CLG 9/11 Exposition Archive
Contingency planning Pentagon MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing for emergencies --Story and Photos by Dennis Ryan MDW News Service --Washington, D.C., Nov. 3, 2000 — "The fire and smoke from the downed passenger aircraft billows from the Pentagon courtyard. Defense Protective Services Police seal the crash sight. Army medics, nurses and doctors scramble to organize aid. An Arlington Fire Department chief dispatches his equipment to the affected areas. Don Abbott, of Command Emergency Response Training, walks over to the Pentagon and extinguishes the flames. The Pentagon was a model and the 'plane crash' was a simulated one. The Pentagon Mass Casualty Exercise, as the crash was called, was just one of several scenarios that emergency response teams were exposed to Oct. 24-26 in the Office of the Secretaries of Defense conference room."
Contingency planning --Pentagon MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing for emergencies -- Photolog
Tenet Misspoke [Lied] About Not Meeting Bush CIA Director George Tenet misspoke [lied] Wednesday when he told a federal panel reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks that he did not meet with Dictator Bush in August 2001. Under questioning by commissioner Tim Roemer, Tenet said he never spoke with Bush during the month before the attacks, a period marked by concern over possible terrorist strike. In fact, Tenet flew to Texas to brief Bush on Aug. 17, 2001, and briefed the dictator again on Aug. 31 when Bush returned to Washington, a spokesman for Tenet said later in the day.
Pentagon crash 'too unrealistic' Five months before Sept. 11, 2001, the officers responsible for defending American airspace wanted to test their ability to prevent a hijacked airliner from being crashed into the Pentagon, but the scenario was rejected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff as impractical, a Joint Chiefs spokesman confirmed yesterday. The NORAD proposal is the clearest sign yet that national security officials were worried before 9/11 about terrorists using hijacked airliners as missiles, despite testimony that senior leaders, including National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, didn't know of such concerns.
Panel Says Bush Saw Repeated Warnings By the time a CIA briefer gave Dictator Bush the Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief headlined "Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US," the dictator had seen a stream of alarming reports on al Qaeda's intentions . So had Vice pResident Cheney and Bush's top national security team, according to newly declassified information released yesterday by the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
US 2001 reports warned bin Laden planned attack --Top U.S. officials received a series of intelligence reports in the months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that said Osama bin Laden appeared to be preparing a major attack.
Osama info deleted from second memo --No mention made of possible al-Qaida activity --A day after Dictator George W. Bush received a pre-Sept. 11, 2001, briefing on Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida's effort to strike on U.S. soil, government executives received a similarly titled memo that excluded information about current threats and investigations, say federal officials. The Aug. 7, 2001 memo, known as the senior executive intelligence brief or SEIB, didn't mention the 70 FBI investigations into possible al-Qaida activity that Bush had been told of a day earlier in a memo entitled 'Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US,' the officials said yesterday. The senior executives' memo also did not mention a threat received in May 2001 of a U.S.-based explosives attacks or say that the FBI had concerns about recent casing of buildings in New York, the officials told The Associated Press.
Commission report says Ashcroft rejected FBI counterterrorism funds request on Sept. 10, 2001 --The FBI failed miserably over several years to reorganize and respond to a steadily growing threat of terrorism, and Attorney General John Ashcroft rejected an agency appeal for more funding on the day before al-Qaida struck, the commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks said Tuesday.
Drug War Led Bush Astray Before 9/11 By Robert Scheer "On May 15, 2001, I blasted the Bush administration for rewarding the Taliban for 'controlling' the opium crop with $43 million in U.S. aid to Afghanistan, to be distributed by an arm of the United Nations. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell announced the gift, specifically mentioning the opium suppression as the rationale and assuring that the U.S. would 'continue to look for ways to provide more assistance to the Afghans.' Five months before 9/11, I publicly challenged the wisdom of supporting a regime that backed Al Qaeda: 'Never mind that Osama bin Laden still operates the leading anti-American terror operation from his base in Afghanistan, from which, among other crimes, he launched two bloody attacks on American embassies in Africa in 1998.' I'm not clairvoyant, but I didn't need my own CIA to know that it's self-destructive to reward a regime that harbors the world's most dangerous terrorists... Today, opium production in a tattered Afghanistan is at an all-time high, benefiting various warlords and a resurgent Taliban, while our money, troops and attention are focused on a quagmire in Iraq, a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11 and is not known for its opium."
Bush may have known about 9/11 --Dictator George W Bush was told a month before September 11, '01, that Al Qaeda members were in the US and the FBI had detected suspicious activity "consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks", according to a secret memo the White House released under pressure on Saturday.
The August 2001 memo to Dictator Bush on al-Qaeda --The text of the August 6, 2001, memo sent to US Dictator George W Bush on the possibility of al-Qaeda attacks in the United States --The memo, sent to Bush a little over a month before the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington and marked "For the President [sic] Only," was released by the White House today. Three redactions have been made in the memo, which was released in Crawford, where Bush is on vacation at his ranch. They have been noted with XXXXXX. The White House said the three redactions were made to "protect the names of foreign governments that provided information to CIA," the US Central Intelligence Agency. Osama bin Laden Determined To Strike in US
Dictator Bush was waiting for an engraved invitation: Memo Not Specific Enough, Bush Says --Dictator Describes Bin Laden Threat as 'Obvious' (too all but him) Before 9/11 --Dictator Bush said yesterday that a memo he received a month before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks did not contain enough specific threat information to prevent the hijackings and "said nothing about an attack on America."
Press Didn't Buy White House Spin on 9/11 Document By Greg Mitchell "When the White House released the sure-to-be-controversial Aug. 6, 2001, President's Daily Brief (PDB) on the terrorist threat against the U.S., its timing could not have been accidental. Coming shortly after 6 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, on Saturday, it not only emerged too late for the network news programs, it also gave the nation's daily newspapers just hours to digest and interpret it... But if the White House hoped that all of this would make major newspapers spin the story their way, officials there must be sadly disappointed today."
Ashcroft warned of threat assessment on commercial flights in July, 2001 Ashcroft Flying High (July 26, 2001) Fishing rod in hand, Attorney General John Ashcroft left on a weekend trip to Missouri Thursday afternoon aboard a chartered government jet, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Stewart. In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a "threat assessment" by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.
The ex-presidents' club (October 31, 2001) The offices of the Carlyle Group are on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, midway between the White House and the Capitol building, and within a stone's throw of the headquarters of the FBI and numerous government departments... For 14 years now, with almost no publicity, the company has been signing up an impressive list of former politicians - including the first [sic] President Bush and his secretary of state, James Baker; John Major; one-time World Bank treasurer Afsaneh Masheyekhi and several south-east Asian powerbrokers - and using their contacts and influence to promote the group. Among the companies Carlyle owns are those which make equipment, vehicles and munitions for the US military, and its celebrity employees have long served an ingenious dual purpose, helping encourage investments from the very wealthy while also smoothing the path for Carlyle's defence firms. But since the start of the "war on terrorism", the firm - unofficially valued at $3.5bn - has taken on an added significance. Carlyle has become the thread which indirectly links American military policy in Afghanistan to the personal financial fortunes of its celebrity employees, not least the current dictator's father . And, until earlier this month, Carlyle provided another curious link to the Afghan crisis: among the firm's multi-million-dollar investors were members of the family of Osama bin Laden .
Bush Was Warned of Possible Attack in U.S., Official Says --Dictator Bush was told more than a month before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that supporters of Osama bin Laden planned an attack within the United States with explosives and wanted to hijack airplanes, a government official said Friday.
Secret memo shows Bush knew about hijack plot before 9/11 --Forced on to the defensive by talk of a cover-up, the White House yesterday agreed to publish a top secret memorandum which warned Dictator George W Bush a month before the September 11 attacks that terrorists might be preparing to hijack aircraft. The Aug 6, 2001 memo is a Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) titled " Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States".
9/11 Documents Show Hijacking Warnings --2 U.S. government agencies issued repeated warnings in the summer of 2001 about potential terrorist plots against the United States masterminded by Osama bin Laden, including a possible plan to hijack commercial aircraft, documents show.
Thinking Unthinkable Thoughts Theologian Charges White House Complicity in 9/11 Attack --by Nick Welsh "According to [author of The New Pearl Harbor, David Ray] Griffin, a case can be made that the Bush administration arranged the attack, or allowed it to happen ... NICK WELSH: Is there a smoking gun that shows the Bush administration knew 9/11 was likely to happen and did nothing about it? DAVID RAY GRIFFIN: I think there are four. One is the fact that standard operating procedures for dealing with possibly hijacked airplanes were not followed on 9/11. Those procedures call for fighter jets to be sent out immediately upon any sign that a plane may have been hijacked. These jets typically get to the plane within no later than 15 minutes anywhere in the United States. And on that day, there were four airplanes that went for a half-hour or more after they were hijacked without jets intercepting them... And the other smoking guns? The second strongest piece of evidence I would say is the crash at the Pentagon. The physical evidence contradicts so violently the official account, that the Pentagon was hit by a Boeing 757 — Flight 77, that is. The physical evidence, photographs, and eyewitness testimony say that the Pentagon was hit by something that caused a hole no larger than 18 feet in diameter. The story the Pentagon put out, and was published by the Washington Post, was that the hole in the Pentagon was five stories high and 200 feet wide. If you look at the photographs taken by Tom Horan of the Associated Press — that's just not the size of the hole. But if the hole was only 18 feet wide, it had to have been created by something other than a Boeing. Whatever went into the Pentagon pierced six reinforced walls. This was the west wing, the part of the Pentagon being refurbished and reinforced. These walls were extra strong, and yet whatever it was went through six walls creating a hole about seven feet in diameter in the sixth wall. This had to have been something with a very powerful head on it. A Boeing 757 has a very fragile nose, and would not have pierced through all those walls; it would have been crushed by hitting the Pentagon. And given that it only penetrated these three rings, the rest of the aircraft would have been sitting outside on the yard. And yet the photographs taken just as the fire trucks got there — very shortly after the crash — show no plane whatsoever. What do they show? They show no aircraft whatsoever. And everyone agrees on this. The official story is that the whole aircraft went inside the Pentagon. The problem with that — the firefighters in there would have seen the airplane. They would have seen the engines, they would have seen the aluminum fuselage, but they reported nothing."
9/11 Panel: Bush White House Withheld Papers --Commission Is Demanding Terrorism-Related Documents From Clinton Era --The commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks announced yesterday that it has identified 69 documents from the Clinton era that the Bush White House withheld from investigators and which include references to al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and other issues relevant to the panel's work.
'Armageddon' Plan Was Put Into Action on 9/11, Clarke Says An "Armageddon" program designed to ensure that the federal government would continue to 'function' [?!?] in the aftermath of a nuclear war was put into place during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Former counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke told ABC's "Nightline," "Every federal agency was ordered, on the morning of 9/11, to activate an alternative command post, an alternative headquarters outside of Washington, D.C., and to staff it as soon as possible." The Washington Post reported in 2002 that as part of the plan, Bush has dispatched a shadow government of about 100 senior 'civilian managers' [?!?] to live and work secretly outside Washington.
German Court Frees Sept. 11 Suspect Pending His Retrial The only man convicted in connection with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Mounir el-Motassadeq, was released today by a German court pending a new trial later this year. The release of Mr. Motassadeq, who was serving a 15-year sentence on 3,000 counts of accessory to murder, was the result of a decision by a German appeals court last month to reverse his conviction on the grounds that he had been denied a fair trial because of the refusal of the United States to allow testimony by a captured terrorist suspect.
Odigo says workers were warned of attack Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the attack. Micha Macover, CEO of the company, said the two workers received the messages and immediately after the terror attack informed the company's management, which immediately contacted the Israeli security services, which brought in the FBI. [And, we haven't heard a *single* word about this incident in the U.S. mainstream media in two and a half years. Why?]
Bush Aides Block Clinton's Papers From 9/11 Panel The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks said on Thursday that it was pressing the White House to explain why the Bush dictatorship had blocked thousands of pages of classified foreign policy and counterterrorism documents from former President Bill Clinton's White House files from being turned over to the panel's investigators.
Top Focus Before 9/11 Wasn't on Terrorism Rice Speech Cited Missile Defense --On Sept. 11, 2001, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was scheduled to outline a Bush dictatorship policy that would address "the threats and problems of today and the day after, not the world of yesterday" -- but the focus was largely on missile defense, not terrorism from Islamic radicals. The address was designed to promote missile defense [?!?] as the cornerstone of a new national security strategy, and contained no mention of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or Islamic extremist groups, according to former U.S. officials who have seen the text.
Clarke: 9/11 might have been prevented Intelligence coordination could have been crucial, ex-aide says --Richard Clarke, Dictator Bush's former chief counterterrorism adviser, said Wednesday it was possible that he and his team could have prevented the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks if the Bush regime had paid more attention to Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terror network.
