If they Had Advanced Knowledge,
Why did they let September 11th happen?

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If they Had Advanced Knowledge, Why did September 11th still happen?

Multiple sources show that key people in the administration looked the other way as though they wanted September 11th to happen. Why?  To give us a reason we could believe so they could invade Afghanistan and quietly control gas and oil pipeline routes that would save Enron and create huge profits for Halliburton, Chevon/Texaco and other energy companies?

Who Had Advanced Knowledge of Impending Terrorist Attacks before September 11th 2001?

To one who waits
all things reveal themselves
so long as you have the courage
not to deny in the darkness
what you have seen in the light.

Coventry Patmore

Sourced News Articles - Advanced Knowledge of Impending Terrorist Attack


May 2001:
Around this time, intercepts from Afghanistan warn that al-Qaeda could attack an American target in late June or on the July 4 holiday. However, The White House's Counterterrorism Security Group does not meet to discuss this prospect. This group also fails to meet after intelligence analysts overhear conversations from an al-Qaeda cell in Milan suggesting that bin Laden's agents might be plotting to kill Bush at the European summit in Genoa, Italy, in late July. In fact, under Bush, the group only meets twice before 9/11 (June 3 and September 4). Under Clinton, the group met two or three times a week between 1998 and 2000. The White House later "aggressively defend[s] the level of attention, given only scattered hints of al-Qaeda activity." [cooperativeresearch.org]

June 9, 2001 Robert Wright, an FBI agent who spent ten years investigating terrorist funding, writes a memo that slams the FBI. He states, "There is virtually no effort on the part of the FBI's International Terrorism Unit to neutralize known and suspected international terrorists living in the United States." He claims "FBI was merely gathering intelligence so they would know who to arrest when a terrorist attack occurred," rather than actually trying to stop the attacks. Wright claims the FBI shut down his 1998 criminal probe into alleged terrorist-training camps in Chicago and Kansas City. He says his superiors repeatedly blocked his attempts to shut off money flows to al-Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist groups. Yet his story is largely ignored by the media because the FBI will not allow Wright to provide details. He is now suing the FBI so he can tell his story. [copperativeresearch.org]

July 10, 2001: Phoenix, Arizona FBI agent Ken Williams sends a memo to FBI headquarters and several other FBI offices, warning about suspicious activities of 10 Middle Eastern men taking flight training lessons in Arizona. The memo specifically suggests that bin Laden's followers might be trying to infiltrate the civil-aviation system as pilots, security guards or other personnel, and recommends a national program to track suspicious flight-school students. The memo is ignored and no action is taken, not even surveillance of the 10 suspected students. One of the students mentioned periodically roomed and trained with hijacker Hani Hanjour for several years in Arizona. In May 2002, Vice President Cheney states that the memo should never be released to the media or public. [copperativeresearch.org]

July 16, 2001: British spy agencies warn that al-Qaeda is in "the final stages" of preparing a terrorist attack in the West. The report states there is "an acute awareness" that the attack is "a very serious threat." In early August, the British add that the attack will involve multiple airplane hijackings. This warning is included in Bush's briefing on August 6. [copperativeresearch.org]

July 26, 2001: CBS News reports that Attorney General Ashcroft has stopped flying commercial airlines due to a threat assessment, but "neither the FBI nor the Justice Department ... would identify [to CBS] what the threat was, when it was detected or who made it." The San Francisco Chronicle later concludes, "The FBI obviously knew something was in the wind ... The FBI did advise Ashcroft to stay off commercial aircraft. The rest of us just had to take our chances." CBS's Dan Rather later says of this warning: "Why wasn't it shared with the public at large?" [cooperativeresearch.org]

Late July 2001: David Schippers, noted conservative Chicago lawyer and the House Judiciary Committee's chief investigator in the Clinton impeachment trial, later claims that FBI agents in Chicago and Minnesota contact him around this time and tell him that a terrorist attack is going to occur in lower Manhattan. According to Schippers, the agents had been developing extensive information on the planned attack for many months. However, the FBI soon pulls them off the terrorist investigation and threatens them with prosecution under the National Security Act if they go public with the information. As a result, they contact Schippers hoping he can persuade the government to take action. Schippers tries to pass the information on to high government officials but apparently his efforts are ignored. Partly in conjunction with Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm, Schippers is now representing at least ten FBI agents in a suit against the US government in an attempt to have their testimony subpoenaed, which would enable them to legally tell what they know without going to jail. [cooperativeresearch.org]

An August 6, 2001 intelligence briefing for President Bush that warned al-Qaeda might try to hijack U.S. airliners.

