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Subject: Re: [NEWS]: Probe: U.S. Knew of Jet Terror Plots
NNTP-Posting-Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 07:40:30 CDT
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Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 12:40:30 GMT
Your right Clinton knew of it in 1998:
Wednesday Sept. 18, 2002; 11:13 p.m. EDT
Clinton Briefing on '98 WTC Hijack Plot to Stay Secret
CIA Director George Tenet refused on Wednesday to permit the House-Senate
Select Committee probe into the 9-11 attacks release information about
intelligence briefings to the White House on terrorist activities, including
whether the president was briefed on plots to use hijacked airliners as
Tenet's directive would cover whatever President Clinton was told about a
1998 plan to load an airliner with explosives and crash it into the World
"The Director of Central Intelligence has declined to declassify two issues
of particular importance to this inquiry," Eleanor Hill, staff director for
the committee, told the panel.
"References to the intelligence community providing information to the
president or White House" would remain classified, Hill testified during
Wednesday's open hearing.
"According to (Tenet), the president's knowledge of intelligence information
relevant to this inquiry remains classified even when the substance of
intelligence information has been declassified," she explained.
The identity of and information on a key al Qaeda leader involved in the
September 11 attacks would also stay classified, the committee director
The classified information would include news of whether then-President
Clinton was tipped off about the 1998 plot involving what Hill said was a
"group of unidentified Arabs (who) planned to fly an explosive-laden plane
from a foreign country into the World Trade Center."
The hijacking tip was given to the Federal Aviation Administration and FBI.
Neither agency acted on it. The mysterious Arab group may now be linked to
bin Laden, Hill said.
The 1998 terrorist plot to use airliners as flying bombs was one of twelve
similar plans outlined by Hill that were uncovered by investigators from
1994 through 2001.
"James Anatidae" wrote in message
> Probe: U.S. Knew of Jet Terror Plots
> Wed Sep 18, 5:23 PM ET
> By KEN GUGGENHEIM, Associated Press Writer
> WASHINGTON (AP) - Intelligence agencies failed to anticipate terrorists
> flying planes into buildings despite a dozen clues in the years before the
> Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden or others might use aircraft as
> a congressional investigator told lawmakers Wednesday as they began public
> hearings into the attacks.
> Just a month before the attacks, intelligence agencies were told of a
> possible bin Laden plot to hit the U.S. Embassy in Kenya or crash a plane
> into it.
> The preliminary report by Eleanor Hill, staff director of the joint House
> and Senate intelligence committee investigation of the terrorist strike,
> showed authorities had many more warnings about possible attacks than were
> previously disclosed.
> The reports were generally vague and uncorroborated. None specifically
> predicted the Sept. 11 attacks. But collectively the reports "reiterated a
> consistent and critically important theme: Osama bin Laden's intent to
> launch terrorist attacks inside the United States," Hill said.
> Despite that, authorities didn't alert the public and did little to
> the homeland" against an assault, she said. Agencies believed any attack
> more likely to take place overseas.
> Just two months before the attacks, a briefing for senior government
> officials said that, based on a review of intelligence over five months,
> believe that (bin Laden) will launch a significant terrorist attack
> U.S. and/or Israeli interests in the coming weeks."
> "The attack will be spectacular and designed to inflict mass casualties
> against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been made.
> Attack will occur with little or no warning," it said.
> Hill read most of her 30-page report to House and Senate members sitting
> together in what is believed to be the first joint investigation by
> congressional committees. The committees have been meeting behind closed
> doors since June to examine intelligence failures leading up to the
> and recommend changes.
> Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said the report revealed "far too many
> breakdowns in the intelligence gathering and processing methods."
> "Given the events and signals of the preceding decade, the intelligence
> community could have and in my judgment should have anticipated an attack
> U.S. soil on the scale of 9/11," he said.
> Pressed by Rep. Ray Lahood, R-Ill., about whether agencies had enough
> information to have prevented the attacks, Hill said it was possible, but
> there were no guarantees.
> Details of intelligence about terrorist use of airplanes could embarrass
> White House. After questions were raised in the spring about what
> Bush knew about terrorist threats before Sept. 11, national security
> Condoleezza Rice said the threats were vague and uncorroborated.
> "I don't think anybody could have predicted ... that they would try to use
> an airplane as a missile," Rice said then. "Had this president known a
> would be used as a missile, he would have acted on it."
> Hill outlined 12 examples of intelligence information on the possible
> terrorist use of airplanes as weapons, beginning in 1994 and ending with
> Nairobi plot in August 2001.
> In August 1998, U.S. intelligence learned that a "group of unidentified
> Arabs planned to fly an explosive-laden plane from a foreign country into
> the World Trade Center," says the report. The report was given to the
> Federal Aviation Administration and FBI, which took little action. The
> may now be linked to bin Laden, the report says.
> Other intelligence suggested that bin Laden supporters might fly an
> explosives-laden plane into a U.S. airport, or conduct a plot involving
> aircraft at New York and Washington, the report said.
> While generally aware of the possibility of these kinds of attacks "the
> intelligence community did not produce any specific assessments of the
> likelihood that terrorists would use airplanes as weapons," the report
> Hill also said that between May and July 2001, the National Security
> reported at least 33 communications indicating a possible, imminent
> terrorist attack. Asked why intelligence agencies didn't do more about the
> terrorist threats, Hill said they have complained about a lack of
> and the massive amount of intelligence they were receiving. "They were
> overwhelmed by almost a flood of information," she said.
> Senior CIA officials noted Hill's report also recognized their efforts to
> report on the immediacy of the threat from bin Laden before Sept. 11 and
> not look to assign blame on U.S. agencies.
> Hill stressed the investigation is continuing and a future report will
> with what was known about the 19 hijackers before the attacks.
> She also noted that CIA Director George J. Tenet has declined to
> information on two issues looked at by the inquiry: References to
> intelligence agencies supplying information to the White House, and
> of an al-Qaida leader involved in the attacks. That leader is believed to
> Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind.
> Hill said the White House and Tenet believe "the president's knowledge of
> intelligence information relevant to this inquiry remains classified" even
> when the information itself is declassified.
> Also Wednesday, two spouses of Sept. 11 victims urged the committees to
> intelligence shortcomings that allowed the attacks. "Our loved ones paid
> ultimate price for the worst American intelligence failure since Pearl
> Harbor," said Stephen Push, whose wife died aboard the plane that crashed
> into the Pentagon.
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