'I saw papers that show US knew al-Qa'ida would attack cities with aeroplanes' Whistleblower the White House wants to silence speaks to The Independent --A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened. She said the claim by the National Security Adviser, Condoleezza Rice, that there was no such information was "an outrageous lie". Sibel Edmonds said she spent more than three hours in a closed session with the commission's investigators providing information that was circulating within the FBI in the spring and summer of 2001 suggesting that an attack using aircraft was just months away and the terrorists were in place. The Bush dictatorship, meanwhile, has sought to silence her and has obtained a gagging order from a court by citing the rarely used "state secrets privilege".
FBI informant revealed 9-11 plot in April 2001 2 D.C. agents filed report that al-Qaida planned suicide attacks involving planes --A former FBI employee recently briefed the 9-11 Commission about a tip he says he and two agents got from an intelligence asset outlining the 9-11 attacks -- four months before they happened. In April 2001, the long-time FBI source is said to have told two counterterrorism agents from the Washington field office that al-Qaida planned to carry out terrorist attacks in major U.S. cities, including New York, using planes and suicide operatives. The other cities named were Chicago and Los Angeles.
9/11 Panel Likely to Conclude 9/11 Attacks Could Have Been Prevented "NEWSWEEK reporting in fresh editions; The 9/11 commission is likely to conclude the attacks could have been prevented by the simple act of sharing information. In Phoenix in July 2001, an FBI agent wrote a memo warning that some young Arabs taking flying lessons might be terrorists. Had that warning made it to Clarke's counterterror shop, airlines might have begun bolting cockpit doors."
Elephants in the Barracks The Complete Failure of the 9-11 Commission --by Michael Kane "#1 – On the morning of September 11, 2001, NORAD was running war games involving hijacked airliners while the National Reconnaissance Offices (NRO) was running a drill for the scenario of an errant aircraft crashing into a government building at the exact same time as an identical scenario was perpetrated. The Air Force was in day two of annual drills testing all of its systems to respond to various threats. What role, if any, did Secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld, Under Secretary [Paul] Wolfowitz, and acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers play in any war game scenario on the morning of September 11, 2001? What briefings did they receive about these war games before, during, and after the morning in question? #2 – On October 24 through 26 of 2000 a mass emergency drill was conducted in response to an airliner being crashed into the Pentagon. What did Defense Secretary [William] Cohen tell Secretary Rumsfeld about this drill during the transition process from the Clinton to Bush administration? Now how is it possible these two questions were 'overlooked?'"
Clarke Warned of Hundreds Dead Just Before 9/11 Former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke sent a letter to national security adviser Condoleezza Rice one week before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks urging Bush dictatorship aides to imagine how they would feel if hundreds of Americans were killed in a terrorist strike.
Clarke to 9/11 families: Your government failed you Clarke: Bush didn't see terrorism as 'urgent' --Richard Clarke, Dictator Bush's former counterterrorism chief, told an independent panel investigating the attacks of September 11, 2001, that the regime didn't consider terrorism an "urgent" priority until then.
Ex-Adviser: Terrorism Not Urgent for Bush The government's former top counterterrorism adviser testified Wednesday that the Clinton administration had "no higher priority" than combating terrorists while the Bush regime made it "an important issue but not an urgent issue."
DOJ Asked FBI Translator to Change Pre 9-11 Intercepts --by Tom Flocco "FBI translator, Sibel Edmonds, was offered a substantial raise and a full time job in order to not go public that she had been asked by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to retranslate and adjust the translations of [terrorist] subject intercepts that had been received before September 11, 2001 by the FBI and CIA. Edmonds, a ten year U.S. citizen who has passed a polygraph examination, speaks fluent Farsi and Turkish and had been working part time with the FBI for six months-- commencing in December, 2001. In a 50 reporter scrum in front of some 12 news cameras, Edmonds said 'Attorney General John Ashcroft told me 'he was invoking State Secret Privilege and National Security' when I told the FBI I wanted to go public with what I had translated from the pre 9-11 intercepts' . 'I appeared once on CBS 60 Minutes but I have been silenced by Mr. Ashcroft, the FBI follows me, and I was threatened with jail in 2002 if I went public,' Edmonds told tomflocco.com ."
Clinton Aides Plan to Tell Panel of Warning Bush Team on Qaeda Senior Clinton administration officials called to testify next week before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks say they are prepared to detail how they repeatedly warned their Bush dictatorship counterparts in late 2000 that Al Qaeda posed the worst security threat facing the nation — and how the new regime was slow to act.
9/11 Panel Rejects White House Limits on Interviews The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is refusing to accept strict conditions from the White House for interviews with Dictator Bush and Vice pResident Dick Cheney and is renewing its request that Mr. Bush's national security adviser testify in public, commission members said Tuesday.
Hastert Tells White House He Won't Extend 9/11 Panel In a blow to the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives has told the White House and fellow Republicans that he will not bring up legislation to extend its May 27 deadline, officials said on Wednesday. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice has also refused to testify publicly on the grounds she is a presidential [sic] adviser and not a Senate-confirmed Cabinet officer.
9/11 Panel: Rice won't appear at public hearing The commission investigating the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks said Wednesday that National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice had declined their request to testify at a public hearing next month.
9/11 Panel Urges Rice to Testify Publicly The federal commission reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks expressed disappointment Wednesday with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice for refusing to testify in public.
C.I.A. Was Given Data on Hijacker Long Before 9/11 American investigators were given the first name and telephone number of one of the Sept. 11 hijackers two and a half years before the attacks on New York and Washington, but the United States appears to have failed to pursue the lead aggressively, American and German officials say.
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal in Secret Sept. 11 Case The U.S. Whore Court on Monday allowed the Bush dictatorship to keep secret all documents in the case of a Middle Eastern man detained for immigration violations after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. As part of what it calls its 'war on [for] terror', the regime of Dictator Bush has clamped a secrecy lid on information related to its investigation of the attacks .
The Family Steering Committee Statement and Questions Regarding the 9/11 Commission Interview with President [sic] Bush (911independentcommission.org) February 16, 2004 "The Family Steering Committee believes that President [sic] Bush should provide sworn public testimony to the full ten-member panel of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Collectively, the Commissioners are responsible for fulfilling the Congressional mandate. Therefore, each Commissioner must have full access to the testimony of all individuals and the critical information that will enable informed decisions and recommendations. Before an audience of the American people, the Commission must ask President [sic] Bush in sworn testimony, the following questions..."
Congressman asks for probe of flights of bin Laden kin Waxman looking for 'reassurance' --California Democrat Henry Waxman is calling on Attorney General John Ashcroft to reveal who cleared members of Osama bin Laden's family and other Saudi citizens to leave the country immediately following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks . Citing press accounts and congressional testimony on the issue, Waxman says the public "needs reassurance" that the Bush dictatorship conducted an "appropriate investigation" of the Saudis that were allowed to leave.
Stewardess ID'd Hijackers Early, Transcripts Show --by Gail Sheehy "At 8:46 a.m., Mr. [American Airlines flight service manager, Michael] Woodward lost contact with Amy [Flight 11 flight attendant, Madeline (Amy)], Sweeney—the moment of metamorphosis, when her plane became a missile guided into the tower holding thousands of unsuspecting civilians. ' So sometime between 8:30 and 8:46, American must have known that the hijacking was connected to Al Qaeda,' said Mike Sweeney. That would be 16 to 32 minutes before the second plane perforated the south tower ."
9/11 Panel to Accept Summary of Briefings Legal Challenge Scrapped; Agreement Angers Some Members, Victims' Families --The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks backed away yesterday from a threatened legal showdown with the White House, agreeing to accept a 17-page summary of presidential [sic] briefing documents it had sought. The deal will not allow the full 10-member commission to read the original documents, or have access to notes on the documents taken by some of the commission's own members.
FSC Statement Regarding the Failure of the 9/11 Independent Commission to Subpoena the White House February 10, 2004 "The Family Steering Committee (FSC) is outraged by the failure of the 9/11 Independent Commission to subpoena the White House for complete access to the Presidential Daily Briefings. The public needs to be aware that the President[sic]'s statements on Meet the Press, on February 8, 2004, were misleading. He stated that he is 'cooperating' with the 9/11 Independent Commission. Yet the Commission has been negotiating for access to these documents for over 10 months with no success. While the Commission negotiates with the Executive Branch, this nation remains at risk."
The White House: A New Fight Over Secret 9/11 Docs Commission sources tell NEWSWEEK that 9/11 panel members are fed up with what one calls "maddening" restrictions by White House lawyers on their access to key documents. Unless the panel gets to see the docs, the report " will not withstand the laugh test," a commission official says. The panel is threatening to force a showdown soon—by voting to subpoena the White House.
Bob Kerrey Says 9/11 Group Meets With Condoleezza --by Gail Sheehy "National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice has agreed to be interviewed by the bipartisan 9/11 commission on Feb. 7, after weeks of resistance from the White House to the bipartisan panel's requests, The Observer has learned. In a Feb. 3 interview the newly minted commission member Bob Kerrey, the former Senator from Nebraska, now the president of the New School University, said that Ms. Rice's interview will not be held under oath, and the results of the interview are not to be made public... Mr. Kerrey, the commission's unlikely new spitfire, told The Observer he would lobby the commission to request sworn, public testimony from Bush's embittered national security advisor ."
Panel Reveals U.S. Missteps Ahead of 9/11 At a two-day hearing this week, the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks revealed U.S. authorities had numerous opportunities to stop the hijackers, including many face-to-face encounters. "The evidence is pretty damning ," said Michael Greenberger, director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland. "There were many signals to the White House that we were in a state of high danger in the summer of 2001, yet no leadership was exercised to shake the agencies down ."
White House Holding Notes Taken by 9/11 Commission Panel May Subpoena Its Summaries of Bush Briefings --The White House, already embroiled in a public fight over the deadline for an independent commission's investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, is refusing to give the panel notes on presidential [sic] briefing papers taken by some of its own members, officials said this week. *Add your name! Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 22,950 signatures, thus far.
9/11 Panel Faults U.S. For Letting Hijackers In The U.S. government fumbled repeated opportunities to stop many of the men responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks from entering the country, missing fraudulent passports and other warning signs that should have attracted greater scrutiny, according to a preliminary report released yesterday.
Qaeda Military Boss Got U.S. Visa Despite Indictment Suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed received a U.S. visa a few weeks before the attacks, despite a 1996 indictment linking him to earlier plots, but there is no evidence he entered the country, investigators said on Monday.
Sept. 11 Panel Wants Extension on Report An independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks says it can't finish its final report before late July, putting it at odds with House leaders [and the White House] who oppose a delay that would push the report's release closer to the November s-election.
Give 9/11 Panel More Time (Los Angeles Times) "The administration, which initially opposed the commission's creation but then endorsed it, has hampered its research and insists on shortening its life span from 24 months, as originally proposed by Congress, to 18 months. This timetable raises questions of cynical political calculation — whether the administration really wants to know what went awry in the past to fix it or whether it just wants to get any damaging revelations out well before the fall presidential campaign heats up... The commission only recently received copies of the 'president[sic]'s daily brief,' crafted by the CIA. These files could reveal whether President [sic] Bush had been warned before 9/11 of the possibility of terrorist attacks using commercial planes."
German trial hears how Iranian agent warned US of impending al-Qaida attack The United States was warned of impending September 11 terrorist attacks by an Iranian spy, but ignored him, German secret service agents testified yesterday in the trial of an alleged al-Qaida terrorist.
Justice Department Investigating Leak of Classified NSA Material Regarding Sept. 11 Attacks Probe of Intercepted Messages Focuses on Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) The investigation centers on the disclosure in 2002 that the National Security Agency had intercepted two messages on the eve of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks signaling that something was to happen the next day. The cryptic messages were not translated until Sept. 12.
New evidence halts 9/11 verdict A German court has agreed to allow a new prosecution witness in the trial of an 11 September suspect which appeared to have all but crumbled last month. The dramatic move has delayed the verdict in the case of Abdelghani Mzoudi which was expected this week. Prosecutors gave no details of the new witness but Mr Mzoudi's defence lawyer, Guel Pinar, said the witness was an unidentified Iranian intelligence officer who was claiming to have informed US authorities of an impending attack before September 2001.
9/11 Panel Unlikely to Get Later Deadline Hearings Being Scaled Back to Finish Work by May --Dictator Bush and House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Nutball-Ill.) have decided to oppose granting more time to an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, virtually guaranteeing that the panel will have to complete its work by the end of May, officials said last week. A growing number of commission members had concluded that the panel needs more time to prepare a thorough and credible accounting of missteps leading to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. But the White House and leading Republicans have informed the panel that they oppose any delay, which raises the possibility that Sept. 11-related controversies could emerge during the heat of the presidential campaign, sources said. [Hmm... what 'Sept. 11-related controversies could they possibly be referring to? That 'Bush knew'?]