August 6th, 2001 President Bush receives a 11.5 page report including a warning about an "attack with planes". A shorter memo goes to Dick Cheney, Andrew Card, Condoleeza Rice, Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Bob Graham, GOP Rep. Porter Goss, Rep. Nancy Pelosi. President Bush receives classified intelligence briefings at his Crawford, Texas ranch indicating that bin Laden might be planning to hijack commercial airliners. The memo read to him is titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US", and the entire 11 page memo focuses on the possibility of terrorist attacks inside the US. The contents have never been made public. The existence of this memo is kept secret until May 2002. Vice President Cheney later calls the memo just a "rehash" containing nothing new or interesting. But he says Congress and the public should not see it, "because it contains the most sensitive sources and methods. It's the family jewels." [MSNBC] [cooperativeresearch.org, CBS News; CNN, May 15, 2002]

August 19th, 2001 John O'Neill's briefcase with important documents is stolen during a Miami conference and is recovered later.- In the few months leading up to September 11, O'Neill was suddenly the subject of a series of seemingly unrelated controversies –the first, in July, involving his dispute with the State Department over the conduct of the bin Laden investigation in Yemen; and the second, in August, in which he was reported to be under an FBI probe for misplacing a briefcase of classified documents during an FBI convention in Tampa. In the light of the aftermath of this second controversy -- the documents were found, "untouched", a few hours later. Why this seemingly minor news would merit such lengthy coverage in the Washington Post and New York Times a mere three weeks before he was to die in the rubble of the Twin Towers. (in a job arranged for him by Jerry Hauer) (FBI agent O’Neill had complained that the White House was obstructing his investigation into Bin Laden to protect oil interests) [The mystery surrounding the death of John O'Neill The Propaganda Preparation for 9-11, by Chaim Kupferberg.htm]

"Week of August 20th, 2001 ...three weeks before the attack of September 11 security at the World Trade Center was abruptly heightened..." Source: counterpunch.com This was also confirmed by financial analyst Ben Fountain "...over the past few weeks we'd been evacuated a number of times, which is unusual..."
[Counterpunch,   http://people.aol.com/people/special/0,11859,174592-5,00.html ]

August/September 2001 - According to a detailed 13-page memo written by Minneapolis FBI legal officer Colleen Rowley, FBI headquarters ignores urgent, direct warnings from French intelligence services about pending attacks. In addition, a single Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in Washington expends extra effort to thwart the field office's investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui, in one case rewriting Rowley's affidavit for a search warrant to search Moussaoui's laptop. Rowley's memo uses terms like "deliberately sabotage," "block," "integrity," "omitted," "downplayed," "glossed over," "mis-characterize," "improper political reasons, "deliberately thwarting," "deliberately further undercut," "suppressed," and "not completely honest." These are not terms describing negligent acts but rather, deliberate acts. FBI field agents desperately attempt to get action, but to no avail. One agent speculates that bin Laden might be planning to crash airliners into the WTC, while Rowley ironically noted that the SSA who had committed these deliberate actions had actually been promoted after Sept. 11. [Source: Associated Press, May 21, 2002]

August 22, 2001: Counter-terrorism expert John O'Neill, "committed tracker of Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network of terrorists," quits the FBI because of the recent power play against him led by Tom Pickard, interim director of the FBI, and because of repeated obstruction of his investigations into al-Qaeda. O’Neill never hears the CIA warning about hijackers Alhazmi and Almihdhar sent out just one day later nor Ken Williams' flight school memo, nor of Walid Arkeh's warning, nor about the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui, nor is he at a June meeting when the CIA revealed some of what it knew about Alhazmi and Almihdhar. [The next day he begins a new job as head of security at the WTC. He dies in the 9/11 attack, one day after moving into his office inside the WTC.]

