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Wednesday, March 26, 2008
 

9/11 Commission, FBI Source Documents, Chronological, September 12, 2001

Note: There are multiple entries with phone calls from the same flights. Unless otherwise noted, each of these documents is a separate report.

9/12/2001: FBI Communication, American 77 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, American 11 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, American 11 Phone Call, Betty Ong

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, Transcript, American 11, Betty Ong Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, Transcript, American 11, Betty Ong Call, Second Version

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, Transcript, American 11, Betty Ong Call, Third Version

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, Topic Redacted

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, American 11 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, American 11 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI Summary/Timeline, Events of September 11

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9/11 Commission, FBI Source Documents, Chronological, September 12, 2001

Note: There are multiple entries with phone calls from the same flights. Unless otherwise noted, each of these documents is a separate report.

9/12/2001: FBI Communication, American 77 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, American 11 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, American 11 Phone Call, Betty Ong

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, Transcript, American 11, Betty Ong Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, Transcript, American 11, Betty Ong Call, Second Version

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, Transcript, American 11, Betty Ong Call, Third Version

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, Topic Redacted

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, American 11 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, American 11 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI FD-302, United 93 Phone Call

9/12/2001: FBI Summary/Timeline, Events of September 11

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Saturday, March 22, 2008
 

The Perils of Awakening

I've been wondering for some time just what U.S. authorities think the Awakening Councils will get up to once we leave Iraq. Unfortunately, I may have been too optimistic in assuming that the Sunni groups -- recruited by us for their anti-Al Qaeda tendencies -- were a potential problem for after we leave. An apparently serious U.S. misstep today may change that calculus.

Obviously, there are some things to like about the development of Sunni groups who wish to aid the U.S. in fighting al Qaeda. Just like there were things to like about the development of jihadist groups who wished to help us fight the Soviets in Afghanistan back in the 1980s. You remember how that worked out.

The Awakening Councils -- trained, armed and empowered by the Iraqi government and our own -- have evolved into an ad hoc army with between 60,000 and 100,000 members. Their prima facie purpose is to expel al Qaeda from Iraq. But that's not a mission statement and it's not a philosophy, it's simply a task.

There are two risks involved with this task-oriented approach. First, there's the risk they will succeed. We have an obvious interest in their success, of course, but once the task is accomplished, we find ourselves with a 100,000 strong Sunni army in the middle of a Shi'ite dominated political scene. Given the sectarian situation in Iraq over the last four years, it's not hard to guess what could happen next.

The second risk should be apparent after today's news that the U.S. military may have inadvertently bombed an Awakening checkpoint, killing six. It's difficult to estimate the political ramifications of this development. We can -- and should -- hope that it will taken as an unfortunate accident, which it almost certainly was.

Realistically, however, there is a significant chance it will be taken another way. The fragile Awakening alliance could split into pro- and anti-American camps. Or the majority of the alliance could turn against U.S. influence. In a worst-case (but probably unlikely) scenario, al Qaeda could exploit the situation to win back some of the support it has lost.

Hopefully, this is an unduly pessimistic view. But the complexity of the situation in Iraq continues to outpace our ability to analyze it. On the bright side, whatever ensues from this incident will probably help us get a better view of exactly where we stand with the Awakening Councils and (to a certain, limited extent) what we can expect from them down the road.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008
 

New Documents Tighten Net Around Additional OKBOMB Conspirators

By J.M. Berger
INTELWIRE.com


A warning about the impending Oklahoma City bombing may have been delivered three days in advance to a white supremacist tied to suspected additional conspirators in the terrorist attack.

Newly released documents reveal a detailed timeline of events that strengthens the case for additional conspirators in the bombing that killed 168 people on April 19, 1995 (timeline).

The new documents also corroborate key testimony from other sources regarding a wider conspiracy. The documents were obtained by Salt Lake City lawyer Jesse Trentadue through the Freedom of Information Act.

The documents were obtained by Salt Lake City lawyer Jesse Trentadue through the Freedom of Information Act (related story).

Mark Thomas, a former Christian Identity minister and Aryan Nations member, pleaded guilty in 1997 to conspiring with the Aryan Republican Army (ARA) bank robbery gang, which was led by white supremacists Richard Lee Guthrie and Peter Langan.

