Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Complete 911 Timeline: Advance information on kind of attack: An examination of the public record on advance warning about Sept 11. Presumably the internal intelligence is even richer, although faith in 'intelligence' is often misplaced. A heck of a lot of people, including a New York cab driver (! - no kidding), appear to have been aware a major attack was going to take place. Even the Talibal foreign minister warns the US: "The Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil learns [July 2002] that bin Laden is planning a “huge attack” on targets inside America. The attack is imminent, and will kill thousands... Muttawakil sends an emissary to pass this information on to the US consul general, and another US official, “possibly from the intelligence services,” also attends the meeting. The message is not taken very seriously; one source blames this on “warning fatigue” from too many warnings. Also, supposedly the emissary was from the Foreign Ministry, but didn't say the message came from Muttawakil himself. The emissary then takes the message to the Kabul offices of UNSMA, the political wing of the UN. They also fail to take the warning seriously."

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