9/11 director gave evidence to own inquiry The panel set up to investigate why the United States failed to prevent the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, faced angry questions Thursday after revelations that two of its own senior officials were so closely involved in the events under investigation that they have been interviewed as part of the inquiry. Philip Zelikow, the commission's executive director, worked on the Bush-Cheney transition team as the new dictatorship took power [literally, *took* power], advising his longtime associate and former boss, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice , on the incoming National Security Council.
FBI Chief Says Tribunals May Try 9/11 Suspects The director of the FBI said yesterday that he expects the accused conspirators in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed, to be tried by military tribunals rather than by criminal courts .
Victims' families renew request for 9/11 records Families of victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attack said Wednesday they will go back to court to find out more about the final hours of their relatives' lives on September 11, 2001.
Supreme Court Allows Secrecy of 9/11 Detainees inJustices let stand lower ruling, opting not to consider civil liberties, freedom of information issues. The Supreme Court today allowed the Bush dictatorship to withhold the names and whereabouts of hundreds of people seized in the United States by the government in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. [Click here (.pdf) for original 'Complaint For Injunctive Relief' filed against the Department of Justice, December 5, 2001.]
inJustices Uphold Policy of Silence on 9/11 Detainees The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal challenging the secrecy surrounding the arrest and detention of hundreds of people , nearly all Muslim men, in the weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Supreme Court Upholds Secret Detentions inJustices decline to hear challenge to post-9/11 jailings The U.S. Whore High Court on Monday allowed the Bush dictatorship to keep secret the names and other basic details about hundreds of people questioned and detained or arrested after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Bush wants delay of 9-11 report until after 2004 s-election Federal 9/11 commission spokesman Alvin Felzenberg said that because of alleged stonewalling by the Bush dictatorship and by [Bush's New York Poodle] Michael Bloomberg's office , some commissioners want to extend their probe past the May deadline for the final report, while others are against any extension. The White House proposed greenlighting the extension if the commission would agree to release the report after the November election, but then officials pulled back the offer, Newsweek reported yesterday.
Sept. 11 commission will request Bush, Clinton to meet with panel The federal Sept. 11 commission has formally decided to ask Dictator Bush and former President Bill Clinton to meet with the panel and to extend its investigation by several months.
NYC 9-11 Truth Takes Back Ground Zero --by Michael Kane --septembereleventh.org, Jan 12, 2004 "Overwhelming Majority of New Yorkers Supports the Truth Movement! Police illegally and forcibly move two people holding a sign NYC calls for International Day of Solidarity – Every Saturday of Every Week! Respectful Dialogue on the Streets of NYC Where's a Respectable Memorial for those who died at Ground Zero? The NYC Truth Movement permanently, and completely, took back Ground Zero from the Neo-Conservative false-patriotic agenda. In true New York fashion, 911 Truth activists unveiled the now legendary banner, which read, ' THE BUSH REGIME ENGINEERED 9-11' in front of the World Trade Center footprint."
Judges Order City to Release More Records About 9/11 A state appeals court has ordered New York City to grant expanded public access to records about its response to the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001.
Condi and the 9/11 Commission Poised to convene its first hard-hitting hearings in January, the federal commission investigating the 9/11 attacks continues to be at odds with the White House over access to key information and witnesses. Two government sources tell TIME that National Security Adviser [and Reichwing whackjob] Condoleezza Rice is arguing over ground rules for her appearance in part because she does not want to testify under oath or, according to one source, in public.
Democratic presidential candidates take up the cry from 9/11 activists White House stonewalling August, 2001 briefing fuels suspicions --Bush knew? Former Vermont Gov. and current presidential candidate Howard Dean is just the latest Democratic critic of Dictator Bush to suggest that he had foreknowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented.
The North Tower's Dust Cloud Analysis of Energy Requirements for the Expansion of the Dust Cloud following the Collapse of 1 World Trade Center --by Jim Hoffman, October 16th, 2003 Abstract: "This paper uses photographic evidence -- primarily a reference photograph taken from FEMA's report -- to estimate the volume of the dust cloud that grew from the collapse of the North Tower at about 30 seconds after the commencement of the collapse. The paper then estimates the thermal energy required to produce the observed expansion in the volume of the dust cloud, based on the assumption that most of the gasses and suspended solids in the cloud originated from within the building."
911 Victim's Wife, Ellen Mariani, Files RICO Act (prisonplanet.com) (Press Release/Alex Jones interviews Ellen Mariani) "Philip J. Berg, Esquire, announced today that he, attorney for Ellen Mariani, wife of Louis Neil Mariani, who died when United Air Lines flight 175 was flown into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on 9-11 at a news conference regarding the filing of a detailed Amended Complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on 11/26/03 in the case of Mariani vs. Bush et al that he is alleging President [sic] Bush and officials including, but not limited to Cheney, Ashcroft, Rumsfeld and Feinberg that they: 1. had knowledge/warnings of 911 and failed to warn or take steps to prevent; 2. have been covering up the truth of 911; and 3. have therefore violated the laws of the United States; and 4. are being sued under the Civil RICO Act.
Mayor Agrees to Allow Panel to Examine Sept. 11 Records In an abrupt reversal, Bush Poodle Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City announced on Wednesday that he had agreed to release records of emergency 911 calls and other materials sought by the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Bloomberg's action comes nearly two weeks after the commission announced that it had issued a subpoena to New York City for records related to the attacks.
NYC to Challenge 9/11 Commission Subpoena NYC to Challenge 9/11 Commission Subpoena Seeking Documents Detailing City's Response at WTC --Citing 'privacy of Sept. 11 victims' [???!!!], Bush poodle Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to fight a federal commission's subpoena seeking documents that detail the city's response at the World Trade Center.
9/11 Commission Orders New York to Hand Over Documents The federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks announced today that it had subpoenaed New York City for a variety of police tapes and other material about the attacks. It said that the city's refusal to hand over the material had " significantly impeded the commission's investigation."
9-11 Panel Presses NYC for Documents A federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks has voted to subpoena documents New York has failed to hand over related to the city's response to the World Trade Center attack.
Families of Sept. 11 Victims Criticize Deal Between White House, Commission Relatives of people who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks say a federal commission accepted too many conditions in striking a deal with the White House over access to secret intelligence documents.
Judge Rules Top Saudis Cannot Be Sued for 9/11 A U.S. judge has dismissed claims against two high-ranking Saudi officials in a lawsuit filed by victims and survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks.
What did Bush know before 9/11 attacks? Briefing notes may hold key to crucial question Panel member decries limited access to papers --In capital shorthand, they are known as PDBs, and they may hold the key to one of the great unanswered questions of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Did U.S. Dictator George W. Bush receive — and ignore — advance warning of a plan by Al Qaeda to hijack passenger planes and fly them into buildings in the United States?
Deal on 9/11 Briefings Lets White House Edit Papers The commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said on Thursday that its deal with the White House for access to highly classified Oval Office intelligence reports would let the White House edit the documents before they were released to the commission's representatives.
CIA denies seeking pact with bin Laden The CIA rejected as fantasy claims it tried to negotiate a non-aggression pact with Osama bin Laden just two months before the September 11 attacks. Richard Labeviere, author of the Corridors of Terror, says the CIA's Dubai chief approached bin Laden while the al Qaeda leader was being treated for a kidney complaint in the United Arab Emirates.
9-11 Commission Votes to Subpoena Pentagon A federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks voted Friday to subpoena the Pentagon for documents related to the activities of U.S. air defenses on the day of the terrorist hijackings. The FAA knew that Los Angeles-bound Flight 77 left its course at 8:55 a.m., commission member Richard Ben-Veniste said, but NORAD did not get official notice of a hijacking until 9:24 a.m. [Quick action! Sign Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11, with over 21,950 signatures.]
9/11 Commission to Subpoena NORAD Information The national commission investigating the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks decided on Friday to subpoena the military's North American Aerospace Defense Command records for information it promised but did not deliver. "The commission has encountered some serious delays in obtaining needed documents from the Department of Defense," the panel said in a statement. " We are especially dismayed by problems in the production of the records of activities of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and certain Air Force commands on September 11, 2001," it said.
9/11 Panel May Reject Offer of Limited Access to Briefings The White House has offered to provide a federal commission with limited access to Oval Office intelligence reports regarding the Sept. 11 terror attacks, but some members of the panel have described the offer as inadequate and are renewing the threat of a subpoena, commission officials said on Thursday.
Dictatorship Faces Subpoenas From 9/11 Panel The chairman of the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks said that the White House was continuing to withhold several highly classified intelligence documents from the panel and that he was prepared to subpoena the documents if they were not turned over within weeks.
Former German cabinet minister: US plotted Sept 11 A former cabinet minister is drawing huge crowds and stoking the fires of anti-Americanism in Germany with a book arguing that the US government mounted the Sept 11 attacks as part of a plot to win global domination . Andreas von Bülow has gone even further than Michael Meacher, Britain's former environment minister, who claims the US knowingly failed to prevent the attacks.
Sept. 11 Panel Votes to Subpoena FAA The independent commission studying the Sept. 11 attacks has voted to subpoena the Federal Aviation Administration, ordering the agency to hand over documents for the investigation.
Commission on 9/11 Attacks Issues Subpoena to the F.A.A. The federal commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks announced on Wednesday that it had issued its first subpoena, to the Federal Aviation Administration, after discovering that the agency had withheld a variety of tapes and documents that were "highly material to our inquiry."
Clinton says he warned Bush of bin Laden threat Former President Bill Clinton warned Dictator George W. Bush before he left office in 2001 that Osama bin Laden was the biggest security threat the United States faced, Clinton said on Wednesday.
9-11 Probe Continues to Bypass Executive Branch Testimony --by Tom Flocco "[The] Commission has not compelled three individuals having most power to affect immediate action on 9-11 to explain their failure to defend America. All three remained in offices and an elementary classroom while four planes crashed. This, despite having 25 minutes advance notice from Secret Service, Pentagon, and air traffic controllers prior to first crash--But also a full summer of frantic but now classified briefings about 'Planes Used As Weapons To Crash Into Buildings,' thus permitting White House to shield its prior-knowledge."
9-11 Panel Director May Have Conflict of Interest The families of some of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, suicide hijackings are calling for the staff director of the commission set up to investigate the attacks to be removed from a large part of the inquiry. They say he has a conflict of interest in investigating the National Security Council, because of his previous relationship with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.
Why isn't the truth out there? The willingness of journalists to accepts the establishment's view of the events of, and after, 9/11 is truly staggering, says Paul Donovan "...At 9.35 one of the hijacked planes does a 360 degree turn over the Pentagon, all the while being tracked by radar. ' The Pentagon is not evacuated, and there are still no fast movers from the Air Force in the sky over Alexandria and DC,' says [retired US army veteran Stan] Goff. This is the staggering story of the events of 9/11. No reasons have been given for the Bush administration's conduct on that day, no one has been brought to account. Yet from the tragedy that was 9/11 Bush has been able to deliver for his backers in the arms and oil industries."
White House Not to Declassify More of 9/11 Report The White House has said it will not declassify further parts of a congressional report on intelligence failures related to the Sept. 11 attacks, including details of possible foreign involvement in the plot. [Why?!?]
Agency planned exercise on Sept. 11 built around a plane crashing into a building In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence [???!!! "A *coincidence* is just a prematre fact."] , one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism -- it was to be a simulated accident.
911 cell phone calls impossible --by electrostatic "An experiment was conducted to see if cell phones can work in airplanes. The experiment found that the percent of success rate of contact was: 89% at 2,000 feet 44% at 4,000 feet 30% at 6,000 feet 9% at 8,000 feet Flight 93 was flying at 35,000 feet. A connection would have been impossible."
Hijack 'suspects' alive and well (Sept. 23, 2001) Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well. The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.
NO Alert Issued on 9-11 (by FCC) as (p)Resident Didn't Order One! --by Mary Titus, a CLG exclusive "'In response to your questions, (1) the EAS system was not activated on 9/11/01. (2) a decision to activate EAS would be made by the president (for national level) or by the affected state (for state level), or by local authorities, so the FCC has no information on why EAS was not used that day.'"
Deutsch, Wexler seek probe into Saudi flights Two Democratic House members from South Florida, Peter Deutsch and Robert Wexler, are calling for an investigation into how Bush regime officials allowed about 140 Saudi nationals to leave the country in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. At a time when all private aviation was grounded, top officials allowed charter flights to pick up Saudis around the country and then leave for Saudi Arabia. The group included some members of the royal family and some relatives of Osama bin Laden.
FBI closes investigation on pre-911 stock and option trading After the 9-11 attacks, in which terrorists commandeered planes owned by the two biggest airlines, United and American, traders in the Chicago options market noticed suspicious pre-Sept. 11 spikes in volume. Put options for stocks in the airlines' parent companies, UAL Corp. and AMR Corp., registered huge trading increases in the week before the attacks. Investors can use puts, which confer the right to sell a stock at a pre-determined price, to make money when the underlying share price falls, similar to shorting a stock. The terrorist attacks and their effect on the travel industry caused shares of UAL and AMR to fall dramatically when the markets reopened Sept. 17. FBI spokesman Ed Cogswell said most of the options trading was carried out by hedge funds with bearish outlooks. He did not name any of the funds, which pursue risky investment strategies on behalf of wealthy clients.
