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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Aozotorp)
Date: 29 Aug 2002 01:18:06 GMT
Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com
Subject: Re: Senate committee finds FBI officials inept in terror investigation prior to
>Senate committee finds FBI officials inept in terror investigation
>prior to Sept. 11
>(EXCERPT) Wed Aug 28, 8:16 AM ET
>NEW YORK - A Senate committee has concluded that FBI ( news - web
>sites) supervisors in Washington made errors that stopped field agents
>from following up on evidence that could have foretold the Sept. 11
>attacks, according to a preliminary report obtained by The New York
>The report by the 19-member Senate Judiciary Committee ( news - web
>sites) will be made public next month, but the Times obtained a draft
>copy on Tuesday.
>It focuses on errors in the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only
>person accused directly in the hijacked-airliner attacks of Sept. 11.
>But it also points to a broader FBI culture that allowed the mistakes,
>the newspaper reported.
>When Minnesota agents arrested Moussaoui last summer, they believed he
>was a terrorist who might use a commercial airplane as a weapon, so
>agents tried to obtain a search warrant under the 1978 foreign
>Intelligence Surveillance Act.
>FBI officials in Washington denied the request, apparently unaware
>that the federal act clearly permitted a warrant in that case, the
>When agents searched Moussaoui's computer after Sept. 11 they found
>information on commercial airplanes, crop dusting and a telephone
>number for a suspected al-Qaida member in Germany, officials said.
>Also, an agent in Phoenix, Arizona, informed bureau supervisors in
>Washington of a threat from an unusual number of young Arab men
>seeking flight training in the United States.
>Sen. Arlen Specter ( news, bio, voting record), a Republican member of
>the committee and an author of the report, called the intelligence by
>field agents a "veritable blueprint of 9/11," the Times said.
>The FBI had not seen the report and had no comment.
>-- DEA Watch
>The Voice of the Drug Enforcement Agent
>American Victims of Substance Abuse Memorial
Briefing on the Terrorist Attacks
A Compilation of Articles and Documents
INVESTIGATION / CIVIL RIGHTS / FOREIGN POLICY / INTERNATIONAL LAW
Press Investigation: Was there Prior Warning of the Attacks?
Artilces at site:
"What went wrong is we had no information on [the hijackers] from intelligence
and law enforcement... I'm surprised how much we learned in the immediate
Mary Ryan, State Dept.
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Intelligence Inquiries into bin Laden Relatives Squashed Before September 11th
FBI and military intelligence officials in Washington say they were prevented
for political reasons from carrying out full investigations into members of the
Bin Laden family in the US before the terrorist attacks of September 11. From
The Guardian, UK.
FBI Agent Exposes Cover-Up at Top Level In a letter to FBI director Robert
Mueller, Coleen Rowley, the FBI agent in Minnesota who tipped off her superiors
last August to the activities of Zacarias Moussaoui, the alleged '20th
hijacker' and the sole person charged in the 11 September attacks, accused the
agency of operating in 'a climate of fear. From The Observer, UK.
FBI Pigeonholed Agent's Recommendation to Check Flight Schools Officials had
previously been unclear about when and how the suggestion was abandoned. But
now they acknowledge that the request was quickly marked "closed," and plans to
pursue it were postponed indefinitely. From The Washington Post.
1995 Raid in Phillipines Unearthed Plot to Use Civilian Airliners Under Project
Bojinka, the Bin Laden group would hijack US-bound commercial aircraft and
crash them into key structures in the US. From Phillipines Headline News
Anonymous Letter Warned of Bin Laden Attack A Cayman Islands radio station
received the letter on August 29th. Three Afghan men had mysteriously appeared
on the islands the previous year. This is a statement from the Cayman Islands
Government, along with the text of the letter. (See also the reference to these
islands in the money laundering story below from Pacific News Service.)
Reprinted in the PR Newswire.
Intelligence Agencies Fell Asleep at the Switch Ken Garcia comments on the Los
Angeles Times probe and asks why the feds didn't use the law enforcement tools
already available to them. From the San Francisco Chronicle.
Hijacker Shuttled in and out of U.S. on Approved Visas.. Mohammed Atta also
obtained a driver's license in Broward County, Florida. His name had been on
the immigration watchlist since 1986. A report from the Los Angeles Times.
"Do you realize that a 747 loaded with fuel can be used as a bomb?"
