The Virginian-Pilot newspaper obtained the documents, which were used to justify the arrests of five suspects in the Norfolk area Tuesday. Those five were among more than 58 people arrested in 13 states that day.
Documents say the visa scheme centered around paying impostors to take college entrance exams. The English test is required by many colleges and universities as proof that foreign students are complying with the terms of student visas under which they entered the country.
The newspaper reported Thursday that materials seized in northern Virginia also included a Federal Aviation Administration flight manual, photos of men posing outside the trade center and an aerial view photograph of the Pentagon. It said another suspect, who lived in Norfolk, had a CD-ROM with the words "Gainesville" and "flight school" on it.
The items were found into a car left behind by a former Old Dominion University student when he returned to Saudi Arabia. After Saeed M. Alhajri, 27, left, his roommates loaded his belongings into the 1992 Mitsubishi.
The FBI and other agencies are investigating whether any of the individuals had ties to the terrorist attacks or connections to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.
The court documents were filed in connection with the arrests of suspects in what prosecutors called a nationwide ring that used stand-ins to fraudulently take English-language proficiency exams for 130 foreign students. Passing the exams would allow them to stay in the United States legally.
Among the other items seized in northern Virginia, the Pilot reported, were phone listings containing locations of oil refineries; a date book that contained the Sept. 11 entry and, in poor spelling, the words "Trackd the World Trade Center or the Pentagon trackd for the plaen;" a book identifying commercial airliners; and videos titled "Incredible Air Disasters" and "Incredible Water Disasters."
The court records did not identify the location of the home or its occupant.
Federal prosecutors in New Jersey said more than 130 individuals are involved in the test scheme, and more arrests are expected. The case is being handled in New Jersey because the test is run by a Princeton firm.
Spokesmen for U.S. Attorney's Offices in New Jersey and Virginia declined to comment on the search warrants.
Meanwhile, a top Senate Democrat charged the Justice Department and CIA have not provided congressional investigators adequate access to documents and witnesses for a probe into intelligence failures related to the Sept. 11 attack.
"We've been having some difficulty getting the level of access to information and potential witnesses that we had been led to believe before we started this that we would have," Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham told reporters.
Graham said he would bring the issue up with Attorney General John Ashcroft, and also with CIA Director George Tenet.
The Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees are conducting a joint investigation into the failure to detect the plot that led to the Sept. 11 attacks.