WTC investigators want to speak with 9/11 survivors A federal group investigating the collapse of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, announced Wednesday it is seeking information from individuals who were inside the Twin Towers that day, or who were in contact with friends and relatives in the buildings. [Yes, over two years later, what a good idea to look into all of this... sarcasm ON.]
Why Don't We Have Answers To These 9/11 Questions? --by William Bunch "...Why did President [sic] Bush continue reading a story to Florida grade-schoolers for nearly a half-hour during the worst attack on America in its history? ...In the two years since the attacks, questions have only grown about the president[sic]'s bizarre behavior that morning, when he was informed in a Sarasota classroom that America was under attack... Why did Bush read a children's story about a pet goat and stay in the classroom for more than a half-hour after the first plane struck the World Trade Center and roughly 15 minutes after Chief of Staff Andrew Card told him that it had been a deliberate attack? Why didn't he take more decisive action, and why wasn't he hustled to a secure area while the attacks were clearly still under way? Conspiracy advocates have cited these strange lapses as evidence that Bush knew about the attacks ahead of time, but why would anyone with advance knowledge appear so clueless? [*See: The obscure goat story of 9-11]
Prelude to 9/11 Still a Mystery FBI and congressional investigators are still deeply divided over whether hijackers got help from inside U.S. Two years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, FBI and congressional investigators remain deeply divided over whether the 19 hijackers received help from other al Qaeda operatives [or others] inside the United States and still are unable to answer some of the central questions in the case. The uncertainties persist despite the largest FBI investigation in U.S. history and raise the possibility that Americans will never know precisely how the conspirators were able to pull off the most devastating terrorist attacks in U.S. history.
This war on terrorism is bogus The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination --by Michael Meacher "The first hijacking was suspected at not later than 8.20am, and the last hijacked aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania at 10.06am. Not a single fighter plane was scrambled to investigate from the US Andrews airforce base, just 10 miles from Washington DC, until after the third plane had hit the Pentagon at 9.38 am. Why not? ...Or could US air security operations have been deliberately stood down on September 11? If so, why, and on whose authority? ...[T]he PNAC [Project for the New American Century] blueprint of September 2000 states that the process of transforming the US into 'tomorrow's dominant force' is likely to be a long one in the absence of 'some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor'. The 9/11 attacks allowed the US to press the 'go' button for a strategy in accordance with the PNAC agenda which it would otherwise have been politically impossible to implement."
Meacher sparks fury over claims on September 11 and Iraq war Fury over [the truth about] Meacher claims --Michael Meacher, who served as a minister for six years until three months ago, today goes further than any other mainstream British politician in blaming the Iraq war on a US desire for domination of the Gulf and the world. Mr Meacher also claims in an article in today's Guardian that the war on terrorism is a smokescreen and that the US knew in advance about the September 11 attack on New York but, for strategic reasons, chose not to act on the warnings ... The US government last night expressed abhorrence at Mr Meacher's views. An embassy spokesman in London said: "Mr Meacher's fantastic allegations - especially his assertion that the US government knowingly stood by while terrorists killed some 3,000 innocents in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia - would be monstrous, and monstrously offensive [just like Bush himself], if they came from someone serious or credible."
White House Approved Departure of Saudis After Sept. 11, Ex-Aide Says Top White House officials personally approved the evacuation of dozens of influential Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden , from the United States in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks when most flights were still grounded, a former White House adviser said today. The statements by former White House adviser, Richard Clarke, are the first acknowledgment that the White House had any direct involvement in the plan and that senior regime officials personally signed off on it. [ Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 surpasses 21,200 signatures --please add yours!]
Bin Laden family's US exit 'approved' The United States allowed members of Osama bin Laden's family to jet out of the US in the immediate aftermath of September 11, even as American airspace was closed. Former White House counter-terrorism tsar Richard Clarke said the Bush regime sanctioned the repatriation of about 140 high-ranking Saudi Arabians, including relatives of the al-Qaida chief.
A top-secret conference call on 9-11 could shed new light on the terrorist attacks --Shoot-down order. The transcript may also shed light on the military's response to Dictator Bush's unprecedented order to shoot down any hijacked civilian airplane. Pentagon sources say Bush communicated the order to Cheney almost immediately after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon and the FAA, for the first time ever, ordered all domestic flights grounded. "There are unanswered questions," says Richard Ben-Veniste, a commission member and former federal prosecutor, as to whether the shoot-down order "had been rehearsed for , whether it had been prepared for, and what measures were in place to protect the Capitol," believed to be the hijackers' original target for Flight 77.
Terrorism escape clause in World Trade Center lease --by Norma Cohen, Property Correspondent, in London - Sep 14 2001 19:18:26 FT.COM "The owners of the demolished World Trade Center in lower Manhattan acquired the buildings just two months ago under a 99-year lease allowing them to walk away from their investment in the event of 'an act of terrorism' . The owners, Silverstein Properties and Westfield America - a shopping mall specialist - purchased the buildings from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for $3.2bn in July and completed the financing just two weeks ago ."
CIA 'had Sept 11 pilots on its files' In its second revelation in as many weeks, the German magazine Stern reports in its latest issue that the Central Intelligence Agency CIA had two of the September 11 terror pilots on its files well ahead of the terror attacks. In its edition to appear on Thursday, Stern said that in addition to Marwan Alshehhi, the CIA also must have known that Lebanese national Ziad Jarrah was connected to el-Qaeda but that the US let him enter the country anyway for pilot training.
The Mystery of the WTC Collapse --by Skydrifter "The more one reads about the WTC collapse, the more skeptical they should become of the "official" account. The following presentation is speculation, but well worth thinking about..."
WTC-7: The Improbable Collapse --by Scott Loughrey "Mysteries abound about World Trade Center 7's (WTC-7) demise on September 11. In the early evening in the Big Apple of that horrific day this 47-story steel building suddenly collapsed. An odd series of failures had occurred."
Arrogance, or something darker? --by John David Rose " If you want to know why 9/11 was allowed to happen you may not have to look any further than the Oval Office... A little more than a month before the attack, in his Aug. 6 daily intelligence briefing, Bush was 'told that morning of the al-Qaida terror network's interest in conducting a strike within the U.S., and that it might involve highjacked airplanes,' reports the Wall Street Journal (7/24/03.) Why didn't he order airlines to be alerted, inform the Federal Aviation Administration of the threat, put the military air commands on a high level of readiness and tell the FBI, CIA and INS to be super vigilant? He brushed the warning aside. 'Nine months before 9/11 the Clinton administration had a bold plan to attack al-Qaida,' wrote Time magazine (8/12/02) before it could attack us. Weakened by the impeachment battle , Clinton put the plan on hold as a courtesy to the incoming Bush. In January 2001, the Clinton security team attempted to brief incoming Bush officials of the al-Qaida threat and the plan. Again they were given the brushoff." [A must-read. A mainstream American newspaper publishes this editorial, which concludes, in part, "Here's the chilling kicker: To convince the American people to spend extra billions for defense instead of on Social Security, Medicare, etc., PNAC suggested it would take a 'catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor.' (PNAC's exact words.)"]
Bush's 9-11 Secrets The Government Received Warnings of Bin Laden's Plans to Attack New York and D.C. --by James Ridgeway "Even though Bush has refused to make parts of the 9-11 report public, one thing is startlingly clear: The U.S. government had received repeated warnings of impending attacks—and attacks using planes directed at New York and Washington—for several years. The government never told us about what it knew was coming."
GOP senator joins push to declassify 9/11 report Bush rejects calls for release of information [WHY??] --An influential Republican senator has joined Democrats in pushing for the release of a 28-page section of the congressional report on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks allegedly dealing with Saudi Arabia's ties to the hijackers.
The 9/11 Report Raises More Serious Questions About The White House Statements On Intelligence --by John W. Dean "Bluntly stated, either the Bush White House knew about the potential of terrorists flying airplanes into skyscrapers (notwithstanding their claims to the contrary), or the CIA failed to give the White House this essential information, which it possessed and provided to others. Bush is withholding the document that answers this question. Accordingly, it seems more likely that the former possibility is the truth. That is, it seems very probable that those in the White House knew much more than they have admitted, and they are covering up their failure to take action. The facts, however, speak for themselves."
Supressed Details of Criminal Insider Trading Lead Directly into the CIA's Highest Ranks CIA Executive Director "Buzzy" Krongard managed firm that handled "PUT" options on United Airlines Stock --by Michael C. Ruppert ( From The Wilderness, October 9, 2001) "Although uniformly ignored by the mainstream U.S. media, there is abundant and clear evidence that a number of transactions in financial markets indicated specific (criminal) foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the case of at least one of these trades -- which has left a $2.5 million prize unclaimed -- the firm used to place the 'put options' on United Airlines stock was, until 1998, managed by the man who is now in the number three Executive Director position at the Central Intelligence Agency."
Bush rejects pleas by Saudi, senators to unseal 9/11 info Dictator Bush Tuesday resisted an urgent plea from Saudi Arabia and bipartisan pressure from U.S. lawmakers to release a classified section of a congressional report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying that revealing the contents would expose intelligence methods and aid terrorists.
Bush Won't Declassify Entire 9-11 Report Dictator Bush refused Tuesday to declassify part of a congressional report on possible links between Saudi government officials and the Sept. 11 hijackers, saying that " would help the enemy" [and hurt his re-s-election chances] by revealing intelligence sources and methods. [Click here to sign 'Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks', nearing 21,000 signatures.]
White House Says Part of 9/11 Report on Saudis Will Stay Secret The White House, facing a crucial meeting Tuesday with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, refused to declassify part of an intelligence report on possible links between individuals in the Saudi government and some of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., a presidential candidate and the co-chairman of a congressional committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, called on Monday for Bush to declassify a section of the 900-page congressional report dealing with foreign support for the hijackers.
Saudis Urge Release of Redacted 9/11 Report Saudi Arabia's state-run English language newspaper Arab News is calling on the Bush dictatorship to release the full congressional report on the 9/11 attacks, including a controversial 28-page section redacted at the White House's insistence that reportedly portrays Riyadh as aiding and abetting the 9/11 hijackers.
Classified Section of Sept. 11 Report Faults Saudi Rulers Senior officials of Saudi Arabia have funneled hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable groups and other organizations that may have helped finance the September 2001 attacks, a still-classified section of a Congressional report on the hijackings says, according to people who have read it. The 28-page section of the report was deleted [Why?] from the nearly 900-page declassified version released on Thursday by a joint committee of the House and Senate intelligence committees. [Why did the US bomb Afghanistan?]
White House, CIA Kept Key Portions of Report Classified Dictator Bush was warned in a more specific way than previously known about intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda terrorists were seeking to attack the United States, a report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks indicated yesterday. Separately, the report cited one CIA memo that concluded there was "incontrovertible evidence" that Saudi individuals provided financial assistance to al Qaeda operatives in the United States [WHY did the US bomb Afghanistan???]
Poll shows many Germans see U.S. behind Sept 11 Almost one in three Germans below the age of 30 believes the U.S. government may have sponsored the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, according to a poll published on Wednesday.
Jeder Dritte vermutet hinter 11. September Regierungs-Verschwörung Fast jeder dritte Deutsche unter 30 hält es für möglich, dass die amerikanische Regierung die Terroranschläge vom 11. September 2001 selber in Auftrag gegeben hat. Das ergab eine repräsentative Umfrage der Wochenzeitung DIE ZEIT. [Translation: Every third German assumes government conspiracy behind September 11 --Almost one third of Germans under thirty holds it probable that the American administration itself had given the order for the September 11th terrorist attacks. Those were the results of a representative poll by the weekly magazine, Die Zeit (trans: The Time).]
Jeder Fünfte glaubt an US-Verschwörung Wer steckt hinter den Terroranschlägen vom 11. September 2001? War es wirklich Osama Bin Ladens Terror-Organisation Qaida? Etliche Bundesbürger vermuten, dass die US-Regierung die Anschläge in Auftrag gegeben haben könnte. [Translation: One in five asks if a US conspiracy was behind the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001? Was it really Osama Bin Laden's Terrorist Organization, Al Qaida? Some officials think that the the US Government could have made attempts [to stop the attacks] earlier.]
Exclusive: The 9-11 Report: Slamming the FBI The Bush dictatorship has refused to declassify many key passages of the committees' findings. A 28-page section of the report dealing with the Saudis and other foreign governments will be deleted. " They are protecting a foreign government," charged Sen. Bob Graham, who oversaw the inquiry.
