINS???) Were they in the air???

Jun 7, 2017 3:56 PM
Reply to  BigBG

Gregg and BigBG. Glad to see you saying all the right things and making all the sentient observations. It’s a bit like joining all the dots and trying to do a jigsaw puzzle without a picture, but as long as we keep open minds and asking perfectly legitimate questions we will stay on track. Question everything and accept nothing on face value whether it’s fake news from the MSM or fake news from loony cultists. Wading through treacle or some other such sticky mess may be hard work, but the truth is worth it.
Well done to both of you.

Jun 6, 2017 12:29 PM

Isis is a creation of the Deep State USA and Mossad.
The Cabal.
In relation to this topic, the post:

Michael McNulty
Michael McNulty
Jun 6, 2017 12:33 AM

Nobody radicalized more people than Bush and Blair. No Muslim preacher could match those mass murderers.
I don’t believe official sources and see no reason to believe the names they give us. How would we know if these named perpetrators hadn’t really been killed a year ago in a Middle East war or drone strike, and were really Pakistani instead of say a Saudi? We would never even know if they had never actually visited this country.
Same with victims. They can’t claim a fictional victim came from a small village because there are people in small villages who’d know no such person had ever lived there, but when it comes to cities there’s no such limitation. Not one in Manchester’s half a million people could say some dead stranger didn’t come from Manchester.

Jun 8, 2017 5:05 PM

The BBC and others, probably circa 2004 or earlier, did exposés, on people living by the names and identities of several of the alleged hijackers being alive and well back in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. Most of the alternative media interpreted that as their identities having been stolen from them. The other contention left unsaid being that the suspects were hiding in plain sight and had merely provided the intelligence agencies the noise they needed – CCTV, flying lessons, bank transfers, etc, pre-9/11, to flesh out their narrative of events.

Jun 8, 2017 7:05 PM
Reply to  DLL

9/11 was the galvanizing atrocity that affected everything that occurred afterwards. We do not know the truth about 9/11 as we don’t know the truth about JFK’s assassination. These defining incidents remain a mystery to the general public but someone, somewhere knows what actually happened. Those someones are complicit in treason and they know that they will be hung and quartered if they ever tell the truth. If you want to understand who may be involved, just note the members of Congress who rail the most against finding the real truth. They are complicit in shutting down any real investigation.

Jun 5, 2017 11:03 PM

It’s heart-warming that these young men are thoughtful enough to make our police officers jobs easier by having identification with them on their final journey. Not that they need worry, we have the best Police in the world, unless your home is burgled. Sadly, you’ll have to settle for an email with a crime number on it. What does puzzle me is how these armed police officers spend their time when there is no contrived terror alert.

Greg Bacon
Greg Bacon
Jun 5, 2017 7:13 PM

WOW, what a coincidence, a Palestinian girl gets murdered by IDF thugs on Thursday, cause the IDF claim she attacked them with a KNIFE. She dies on Friday. Israel starts catching Hell on Twitter and the next day, the London Bridge & Borough Market attacks happen, killing the murdered Palestinian girl story?
WOW, what a coincidence!

Jun 5, 2017 6:39 PM

Well, C4, BBC, the Daily Fail and the Guardian certainly know who one of the alleged attackers was. Boy, have they run with it. So far they have revealed that this “celebrity Jihadist” was an Arsenal fan, was known to police (another ‘Known Wolf’), was in C4’s documentary “Jihadis Next Door”, tried to radicalise kids in the park, lived in Barking, drove a red car, and watched hate speeches by the radical American preacher Ahmad Musa Jibril. Who needs the Police when we have such an on the ball media, hey? All we don’t know is his inside leg measurement, and his name. I suspect the FBI will tell us that soon.

Jun 5, 2017 7:30 PM
Reply to  BigBG

Doh! Should have checked my newsfeed – Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane. Butt’s ‘pre-sell’ lifestory (or ‘legend’) released in drips over the last 20 or so hours. Name released about 40 mins ago.

Jun 5, 2017 5:59 PM

Much, much too convenient! How unfortunate that we can not trust our governments. Just what is their agenda anyway? I never could understand why Western governments still demand obeisance from Middle East nations. I still can’t understand why Russia is not an integral part of the EU and NATO. I don’t understand why both Canada and the US are still a part of NATO. Something is not right here!