August 2001 - Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian intelligence to warn the U.S. government "in the strongest possible terms" of imminent attacks on airports and government buildings.  Russian President Putin later states that during this month, "I ordered my intelligence to warn President Bush in the strongest terms that 25 terrorists were getting ready to attack the US, including important government buildings like the Pentagon." He states that suicide pilots are training for attacks on US targets. The head of Russian intelligence also states, "We had clearly warned them" on several occasions, but they "did not pay the necessary attention." A Russian newspaper on September 12, 2001 claims that "Russian Intelligence agents know the organizers and executors of these terrorist attacks. More than that, Moscow warned Washington about preparation to these actions a couple of weeks before they happened."[Source: MSNBC interview with Putin, Sept. 15, 2001]

September 9, 2001: A "game plan to remove al-Qaeda from the face of the Earth" is placed on Bush's desk for his signature. The plan deals with all aspects of a war against al-Qaeda, ranging from diplomatic initiatives to a military invasion in Afghanistan. According to NBC News reporter Jim Miklaszewski, the "directive outlines essentially the same war plan ... put into action after the Sept. 11 attacks. The administration most likely was able to respond so quickly to the attacks because it simply had to pull the plans 'off the shelf.'" Bush was expected to sign it but still hadn't done so by 9/11. Sandy Berger, Clinton's National Security Advisor, has stated, "You show me one reporter, one commentator, one member of Congress who thought we should invade Afghanistan before September 11 and I'll buy you dinner in the best restaurant in New York City." In July 2002, British Prime Minister Tony Blair will state: "To be truthful about it, there was no way we could have got the public consent to have suddenly launched a campaign on Afghanistan but for what happened on September 11." [Cooperativeresearch.org]

September 10, 2001 Police say that a sixth-grade student of Middle Eastern descent in Jersey City, New Jersey, warns his teacher to "to stay away from lower Manhattan because something bad was going to happen." A few days before 9/11, a Seattle security guard of Middle Eastern descent tells an East Coast friend on the phone that terrorists will soon attack the US; the FBI later verifies the story. Three presumed terrorists talk threateningly in a Florida bar the night before the attacks, one saying: "Wait 'til tomorrow. America is going to see bloodshed [cooperativeresearch.org]

September 10, 2001  Mayor (of San Francisco) Willie Brown, the first signs that something was amiss came late when he got a call from what he described as "his airport security"- a full eight hours before yesterday's string of terrorist attacks --him that Americans should be cautious about their air travel. mayor, who was booked to fly to New York yesterday morning from SanInternational Airport, said the call "didn't come in any fashion, which is why I'm hesitant to make an alarming."<snip>   [San Francisco Chronicle 9/12/2001Page A – 17   By Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross]

NOTE: The warning to San Francisco's mayor not to fly to NY eight 8 hours before the September 11th attack came from Condoleeza Rice.  [Pacifica Radio, Friday, May 17, 2002]

Sept. 11, 2001 - Employees of Odigo, Inc. in Israel, one of the world's largest instant messaging companies with offices in New York, receive threat warnings of an imminent attack on the WTC less than two hours before the first plane hits. Law enforcement authorities have gone silent about any investigation of this. The Odigo research and development offices in Israel are located in the city of Herzliyya, a ritzy suburb of Tel Aviv that is the same location as the Institute for Counter Terrorism, which eight days later reports details of insider trading on 9-11. [Source: CNN's Daniel Sieberg, Sept. 28, 2001; MSNBC Newsbytes, Brian McWilliams, Sept. 27, 2001; Ha'aretz, Sept. 26, 2001]

September 11, 2001:  Four planes are hijacked, two crash into the WTC, one into the Pentagon, and one crashes into the Pennsylvania countryside. At least 3,000 people.  Five people are arrested--neighbors alerted police after seeing them film the burning WTC from the roof of a building,   One man was found with $4,700 in cash hidden in his sock, another had two passports on him, and a box cutter was found in the van they were driving when arrested. Investigators say that "There are maps of the city in the car with certain places highlighted... It looked like they're hooked in with this. It looked like they knew what was going to happen." One of them says, "Our purpose was to document the event." ABC News later reports that the FBI determined at least two are Mossad agents, and that all were on a Mossad surveillance mission. [ABC]

November 20, 2001: The five Israelis on a Mossad surveillance mission arrested after filming the burning of the WTC while shouting in cries of joy and mockery are released on November 20, 2001 as part of a deal with the Israeli government. The owner of the moving van company they all worked had fled to Israel on September 13 and is still wanted by US authorities. The FBI later claims that none of them had any advanced knowledge of the 9/11 attacks.

