She was checking First Class, Platinum and Gold Card members and doesn't recall any Arab sounding names nor does she mention Barbara Olson (though I wish I could understand just how famous Ms Olson was at that time)
ok, so i hadnt realized this before, but barbara olson was indeed a well-known face and name around dc AND especially so around 9/11. in the weeks leading up to it, in fact thru most of the summer, olson had been on television discussing the disappearance of chandra levy and congressman condit's possible guilt (documentation below). im not sure how big the news was nationally, but around the dc metro area (inside "the beltway" so-to-speak), levy's absence dominated the airwaves and local gossip. im sure a substantial contingent of locals around here were privy to her tv appearances, and given the frequency of such appearances, barbara olson's face/persona would have been more common and recognizable than it had ever been prior. so if she was ever in the public terminals at dulles on 9/11, someone would definitely have remembered it. yes - its debateable - would such a witness bother making their encounter known publicly? i believe that at least one would, but so far none have.
barb on august 20,2001 on larry king, talking about condit and levy:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/sear...=clnk&gl=us
and on august 29,2001:http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/sear...=clnk&gl=us
some notable excerpts:
OLSON: Oh, I think Chandra Levy will be found. You know, no one disappears into thin air. Someone saw something, besides the people responsible. It just always happens. It just hasn't clicked, or for whatever reason, the person hasn't come forward. I think there are clues that will be put together...
GERAGOS: Exactly. You're not going to ever find him (now refering to Jimmy Hoffa). You don't know where he is. You don't know where he is.
Barbara does. She's got some clues.
OLSON: I think we can all agree that Hoffa was a very professional job.
KING: Oh, very. Now you're saying same thing here?
OLSON: Well, we don't know. I mean, I don't think it is the kind of level that Jimmy Hoffa was. We know that was done in a very professional way. The body was never going to be found. For all we know Chandra Levy was fine one minute and disappeared the next minute, and it was in Washington, D.C. I don't think she was on a train, despite what GARY CONDIT thought. And so I think somebody saw something. Washington is a city where people see things all the time.
this blogger had some gripes about olson's lack of investigational and researching skills in regards to the levy case, but the point he makes is actually relevant to olson on 9/11:http://www.dailyhowler.com/h072301_1.shtml
23 July 2001
Our current howler: Train wreck
-Synopsis: When Barbara Olson studied Amtrak, all (rail)roads led straight back to sex.
-Commentary by Barbara Olson, Larry King, Nancy Grace
Larry King Live, CNN, 7/20/01
-Commentary by Susan Levy
The Today Show, NBC, 5/17/01
-Missing Intern’s Family Asks Condit for Help
Petula Dvorak and Allan Lengel, The Washington Post, 6/15/01
Pursuit of the facts
A former prosecutor, Olson is strangely unskilled when it comes to pursuit of simple facts. In this instance, she’s done some nosing around about Southwest Airlines. "Southwest Airlines," she reports to King, "seems like they do fly not into San Francisco but Oakland." We couldn’t help chuckling at Olson’s construction. It "seems" that Southwest goes into Oakland? She makes it sound like the airline’s operations are some sort of closely-held corporate secret. You have to check with shadowy sources, and even then you’re not sure of the facts.
In reality, Southwest Airlines now publishes "schedules," which it hands out at airports and has placed on the web. As it turns out, Southwest does indeed fly into Oakland, as Olson has heard from her unnamed sources. But it also flies into Sacramento—a straight shot up Route 5 from Modesto (see road maps, published by Rand McNally)—and Southwest flies into San Jose, the closest site to Levy’s home.
Life on the streets
Olson is weak at pursuit of the facts, but she also seems to lack those key street smarts. To Olson, Southwest Airlines just doesn’t smell right. "That doesn’t seem like the kind of travel she (chandra levy) would take to go back home to see her parents," Olson says. "She would fly closer in." Surely, no one familiar with life on this planet will need to be told just how stupid this is. In today’s world, people go ten states out of their way to take advantage of Southwest's fares. Apparently, Olson has been lounging on corporate jets for so long she doesn’t know how the great unwashed do it. King might as well revive Piltdown Man and let him discuss Levy's travel strategies...
So here's our question: Do you know anyone, anyone at all who knows less about her daily business than Olson knows about this case? Could normal people function like this? For example, what would happen to a real estate agent who knew next to nothing about her listings, and didn’t have the slightest idea how she might find out? A normal person couldn't survive in Olson's total know-nothing state.
But Olson isn't a normal person, she's an important national figure, offering nightly commentary on one of our most influential TV shows. And, despite her ignorance of basic facts, she constantly insinuates that a public figure has actually committed a murder! It's hard to believe that such repulsive conduct would be tolerated for a minute in any other sector. Why in the world does Larry King keep pundits like this on his show?
btw - here for instance is another recollection i found:http://blog.a9e.org/2001_09_01_archive.html
Then the Pentagon attack. Dear God, why? (Flashbacks to reading that awful Clancy novel about the Japanese flying a plane into the Capitol during a SotU speech, killing most of the government.) Someone reports that Barbara Olson was on the Pentagon plane! My parents and I just met her husband, the solicitor general, just a few months ago in DC!!! FUCKING HELL!!!
-and this guy only met her husband! yet he recalls it as a result of the 9/11 news, and even goes as far as to share it publicly. but we still havent any (publicly shared) barbara olson sightings at dulles on 9/11, and given how "famous" she was at the time i still find it hard to believe - cuz frankly i dont think she ever stepped foot into the public terminals there.