Minnesota Flight Instructor
Warning to FBI in August
Flight School Warned F.B.I. of Suspicions.. Congressman Oberstar said the
instructor's warnings could not have been more blunt. "He told them, `Do you
realize that a 747 loaded with fuel can be used as a bomb?'" Congressional
officials said the account by the school, the Pan Am International Flight
Academy in Eagan, outside Minneapolis, raised new questions about why the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies did not prevent the
hijackings. From the New York Times.
CIA, FBI Disagree on Urgency of Aug. 27 Cable Warning of Terrorists Entering
U.S.. An intelligence official said he couldn't explain why the CIA version of
the cable was marked 'immediate,' and the one the FBI received was not. He
speculated that the coding had been stripped out in the FBI computers. In
addition, the head of the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs
complained bitterly at a Senate hearing last week that consular offices could
have stopped more of the suspected terrorists from entering the country if the
CIA and FBI had shared more of their intelligence with the State Department.
From the Los Angeles Times.
Search for Terrorist Suspects was on Since Early August.. The F.B.I. office in
New York failed to contact its offices in L.A and San Diego, where the men were
living, until a few days before the attacks. From the Los Angeles Times.
"I don't know when, in the last 20 years, I've heard so many members of both
parties come up and say, what the heck is going on?"
Senator Patrick J. Leahy
Chairman, Judiciary Committee.
Authorities Failed to Alert Airline about Names on Watchlist. Asked Wednesday
whether the FBI informed American Airlines about the two suspected terrorists
who hijacked Flight 77, FBI spokesman John E. Collingwood said: "This is a
pending investigation and I cannot comment." From the Los Angeles Times.
Retracing a Trail to Sept. 11 Plot. German investigators now ruefully admit
that Mohammed Atta and his colleagues, who were under surveillance in 1998 and
1999, used a Hamburg apartment as a base to plan the Sept. 11 attack. From the
New York Times.
Bin Laden Boasts in June of Imminent Attack . An Israeli terrorist expert
comments on bin Laden's claim that there will be some "surprises" for the
United States and Israel in the coming weeks. From The Jerusalem Post.
U.S. and British Intelligence Present Details of Al Qaeda Activity Before Sept.
11th. In the weeks before last month's suicide hijackings, Bin Laden warned
close associates to return to Afghanistan from other parts of the world by
Sept. 10, and he "indicated he was about to launch a major attack on America,"
according to the intelligence. Much of the information released in London came
from a lengthy, classified cable that the United States sent to allies on
Tuesday. From the Los Angeles Times.
FBI Let Suspected Terrorist Get Away. A suspected bomber on President Bush's
new list of "most wanted" terrorists was in the FBI's grasp eight years ago for
allegedly playing a role in the first attack on the World Trade Center, but he
was released and then allowed to leave the country, authorities acknowledged.
The suspect had been questioned about his sharing of apartments in Jersey City,
N.J., with others who were later indicted and convicted in the bombing, and
about how explosive chemicals got on one apartment's walls and may have caused
a burn mark found on his thigh. From the Los Angeles Times
Terrorist Insider Trading Probed By German Bank. Besides massive short selling
of airlines and insurance stocks, bank president Welteke said "there was a
fundamentally inexplicable rise" in world oil prices just before the attacks...
German researchers also detected movements in gold markets "which need
explaining." From The Washington Post.
U.S. Treasury and Other Agencies Accused of Footdragging . Money-laundering
experts say that the U.S. effort to deny funds to terrorists by freezing their
assets lacked a sense of urgency before Sept. 11, reflecting a failure to
appreciate the extent of the terrorist threat. From the Los Angeles Times
Money Laundering: U.S. Asks Countries to Freeze Assets of "Mr. Miller". "Gulf
bankers have greeted the U.S. lists with a mixture of anger, amusement and
confusion. The lack of detail has slowed the identification process and caused
some bank officials to be hesitant in ordering accounts frozen without better
identification. 'It's like saying, 'Freeze the accounts of Mr. Miller in the
USA,' Al Suweidi said. 'There might be a million of them.'" From the Los
Tracking Terrorist Money -- Too Hot For U.S. to Handle? A controversial
European book that might help authorities track terrorist funding sources
remains unpublished and relatively unknown in the United States. Entitled
"Revelation$," it exposes a secret banking system that might be used by
terrorists. At the center is a clearinghouse in Luxembourg called Clearstream,
which transfers money for international banks and major companies. From Pacific
A Strange Intersection of Bushes, bin Ladens Until recently, the Texas-based
Bush political dynasty that produced two presidents and the Saudi Arabian-based
bin Laden family that spawned the FBI's most wanted terrorist reaped dividends
from the same source. Details of the case of strange business bedfellows have
dribbled out over the last several months, raising at least the perception of
conflicts of interest. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
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