Fresh Clues Along The Money Trail

Why did Mohamed Atta, the suspected ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks, fly the day before from New York to Portland, Maine? The answer may be getting clearer in the wake of the feds' domestic shutdown last week of Al-Barakaat, a financial network based in Dubai--with at least six U.S. storefronts--accused of financing Osama bin Laden. The purported purpose of the U.S. sites was for Somali emigres to wire money back home. But two senior Bush Administration officials tell TIME that bin Laden was an Al-Barakaat founder and that Al-Barakaat's chief, Ahmed Nur Ali Jamale, steered money--possibly tens of millions of...

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