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Abdulaziz al-Omari

Abdulaziz al-Omari was a Saudi airport security guard and imam, one of five hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11 as part of the September 11 attacks. Omari arrived in the United States in June 2001, on a tourist visa, obtained through the Visa Express program. On September 11, 2001, Omari boarded American Airlines Flight 11 and assisted in the hijacking of the plane, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, as part of the coordinated attacks. Little is known about al-Omari's life, it is unclear whether some information refers to Omari or another person by that name, he had used the birth date May 28, 1979. He is alleged to have served as an imam at his mosque in Saudi Arabia and is believed by American authorities to have been a student of Saudi cleric Sulaiman Al-Alwan, whose mosque is located in Al-Qassim Province. According to Walid bin Attash, Omari was one of a group of future hijackers who provided security at Kandahar airport after their basic training at an al-Qaeda camp.

During the 2000 Al Qaeda Summit in Kuala Lumpur, American authorities state that immigration records show that a person named Abdulaziz al-Omari was visiting the country, although they say they are not sure that this was the same person. In the autumn of 2001, after the September 11 attacks, al Jazeera television broadcast a tape they claim was made by Omari; the speaker made a farewell suicide video. In it he read, "I am writing this with my full conscience and I am writing this in expectation of the end, near... God praise everybody who trained and helped me, namely the leader Sheikh Osama bin Laden."According to FBI director Robert Mueller and the 9/11 Commission, Omari entered the United States through a Dubai flight on June 29, 2001, with Salem al-Hazmi, landing in New York. He had used the controversial Visa Express program to gain entry, he stayed with several other hijackers in Paterson, New Jersey, before moving to his own place at 4032 57th Terrace, Vero Beach, Florida. On his rental agreement form for that house, Omari gave two license-plates authorized to park in his space, one of, registered to Atta.

Omari obtained a fake United States ID card from All Services Plus in Passaic County, New Jersey, in the business of selling fake documents, including another to Khalid al-Mihdhar. He had a daughter. On September 10, 2001, Mohamed Atta picked up Omari from the Milner Hotel in Boston and the two drove their rented Nissan to a Comfort Inn in South Portland, where they spent the night in room 232. In the afternoon he and Atta visited the Longfellow House in Portland, where they took part in a guided tour. Omari emphatically shook the guide's hand three times to thank her at the end of the tour, it was reported that Adnan and Ameer Bukhari were the two hijackers who had rented and driven the car. In the early hours of September 11, they boarded a commuter flight back to Boston to connect to American Airlines Flight 11. American 11 was hijacked 15 minutes after the flight departed by Omari and four other hijackers, which allowed trained pilot Mohamed Atta to crash the Boeing 767 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of an attack that killed thousands of people.

Controversy over Omari's identity erupted shortly after the attacks. At first, the FBI had named Abdul Rahman al-Omari, a pilot for Saudi Arabian Airlines, as the pilot of Flight 11, it was shown that this person was still alive, the FBI issued an apology. It was quickly determined that Mohamed Atta was the pilot among the hijackers; the FBI named Abdulaziz al-Omari as a hijacker. A man with the same name as those given by the FBI turned up alive in Saudi Arabia, saying that he had studied at the University of Denver and his passport was stolen there in 1995; the name, birth date, occupation were released by the FBI, but the picture was not of him. "I couldn't believe it when the FBI put me on their list", he said. "They gave my name and my date of birth. I am here. I am alive. I have no idea. I had nothing to do with this." PENTTBOM Hijackers in the September 11 attacks The Final 9/11 Commission Report portal.telegraph.co.uk

Alton Lennon

Alton Asa Lennon of Wilmington, New Hanover County, N. C. was a Democratic U. S. senator from the state of North Carolina between 1953 and 1954, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing North Carolina's 7th congressional district from 1957 to 1973. Lennon was one of the few former United States Senators in modern times to be elected to the House after their Senate careers. Lennon was born in Wilmington, New Hanover County, N. C. August 17, 1906, he was the son of Rosser Yates Minnie Lennon. He attended the public schools, graduated from Wake Forest College in 1929, he began practice in Wilmington. He married Karine Welch on October 12, 1933. Lennon served as the judge of New Hanover County Recorder's Court from 1934–1942, he was elected to the North Carolina State Senate in 1947, served until 1951. Lennon was appointed on July 10, 1953, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Willis Smith and served from July 10, 1953, to November 28, 1954.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for the nomination in 1954 to fill the vacancy. He resumed law practice was elected as a Democrat to the 85th Congress, was reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses. Lennon was known as one of North Carolina's most conservative politicians. Lennon voted in Congress against civil rights and social legislation, although about half of the constituents in his district were African-Americans or Native Americans. In 1966, he was the only Southerner to vote against citing seven Ku Klux Klan leaders for contempt of Congress, he said, "I never heard it said that Klansmen were subversive or affiliated with any foreign government to overthrow the United States." In 1966, Mr. Lennon urged that North Vietnamese ports be bombed, in 1967 he called for the Justice Department to prosecute Stokely Carmichael, the black activist, for making statements against the military draft, he declined to seek reelection in 1972. In 1976, the Federal Building and Courthouse at Wilmington was named in his honor.

