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Pre-September 11 Reports of Terrorist Threats, Including References to World Trade Center-
Why Did it Take 8 Months?

text and photos by Preston Peet- special to

May 17, 2002

Waking September 11, 2001, felt like one of those nightmares where I think I've woken up until the monster leaps out to grab me. It took weeks for me to grasp that the two 110 story tall towers I used to be able to see through my window as I typed were really gone, taking nearly 3,000 lives with them. The smoke, the stink, and the shock lingered, and the crews have still 90,000 tons of debris to remove from the site. Since last night, May 15, 2002, I've been feeling as though the towers have fallen again.

The Bush administration knew of terrorist threats before September 11, had been warned by both the FBI and the CIA that some sort of attack or attacks were imminent, that there were men connected to Osama bin Laden training at US flight schools, that an FBI agent in Minneapolis thought Moussaoui, the so-called 2oth hijacker was capable of flying a plane into the World Trade Center, and yet have spent the last 8 months denying anything more than the vaguest of warnings.

Vice President Richard Cheney called Senator Tom Daschle more than once to insist there not be a Congressional investigation into apparent intelligence failures that lead to the Sept. 11 attacks. It appears the Bush administration did not want the public to know they knew of Al Queda terror-plot warnings, as the news was leaked to CBS News from a top secret classified document.

Prior to the 15th, those who dared publicly question the official version of events, such as Representative Cynthia McKinney, (D-GA), and Michael C. Ruppert, have been villified in the mainstream press, derisively refered to as conspiracy theorists and much worse. Where are their detractors today? Can they explain why the administration wanted to keep this pre-September 11 knowledge secret?

Having watched, and photographed the results of the attacks in NYC from my rooftop about a mile away from the World Trade Center, I feel very close to this issue. Having seen one of the towers fall along with what occupants remained inside, having spent the last 8 months breathing in whatever toxins are still in the environment, listening to my government lie to me again and again about what they knew and when they knew it, I am angry, offended, and worst of all, cannot believe I am surprised.

I have compiled a list of links to articles, press releases, documents, and more, all dealing with the current revelations about September 11, and other related news, which the reader can access below. While I do not say the Bush administration allowed the attacks to take place intentionally, it is hard to come up with any good reason for their subsequent behavior, nor their secretiveness. Already leery of this administration for their stance on other issues, such as how they've attempted to link their War on Some People's Terrorism to their War on Some Drugs, it is difficult for me not to see this lastest news in the worst possible light.

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"As we'll see in this article, the facts just don't support the ignorance excuse. At the very least, the success of the 911 attacks reveals gross incompetence, criminal negligence, and general stupidity on the part of intelligence and other aspects of the government. Remember, this is truly the most charitable interpretation that can be given. A darker scenario - and one that, as we shall see, is quite supportable by the facts - is that some parties in the government knew what was about to happen but failed to act."

September 11- No Surprise
by Russ Kick
longer version is available in
Everything You Know Is Wrong
Constant Updates on Sept. 11

Cheney Moves to Block 9-11 Probe
By Alison Mitchell
May 20, 2002


New York Post
June 12, 2002

U.S. Lawmakers See More Intelligence Failures By Lori Santos
Sun Jun 9, 2002

As pre-Sept. 11 secrets emerge, a question: 'What else did the government know?'
PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer
Saturday, June 8, 2002

Sept. 11 Attacks Quotes
By The Associated Press
Sat Jun 8, 2002


"The need for an investigation of the events surrounding September 11 is as obvious as is the need for an investigation of the Enron debacle. Certainly, if the American people deserve answers about what went wrong with Enron and why (and we do), then we deserve to know what went wrong on September 11 and why."

Statement of Rep. Cynthia McKinney
April 12, 2002


Several weeks ago, I called for a congressional investigation into what warnings the Bush Administration received before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was derided by the White House, right wing talk radio, and spokespersons for the military-industrial complex as a conspiracy theorist. Even my patriotism was questioned because I dared to suggest that Congress should conduct a full and complete investigation into the most disastrous intelligence failure in American history. Georgia Senator Zell Miller even went so far as to characterize my call for hearings as "dangerous, loony and irresponsible."

