DAN RATHER: "Some evil is just … it can't be explained."
DAVID LETTERMAN: "Are these people happy? Are they joyous now? Are they celebrating? Thank God?"
DAN RATHER: "Oh absolutely, they're celebrating. There's one report, this has not been confirmed but there is several eye[witness] reports that there was a cell, one of these cells across the Hudson River. And they got on the … this is the report and I emphasize that I don't know this for a fact but there's several witnesses who say this happened. They got on the roof of a building to look across, they knew what was gonna happen. They were waiting for it to happen and when it happened they celebrated. They jumped for joy."
In the days after 9/11, while Ground Zero continued to smoulder, millions heard Dan Rather and various media outlets repeat vague and unconfirmed reports of arrests that took place that day. These rumors held that Middle Eastern men, presumably Arabs, were arrested in explosive-packed vans in various places around the city on September 11th, and that some had even been photographing and celebrating those events. What most do not realize is that those reports were not mere rumors, and we now have thousands of pages of FBI, CIA and DOJ reports documenting those arrests.
MARIA: "I grabbed my binoculars and I'm trying to look at the Twin Towers but what caught my attention was down there I see this van parked and I see 3 guys on top of the van. They seemed to be taking a movie and I could see that they were like happy and laughing. They didn't look shocked to me, you know what I mean? They didn't look shocked."
The men were spotted shortly after 8:46 AM, yet somehow at this early stage, just minutes after the first plane strike on the World Trade Center, they were already positioned in a parking lot in Liberty State Park, taking pictures of the towers and celebrating. They left the scene shortly after being spotted and at 3:31 PM the FBI issued an all points bulletin advising officers in the Greater New York area to be on the lookout for a "White, 2000 Chevrolet van…with 'Urban Moving Systems' sign on back."
At 3:56 PM, the van was spotted traveling eastward on State Route 3 in New Jersey and pulled over by Officer Scott DeCarlo and Sgt. Dennis Rivelli of the East Rutherford police department. Inside they found five men: Sivan Kurzberg and his brother, Paul, Yaron Shmuel, Oded Ellner, and Omar Marmari.
BERNICE STEGERS: "A major terrorist man-hunt began and, just 6 hours after the attack, the van was stopped at a roadblock by patrolman Scott De Carlo."
SCOTT De CARLO: "We were asked to detain the van and the passengers. They were just removed from the vehicle, patted down for safety precautions and detained.
"I think once the FBI arrived, one of them stated that they were on our side or something to that effect."
(SOURCE: The 9/11 Conspiracies – Ch 4)
According to the police report of the incident, Sivan Kurzberg told Officer DeCarlo: "We are Israeli. We are not your problem. Your problems are our problems. The Palestinians are the problem."
Their official story: they were just Israeli tourists working for a moving company who had heard about the first World Trade Center strike and rushed to get a better view of the events.