We should care when a fake university provides a diploma to a man who housed two of the 9/11 hijackers. We should care when respected media outlets like the LA Times report without questioning that the man is a Professor who housed the two hijackers as "students." We should care when that "Professor" makes repeated and false claims that he was never an FBI Informant, even though it's been proven he was.
Of course, somebody does care...
Hopsicker's newest investigation lead him to San Diego to find out what he could about Abdussattar Shaikh, a man called "the best chance to uncover the September 11 plot before it happened" by the Joint Congressional 9/11 Intelligence Committee.
What Hopsicker discovered is that "Professor" Shaikh obtained his degree from a bogus university; one of many mail-drop-only diploma mills in San Diego.
After visiting the various locations around San Diego where he was said to have worked, we discovered that Abdussattar Shaikh never taught at San Diego State, nor been a Professor of English, and possesses a phony PhD from a bogus diploma mill run by people with U.S. military and intelligence connections, and the University for which he was said to be a vice president for international projects does not, in fact, exist.
American Commonwealth University not only didn't exist at the time it was claimed Shaikh was a Vice President there, but it had been closed down by state regulators. In its place had sprung up any number of new "universities," usually owned by a revolving cast of the same characters. Why does it matter if the man was a Professor or not?
Let's see. He housed two of the hijackers. Three other suspected terrorists rented rooms in his home, and were later arrested in connection with the War on Terror. At least three of his neighbors identified Mohammad Atta to the FBI as being a visitor in his home. He stated repeatedly that he had never been an informant for the FBI, which has been proven a lie. Before that, he was partners with another confidential FBI informant in a hotel venture in San Diego. That venture was described by a former manager as an operation designed specifically to house foreign students of bogus universities. His advanced degree standing, professorship, and false positions at non-existent universities were reported in the media with a straight face and no further investigation. The false universities which he "attended" were formerly named after and supported by former military officials -- officials so prominent in GOP fundraising circles that Governor Pete Wilson stepped in personally to try and keep the universities from being shut down.
As I said earlier, you can view Hopsicker as you will: an investigative journalist with a nose for sniffing out crucial witnesses and information, or a wannabe Maury Povich sensationalizing tragedy and refusing to let innocent fake Professors get on with their lives. One thing we ought to do before we make those judgments is take a look at what he's uncovered.