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Thursday, February 21, 2008
 

Many Warnings Before 9/11

If you've always wondered exactly what sort of warnings the U.S. government had before 9/11, well, you're going to have to keep wondering. But FBI documents obtained by INTELWIRE provide an improved view of those warnings -- despite heavy redactions made by the FBI before releasing. In the five months before 9/11, the FBI sent out numerous bulletins warning of attacks by al Qaeda generally, attacks on New York specifically, attacks coordinated by Abu Zubaidah and attacks in some way related to the thwarted 1995 Bojinka airliner-bombing plot, which involved a secondary plot to hijack a commercial jet and crash it into CIA headquarters. Also involved in Bojinka: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the eventual mastermind of 9/11.

4/13/2001: Bulletin, attacks planned by Al Qaeda, Abu Zubaidah

5/7/2001: FBI "Daily UBL/Radical Fundamentalist Threat Update" (threat to New York from walk-in informant)

6/22/2001: FBI "Daily UBL/Radical Fundamentalist Threat Update" (possible near-term strike on U.S. interests)

7/2/2001: FBI National Threat Warning, Terrorism (chatter, possible attacks abroad)

7/16/2001 to 8/1/2001: Terrorism threats

7/16/2001: Protective Services Working Group, briefing with Michael Rolince

7/20/2001: FBI "Daily UBL/Radical Fundamentalist Threat Update" (includes references to Bojinka, Abdul Hakim Murad)

8/1/2001: FBI "Daily UBL/Radical Fundamentalist Threat Update" (threat from walk-in informant, "red mercury")

7/2/2001: FBI National Threat Warning, Terrorism (anniversary of East African embassy bombings

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INTELWIRE is a web site edited by J.M. Berger. a researcher, analyst and consultant covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institution, Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, and author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive history of the U.S. jihadist movement, and co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror with Jessica Stern.

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