U.S. Refuses to Provide Moussaoui Witness The inJustice Department acknowledges its defiance of a judge's order may cause dismissal of charges against accused Sept. 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, but says it won't produce an al-Qaida prisoner for questioning by the defendant.
U.S. Will Defy Court's Order in Terror Case The inJustice Department said today that it would defy a court order and refuse to make a captured member of Al Qaeda available for testimony in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui. The department acknowledged that its decision could force a federal judge to dismiss the indictment against Mr. Moussaoui, the only person facing trial in the United States in connection with the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Bush dictatorship officials have said for months that if Mr. Moussaoui's indictment were dismissed, his prosecution would almost certainly be moved to a military tribunal.
Justice refuses to let Moussaoui call witness Denial of access to Binalshibh could lead to dismissal --The Justice Department refused a federal judge's order to allow terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui access to a captured al Qaeda leader Monday, citing 'national security' [?!?] concerns.
Schumer: Tactics Are 'Stalinist' Sen. Charles Schumer accused the Bush dictatorship yesterday of using "Stalinist" tactics by requiring overseers to sit in when federal employees are interviewed by an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks. " Gatekeepers usually occur in places with totalitarian regimes," the New York Democrat said at a news conference yesterday. "Stalinist Russia was known for that."
Why does 9/11 inquiry scare Bush? (The Berkshire Eagle) "The Bush administration has never wanted an inquiry into the intelligence and law-enforcement failures that led up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and it is doing its best to make sure we never get one... The parallel to Saddam Hussein's refusal to let Iraqi scientists talk to U.N. weapons inspectors without a similar monitor is too glaring to miss and begs the obvious question: What has Mr. Bush got to hide?"
Some 9/11 families reject federal fund and sue The U.S. government made two promises to the families of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks: A special Justice Department fund would compensate their financial losses and official investigations would uncover the security failures that enabled al-Qaeda to kill 3,027 people.
U.S. report on 9/11 to be 'explosive' Government errors, Saudi ties to terrorists among highlights --A long-awaited final report on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will be released in the next two weeks, containing new information about U.S. government mistakes and Saudi financing of terrorists. Former Rep. Tim Roemer, who served on the House Intelligence Committee and who has read the report, said it will be '' highly explosive'' when it becomes public.
9/11 inquiry alleges witness intimidation A US panel investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks yesterday accused the Pentagon and the justice department of obstructing the inquiry and said witnesses were being intimidated. Steven Push, whose wife died on September 11 and who represents victims' families, said: " I believe that there is stonewalling going on here." He added: "It's beginning to look like some type of a cover-up."
9/11 Commission Says U.S. Agencies Slow Its Inquiry The federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terror attacks said today that its work was being hampered by the failure of executive branch agencies, especially the Pentagon and the Justice Department, to respond quickly to requests for documents and testimony. The panel also said the failure of the Bush dictatorship to allow officials to be interviewed without the presence of government colleagues could impede its investigation, with the commission's chairman suggesting today that the situation amounted to "intimidation" of the witnesses.
White House Hurdles Delay 9/11 Commission Investigation Documents and Interviews Are Subject Of Tense Talks as Tight Deadline Looms --For the past seven months, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, otherwise known as the 9/11 Commission, has been looking into the events leading up to the 2001 attacks. But so far the probers have made little progress. The commission is embroiled in tense negotiations over the level of access it will have to White House documents and the federal personnel it wants to interview.
Quizzing Them on 9/11 Bush and Clinton may be asked to meet with the independent commission investigating the terrorist attacks [See "The Obscure Goat Story of 9-11". Bush can provide amusing details of his day, how he continued to read a story about a pet goat to elementary school students for approximately thirty minutes *after* he was notified by Andrew Card that America was under attack.] Will Dictator Bush be summoned before the independent commission investigating 9/11? It now appears very likely.
Autopsy: No Arabs on Flight 77 --by Thomas R. Olmsted, M.D "I am an ex Naval line officer and a psychiatrist in private practice in New Orleans, a Christian and homeschool dad. It troubled me a great deal that we rushed off to war on the flimsiest of evidence. I considered various ways to provide a smoking gun of who and why Sept 11th happened. Astute observers noticed right away that there were no Arabic sounding names on any of the flight manifests of the planes that 'crashed' on that day."
Tensions rise as report on 9/11 failures is due out A long-awaited report detailing intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks could be released as early as next week, but it arrives amid rising political tensions and debates over declassifying sensitive material.
Sept. 11 Families to Sue Port Authority Families of Sept. 11 victims will file a lawsuit Monday against the Port Authority to obtain greater public scrutiny in the rebuilding of the former World Trade Center site.
5-Minute Video of George W. Bush on the Morning of 9/11 --by Russ Kick "In this footage obtained exclusively by The Memory Hole, watch as the President [sic] of the United States sits and does nothing after learning that his country is under attack. Note: This is not the truncated, 2-minute footage that has been available for a year. This is a much longer version, never before seen by the public."
Spy planes grounded before Sept. 11 Prowling the skies over Afghanistan in the months before Dictator Bush took office, unmanned and unarmed Predator drones proved to be one of America's major successes in its frustrating hunt for Osama bin Laden. But the promising aircraft remained grounded under the new administration until after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, say current and former U.S. officials.
Officials: U.S. Slow on Bin Laden Drones When Dictator Bush took office in January 2001, the White House was told that Predator drones had recently spotted Osama bin Laden as many as three times and officials were urged to arm the unmanned planes with missiles to kill the al-Qaida leader. But the Bush regime failed to get drones back into the Afghan skies until after the Sept. 11 attacks later that year, current and former U.S. officials say. The disappearance in 2001 of U.S. Predators from the skies over Afghanistan is discussed in classified sections of Congress' report into pre-Sept. 11 intelligence failures and is expected to be examined by an independent commission appointed by the dictator and Congress, officials said.
The Plane that Crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center Shows Forms of an Unknown Origin The mysterious reflections of 9/11 --by Eduardo Martín de Pozuelo "In the frozen images of various film shots of the final run of United Airlines flight 175, there are three strange shapes discernible, which the aeronautical experts consulted find difficult to explain... Boeing's department of commercial aviation, with headquarters in Seattle, examined the photographs for ten days and, having announced an explanation for the phenomenon, declined to make a statement on what it saw. Finally a spokesman stated that Boeing was unable to offer an opinion 'for security reasons' and because it had not officially participated in the investigation of the attacks."
Bush's 9/11 coverup? Family members of victims of the terror attacks say the White House has smothered every attempt to get to the bottom of the outrageous intelligence failures that took place on its watch . --by Eric Boehlert (Salon.com feature) "While the administration of President [sic] George W. Bush is aggressively positioning itself as the world leader in the war on terrorism, some families of the Sept. 11 victims say that the facts increasingly contradict that script. The White House long opposed the formation of a blue ribbon Sept. 11 commission, some say, and even now that panel is underfunded and struggling to build momentum. And, they say, the administration is suppressing a 900-page congressional study, possibly out of fear that the findings will be politically damaging to Bush."
Long-delayed 9/11 panel report to be released soon After months of delay, the congressional investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has won some concessions from the Bush dictatorship and is much closer to releasing its final report, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss said Tuesday. Sen. Bob Graham has accused the Bush dictatorship of holding back the report " not for national security reasons but because they don't want the American people to see a coherent narrative of what happened.'' Campaigning in Iowa recently, Graham said the regime was "trying to cover up failures that occurred before Sept. 11 .''
Bush trying to hide 9/11 information, Graham says Citing proposed changes in several sections of a report -- which was based on the congressional investigation he helped oversee as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee --Florida Senator Bob Graham said on CNN's Late Edition that the Bush dictatorship was trying to hide information submitted in open session and, in some cases, reported in the media.''That's not being done for any legitimate national security reasons,'' Graham told CNN. " It's being done because they don't want the American people to see a coherent narrative of what happened.''
Al-Qaeda operatives may be in US, say officials [Yes. They are in the White House. --Lori Price] Shrewd recruiting of young militants has allowed al-Qaeda to re-establish itself in Osama bin Laden's homeland and around the world in preparation for new attacks on the United States and its allies.
Congress, White House clash over declassifying 9/11 report A behind-the-scenes dispute over how much the public should be allowed to see of a report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could touch off a constitutional confrontation between Congress and the White House.
9-11 Commission Testimony Too Hot To Be Under Oath --by Tom Flocco "Curiously however, none of the testimony offered before the Commission was sworn under oath (either on Thursday or Friday); and the most critical statements concerning the 9/11 military response failures occurred on the morning prior to a long Memorial Day weekend when the public would not be paying attention. ...[Chairman Thomas Kean's Deputy for Communications Alvin S.] Felzenberg, a former Heritage Foundation fellow connected to the Bush 2000 presidential [sic] transition, who has also written for The Weekly Standard, told us 'We will not be swearing in witnesses during any [public or private] 9/11 testimony.'"
9/11: The American Connection New scandal spotlights terror flight school's hidden ties --by Daniel Hopsicker "A controversy over the sudden closing of a flight school in Orlando in early March reveals a hidden connection between the bankruptcy in Orlando and the secretive organization which ran Huffman Aviation in Venice, the unacknowledged home base of Mohamed Atta and his Hamburg cadre during almost their entire time in the U.S."
9/11 panel told of cover-ups before attacks Witnesses: U.S. suppressed warnings --The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were made possible by gaping holes in airline security, government cover-ups that prevented problems from being fixed and a failure to respond to a growing threat that terrorists might use airliners as weapons, witnesses told an independent commission this week.
On 9/11, U.S. radar was facing wrong way 'Cold War vestige' guided air defenses --A top U.S. air defense official testified yesterday that an outdated "cold war" view of the world before the 9/11 attacks blinded the nation to mounting evidence that hijacked airliners were becoming the terrorist's weapon of choice.
The Top 150 Subpoena list for the 911 Commission (posted by ewing2001) "After the disaster of the first 4 days of the hearings of the 911 Commission, which included obvious lies on the Timeline, it became now very clear, that the 911Victims can't expect an honest investigation without help from 'outside'. The following list suggest therefore some witnesses, who might help in the investigation of Sep11th in plausible Subpoenas."
Secrets: The CIA Web site acknowledges documents that Bush aides won't Classified: Censoring the Report About 9-11? Bush officials are refusing to permit the release of matters already in the public domain—including the existence of intelligence documents referred to on the CIA Web site. --Why is the Bush dictatorship blocking the release of an 800-page congressional report about 9-11? The bipartisan report deals with law-enforcement and intelligence failures that preceded the attacks. For months, congressional leaders and regime officials have battled over declassifying the document, preventing a public release once slated for this week. NEWSWEEK has learned new details about the dispute.
Bush answers on 9/11 overdue --by Andrew Greeley "...President [sic] Bush is not going to assume responsibility for the World Trade Center catastrophe. His political allies blame former President Bill Clinton (as they are blaming him three years later for the current recession). Moreover, Bush continues to stonewall attempts to set up an independent investigation of what went wrong, and continues to sit on the 900-page report prepared by a bipartisan congressional committee."
Declassify the 9/11 Report (Lost Angeles Times) "...the Bush administration continues to block the release of last year's House-Senate 9/11 panel report. It raises the question: What's to hide? ..Far from trying to disseminate information, reviewers wanted to reclassify information already in the public domain, such as portions of the highly embarrassing July 10, 2001, 'Phoenix memo' by FBI Agent Kenneth Williams warning of Osama bin Laden followers attending U.S. flight schools. The logic is that because the memo was never officially declassified, it shouldn't be included in the 9/11 report... The reviewers' Kafkaesque thinking leaves the impression that the intelligence agencies are trying to evade public and congressional scrutiny."
FAA Delay in Reporting 9/11 Hijackings Probed Commission also questions ex-chief on shooting report --The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks grilled the former chief federal aviation regulator yesterday in a tense public exchange over whether the government bungled its response that day.
Barbs aside, 9/11 questions aren't going away --by Michele Landsberg "Why did the U.S. military, with the most powerful arsenal in world history, fail to prevent or at least try to stop a series of hijackings and crashes that went on for nearly two hours? Where was the Air Force? ...President [sic] Bush, or, as he delights to call himself, the commander-in-chief, must certainly have been briefed about the ominous drumbeat of terrorist threats that were accumulating over the spring and summer of 2001."
Officials Who Failed to Put Hijackers on Watch List Not Named Seven months after telling Congress he would do so, George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence, has yet to provide the names of agency officials responsible for one of the most glaring intelligence mistakes leading up to the attacks of Sept. 11, according to Congressional and agency officials. Soon after the attacks, the mistake emerged, showing that the Central Intelligence Agency had waited 20 months before placing on a federal watch list two suspected terrorists who wound up as hijackers .
Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9-11 Surpasses 20,000 Signatures Mark [Hello, media weasels?!? Instead of worrying about Jayson Blair's reporting for The New York Times, why not actually step up to the plate and report the myriad of oddities surrounding the 9-11 terrorist attacks? Or, are most 'journalists' 'in bed'ed-with-Bush? Oh, speaking of the whorish New York Times, I didn't see the Times promptly report that Colin Powell praised a Downing Street Ph.D. student's plagiarized twelve-year old thesis when he prattled at length in front of the U.N. Security Council to push for Bush's sickko police massacre in Iraq --God, what a farce. Where was the Times, citing Greg Palast's lead that ChoicePoint DBT illegally purged ninety-seven thousand votes in Florida in 2000, before the Whore Court installed Bush? The Times considers Blair's mis-reporting the 'low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper'?!? Gag me with a chain saw! --Lori Price]
What Did Happen to Flight 93? --by Richard Wallace, US Editor "...did an American fighter pilot have to do the unthinkable and shoot down a US civil airliner? Susan Mcelwain, 51, who lives two miles from the site, knows what she saw - the white plane rocketed directly over her head... 'There's no way I imagined this plane - it was so low it was virtually on top of me. It was white with no markings but it was definitely military, it just had that look. It had two rear engines, a big fin on the back like a spoiler on the back of a car and with two upright fins at the side... The FBI came and talked to me and said there was no plane around . Then they changed their story and tried to say it was a plane taking pictures of the crash 3,000ft up. But I saw it and it was there before the crash and it was 40ft above my head. They did not want my story - nobody here did .'"
Three-minute discrepancy in tape Cockpit voice recording ends before Flight 93's official time of impact (Sept. 16, 2002) The final three minutes of hijacked United Flight 93 are still a mystery more than a year after it crashed in western Pennsylvania. A Daily News investigation has found a roughly three-minute gap between the time the tape goes silent - according to government-prepared transcripts - and the time that top scientists have pinpointed for the crash. The FBI and other agencies refused repeated requests to explain the discrepancy.
Graham alleges a coverup of pre-9/11 failure Sen. Bob Graham accused the Bush dictatorship Sunday of covering up its failure to possibly prevent the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by refusing to release the findings of a Graham-led congressional investigation last year. Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 surpasses 19,900 signatures --please add yours!
Conspiracy crusader doubts official 9/11 version (interview of Barrie Zwicker by Michele Landsberg "Why did the United States Air Force fail to scramble interceptor jets — in defiance of all long-standing rules and well-established practice — for almost two hours after it was known that an unprecedented four planes had been hijacked? ...Why did George Bush sit for half an hour in a Florida classroom, listening to a girl talk about her pet goat, after his chief of staff told him about the second plane? [*See: "The obscure goat story of 9-11"] For that matter, why did he pretend that he first learned of the attacks in that classroom, when he had actually been briefed as he left his hotel that morning? Why has there been no public investigation into the billions of dollars 'earned' by insider trading of United and American Airlines stock before 9/11? "
New York Officials May Hire Bechtel For Trade Center Job (11/19/01) New York City could soon be turning to San Francisco-based Bechtel Group Inc. to manage the estimated $2.5-billion cleanup of the World Trade Center site. Bechtel has been working on the site "on an informal basis" since Sept. 12 , says spokesman Alexander Winslow. [*Oddity question: since all domestic flights were canceled for two days and international for three (except for the bin Laden family members that were allowed to leave , <g>), HOW could San Francisco-based Bechtel have been 'on the site' in New York on Sept. 12, unless they were there in ADVANCE of 911? Just curious.] Bechtel tied to bin Ladens Osama bin Laden family members invested $10M in an equity fund run by former Bechtel unit. The Bush dictatorship launched a war on terror because of the alleged acts of Osama bin Laden. Ironically, one of the companies the regime has picked to rebuild Iraq after the latest phase of that war has ties to bin Laden's family, according to a published report.
Graham Claims Bush Regime Blocking Release Of 9/11 Report Florida Senator and presidential candidate Bob Graham says the Bush dictatorship is stonewalling the public release of a congressional report on the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Graham Eyeing Evidence That Bush Blew 9/11 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bob Graham is reportedly sitting on damaging evidence that the Bush dictatorship could have prevented the Sept. 11 attacks - but he hasn't released the information yet because it's classified.
Post-9/11 interviews faulted GAO report criticizes Justice Department effort --The Justice Department's effort to interview some 7,600 foreigners in the United States after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was conducted haphazardly, leading to incomplete, inconclusive results, congressional investigators say.
September 11 Showdown Will the White House block a terror panel's access to critical documents? --NEWSWEEK has learned, Dictator Bush's chief lawyer has privately signaled that the White House may seek to invoke executive privilege over key documents relating to the attacks in order to keep them out of the hands of investigators for the National Commission on Terror Attacks Upon the United States—the independent panel created by Congress to probe all aspects of 9-11. Some commission members now fear a showdown over the issue.
Bush May Invoke 9/11 Executive Privilege and Secrecy --by Tom Flocco "Proof of prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks is continuing to trickle out of the purportedly 'leak-proof' White House, as more corroborative chickens of 9/11 are coming home to roost -- even as President [sic] Bush is considering invoking executive privilege to keep the clamps on evidence that could alter the political landscape for the nation's conquering 'top-gun.'"
White House refuses to release Sept. 11 info The Bush dictatorship and the nation's intelligence agencies are blocking the release of sensitive information about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, delaying publication of a 900-page congressional report on how the terrorist assault happened.
9/11 panel will be asked about gov't screening documents Officials of the blue ribbon commission set up to investigate the Sept. 11 terror attacks will be questioned at its meeting Thursday about a decision to let the U.S. government screen materials before releasing them to commission members .
The Secrets of September 11 The White House is battling to keep a report on the terror attacks secret . Does the 2004 s-election have anything to do with it? --Even as White House political aides plot a 2004 campaign plan designed to capitalize on the emotions and issues raised by the September 11 terror attacks, regime officials are waging a behind-the-scenes battle to restrict public disclosure of key events relating to the attacks.
Justice Dept. Seeks Sept. 11 Transcripts The Justice Department has asked to review the transcripts of secret Congressional hearings on the Sept. 11 terror attacks before they are handed over to a new federal commission that is also investigating the attacks, panel officials said today. The regime has invoked executive privilege to block the release of information on internal White House deliberations and advice to the president [sic]. [Why? What secrets regarding the Bush dictatorship and the 9-11 terrorist attacks is AshKKKroft hiding? ...Please sign the " Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks". The petition has over 19,375 signatures --please add yours. --Lori Price]
Panel's Lack of Access to 9/11 Papers is Decried One member's attempt to review confidential transcripts exposed a rift yesterday within the independent commission examining the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The commission's executive director, Philip Zelikow said the panel will fight any attempt by Congress or the White House to keep the documents secret .
As Luck Would Have It . . . A 9/11 victim testifies that the carnage could have been averted --by Howard Blume "On the Chicago Board Options Exchange during the week before September 11, put options were purchased on American and United Airlines, the two airlines involved in the attacks. The investors who placed these orders were gambling that, in the short term, the stock prices of both airlines would plummet. Never before on the Chicago Exchange were such large amounts of United and American Airlines options traded. These investors netted a profit of at least $5 million after the September 11 attacks. Interestingly, the names of the investors remain undisclosed, and the $5 million remains unclaimed. Why were these aberrant trades not discovered prior to 9/11? Who were the individuals who placed these trades? Have they been investigated?"
Undercutting the 9/11 Inquiry (The New York Times) "Reasonable people might wonder if the White House, having failed in its initial attempt to have Henry Kissinger steer the investigation, may be resorting to budgetary starvation as a tactic to hobble any politically fearless inquiry ... The nation demands an unflinching 9/11 search. A forthright Congress could easily shake the money loose from the Capitol leadership."
Panel Advocates Blame White House The Bush mis-ministration has quietly sidetracked a bipartisan effort to create an independent commission to examine the Sept. 11 attacks, the commission's advocates charged Friday. House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., blamed the White House for killing the deal. After an agreement was reached, "almost immediately the invisible hand came down," Pelosi said.
First public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States Statement of Mindy Kleinberg to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, March 31, 2003
Michael Rectenwald responds to a CLG visitor who exclaims, "My god you people are idiots!" "...we do hold that Bush was at least criminally negligent regarding 9-11, given his foreknowledge of the eventuality, if 'knowledge' is a word that can be used in connection with Bush without being oxymoronic." --Michael Rectenwald
9-11 Commission Funding Woes Questions arise concerning the administration's funding of the congressional investigation into the September 11th attacks -- Is the Bush White House trying to put the brakes on the congressional panel created last fall to investigate 9-11 attacks?
Terror Commission Seeks Classified Papers The independent commission on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is trying to get a half-million pages of documents compiled by the House and Senate intelligence committees. It is also drafting a budget to determine whether it can get by on the [measly] $3 million [?!?] appropriated by Congress.
Perle: Bush Ciminally Negligent in Allowing Sept. 11th Terrorist Attacks (Meet the Press Transcript for Feb. 23) "MR. PERLE: I'm critical of the failure to recognize the threat that Osama bin Laden posed before— everything we did after September 11 could have been done before September 11."
Sept. 11 conspiracy more extensive than believed, files reveal The hijacking conspiracy spawned in this northern port city likely was broader and deeper than previously reported, according to investigative files amassed by German authorities since Sept. 11, 2001.
Mohamed Atta and Rudi Dekkers Seen Together in Venice in Weeks Before Sept. 11 Attack Mohamed Atta was twice seen with flight school owner Rudi Dekkers in Venice, FL. during the final month before he crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, directly contradicting Dekker's account of his relationship with the terrorist ringleader.
Transcript: Now with Bill Moyers --Sy Hersh Details Rumsfeld's Approval of bin Laden's Family Evacuated in the Aftermath of 9/11 "JANE WALLACE: How high up was that evacuation authorized? SY HERSH: I am here to tell you it was authorized — Donald Rumsfeld who — we'll talk about what he said later — it had to be authorized at the White House. But certainly at the Secretary of Defense level."
Rumsfeld admitted that a missile hit the Pentagon, and a whole lot more, in an Oct. 12, 2001 DoD news transcript. Donald Rumsfeld: "...Here we're talking about plastic knives and using an American Airlines flight filed with our citizens, and the missile to damage this building and similar (inaudible) that damaged the World Trade Center. The only way to deal with this problem is by taking the battle to the terrorists, wherever they are, and dealing with them."
9/11 Probe: Aiming High The commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks wants to talk to top Bush Administration officials --"Two commissioners of the bipartisan panel, which holds its first meeting this week, told TIME they will push for a wide-ranging, aggressive probe that will include testimony from top Bush Administration officials who didn't testify last year in a joint inquiry by the House and Senate intelligence committees."
Was United Flight 93 shot down on Sept. 11? Report revisits nagging question of what really happened to doomed jet --"Echoing reports made immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, several eyewitnesses claim in a report by London's Daily Mirror that they saw a 'military-type' plane flying around United Airlines Flight 93 when the hijacked passenger jet crashed in rural Pennsylvania -- prompting the unthinkable question of whether the U.S. military shot down the plane."
Top Ten Conspiracy Theories of 2002 --by Mike Ward, PopMatters " 5. Hijacker Oddities II. Another theory about the hijackers' real identities takes as its departure an utterly bizarre and largely overlooked story on MSNBC.com, which says that some of the hijackers may have trained at U.S. Army bases..."
9/11 Panel Faces Time, Money Pressure An independent commission [?!?] charged with investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is only beginning to confront a task complicated by a ticking clock, limited finances and the high expectations of those who lost loved ones.
Germans Were Tracking Sept. 11 Conspirators as Early as 1998, Documents Disclose Three years before the Sept. 11 attacks, Germany's domestic intelligence service was tracking prominent members of the Hamburg terrorist cell that planned and executed the aircraft hijackings, according to newly obtained documents.
Unexplained Media Omissions and Silence: How Did those WTC Buildings Collapse? --by Scott Loughrey "With a more concentrated media comes the prospect that serious lines of inquiry will not be pursued in a timely fashion to correct problems. For example, what really happened on 9/11/01?"
Security, Secrecy and a Bush Brother --by Margie Burns "A company that provided security at the World Trade Center, Washington D.C.'s Dulles International Airport and United Airlines between 1995 and 2001 was backed by a private Kuwaiti-American investment firm whose records were not open to full public disclosure, with ties to the Bush family."
Of Big Oil, By Big Oil, For Big Oil The 10 Most Startling Speculations and "Conspiracy Theories" About September 11 and America's New War --by Mike Ward "For about thirty minutes after his chief of staff told him that America was under attack, George W. Bush continued to sit in an elementary school classroom listening to a second-grader tell a story about a pet goat."
PARALLELS Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. --by George Santayana "Interestingly, in a TV interview on December 4, 2001, Laura Bush let it slip that already back in July, the White House, knowing that the country would be in mourning at the end of the year , had begun redesigning the 2001 Christmas cards on a more somber note than usual."