Jun 5, 2017 5:40 PM

Reblogged this on Worldtruth and commented:
And despite all this miraculous coincidence, those who ask “could the real truth please see the light of day?” are treated like loonies on a fool’s errand and called “conspiracy theorists”. Can’t think why – unless of course such dismissal of genuine enquiries for the truth is a dirty attempt to hide the truth. That would explain so much, wouldn’t it?

Jun 6, 2017 4:25 PM
Reply to  mohandeer

i doubt that most people want to know what’s really going on.
it’s just to much, to complicated.
at least those evil terrorists are 1 thing to focus on and also a group to retaliate to. politically and personally [muslims].
else whom can yo trust?
who can live with that? it’s hard.

Jun 6, 2017 5:26 PM
Reply to  sabelmouse

If you suspect there might be a major problem but can’t put your finger on it, you might want to know the truth. I want to know what is actually taking place no matter how disconcerting and dangerous. Without the truth about the problem, you cant fix it.

Jun 13, 2017 4:39 PM
Reply to  archie1954

i want to know the truth, i doubt that many really do.

Le Ruscino (@LeRuscino)
Le Ruscino (@LeRuscino)
Jun 5, 2017 5:28 PM

Thank God for Real Journalism !
Charlie Hebdo was State Terrorism as have been every event since and many before – Jo Cox was the most obvious one if you don’t want to count the 9/11 missile attack on the pentagon poorly dressed up as plane crash?
Look up MK-Ultra – The Yanks have been perfecting mind control drugs for terrorist purposes since the 50’s.
Ask why no terrorist ever survives ? Even when there is zero need to kill them as with the Charlie Hedbo attackers caught in a shed in a field with no hostages ?

Jun 5, 2017 3:23 PM

It’s good food for thought, actually. I was going to say that it can’t be unusual for folks (even terrorists) living in Western countries to have ID on them. Maybe I don’t think like a terrorist. If it’s not a terrorist act of convenience, let’s say, and there’s a known – by the terrorists – chance of being apprehended or killed, then carrying ID would seem to be highly crazy.

Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig
Jun 6, 2017 4:29 PM
Reply to  Arrby

But why is it that the ID would be about the only thing to survive a suicide bomb-blast intact? Take 9/11 as an example: the government wants us to believe that the very same jetfuel fires that were (supposedly) powerful enough to cause steel beams to melt, were also at the same time somehow not powerful enough to melt the passports of the alleged perpetrators. How does that make any sense?

Jun 6, 2017 7:59 PM
Reply to  Seamus Padraig

I agree. The way I think, which sometimes makes me look like I’m ignoring reasonable conclusions, is to question. It’s automatic. I do it internally and externally. Where others would sort it all out for themselves before going public with their thoughts, I tend to share my internal discussions. I see no merit in being shy. For one thing, it can stimulate dialog that in turn helps me to resolve my internal debates. And how can it hurt others?

Jun 5, 2017 3:14 PM

There is more than just the bank card ID of the Manchester bomber there is the whole sequencing of events.
The identity of the bomber was released via an anonymous source in the US 3 hours after the bombing.
The UK police arrest some 15 believed accomplices 2 are released and the others are held for further questioning.
Salman Abedi’s parents are also detained for questioning in Syria and as yet not released. So we are told. His father is an MI6 asset from the Libyan war.
The police then announce that Salman Abedi, having just returned from visiting his parents in Libya, was most definitely acting alone.
This is very difficult to believe.

Jun 5, 2017 5:58 PM
Reply to  tutisicecream

Hi Tutisicecream, I’ve got doubts as you do. If MI5 wanted a false flag attack to further promote interventionism against Syria/Iraq, a perfect cover would be to recruit a drug induced Abedi(courtesy of MI5)with aid in the form of the necessary tools and make sure his bank card is “found”. As the article says – dead men don’t talk. The fact that the US knew who he was suggests two scenarios. One, the US intelligence agencies knew he was planning the attack but did not inform HM govt, which serves their purposes as equally as option two, the US knew, informed MI5 who dragged their heels and bingo! Yet another justification for slaughter in the ME and regime change(as though the two were even remotely connected, since Assad is not the terrorist enabler)and Abedi’s credentials are established, minus the drug induced prompting. Given the past malfeasance and malpractice of Britain’s… Read more »

Jun 5, 2017 7:12 PM
Reply to  tutisicecream

Parents detained in Libya