Statement of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney on Terrorist Warnings
May 16, 2002

Public Reaction to Rep. McKinney’s Call for 9-11 Investigation Quashes Intended Media Massacre

by Michael Davidson, FTW Staff Writer
May 6, 2002

Democrat Implies Sept. 11 Administration Plot

By Juliet Eilperin-Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, April 12, 2002; Page A16

McKinney finds MASS support in her 9-11 Inquiry Position!! You can help too!!
by Bill Douglas
Tuesday April 16, 2002 at 05:18 PM

'No warnings' Truth launches surprise attack on Bush and critics of McKinney
May 22, 2002

"Last week, in little-noticed testimony before a Senate panel, FBI Director Robert Mueller referred to another internal document that may prove more explosive: notes by a Minneapolis agent worrying that French Moroccan flight student Zacarias Moussaoui might be planning to "fly something into the World Trade Center.'"

May 20, 2002 issue


"Newspapers in Germany, France, Russia and London reported in the months before September 11th of a blizzard of warnings delivered to the Bush administration from all points on the compass. The German intelligence service BND warned American and Israeli agencies that terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft and use them as weapons to attack important American targets. Egypt warned of a similar plane-based plot against Bush during the G-8 summit in Genoa last June, a warning taken so seriously that anti-aircraft batteries were placed around Columbus Airport in Italy.

"Last August, Russian intelligence services notified the CIA that 25 terrorist pilots had been trained for suicide missions, and Putin himself confirmed that this warning was delivered "in the strongest possible terms" specifically regarding threats to airports and government buildings. In that same month, the Israeli security agency Mossad issued a warning to both the FBI and CIA that up to 200 bin Laden followers were planning a major assault on America, aimed at vulnerable targets. The Los Angeles Times later confirmed via unnamed US officials that the Mossad warnings had been received.

The Terrorists Flew and Bush Knew
William Rivers Pitt
May 16, 2002

George W Bush, Political Terrorist
William Rivers Pitt - t r u t h o u t
Thursday, 23 May, 2002


"About 15,000 police are on duty as part of the $110 million security operation. Surface-to-air missiles, fighter jets and naval ships form part of the security operation, which is also responsible for defending the summit from attacks by terrorists."
G8 Summit Death Shocks Leaders Alessio Vinci and Kelly Wallace contributed to this report
July 21, 2001

Plot to assassinate Bush - reports
July 9, 2001

Why would Osama bin Laden want to kill Dubya, his former business partner?
By James Hatfield
July 3, 2001


Has the Establishment Left become a handmaiden of the Republican Right?
By Bev Conover Online Journal Editor and Publisher
June 4, 2002

9-11 and the Public Safety : Seeking Answers and Accountability
Press Release-
June 2, 2002

Panel: More Terror Data Than Thought
By KEN GUGGENHEIM, Associated Press Writer
Wed Jun 5, 1:41 AM ET

Heads-Up To Ashcroft Proves Threat Was Known Before 9/11
by Harley Sorensen Special to SF Gate
Monday, 3 June, 2002

9-11 : Bush Faults CIA and FBI
By The Associated Press | New York Times
Tuesday, 4 June, 2002

Bush Concerned About Sept. 11 Congressional Probes By Reuters | New York Times
Tuesday, 4 June, 2002

Egypt Warned U.S. of a Qaeda Plot, Mubarak Asserts
By Patrick E. Tyler And Neil MacFarquhar The New York Times
Tuesday, 4 June, 2002

Hearings Begin Today on Pre-9/11 Intelligence Congress Plans Bipartisan Review
By Susan Milligan Boston Globe Staff Writer
Tuesday, 4 June, 2002