New Chairman of 9/11 Commission had business ties with Osama's Brother in Law Unknown to most, UNOCAL's partner in the Cent-Gas trans-Afghan pipeline consortium, the Saudi Company Delta Oil is owned by the bin Mahfouz and Al-Amoudi clans which allegedly have ties to bin Laden's Al Qaeda.
Terror War Tops Bush Re-S-Election Agenda An internal White House document outlining Dictator Bush's re-s-election agenda starts with "War on terrorism (Con't)" and homeland security. It's the latest sign, critics say, that pResidential advisers are seeking political gain from the Sept. 11 attacks. [And, not a WORD on CensoringNews Network!!]
Two senators discuss the 9/11 report examining the failure of intelligence agencies to prevent the terrorist attacks. --Sen. Bob Graham: "I think there is very compelling evidence that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing -- although that was part of it -- by a sovereign foreign government and that we have been derelict in our duty to track that down, make the further case, or find the evidence that would indicate that that is not true and we can look for other reasons why the terrorists were able to function so effectively in the United States."
Odigo says workers were warned of attack Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the attack. [Does George Bush use Instant Messaging??? I am sure he likes the abbreviated spellings.]
FBI Called off Terror Investigations Two veteran FBI investigators say they were ordered to stop investigations into a suspected terror cell linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network and the Sept. 11 attacks .
State Department could have prevented Sept. 11 attacks, senators say The Sept. 11 attacks would not have happened if the State Department had followed its own guidelines and denied visas to the hijackers, two top Republican senators said in a report issued Wednesday.
Kissinger never "vetted" for conflicts of interest Seeking to avoid further controversy about his consulting business, Henry Kissinger abruptly stepped down as chair of the independent [?!?] commission to investigate the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Unlike other high-profile presidential appointments, NEWSWEEK has learned, Kissinger was never "vetted" for conflicts of interest by White House lawyers .
Kissinger resigns as head of September 11 probe --by Patrick Martin "The resignation of Henry Kissinger, only two weeks after he was appointed by President [sic] Bush to head the bipartisan commission investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks, underscores the extraordinary degree of resistance in official Washington to any effort to organize an inquiry into the role of the US military and intelligence apparatus in those events ."
Kissinger Quits as Chairman of 9/11 Panel Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stepped down Friday as chairman of a panel investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, citing controversy over potential [?!?] conflicts of interest with his private-sector clients.
Mitchell quits independent commission investigating Sept. 11 Citing a reluctance to quit his law firm, former Sen. George Mitchell on Wednesday withdrew from the new commission that will investigate the Sept. 11 attacks.
Punish FBI, CIA officials who mishandled Sept. 11, panel urges FBI and CIA officials who mishandled intelligence that might have thwarted the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks should be investigated and, if warranted, punished, a congressional panel will recommend today.
WTC Surveillance Tapes Feared Missing Surveillance tapes and maintenance logs are among the missing evidence as investigators try to figure out why the World Trade Center collapsed, federal officials said Monday. Many documents destroyed in the disaster "are pretty key in carrying out the work," lead investigator Shyam Sunder said.
9/11 Lawyers Seek Black-Box Data on Saudi Hijackers --by Tom Flocco In a letter written to Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein from Douglas A. Latto, attorney at New York's Baumeister & Samuels firm, Latto told Hellerstein that "we have been led to believe that the United States of America, through the Department of Justice (DOJ), will attempt to prevent discovery of the [9/11] black boxes."
Bush Names Kissinger to Head Sept. 11 Commission Dictator Bush signed legislation creating a new independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 attacks Wednesday and named former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to lead the panel. [An untried war criminal heading this alleged "independent" 9/11 commission is NOT who I had in mind when I authored the " Petition to the Senate to Investigate Oddities Involving 9/11 Terrorist Attacks," which has garnered over 17,325 signatures, thus far. -- Lori Price]
Bush Not Likely to Testify in 9/11 Probe Dictator Bush does not envision testifying before an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, even if there is some precedent for the chief executive offering high-profile testimony, the White House said Wednesday. [Oh, but let's find out about the Clinton sexual liaison details!! -Lori Price]
9/11 victims' suit expanded A huge $15 trillion lawsuit intended to bankrupt the alleged financiers of al Qaeda grew even larger Friday, as the plaintiffs added more than three dozen new defendants, including members of the Saudi royal family.
Bush Not Likely to Testify in 9/11 Probe Dictator Bush does not envision testifying before an independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, even if there is some precedent for the chief executive offering high-profile testimony, the White House said Wednesday.
9/11 Report Says Saudi Arabia Links Went Unexamined A draft report by the joint Congressional committee looking into the Sept. 11 attacks has concluded that the F.B.I. and the C.I.A, in their investigations, did not aggressively pursue leads that might have linked the terrorists to Saudi Arabia, senior government officials said today.
9-11 Hijackers: A Saudi Money Trail? The FBI is investigating whether the Saudi Arabian government—using the bank account of the wife of a senior Saudi diplomat—sent tens of thousands of dollars to two Saudi students in the United States who provided assistance to two of the September 11 hijackers, according to law-enforcement sources. [While the Saudis have this plausible connection to Al Queda and the hijackers themselves and there has been not even a hint of a connection between Iraqis and Al Queda, Bush is moving forward with plans to bomb Iraq! Why is that? Well, because Saudi Arabia already has a royal dictatorship beholden to US oil interests, and the Iraq does not. This proves that "weapons of mass destruction" and "terrorism" are false pretexts for any war on Iraq. Otherwise, we'd be attacking Saudi Arabia. The war on Iraq is a war of empire. All else represents nothing but a lie. --Michael Rectenwald]
Pursue the truth about Sept. 11 --by Antonia Zerbisias "The questions are endless. But most are not being asked — still — by most of the media most of the time. All of which to say, there are many people, and more by the minute, persuaded that, if the Bushies didn't cause 9/11, they did nothing to stop it. Even if you don't buy that, it's hard to deny that the administration has exploited the massacres, using them to advance its agenda while avoiding such issues as corporate corruption."
In Rescuers' Voices, 9/11 Tape Reveals a Gripping History To the abject frustration of family groups that had lobbied hard for such an inquiry -- a national commission to investigate possible lapses by the intelligence services the plans have stalled: the Bush mis-ministration has been concerned about exposing intelligence methods, [and about its role in 9/11 being revealed] and objected to the terms of an inquiry that had been agreed to by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. This week, the matter will again be debated when Congress takes up next year's budget for intelligence. "The American people must know the full story has yet to be told," Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said at a hearing last month.[ Petition to Senate to Investigate Oddities of 9/11 http://www.petitiononline.com/11601TFS/petition.html surpasses 17,075 signatures -- please add yours!-- Lori Price]
9/11 Tape Raised Added Questions on Radio Failures -- The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's analysis of its 78-minute tape of firefighter communications from Sept. 11 flatly contradicts the city's version of what went wrong . It also raises questions about the thoroughness of the city's investigations into the worst loss of life any fire department has ever experienced — 343 men.
PentaLawn 2000! "Introducing the amazing new Penta-Lawn 2000! The most resilient lawn ever! Exclusively tested at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It's skid proof! It's fire proof! It even repels plane debris! On September 11, 2001, a bunch of mean nasty Arab terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 fully loaded with fuel, and crashed it at ground level into the west side wall of the Pentagon."
Was the NRO's 9/11 Drill Just a Coincidence? Posted By: ChristopherBollyn "On 11 September 2001, a key U.S. intelligence agency was running a drill in which a plane hits a government building. While U.S. spy satellites could easily observe what actually happened in New York City and Washington, this 'bizarre coincidence' sent the people who operate America's 'eye in the sky' home."
Gore Vidal claims 'Bush junta' complicit in 9/11 America's most controversial writer Gore Vidal has launched the most scathing attack to date on George W Bush's pResidency, calling for an investigation into the events of 9/11 to discover whether the Bush mis-ministration deliberately chose not to act on warnings of Al-Qaeda's plans. Vidal's highly controversial 7000 word polemic titled 'The Enemy Within' argues that what he calls a 'Bush junta' used the terrorist attacks as a pretext to enact a pre-existing agenda to invade Afghanistan and crack down on civil liberties at home. [Petition to Senate -- Investigate "Oddities" of 9/11: http://www.petitiononline.com/11601TFS/petition.html]
Proof of Controlled Demolition at the WTC -- by Jerry Russell, Ph.D. "Steel frame towers are built very strongly. They need to withstand the pressure of gale-force winds, the violent rocking motion of earthquakes, and the ravages of time. For this reason, they are almost impossible to destroy."
Why U.S. Intelligence Stumbled The monthlong series of congressional intelligence hearings that ended this week produced a detailed and disheartening portrait of the U.S. spy community as it groped its way toward Sept. 11. It also reshaped thinking about the most basic lingering question: Could the attacks have been prevented? [Yes, if the coup did not take place and President Gore was allowed to assume his role.]
Bush briefed on hijacking threat before September 11 Bin Laden 'chatter' since Clinton administration -- pResident Bush's daily intelligence briefings in the weeks leading up to the September 11 terror attacks included a warning of the possibility that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network would attempt to hijack a U.S.-based airliner, senior mis-ministration officials said Wednesday.
9/11 Relatives Push for Commission Tearful relatives of Sept. 11 victims urged White House officials Wednesday not to block Congress' plans to create an independent commission to investigate the attacks.
Cheney: Investigators, Keep Out The vice pResident blocks an independent commission to investigate 9-11 -- Dick Cheney played a behind-the-scenes role last week in derailing an agreement to create an independent commission to investigate the 9-11 attacks. On Thursday, hours after congressional negotiators hailed a final deal over the scope and powers of a 9-11 panel, Cheney called House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Porter Goss, sources told NEWSWEEK.
House GOP Stops 9/11 Probe Plan Proponents of Proposal Point to White House Opposition -- A tentative congressional deal to create an independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks fell apart hours after the White House and House Republican leaders objected to the plan, sources said last night.
Sept. 11 Commission Falls Apart An agreement announced by leading lawmakers to form an independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 attacks fell apart late Thursday after the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said more details needed to be worked out.
Is Bush a Liar -- or is memory serving him badly? -- by Ekstra Bladget "Most people will easily remember where they were and what they were doing at September 11th last year. Not President [sic] Bush. At two Town Hall Meetings he was asked about his day, and both times he ended up telling untrue stories about how he learned of the WTC-attacks."
Ex-FBI Director to Face Grilling on Hill Former FBI director Louis J. Freeh comes before Congress in what could be a contentious and wrenching appraisal of his record on counterterrorism, widely viewed as one of the triumphs of his tenure when he departed in June, 2001. As the clues the FBI missed have become widely known, Freeh's tenure is now being reassessed in light of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Congress Seeks F.B.I. Data on Informer; F.B.I. Resists The Federal Bureau of Investigation had a confidential informer who rented rooms in California to two of the Sept. 11 hijackers, but the bureau is resisting a request from the Congressional committee investigating the attacks to interview the informer and his F.B.I. handler, government officials said.
Frontline: 'The Man Who Knew' Producer/Director, "Frontline" Friday, Oct. 4, 2002; 11 a.m. ET When the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, among the thousands killed was the one man who may have known more about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda than any other person in America: John O'Neill.
Analysis of WTC's Fall May Be Sealed A collection of expert analysis and data that could help explain how and why the World Trade Center collapsed has been compiled as part of an insurance lawsuit in Manhattan, but the public may never see the information.
What Did Happen to Flight 93? -- by Richard Wallace "...of the four aircraft taken on September 11, the exact fate of Flight 93 after its two-hour journey is proving difficult for US officials to explain. What was the white jet doing there and why won't they admit to its presence? Why did other witnesses see smoke and flames trailing from Flight 93 as it fell from the sky, indicating a possible explosion aboard? Or - and this is proving to be the most uncomfortable question of all - in the moments before the airliner piled into the black, spongey earth at 575mph did an American fighter pilot have to do the unthinkable and shoot down a US civil airliner?"
Pearl tracked al Qaida Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was investigating the man who allegedly planned the Sept. 11 airplane hijackings and attacks on New York and Washington when he was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan, according to two former Central Intelligence Agency officials.
Gore accuses White House of ignoring 9/11 warnings Al Gore yesterday made his second attack this week on George Bush's war on terrorism, accusing the administration of ignoring signs that al Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden planned to attack the United States on September 11. "The warnings were there" before the attacks, President Gore said.
Senate Approves Independent 9/11 Commission The Senate voted overwhelmingly today to create an independent commission to conduct a broad inquiry into governmental failures leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, significantly boosting prospects that Congress will set up the panel before it adjourns for the year.
F.B.I. Agent Cited Trade Center Attack Ahead of Sept. 11 A Minneapolis FBI supervisor said in a pre-Sept. 11 conversation with headquarters that he wanted to prevent suspicious student pilot Zacarias Moussaoui from flying a plane into the World Trade Center , a congressional investigator testified Tuesday... The Bush mis-ministration doesn't want to reveal what the White House knew, even if the intelligence has already been declassified. On Tuesday, leaders of the committees again called on the White House to allow the information to be disclosed, or explain why the information should be kept secret.
