With all due respect to my good attorney friend Bob Dunn, I think his client — radio man Abdallah Higazy — has a bunch of explaining to do about his role in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Many of us are suspicious of Higazy not only because he was in the Millenium hotel on the day in question (which had a great view of the World Trade Center), but because he had a pilot's air-to-ground radio in his room and because he's Egyptian.

My friend Bob Dunn might argue that I am slipping into a reactionary state of racial profiling if I think Higazy's nationality, or ethnicity, is an element in play. But it is and here's why: Mohammed Atta.

Most all of Atta's associates on the ill-fated, hijacked jetliners were Saudis, but he was an Egyptian… and so is Higazy.

Higazy needs to explain why he had a pilot's air-to-ground or air to air radio, which allows a person to communicate with a pilot at the helm of an aircraft. It doesn't help that he initially lied about it either. But the fact that he is an Egyptian is also important, and qualifies him as the subject of a serious investigation.

Who are his friends? With whom has he come into contact? Where has he traveled? Has he been to Germany? Has he been in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan?

These questions may have answers that earn him a release and a quick trip home, but they may also qualify him for a fair-and-square U.S. federal trial. And if he gets one of those, he will need my friend Bob Dunn very badly.

Just because his lawyer is my friend doesn't mean I think he is innocent. I think Higazy has a bunch of suspicious circumstances in his life. Considering his proximity to the event, considering his ability to communicate with those planes if he wanted to, and considering his nationality and potential association with the hijackers, I think the U.S. attorney has an obligation to look into his past. If there is any reason to charge him with conspiracy, then charge him and let's have us a trial.

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