Senator: Hearings to expose 'big failures'
June 3, 2002

New Republic: CIA Back-Stabbed Bush to Cover Itself
Carl Limbacher and Staff
May 31, 2002

The Top of the Chain Who Is the Real Mastermind, and Who Are His Helpers?
News Analysis By John K. Cooley -ABC News
Sept. 12, 2001

The Hijackers We Let Escape
By Michael Isikoff and Daniel Klaidman
NEWSWEEK - June 10, 2002 issue

The Bush 9/11 Scandal for Dummies
By Bernard Weiner t r u t h o u t
Sunday, 2 June, 2002

Senator Seeks FBI Agent for Probe
By The Associated Press | New York Times
June 1, 2002

Carnivore bites off too much
BY William Matthews
May 29, 2002

Tearful FBI Agent Apologizes To Sept. 11 Families and Victims
By Jeff Johnson Congressional Bureau Chief
May 30, 2002

Weenies or Moles?
Peggy Noonan
May 31, 2002

Wiretaps May Have Foretold Terror Attacks
By Sebastian Rotella And Josh Meyer Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
May 29 2002

Memo Reveals FBI E-Mail Snafu
D. Ian Hopper
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2002

by SEYMOUR M. HERSH- the New Yorker
May 27, 2002

Fear and Loathing
By Joel Bleifuss
May 24, 2002

Global Eye -- Prior Engagement
By Chris Floyd, Metropolis-The Moscow Times
May 24, 2002

F.B.I. Agent Says Superior Altered Report, Foiling Inquiry
By JAMES RISEN- New York Times (registration required)
May 24, 2002

FBI Was Warned of Sept. 11 Hijacker Informant Says He Provided Facts About Phoenix Hijacker
By John McWethy
May 23, 2002

FBI downplayed Moussaoui concerns, critic says
Associated Press
May 24, 2002

FBI Agent's Report in July "Was Very Specific."
Eric Lichtblau And Josh Meyer Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
May 23 2002

CIA pays informer $50,000: paper
By Our Correspondent -
Tuesday, May 21 2002

Dan Rather: Bush Issued Bogus Terror Alert to Cover Up 9-11 Bungle
Wednesday, May 22, 2002 10:51 a.m. EDT

All the desperate lies and spin don't change the fact that the Bush administration had foreknowledge of the Sept. 11 attacks
By Larry Chin Online Journal Contributing Editor
May 19, 2002

Ralph Nader attacks post-Sept. 11 response of corporate America, Bush and Western Europe
Associated Press
Fri May 17,10:46 AM ET

U.S. planned for attack on al-Qaida
NBC News
May 16, 2002

by Michael C. Ruppert
May 16, 2002

Unheeded Warnings
(Agent's Notes pointed to possible World Trade Center Attack)
May 20, 2002 issue

Cheney Fears Leaks From Any New Sept. 11 Inquiry
By Arshad Mohammed
May 22, 2002 04:47 PM ET

In Berlin, Bush stresses opposition to special probe of early warnings
Ron Fournier- Associated Press White House Correspondent
May 23, 2002

Ashcroft drawn into row over September 11
He has accused his critics of undermining the fight against terrorism.But it is becoming clear that before September 11 he had little interest in counter-terrorism, and diverted resources from measures to prevent terrorism towards those aimed at more traditional targets, such as drugs and child pornography.
Julian Borger in Washington- The Guardian
Tuesday May 21, 2002

FBI shared suspicions with CIA
WASHINGTON ó The FBI asked the CIA to check on the backgrounds of Middle Eastern men taking flight lessons in Arizona months before Sept. 11 and were told the men had no direct connection to terrorists, senior government officials said Sunday. The FBI's action shows for the first time that it shared with intelligence agencies some suspicions it had about Arab students at a Phoenix flight school.
By Kevin Johnson and Toni Locy, USA TODAY
May 20, 2002

Revelations of Pre-September 11 Warnings Require PATRIOT ACT Repeal
by Peter Erlinder
May 20, 2002