FBI HQ Knew of Bin Laden Followers Flight Training Before last year's Sept. 11 attacks, FBI headquarters in New York knew several associates of Osama bin Laden had trained at U.S. flight schools, but believed the al Qaeda leader needed pilots to transport goods in Afghanistan, a congressional investigator said on Tuesday.
Why the White House Said Yes to a 9-11 Inquiry Family members of those lost on 9-11 continue to push for a blue-ribbon panel With momentum for the blue-ribbon commission rapidly gaining on Capitol Hill, and the family members threatening to go public, the White House had virtually no choice. " There was a freight train coming down the tracks." said one White House official. "They realized how powerful the voices of the families were," added Democrat Rep. Jane Harman, a House intelligence committee member.
C.I.A.'s Inquiry on Qaeda Aide Seen as Flawed The Central Intelligence Agency failed to adequately scrutinize information it received before Sept. 11 about the growing terrorist threat posed by Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, a leader of Al Qaeda now believed to have been a central planner of the attacks on New York and Washington, Congressional investigators have concluded.
FBI Agent Warned About 9 / 11 Hijacker Thirteen days before the Sept. 11 attacks, a frustrated FBI agent warned headquarters that "someday, someone will die'' after he was denied permission to pursue a man who would become one of the hijackers, a congressional panel was told Friday. Although pResident Bush reversed course and backed an independent commission conduct a broader investigation, Stephen Push, a leader of a group of Sept. 11 relatives, said Bush's proposal isn't good enough because it apparently wouldn't include an investigation of the intelligence agencies themselves. " This is disgraceful, what we're learning about intelligence failures, and the White House is trying to cover it up,'' he said.
Intelligence Flaws Anger Families "If the intelligence community had been doing its job, my wife would be alive today," said Stephen Push, whose wife, Lisa Raines, died in the attack on the Pentagon.
Administration won't release 9-11 data The Bush mis-ministration has denied lawmakers investigating the Sept. 11 attacks permission to reveal whether the pResident or other White House staff received warning of potential terrorist attacks against the United States, including plans by al Qaida linked terrorists to use hijacked planes as weapons.
Barriers To 9/11 Inquiry Decried Congress May Push Commission -- Lawmakers from both parties yesterday protested the Bush mis-ministration's lack of cooperation in the congressional inquiry into Sept. 11 intelligence failures and threatened to renew efforts to establish an independent commission.
U.S. Failed to Act on Warnings in '98 of a Plane Attack The United States intelligence community was told in 1998 that Arab terrorists were planning to fly a bomb-laden aircraft into the World Trade Center, but the F.B.I. and the Federal Aviation Administration did not take the threat seriously, a Congressional investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks has found.
Bin Laden warning preceded 9/11 Committee opens inquiry into intelligence failures -- An intelligence briefing in July 2001 warned that Osama bin Laden was planning a spectacular terrorist attack against U.S. or Israeli interests, congressional investigators said Wednesday in their first public assessment of intelligence failures prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Congress to reveal evidence on pre-9/11 threats A veil of secrecy will begin to rise Wednesday when a congressional committee reveals some of the information that U.S. spy agencies knew about suspected terrorist activity before the September 11 attacks -- including the disclosure that analysts knew al Qaeda had previously plotted to use aircraft as terrorist weapons.
Congress OKs 9/11 Public Hearings After months of delay, Congress on Friday scheduled its first public hearings into intelligence failures leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks. One senator said he had little hope they would accomplish much.
White House Drags Its Feet on Testifying at 9/11 Panel The Bush Fourth Reich is balking at a request from Congress that Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld testify in public before the Congressional committee investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, government officials said today. The mia-ministration's resistance has frustrated lawmakers by making it difficult for the joint Senate and House committee to schedule public hearings, even as it races against a deadline to complete its work by the end of the current session of Congress.
Senator Shelby Faults the Intelligence Agencies After months of work on a joint Congressional committee investigating the events of Sept. 11, Senator Richard C. Shelby said he feared that Congress would adjourn before all the facts are unearthed. As a result, he said, he would not oppose an outside investigating commission. "Time is not on our side," warned Mr. Shelby of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Sources: Hijackers' ex-landlord was FBI informant A former landlord of two of the September 11 hijackers was an FBI informant at the time, knowledgeable sources confirm to CNN.
CLG mentioned in Digipresse The petition on line signed by Carlos Jacinto and a dozen of thousands of other netsurfers, was composed by Lori R. Price, writer and webmaster for Citizens for Legitimate Government. Which are the questions raised by Lori Price? Carlos Jacinto : "Beaucoup de choses à éclaircir" *original in French
The 9/11 Evidence that May Hang George W. Bush - The Case Against G.W. Bush: a Preliminary "Hearing" in the Court of Common Sense -- by Cheryl Seal "At the very least Bush allowed 9/11 to happen. But the evidence indicates his guilt involves more than just a huge intentional sin of omission –this now seems certain. So it is ulcer-fomenting to watch him, Cheney, Condoleeza Rice and their PR army try to sell America yet another Big Lie –that they had no idea such a thing as 9/11 could happen..."
Exercise Jump-Starts Response to Attacks At 8:40 a.m. EDT, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy W. Powell of North American Aerospace Defense Command's (Norad) Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) in Rome, N.Y., took the first call from Boston Center. He notified NEADS commander Col. Robert K. Marr, Jr., of a possible hijacked airliner, American Airlines Flight 11...
Revealed: The Taliban minister, the US envoy and the warning of September 11 that was ignored Weeks before the terrorist attacks on 11 September, the United States and the United Nations ignored warnings from a secret Taliban emissary that Osama bin Laden was planning a huge attack on American soil.
Court Declares Bush Mis-ministration Acted Unlawfully The federal appeals court in Cincinnati declared yesterday that the Bush mis-ministration acted unlawfully in holding hundreds of deportation hearings in secret based only on the government's assertion that the people involved may have links to terrorism. The decision, which was laced with stinging language questioning the administration's commitment to an open democracy, is the first major appellate ruling on the government's legal tactics concerning Sept. 11.
Appeals Court Rules Against Closed 9/11 Hearing s A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that the Bush mis-ministration violated the U.S. constitution by holding secret immigration hearings for a figure under investigation in the Sept. 11 attacks." A government operating in the shadow of secrecy stands in complete opposition to the society envisioned by the framers of our constitution," the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.
Agency planned exercise on Sept. 11 built around a plane crashing into a building In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence [insert euphemism for 9/11 oddity #1,274 here], one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism -- it was to be a simulated accident.
America Betrayed by NORAD on 9-11 Two of the aircraft exceeded their software limits on 9/11. The Boeing 757 and 767 are equipped with fully autonomous flight capability, and they are the only two Boeing commuter aircraft capable of fully autonomous flight. They can be programmed to take off, fly to a destination and land, completely without a pilot at the controls.
Planes of 911 Exceeded Their Software Limits Two of the aircraft exceeded their software limits on 9/11. The Boeing 757 and 767 are equipped with fully autonomous flight capability, they are the only two Boeing commuter aircraft capable of fully autonomous flight. They can be programmed to take off, fly to a destination and land, completely without a pilot at the controls...
White House uses intimidation to scuttle probe of September 11 The FBI investigation of members of the US Senate and House Intelligence Committees to determine the source of a leak of classified information in connection with the September 11 attacks is the latest effort by the Bush mis-ministration to establish an authoritarian presidency and overturn the traditional balance of powers in the US.
Come Fly With Me? A Saudi Flying Instructor Who Died Mysteriously On May 8 Had The Same Name as Two 9/11 Hijackers Who Lived At The Same U.S. Naval Air Base -- Amid reports in the days after the September 11 attacks that two of the hijackers, Saeed Alghamdi and Ahmed Alghamdi received flight training at Florida's Pensacola Naval Air Station, a new dot has been connected which may shed more light on past revelations that 9/11 terrorists learned to fly at secure United States military bases.
Transcript: Donahue for Aug. 13 Jean-Charles Brisard, Co-Author of The Forbidden Truth, interviewed by Phil Donahue on MSNBC
Bush Chronicles: Is Prez [sic] Trying to Remove a 9-11 Thorn Named Cynthia McKinney? -- by Bruce S. Ticker "Cynthia McKinney's political fate will be decided sometime Tuesday night. If her 10-year tenure as a congresswoman is ended when a contentious Democratic primary climaxes, President [sic] Bush could well sigh with relief."
Firefighters Vote to Boycott Bush Sept. 11 Tribute The International Association of Fire Fighters voted unanimously on Wednesday to boycott a national tribute to firefighters who died on Sept. 11, in an angry response to pResident Bush's rejection of a bill that included $340 million to fund fire departments.
Flight 93's Smoking Gun The relatively obscure field which considers the seismology of supersonic aircraft has produced something of a smoking gun in the mystery surrounding Flight 93's final moments. Evidence from the seismic record indicates there was at least one supersonic warplane within striking distance of Flight 93 on the fateful morning of September 11, 2001.
Could 9/11 Have Been Prevented? The Bush mis-ministration discarded the Clinton administration plan to fight al-Queda.
Clinton's plan for the United States to take on al Qaeda languished for eight months under the Bush mis-ministration According to Time Magazine, proposals to strike at al Qaeda were developed in the final days of the Clinton administration and presented to the Bush mis-ministration's new national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, in January 2001. The proposals were developed by Richard Clarke, the point man on terrorism in the Clinton White House.
Bush held up plan to hit Bin Laden The Bush mis-ministration sat on a Clinton-era plan to attack al-Qaida in Afghanistan for eight months because of political hostility to the outgoing president and competing priorities, it was reported yesterday.
Pakistan Pres. Unsure Bin Laden Planned 9/11 - Report Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, a key ally in the U.S. fight against terrorism, is not convinced that Osama bin Laden was the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a report on Sunday.
9/11 widows win support for commission A group of women who lost their husbands in the collapse of the World Trade Center are beginning to change some minds about the need for an independent commission to investigate the Sept. 11 attacks. Their next target: pResident Bush.
Bush mis-ministration moves to stifle discovery in 9/11 lawsuits The Bush mis-ministration and the Department of Justice are moving to suppress evidence that could be used in discovery proceedings in several civil lawsuits resulting from the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. In June, US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein was informed in a letter that the Justice Department intends to intervene to control access to all evidence and documents related to the 9/11 attacks.
FBI asks lawmakers to take lie detector test in Sept. 11 leak investigation The FBI has asked members of the House and Senate intelligence committees to take lie-detector tests as part of an investigation into the leak of information related to the Sept. 11 attacks, a law enforcement official said.
FBI Targeting Congress In Probe of Terror Leaks Angry House and Senate members assail the investigation's scope and question requests for polygraph tests -- Many Spurn Polygraph Requests on Issue of NSA's 9/11 Intercept --FBI agents have questioned nearly all 37 members of the Senate and House intelligence committees and have asked many if they would be willing to submit to lie detector tests as part of a broad investigation into leaks of classified information related to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to officials involved in the inquiry.
Report on 9/11 Finds Flaws in Response of Police Dept. The New York Police Department's response to the Sept. 11 attack was effective in many areas but suffered from lapses in leadership and coordination and a lack of proper planning and training, according to a draft report by an independent consultant for the department.
House OKs Independent 9/11 Probe The House voted Thursday to create an independent commission to study the Sept. 11 hijackings despite White House concerns [i.e., fear of the truth emerging] that the panel would distract intelligence agencies trying to prevent future attacks.
Israeli intelligence: Narco-terror profits funded Sept. 11 attack Profits from drugs shipped by Afghanistan were used by Al Qaida in carrying out the September 11 attacks, according to a classified report by Israel's police intelligence service.
Records of 9/11 Response Not for Public, City Says The Bloomberg mis-ministration has concluded that many of the audio and written records of the Fire Department's actions on Sept. 11 should never be released to the general public.
U.S. wants information limited in 9/11 airline suits U.S. prosecutors will argue in court on Friday that the government should be able to block the families of September 11 victims from obtaining sensitive airline information in wrongful death suits alleging inadequate security. [?!?]
Feds Want Some 9/11 Data Kept Quiet The Injustice Department has asked a federal judge to limit public access to some information from injury and death lawsuits filed against airlines over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Sept. 11 Tape Heard in Secret in Fire Inquiry Under fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the Fire Department and the city's Law Department have taken the position that oral history interviews of firefighters about the events of Sept. 11 are secret documents that can never be disclosed to the public .
Sept. 11 Hijackers Said to Fake Data on Bank Accounts The Sept. 11 hijackers were able to open 35 American bank accounts without having legitimate Social Security numbers and opened some of the accounts with fabricated Social Security numbers that were never checked or questioned by bank officials, a senior F.B.I. official said today. The hijackers relied most heavily on 14 accounts at SunTrust Banks, moving $325,000 through accounts opened in Florida and taken out in the names of many of the hijackers.