What do you call an Arizonan with a lobotomy?

Senator.  Or Governor.

Just days after Janet Napolitano, the U.S. homeland security secretary, sparked a diplomatic kerfuffle by suggesting the terrorists took a Canadian route to the U.S. eight years ago, McCain defended her by saying that, in fact, the former Arizona governor was correct.

Well, some of the 9-11 hijackers did come through Canada, as you know,” McCain, last year’s Republican presidential candidate, said on Fox News on Friday.

— “John McCain says 9-11 terrorists came from Canada“, Canadian Press (via CTV News), April 24th, 2009.

Okay, I give.  Which ones, exactly?

One would think the Secretary of Homeland Security and her fellow Arizonan, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, might have some spare staffers to go hunt down this information.

And CTV, in its role as ersatz defender of Canadian honour, might also have paid for a reporter to determine the salient facts of where the 9/11 hijackers originated from.  But no, we’ve just got to take it on faith, because actual research would be far too painful.

So let’s run down the list ourselves, ordered by flight.

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AMERICAN AIRLINES 11
North Tower of the World Trade Center

Mohamed Atta al Sayed:  Egyptian, resided in Germany.  Applied for a five-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US embassy in Berlin, which was granted on May 17th, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on June 3rd, 2000; port of entry Newark/Liberty Intl. Airport, NJ, from Prague, Czech Republic.

Waleed al-Shehri: Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 24th, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on April 23rd, 2001; port of entry Orlando Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

Wail al-Shehri:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 24th, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on June 8th, 2001; port of entry Miami Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

Abdulaziz al-Omari:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 18th, 2001.
Arrived in the United States on June 29th, 2001; port of entry John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport, NY, from Dubai, UAE (via Zurich, Switerzland).

Satam al-Suqami:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 21st, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on April 23rd, 2001; port of entry Orlando Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

AMERICAN AIRLINES 77
Pentagon

Hani Hanjour:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received F-1 student visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on September 25th, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on December 8th, 2000; port of entry Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport, KY, from Dubai, UAE (via Paris, France).  Made several previous trips (1991-2000, with associated visas) to the United States to visit family in Tucson, AZ (and later Miramar, CA).  Hanjour was the only 9/11 hijacker ever to have visited Canada, in March 1999, according to this 2002 statement by FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Khalid al-Mihdhar: Saudi Arabian, resided in Yemen.  Applied for and received a one-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 13th, 2001.  Arrived in the United States on July 4th, 2001; port of entry John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport, NY, from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Majed Moqed:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 20th, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on May 2nd, 2001; port of entry Washington/Dulles Intl. Airport, DC, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

Nawaf al-Hazmi:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a one-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on April 3rd, 1999.  Subsequent visa extension approved through January 2001.  Arrived in the United States on January 15th, 2000; port of entry Los Angeles Intl. Airport, CA, from Bangkok, Thailand.

Salem al-Hazmi:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 20th, 2001.  Arrived in the United States on June 29th, 2001; port of entry John F. Kennedy Intl. Airport, NY, from Dubai, UAE (via Zurich, Switerzland).

UNITED AIRLINES 93
Pennsylvania

Ziad Jarrah:  Lebanese, resided in Germany.  Applied for and received a five-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US embassy in Berlin on May 25h, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on June 27th, 2000; port of entry Newark/Liberty Intl. Airport, NJ, from Düsseldorf, Germany.

Ahmad al-Haznawi:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on November 12th, 2001.  Arrived in the United States on June 8th, 2001; port of entry Miami Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

Ahmed al-Nami:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on October 28th, 2000 (and again on April 23rd, 2001).  Arrived in the United States on May 28th, 2001; port of entry Miami Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

Saeed al-Ghamdi:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on September 4th, 2000 (and again on June 12th, 2001).  Arrived in the United States on June 27th, 2001; port of entry Orlando Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

UNITED AIRLINES 175
South Tower of the World Trade Center

Marwan al-Shehhi:  Emirati.  Applied for and received a ten-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Dubai, UAE, on January 18th, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on May 29th, 2000; port of entry Newark/Liberty Intl. Airport, NJ, from Brussels, Belgium.

Fayez Banihammad:  Emirati.  Applied for and received a B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on June 18th, 2001.  Arrived in the United States on June 27th, 2001; port of entry Orlando Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

Mohand al-Shehri:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 23rd, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on May 28th, 2001; port of entry Miami Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

Hamza al-Ghamdi:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 17th, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on May 28th, 2001; port of entry Miami Intl. Airport, FL, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

Ahmed al-Ghamdi:  Saudi Arabian.  Applied for and received a two-year B-1/B-2 (tourist/business) multiple-entry visa via US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on September 3rd, 2000.  Arrived in the United States on May 2nd, 2001; port of entry Washington/Dulles Intl. Airport, DC, from Dubai, UAE (via London, UK).

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So that’s the who’s who of September 11th hijackers.  None of whom were Canadian citizens, applied for US visas from Canada, or first entered the United States on flights originating from Canada.  One of them did visit Canada once, in March of 1999.

You can do your own research, if you wish, by examining the 9/11 Commission’s Monograph on 9/11 and Terrorist Travel, and also the notes and citations to their final report.

I have great respect for Senator McCain’s prior uniformed service, and his harrowing, horrible time in North Vietnam’s POW system, but past laurels in no way excuse current stupidity.

RELATED:  Mark Steyn gets the spirit right, but the facts slightly wrong.  If we are to believe FBI Director Mueller’s 2002 remarks, Hani Hanjour did visit Canada, after he had been granted a US visa (on November 2nd, 1997 at the US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) and entered the United States for the third time (on November 16th, 1997).

FUN FACT:  In case you missed it in all that verbiage above, Hani Hanjour’s first recorded visit to the United States was in 1991, when his brother Abulrahman arranged for him to take English courses in … Tucson, Arizona!

* None of the above should be interpreted as derogatory to the people of the fine state of Arizona.  Unless you are a politician of same; then I am 100% sure you’re retarded.

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