Bush's Fatal Half Hour
By Jay Weidner

Cover-up and conspiracy: The Bush administration and September 11
By the Editorial Board
18 May 2002

Bush Fiddled While New York Burned
by Michael Colby- Counter Punch
May 17, 2002

Pentagon Miss & The 'Official Story'
From Brasscheck

Bush defiant on terror warnings
Friday, 17 May, 2002

Newsweek Poll: Americans Want Probe Into Intelligence Failings
Some Americans say President Bush should have done more after receiving warning of possible hijackings, but the CIA and FBI get most of the blame for the September 11 attacks
May 18, 2002

US asks a disturbing question: What did the President know?
By Rupert Cornwell in Washington
17 May 2002

Knowing Much, Bush Did Little to Protect America
by James Ridgeway
May 16th, 2002 3:15 PM

Bush Aides Seek To Contain Furor Sept. 11 Not Envisioned, Rice Says
By Dan Eggen and Dana Priest Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, May 17, 2002; Page A01

Report Warned Of Suicide Hijackings
May 17, 2002

1999 Report for CIA Foresaw Al Qaeda Plane Attack
By Randall Mikkelsen - Reuters
May 17, 2002 06:24 PM ET

U.S. Senator Thomas Daschle; News Conference
on 9-11 Admissions by the White House
May 16, 2002

The Terrorists Flew and Bush Knew
By William Rivers Pitt
May 16, 2002

Gephardt on Reports of Bush Knowledge of Al Queda Hijackings
May 16, 2002

Lawmakers Push for Hearings on Warning Given to Bush
By David E. Sanger With Sherri Day
May 16, 2002

By David Podvin
May 19, 2002

Senator Bob Grahm : On 911 DOJ, CIA Uncooperative
By The Associated Press | New York Times
May 9, 2002

Bush Knew Of Hijack Threat
May 15, 2002

Relatives of 9-11 victims distraught over plot report
By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer
May 16, 2002

Paint Bush as the Incompetent Slacker He Is
Op-ed column By Jackson Thoreau
May 20, 2002

White House On The Defensive
CBS News
May 16, 2002

What Bush Knew Before Sept. 11
CBS News
May 16, 2002

Flight School Memo Named Bin Laden
May 15, 2002

Defense: Moussaoui Is Scapegoat
CBS News
April 26, 2002

The Phoenix FBI Document
The Smoking Gun

Administration Issued Numerous Terror Warnings Before 9/11
By Scott Hogenson- CNS News
May 16, 2002

Natl. Security Adviser Confirms Receipt of Terrorist Threats Before 9/11
By Jim Burns- Senior Staff Writer
May 16, 2002

Spinning the News: Intelligence Failure or Bush Failure?
By Susan Jones- Morning Editor
May 16, 2002

What Consensus? Conspiracy Theorist Immune to the Widespread Support for War on Terror
By Dean Schabner
April 17, 2002

Contingency planning Pentagon MASCAL exercise simulates scenarios in preparing for emergencies Story and Photos by Dennis Ryan MDW News Service
Washington DC, Nov. 3, 2000

Lead Investigator in Inquiry Quits
New York Times- (requires registration)
April 29, 2002

The Office of Congresswoman Cythnia McKinney
Special Order Remarks

September 21, 2001

Willie Brown got low-key early warning about air travel
Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross©2001 San FranciscoChronicle Page A - 17
Wednesday, September 12, 2001

FBI Linked to First World Trade Center Bombing
by Louis Beam

It May Not Be Those We First Suspect
by Timothy Wilken
September 18, 2002

Rather Says; Patriotic Fever Caused Him to Go Easy on Questions
Matthew Engel in Washington- The Guardian
Friday May 17, 2002

