investigatetheSeptember11thattack. An FBI agent sent a memo about suspicious foreigners to both FBIheadquarters and to a New York FBI unit that was looking for Osamabin Laden. As the
New York Times
AnF.B.I.agentinPhoenixtold counterterrorism officialsatthebureau’sheadquarterslastJulythathehad detectedanalarmingpatternofArabmenwithpossibletiestoterrorismtakingaviation-relatedtraining,and urgedanationwidereviewofthetrend.
No action was taken by the FBI. Were Bush and Cheney trying toprotect the FBI, FAA, CIA, military, and/or the Bush administration fromaccusations of incompetence?On September 20th the
Los Angeles Times
reported that Israel hadwarned the FBI and CIA a month before the attack that terrorists wereslipping into America to conduct “a major assault.” The next day the
printed a brief correction that claimed the accusation was false.The “proof” that the original report was false was explained as:
This situation is as silly as a court dismissing charges against aperson on the grounds that he “flatly denied” the accusations.The
also offered this statement as proof that the originalreport was false:
Apparently British newspapers cannot be trusted. Does that meanwe can trust American newspapers? If so, an American newspaperreported that a flight instructor in Minneapolis phoned the FBI tocomplain that a possible terrorist wanted to learn how to fly acommercial jet. I suppose the FBI would flatly deny that report, but perhaps the FBI and CIA are simply trying to suppress the evidencethey dislike.Perhaps US government officials wanted to stop the investigationbecause they feared investigators would conclude that there were somany warnings and clues that even a troop of Girl Scouts would havebeen able to stop the terrorists.
“Doyourealizehowserious thisis?Thismanwantstraining ona747.A747fullyloaded withfuelcouldbeusedasaweapon!”
Correction,Sept12,2001. ASeptember11tharticlereportedthat Osama binLadenwasresponsibleforthe9/11attack.However, Osama
hassincelearnedthat theaccusationwasbasedonaBritishnewspaperreport,not reputablesources.The
C o u r t e s y o f T h e C o S t a r G r o u p , I n c .