Sept. 11, 2001 - After the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon occur, National Public Radio's congressional correspondent David Welna reports, "I spoke with congressman Ike Skelton, a Democrat from Missouri and a member of the Armed Services Committee, who said that just recently the director of the CIA warned that there could be an attack -- an imminent attack - on the United States of this nature. So this is not entirely unexpected." [Source: http://www.thememoryhole.org/updates.htm]

September 17, 2001   CBS 60 Minutes states that the Presidents close associates had suddenly, and inexplicably, sold all their airline stock just days before the terrorist attacks. The story was completely overlooked by mainstream newspapers thereafter.  [CBS  "60-Minutes"]

Jan. 29, 2002 CNN reported: "President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of 9/11/01. Democrats privately question why the White House fears a broader investigation to determine culpability [CNN]

May 19, 2002 - Former FBI Agent Tyrone Powers, now a professor at Anne Arundel Community College states on radio station KISS 98.7 that he has credible evidence suggesting that the Bush Administration did in fact allow the Sept. 11 attacks to further a hidden agenda. [Source: http://www.indymedia.org - May 20, 2002]

May 24, 2002: Agent: FBI Rewrote Moussaoui Request, John J. Lumpkin, Associated Press, "An FBI whistle-blower alleges FBI headquarters rewrote Minnesota agents' pre-Sept. 11 request for surveillance and search warrants for terrorism defendant Zacarias Moussaoui and removed important information before rejecting them, government officials said Friday. "Agent Coleen Rowley wrote that the Minnesota agents became so frustrated by roadblocks erected by terrorism supervisors in Washington that they began to joke that FBI headquarters was becoming an ‘unwitting accomplice’ to Osama bin Laden's efforts to attack the United States, the officials said."

May 30, 2002: FBI agent Wright spoke out again at a press conference in Washington, D.C. in May. He accused the FBI of intentionally thwarting investigations of known terrorists. But instead of making national news, Wright’s story was downplayed in the media. More disturbingly the FBI tried to block his new book, "Fatal Betrayals of the Intelligence Mission". Why? Wright also said, in tears, live on C-Span, that he was threatened by John Ashcroft for months to shut up his mouth. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/020529/dcw021_1.html Wright said throughout his six-year posting in counter-terrorism, he was involved in probes of Hamas and Hezbollah. His most successful 'get' netted $1.4 million in terrorist money in 1998, money that he said today was linked to Saudi businessman and financier Yassin Kadi, who was identified late last year as a close associate of Usama Bin Laden www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,54070,00.html+FBI+%22Robert+Wright%22&hl=de&ie=UTF-8

May 31, 2002 - FBI Agent Robert Wright delivers a press conference at the National Press Club describing his lawsuit against the FBI for deliberately curtailing investigations that might have prevented the 9-11 attacks. He uses words like "prevented," "thwarted," "obstructed," "threatened," "intimidated," and "retaliation" to describe the actions of his superiors in blocking his attempts to shut off money flows to Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. These are not words of negligence. They are words describing deliberate and malicious actions. [Source: C-SPAN website]

 

April 12, 2004 Secret Hearings Conceal 9-11 Terrorist Links to State Department, Congress, White House

American Free Press By Tom Flocco

On the fourth floor of the U.S. Capitol, security is so tight that representatives and senators from the joint-intelligence committee who are investigating the Sept. 11 attacks must check their cell phones and pagers at the door.

Behind those sound-proof walls, shocking evidence about foreknowledge of the terrorist attacks is being kept secret.

One reason for such furtive activity may have to do with why both the White House and CNN altered the transcript of a May 16, 2002 White House press conference by National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

The machinations had their genesis later in the day that Thursday, after The New York Post hit the streets with its huge “Bush Knew” banner, adding “Prez Was Warned of Possible Hijacking Before Terror Attacks” as a subheading. Other papers began to reveal the contents of a presidential FBI briefing from Aug. 6—36 days before the Sept. 11 attacks.

The top-secret briefing said that Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda were going to “bring the fight to America,” reported The Toronto Star, for past U.S. attacks upon its training camps in Afghanistan.

So the wheels of presidential damage control started turning, even as The New York Times was putting finishing touches on an explosive May 19 story for the next day, reporting that Bush had also been briefed before Sept. 11.

The Times reported: “A 1999 report for the National Intelligence Council, which oversees government intelligence analysis, saying ‘Suicide bomber(s) belonging to al Qaeda’s martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the [CIA] or the White House.’ ”

Senate Majority Leader Thomas Daschle (D-S.D.) said he was “gravely concerned about the information provided us just yesterday that the president received a warning in August about the threat of hijackers,” adding “Why did it take eight months for us to receive this information.”