September 11, 2001
Cheney Panics Over Sept 11 Congressional Investigation

US planned War In Afghanistan Long Before September 11
By Patrick Martin-

by Michel Chossudovsky
December 8, 2001

The Day America Cried and the World Watched in Horror

CIA, FBI and September 11 Atrocities
November 19, 2001

U.S. Policy on Assassinations, CIA
Human Rights Watch Letter to President George W. Bush

September 20, 2001

Aviation Students Were Monitored Before Sept. 11
By Dan Eggen- Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, May 4, 2002; Page A13

Was the US government alerted to September 11 attack? Part 1: Warnings in advance
By Patrick Martin
16 January 2002 (parts 2, 3, and 4 are linked here)

Bush Warns Rogue States Against Supporting Terrorism
December 11, 2001

The war against terrorism and the transformation of the world order
Prepared for the IISS/CEPS European Security Forum, Brussels, November 5, 2001
(Updated on 2 November 2001)

911: Letting It Happen
By Ken McCarthy
[posted 1 February 2001]-(obviously this date is wrong. Perhaps they mean 2002-ed.)

Instant Messages To Israel Warned Of WTC Attack
By Brian McWilliams, Newsbytes. NEW YORK, NEW YORK, U.S.A.,
27 Sep 2001, 11:48 AM CST


"Our gathering here, today, is to express the need for better protections for whistle blowers, especially national security whistleblowers. And we are here to honor some of the nation's foremost whistleblowers who have done an important service for their country. Since September 11, government agencies have placed a greater emphasis on secrecy and restricted information for security reasons, understandably so in some cases. But, with these restrictions come a greater danger of stopping the legitimate disclosure of wrongdoing and mismanagement, especially about public safety and security. That is why all of you and what you do are more important now than ever. Bureaucracies have an instinct to cover up their misdeeds and mistakes, and that temptation is even greater when a potential security issue can be used as an excuse. You serve as a check against this instinct and temptation. "

Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley at the The Paul Revere Forum: National Security Whistleblowers Speak
February 27, 2002


"The global snitch culture predicted in the first edition of this book is here. The September 11, 01 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon has produced an international surveillance society that spells the end to personal privacy. The War on Terrorism is in fact the final crackdown on civil rights and liberties, both here and abroad."


by Jim Reddin


The Role of Intelligence in Countering Terrorism:
Applications to Civil Aviation
Conference on Aviation Safety and Security

Paul R. Pillar- DCI Counterterrorist Center
January 14, 1997

Tools of the Terror Trade
By Terence Nelan
November 1, 1999 or Jan. 11, 1999 (unclear at site)

Responding to Terrorism- What Military Option Does the President Have?
Terrorism Project

100 Horribles- Contemplating al-Qaeda's next move By Graham T. Allison- SPECIAL TO MSNBC.COM
September 27, 2001

Terrorism Definitions

Military Response- President Bush Signs Defense Bill Jan. 10, 2002 (Links to Real Audio Files)

USA: 'New War' May Shift Defense Spending
Focus Likely to be on Surveillance, Certain Companies Will Benefit

By Gary Gentile- Associated Press
October 1, 2001

Jim Lehrer NewsHour
September 24, 2001

Bush Tells Congress: Freedom and Fear Are At War
By Jeff Congressional Bureau Chief
September 21, 2001

A Report by NEIS-Nuclear Energy Information Service
Evanston, IL
October 22, 2001

The War Profiteers:
How Are Weapons Manufacturers Faring in the War?

by Frida Berrigan
December 18, 2001

Terrorism Studies
Federal Research Division
(see Sociology-Psychology of Terrorism at top of page)

White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security FINAL REPORT TO PRESIDENT CLINTON
FEBRUARY 12, 1997

Impeach Bush and Cheney for Failing to Protect America on 911

Made in the U.S.A.: How the U.S. Manufactures Terrorists
By Peter Dale Scott, Pacific News Service, September 19, 2001

The USA PATRIOT Act Was Planned Before 9/11
by Jennifer Van Bergen- t r u t h o u t
20 May, 2002











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