Although he was a Democrat, Mr. Lennon campaigned for the re-election of Senator Jesse Helms, the conservative Republican, in 1978, he was a resident of Wilmington, N. C. until his death there December 28, 1986. Alton Lennon at Find a Grave

Ornithocheirus

Ornithocheirus is a pterosaur genus known from fragmentary fossil remains uncovered from sediments in the UK. Several species have been referred to the genus, most of which are now considered as dubious species, or members of different genera, the genus is now considered to include only the type species, Ornithocheirus simus. Species have been referred to Ornithocheirus from the mid-Cretaceous period of both Europe and South America, but O. simus is known only from the UK. Because O. simus was named based on poorly preserved fossil material, the genus Ornithocheirus has suffered enduring problems of zoological nomenclature. Fossil remains of Ornithocheirus have been recovered from the Cambridge Greensand of England, dating to the beginning of the Albian stage of the early Cretaceous period, about 110 million years ago. Additional fossils from the Santana Formation of Brazil are sometimes classified as species of Ornithocheirus, but have been placed in their own genera, most notably Tropeognathus.

O. simus is only known from fragmentary jaw tips. It bore a distinctive convex "keeled" crest on its snout. Ornithocheirus had narrow jaw tips compared to Anhanguera and Coloborhynchus, which had prominently-expanded rosettes of teeth. Unlike related pterosaurs, the teeth of Ornithocheirus were vertical, rather than set at an outward-pointing angle, it was believed in the past that Ornithocheirus was one of the largest pterosaurs to have existed, with a wingspan measuring 40 feet wide. However, this is a exaggerated number, as the animal's wingspan measured 15 to 20 feet wide, which would make it a medium-sized pterosaur. A related species called Tropeognathus had a wingspan measuring between 25 feet wide. During the 19th century, in England many fragmentary pterosaur fossils were found in the Cambridge Greensand, a layer from the early Cretaceous, that had originated as a sandy seabed. Decomposing pterosaur cadavers, floating on the sea surface, had lost individual bones that sank to the bottom of the sea.

Water currents moved the bones around and polishing them, until they were at last covered by more sand and fossilised. The largest of these remains were damaged and difficult to interpret, they had been assigned to the genus Pterodactylus, as was common for any pterosaur species described in the early and middle 19th century. Young researcher Harry Govier Seeley was commissioned to bring order to the pterosaur collection of the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge, he soon concluded that it was best to create a new genus for the Cambridge Greensand material that he named Ornithocheirus, "bird hand", as he in this period still considered pterosaurs to be the direct ancestors of birds, assumed the hand of the genus to represent a transitional stage in the evolution towards the bird hand. To distinguish the best pieces in the collection, because they had been described as species by other scientists, he in 1869 and 1870 each gave them a separate species name: O. simus, O. woodwardi, O. oxyrhinus, O. carteri, O. platyrhinus, O. sedgwickii, O. crassidens, O. capito, O. eurygnathus, O. reedi, O. cuvieri, O. scaphorhynchus, O. brachyrhinus, O. colorhinus, O. dentatus, O. denticulatus, O. enchorhynchus, O. xyphorhynchus, O. fittoni, O. nasutus, O. polyodon, O. compressirostris, O. tenuirostris, O. machaerorhynchus, O. platystomus, O. microdon, O. oweni and O. huxleyi, thus 28 in total.

As yet Seeley did not designate a type species. When Seeley published his conclusions in his 1870 book The Ornithosauria, this provoked a reaction by the leading British paleontologist of his day, Richard Owen. Owen was not an evolutionist and he therefore considered the name Ornithocheirus to be inappropriate, he in 1874 created two new genera: Criorhynchus. Coloborhynchus, "maimed beak", comprised a new species, Coloborhynchus clavirostris, the type species, two species reassigned from Ornithocheirus: C. sedgwickii and C. cuvieri. Criorhynchus, "ram beak", consisted of former Ornithocheirus species: the type species Criorhynchus simus and furthermore C. eurygnathus, C. capito, C. platystomus, C. crassidens and C. reedi. Seeley did not accept Owen's position. In 1881 he designated O. simus the type species of Ornithocheirus and named a new species O. bunzeli. In 1888 Edward Newton renamed several existing species names into Ornithocheirus, as Ornithocheirus clavirostris, O. daviesii, O. sagittirostris, O. validus, O. giganteus, O. clifti, O. diomedeus, O. nobilis, O. curtus, O. umbrosus, O. harpyia, O. macrorhinus and O. hlavaci.

In 1914 Reginald Walter Hooley made a new attempt to structure the large number of species. Keeping the name Ornithocheirus, he added to it Owen's Criorhynchus, in which however Coloborhynchus was sunk, to allow for a greater differentiation created two new genera, again based on jaw form: Lonchodectes and Amblydectes. Lonchodectes, "lance biter", comprised L. giganteus and L. daviesii. Amblydectes, "blunt biter", consisted of A. crassidens and A. eurygnathus. However, Hooley's classification was applied in the century, when it became common to subsume all the poorly preserved and confusing material under the name Ornithocheirus. A Russian-language overview of Pterosauria in 1964 designated P. compressirostris the type species of Ornithocheirus, followed by Kuhn and Wellnhofer, yet those authors were unaware that Seeley made P. simus the type species of Ornithochei