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What specific warnings were given to the CIA and the FBI
regarding imminent terrorist activity?

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information in each excerpt to find the article
at the Internet archive's WayBack Machine or in LexisNexis.


Newspaper: Echelon Gave Authorities Warning Of Attacks , Ned Stafford, Washington Post, September 13, 2001:

“U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies received warning signals at least three months ago that Middle Eastern terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture, according to a story in Germany's daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).”  

FBI Ignored Warnings of Fanatical Student Pilot, Wires, September 14, 2001:

“The FBI apparently ignored warnings from French security sources that a French-Algerian with an avid interest in flight training was a known extremist linked to Osama bin Laden, France's Europe 1 radio reported today, citing French security sources.”

German police confirm Iranian deportee phoned warnings, Ananova, September 14, 2001:

“German police have confirmed an Iranian man phoned US police from his deportation cell to warn of the planned attack on the World Trade Centre.”

Criminal Negligence or Treason, Jared Israel,, September 15, 2001:

“[T]he following report from the semi-official 'N.Y. Times' makes it clear that either Americans are being lied to by the those in the highest places - which if true has the gravest implications - or else the rulers of Washington's New World Order are criminally negligent.”

Israeli security issued urgent warning to CIA of large-scale terror attacks, David Wastell and Philip Jacobson, Daily Telegraph of London, September 16, 2001:

ISRAELI intelligence officials say that they warned their counterparts in the United States last month that large-scale terrorist attacks on highly visible targets on the American mainland were imminent.

Mossad warned CIA of attacks – report, Douglas Davis , Jerusalem Post, September 17, 2001 (archived at

Bush: ‘We’re At War’, Evan Thomas and Mark Hosenball, Newsweek, September 24, 2001 Issue:

“Three weeks ago there was another warning that a terrorist strike might be imminent. But there was no mention of where. On Sept. 10, NEWSWEEK has learned, a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns.”

Why was Russia's intelligence on Al-Qaeda ignored?, Jane’s, October 5, 2001:

“Back in March Moscow's Permanent Mission at the UN submitted to the UN Security Council an unprecedentedly detailed report on Al-Qaeda's terrorist infrastructure in Afghanistan, but the US government opted not to act.”

Feds: Evidence suggests hijackers' support in U.S., Richard A. Serrano and John-Thor Dahlburg , Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2001 (archived at

“The source also said that FBI and CIA intelligence officials were advised in August that as many as 200 Islamics with terrorist leanings were slipping into this country and planning ‘a major assault on the United States.’”

Boom, Bust and Echo: A Dark Theory Behind Black Tuesday, Stephen Marshall interviews Michael Ruppert, Guerilla News Network, undated:

Ruppert: “I absolutely believe, at this moment, that the United States government had foreknowledge of the attacks and allowed them to occur.”

CIA, FBI Disagree on Urgency of Warning, Bob Drogin, Eric Lichtblau and Greg Krikorian, Los Angeles Times, October 18 2001:

”The one thing everybody agrees on is that a CIA cable transmitted Aug. 27 over a classified government computer network warned that two "Bin Laden related individuals" had entered the United States and that two other suspected terrorists should be barred from entering.

“The CIA had already notified the White House and other senior policymakers in early August that the exiled Saudi militant Osama bin Laden was determined to launch a terrorist attack within the United States.

“But CIA and FBI officials now disagree over the significance of the later notice and, specifically, whether an apparent miscommunication affected the FBI's response.”

Egypt Leader Says He Warned America, Joe Panossian, Associated Press, December 7, 2001 (archived at the University of Utah):

“Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he warned the United States that ‘something would happen’ 12 days before the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington.”

Eagan flight trainer wouldn't let unease about Moussaoui rest, Greg Gordon, Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 21, 2001:

“When a Twin Cities flight instructor phoned the FBI last August to alert the agency that a terrorist might be taking lessons to fly a jumbo jet, he did it in a dramatic way:  ‘Do you realize how serious this is?’ the instructor asked an FBI agent. ‘This man wants training on a 747. A 747 fully loaded with fuel could be used as a weapon!’”

Hijack Plot Suspicions Raised With FBI in Aug., Dan Eggen, Washington Post, January 2, 2002:

“An FBI agent and a Minnesota flight school official discussed the possibility that alleged terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was part of a hijacking plot before the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post.”  

The strange case of Zacarias Moussaoui: FBI refused to investigate man charged in September 11 attacks, Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, January 5, 2002:

“On August 26, FBI headquarters was notified by French intelligence that Moussaoui had ties to the Al Qaeda organization and Osama bin Laden. Even this report did not spur the agency to action.”

Nuclear weapon plot deemed not credible, John King, CNN, March 5, 2002:

“The Bush administration received information last October outlining a plot to smuggle a stolen Russian nuclear weapon into the United States, most likely New York City…  "We have no choice but to take any such information or allegation seriously," [an] official said. "In this case it was looked into and deemed not to be credible."…

[One must ask the question, if they have no choice but to take THIS kind of information seriously, why did these unnamed officials not take seriously the many warnings they received about an imminent attack prior to September 11?—Caro]

Authorities Warned of Hijack Risks, Jim Gomez and John Solomon, Associated Press, March 5, 2002:

“Six years before suicide hijackers attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon, the FBI was alerted that Middle Eastern pilots were training at U.S. flight schools and at least one had proposed dive-bombing a jetliner into a federal building, according to documents and interviews with Filipino and U.S. authorities.”

The U.S. ignored foreign warnings, too, John K. Cooley, International Herald Tribune, May 21, 2002:

“When the hubbub about what the White House did or didn't know before Sept. 11 dies down, Congressional or other investigators should consider the specific warnings that friendly Arab intelligence services sent to Washington in the summer of 2001…  After verifying the authenticity and content of those messages, Washington-based investigators should find out how seriously they were considered and what defensive operational conclusions, if any, were drawn.”

Other unheeded warnings before 9/11?, John K. Cooley, Christian Science Monitor, May 23, 2002:

“Jordan, beyond a doubt, and Morocco, with some certainty, advised US and allied intelligence that Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorists were preparing airborne terrorist operations in the continental United States.”

Britain warned US to expect September 11 al-Qaeda hijackings, Torcuil Crichton, Sunday Herald, undated

“Britain gave President Bush a categorical warning to expect multiple airline hijackings by the al-Qaeda network a month before the September 11 attacks which killed nearly 3000 people and triggered the international war against terrorism.”

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

“Egyptian intelligence warned American officials about a week before Sept. 11 that Osama bin Laden's network was in the advance stages of executing a significant operation against an American target, President Hosni Mubarak said in an interview on Sunday.”

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