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From: lparker@NOSPAM.emory.edu (Lloyd Parker)
Subject: Re: [NEWS]: Probe: U.S. Knew of Jet Terror Plots
Date: 19 Sep 2002 14:11:34 GMT
Organization: Emory University
NNTP-Posting-Date: 19 Sep 2002 14:11:34 GMT
In article <2Bji9.email@example.com>,
>Your right Clinton knew of it in 1998:
Newsmax is to news as Clinton was to abstinence.
> 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
>Select Committee probe into the 9-11 attacks release information
>intelligence briefings to the White House on terrorist activities,
>whether the president was briefed on plots to use hijacked airliners
>Tenet's directive would cover whatever President Clinton was told
>1998 plan to load an airliner with explosives and crash it into the
>"The Director of Central Intelligence has declined to declassify two
>of particular importance to this inquiry," Eleanor Hill, staff
>the committee, told the panel.
>"References to the intelligence community providing information to
>president or White House" would remain classified, Hill testified
>Wednesday's open hearing.
>"According to (Tenet), the president's knowledge of intelligence
>relevant to this inquiry remains classified even when the substance
>intelligence information has been declassified," she explained.
>The identity of and information on a key al Qaeda leader involved in
>September 11 attacks would also stay classified, the committee
>The classified information would include news of whether
>Clinton was tipped off about the 1998 plot involving what Hill said
>"group of unidentified Arabs (who) planned to fly an explosive-laden
>from a foreign country into the World Trade Center."
>The hijacking tip was given to the Federal Aviation Administration
>Neither agency acted on it. The mysterious Arab group may now be
>bin Laden, Hill said.
>The 1998 terrorist plot to use airliners as flying bombs was one of
>similar plans outlined by Hill that were uncovered by investigators
>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
>> flying planes into buildings despite a dozen clues in the years
>> Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden or others might use aircraft
>> a congressional investigator told lawmakers Wednesday as they began
>> hearings into the attacks.
>> Just a month before the attacks, intelligence agencies were told of
>> possible bin Laden plot to hit the U.S. Embassy in Kenya or crash a
>> into it.
>> The preliminary report by Eleanor Hill, staff director of the joint
>> and Senate intelligence committee investigation of the terrorist
>> showed authorities had many more warnings about possible attacks
>> previously disclosed.
>> The reports were generally vague and uncorroborated. None
>> predicted the Sept. 11 attacks. But collectively the reports
>> consistent and critically important theme: Osama bin Laden's intent
>> 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
>> more likely to take place overseas.
>> Just two months before the attacks, a briefing for senior
>> officials said that, based on a review of intelligence over five
>> 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
>> against U.S. facilities or interests. Attack preparations have been
>> Attack will occur with little or no warning," it said.
>> Hill read most of her 30-page report to House and Senate members
>> together in what is believed to be the first joint investigation by
>> congressional committees. The committees have been meeting behind
>> 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
>> breakdowns in the intelligence gathering and processing methods."
>> "Given the events and signals of the preceding decade, the
>> community could have and in my judgment should have anticipated an
>> U.S. soil on the scale of 9/11," he said.
>> Pressed by Rep. Ray Lahood, R-Ill., about whether agencies had
>> information to have prevented the attacks, Hill said it was
>> there were no guarantees.
>> Details of intelligence about terrorist use of airplanes could
>> White House. After questions were raised in the spring about what
>> Bush knew about terrorist threats before Sept. 11, national
>> Condoleezza Rice said the threats were vague and uncorroborated.
>> "I don't think anybody could have predicted ... that they would try
>> an airplane as a missile," Rice said then. "Had this president
>> would be used as a missile, he would have acted on it."
>> Hill outlined 12 examples of intelligence information on the
>> terrorist use of airplanes as weapons, beginning in 1994 and ending
>> Nairobi plot in August 2001.
>> In August 1998, U.S. intelligence learned that a "group of
>> Arabs planned to fly an explosive-laden plane from a foreign
>> the World Trade Center," says the report. The report was given to
>> Federal Aviation Administration and FBI, which took little action.
>> 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
>> aircraft at New York and Washington, the report said.
>> While generally aware of the possibility of these kinds of attacks
>> intelligence community did not produce any specific assessments of
>> likelihood that terrorists would use airplanes as weapons," the
>> Hill also said that between May and July 2001, the National
>> reported at least 33 communications indicating a possible, imminent
>> terrorist attack. Asked why intelligence agencies didn't do more
>> terrorist threats, Hill said they have complained about a lack of
>> and the massive amount of intelligence they were receiving. "They
>> overwhelmed by almost a flood of information," she said.
>> Senior CIA officials noted Hill's report also recognized their
>> report on the immediacy of the threat from bin Laden before Sept.
>> not look to assign blame on U.S. agencies.
>> Hill stressed the investigation is continuing and a future report
>> 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
>> Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind.
>> Hill said the White House and Tenet believe "the president's
>> intelligence information relevant to this inquiry remains
>> when the information itself is declassified.
>> Also Wednesday, two spouses of Sept. 11 victims urged the
>> intelligence shortcomings that allowed the attacks. "Our loved ones
>> ultimate price for the worst American intelligence failure since
>> Harbor," said Stephen Push, whose wife died aboard the plane that
>> into the Pentagon.
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