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 Post subject: 52 Warnings About Hijackings before 9/11
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2005 10:43 am 
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9/11 Report Cites Many Warnings About Hijackings

By ERIC LICHTBLAU | NYT | Published: February 10, 2005

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 - In the months before the Sept. 11 attacks, federal aviation officials reviewed dozens of intelligence reports that warned about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, some of which specifically discussed airline hijackings and suicide operations, according to a previously undisclosed report from the 9/11 commission.

But aviation officials were "lulled into a false sense of security," and "intelligence that indicated a real and growing threat leading up to 9/11 did not stimulate significant increases in security procedures," the commission report concluded.

The report discloses that the Federal Aviation Administration, despite being focused on risks of hijackings overseas, warned airports in the spring of 2001 that if "the intent of the hijacker is not to exchange hostages for prisoners, but to commit suicide in a spectacular explosion, a domestic hijacking would probably be preferable."

The report takes the F.A.A. to task for failing to pursue domestic security measures that could conceivably have altered the events of Sept. 11, 2001, like toughening airport screening procedures for weapons or expanding the use of on-flight air marshals. The report, completed last August, said officials appeared more concerned with reducing airline congestion, lessening delays, and easing airlines' financial woes than deterring a terrorist attack.



The Bush administration has blocked the public release of the full, classified version of the report for more than five months, officials said, much to the frustration of former commission members who say it provides a critical understanding of the failures of the civil aviation system. The administration provided both the classified report and a declassified, 120-page version to the National Archives two weeks ago and, even with heavy redactions in some areas, the declassified version provides the firmest evidence to date about the warnings that aviation officials received concerning the threat of an attack on airliners and the failure to take steps to deter it.


Among other things, the report says that leaders of the F.A.A. received 52 intelligence reports from their security branch that mentioned Mr. bin Laden or Al Qaeda from April to Sept. 10, 2001. That represented half of all the intelligence summaries in that time.

Five of the intelligence reports specifically mentioned Al Qaeda's training or capability to conduct hijackings, the report said. Two mentioned suicide operations, although not connected to aviation, the report said.

A spokeswoman for the F.A.A., the agency that bears the brunt of the commission's criticism, said Wednesday that the agency was well aware of the threat posed by terrorists before Sept. 11 and took substantive steps to counter it, including the expanded use of explosives detection units.


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 Post subject: Waxman calls for hearings on new 9/11 evidence
PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2005 6:40 pm 
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Waxman calls for hearings on new 911 evidence


Reps Henry Waxman and Carolyn Maloney have called for hearings based on the new evidence of that the FTAA received 52 warnings mentioning Osama Bin Laden between April and September 10, 2001. Also, in the summer of 2001 the FAA sent a CD-ROM alert to airports mentioning the possibility of suicide hijackings.

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How can a woman who is incompetent and/or lying be Secretary of State of the US and have the credibility to carry out her job? :?

Reps Henry Waxman and Carolyn Maloney have called for hearings based on the new evidence of that the FTAA received 52 warnings mentioning Osama Bin Laden between April and September 10, 2001. Also, in the summer of 2001 the FAA sent a CD-ROM alert to airports mentioning the possibility of suicide hijackings.

These are the two questions Waxman and Maloney say are worth investigating:

A. Why did the Whitehouse block the release of this information until after the election?

B. Why did Condoleeza Rice state: "I don’t think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center."?


Ms Rice, also testified at the 9/11 Commission:



"Oh, but there were these reports in 1998 and 1999, the intelligence community did look at information about this. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Chairman, this kind of analysis about the use of airplanes as weapons actually was never briefed to us. I cannot tell you that there might not have been a report here or a report there that reached somebody in our midst. All that I can tell you is that it was not in the August 6th memo, using planes as a weapon, and I do not remember any reports to us, a kind of strategic warning that planes might be used as a weapon. In fact, there were some reports done in ’98 and ’99. I think I was - I was certainly not aware of them at the time that I spoke."


Now we know that the FAA issued an alert mentioning suicide hijackings in the summer of 2001- this doesn't look good for Condoleeza.

Not that she looked that good before...professionally or personally. :x


Waxman concludes that this raises "serious questions about her preparation and competency" or perhaps "Ms. Rice knew about the FAA warnings but provided misleading information to the public and the Commission."

Reps Waxman and Maloney are calling for hearings on this new evidence, but it is Reform Committee Chair Republican Tom Davis that holds the power to call the hearings.


Link: http://la.indymedia.org/news/2005/02/122449.php


Waxman's letter to Tom Davis
http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=5280

52 Warnings/ CD Alert
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0, ... 93,00.html

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Yup, there were plenty of warnings. Warnings that the media almost entirely ignored while it maintained the appearance of total surprise. America is in a bad place right now. :cry:


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