Then House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo) called for a congressional investigation into “what the president and what the White House knew about the events leading up to 9-11.”

But like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, Gephardt has also been convinced not to make waves—grieving families of victims who are depending on him to fight for truth notwithstanding.

American Free Press has learned that the secretary of state and two other State Department officials, the CIA director, three senators, and a congressman actually met with the intelligence chief from Pakistan who, it has been alleged, wired $100,000 to fund the operations of suspected terrorist hijacker leader Mohammed Atta just prior to the attacks.

In fact, Pakistan’s intelligence service—the ISI—has had a long-standing and intimate relationship with the CIA, going back a generation. That the high-ranking ISI official linked to the events of 9-11 was huddling with American officials just prior to the 9-11 attacks is a devastating detail indeed—and not something that the U.S. government wants to be cranked into the discussion of possible U.S. foreknowledge of events surrounding the terrorist tragedy.

In a June 20, 2002 report, titled Political Deception: The Missing Link Behind 9-11 by the Center for Re search on Globalization, Michel Chossudovsky, University of Ottawa professor of economics, brings these and other critical revelations to the fore.

A couple of words were deleted from the CNN transcript of Rice’s May 16 remarks, when compared to the transcript from the Federal News Service which included the words “ISI chief.”

“After checking the transcript for Dr. Rice, you are correct that the words ‘ISI chief’ are missing from the transcript,” said a CNN spokesman in Atlanta. CNN provided a copy of the transcript.

However, in the White House version, the word “inaudible” was found in parentheses. The White House transcript reads:

 

Q: Dr. Rice? Dr Rice?

RICE: Yes?

Q: Are you aware of the reports at the time that ———— was in Washington on Sept. 11; and on Sept. 10, $100,000 was wired from Pakistan to these groups in this area? And why was he here? Was he meeting with you or anybody in the administration?

Ms. RICE: I have not seen that report, and he was certainly not meeting with me.

 

The Washington Post reported May 16, 2002, that “officials familiar with the White House’s strategy [during damage control] said senior aides were anxious to dispel the notion of a cover up and said they wanted to avoid appearing defensive, either in front of cameras or behind the scenes.”

FINANCIAL BENEFACTOR

According to the Times of India, Mohammed Atta’s financial bagman, Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad, had been fired as head of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Security Agency (ISI) as “U.S. authorities [FBI] sought his removal after confirming that $100,000 had been wired to WTC hijacker Mohammed Atta from Pakistan through Ahmad Sheikh at the instance [sic] of General Mahmoud.

The paper reported that “Senior [U.S.] government sources have confirmed that India contributed significantly to establishing the link between the money transfer and the role played by the dismissed ISI chief.”

But ABC’s Brian Ross had reported on Sept. 30, 2001: “As to Sept. 11, federal authorities have told ABC News they’ve now tracked more than $100,000 from banks in Pakistan to two banks in Florida to accounts held by suspected hijack ringleader Mohammed Atta. As well this morning Time magazine is reporting that some of that money came in the days just before the attack and can be traced directly to people connected to Osama bin Laden.”

If the dots are not connected, the public will never understand why extreme secrecy, closed, sound-proof hearings, and one year’s delayed investigations are so crucial to the ongoing—and as yet unchallenged—cover-up within the Joint-Intelligence Committee.

But that is exactly why both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have resisted congressional hearings—finally agreeing to lessen the number of members with access to the truth.

Three days after the attacks, The New York Times reported that important members of the Bush administration met with Ahmad: CIA Director George Tenet, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Under-Secretary of State Marc Grossman, and Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The report confirms that other members of the Senate and House Intelligence committees were present.

The Times also revealed that the co-chairmen of the Joint-Intelligence Committee, Bob Graham (D-Fla.), and Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.), met for breakfast with the ISI chief on Sept. 11 while the attacks were actually in progress.

The Times of India reported that “The CIA worked in tandem with Pakistan to create the ‘monster’ that is today Afghanistan’s Taliban.”

Tom Flocco is an independent American investigative journalist who has written for Scoop.co.nz, AmericanFreePress.net. WorldNetDaily.com, FromTheWilderness.com, NewsMax.com, NarcoNews.com, and JudicialWatch.org. He is also a frequent CRG contributor.   To Contact Tom Flocco:: TomFlocco@cs.com . Copyright   Thomas Flocco. 2002. For fair use only

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