Thomas was staying in Elohim City, a white supremacist compound in rural Oklahoma, just days before the bombing, at the same time as other ARA associates with suspected links to the bombing and at the same time that Timothy McVeigh called the residence where some of the ARA members were staying.

ARA members and associates have long been eyed by journalists and investigators as possible accomplices in the bombing plot.

The ARA's activities were the main focus of the book In Bad Company: America's Terrorist Underground by Mark S. Hamm. The new documents corroborate key claims regarding the ARA's connection to the Oklahoma bombing which were put forth by Hamm. They also corroborate claims made by ARA member Peter Langan in an affidavit given to Trentadue.

As part of an ongoing FOIA lawsuit by Trentadue, the FBI previously stated it could not locate documents linking the ARA to the Oklahoma City bombing. However, the new releases do just that.

An FBI letterhead memorandum dated June 20, 1995, indicates that a female informant cooperating with the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police implicated Thomas as having advance knowledge of the bombing.

The memorandum reported a conversation with the informant which took place on May 1, 1995. There is no explanation of why the conversation was being reported more than a month and a half after it took place.

The FBI redacted the subject line before releasing it to Trentadue. However, the memorandum is addressed to a case file dealing with the United States Nationalist Party, a white separatist organization.

Read the June 20, 1995 FBI memorandum

Thomas maintained a home in Macungie, which was used as a meeting place for recruiting and gatherings of white supremacist and militia-oriented extremists. A careful comparison of existing documents from Thomas' court case and other documents obtained by Trentadue and by INTELWIRE confirm that Thomas is the subject of the June 20 memo.

According to the informant, a La Salle University college student had gone to Macungie to "house-sit for [name redacted] while [redacted] and his family were in Elohim City, Oklahoma. [redacted name or names] returned to Philadelphia on the day of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City saying that 'They were warned three days in advance.'"

Mark Thomas and his family were in Elohim City as late as April 17 and traveled back to his farm, arriving some time on April 19, according to "In Bad Company," court records and an April 2007 affidavit given to Trentadue by ARA member Peter Langan.

The new documents corroborate several claims made by Langan in the affidavit.

Affidavit of Peter Langan

Langan said Guthrie (a wanted fugitive at the time) traveled to the Macungie farm in July 1995, just one month after the tip described in the FBI memorandum. According to Langan, two other members of the gang were already present at the farm -- Kevin McCarthy and Scott Stedeford.

This claim is confirmed by court records and some of the newly released documents.

Money raised by Guthrie and Langan was funneled to Thomas, for the purpose of financing domestic terrorism, according to testimony in Thomas' 1997 trial.

The FBI field office in Philadelphia may have suspended its investigation of Thomas around the same time that Guthrie, Stedeford and McCarthy arrived at the farm, according to a June 13, 1995 FBI airtel newly released to Trentadue.

The Philadelphia field office forwarded to headquarters a copy of a May 27, 1995, newspaper article linking Thomas to the bombing. The communication also included information about phone number searches conducted by the field office, apparently in connection with Thomas.

"Philadelphia will conduct no further action in regards to the attached subscriber information, unless directed to do so by" the OKBOMB Task Force, a special unit created specifically to lead the bombing investigation, according to the airtel.

Read the June 13, 1995, FBI airtel

Guthrie remained at large until he and Langan were arrested in January 1996.

Another document newly released to Trentadue says "information has been developed that [redacted name] and [redacted name] were at the home of [redacted name] Oklahoma when OKBOMB subject, Timothy McVeigh, placed a telephone call to [redacted name] residence.

Read the August 22, 1996 FBI teletype

In April 1995, McCarthy and Stedeford stayed at the Elohim City home of Andreas Strassmeir, a German national long associated with the militia movement, according to a June 17, 1996 FBI record previously obtained by Trentadue.

Read the June 17, 1996 FBI FD-302

Strassmeir is another figure suspected of playing a role in the bombing; he has never been charged and currently lives in Germany.

Timothy McVeigh made at least one phone call to Strassmeir prior to the bombing, which was discussed during the trial of Terry Nichols. A second call claimed in the June 17 FD-302 allegedly took place "several weeks" before the bombing.

The verified call was made April 5, according to court records. This corresponds to the period McCarthy and Stedeford were staying with Strassmeir, according to the Aug. 22, 1996 teletype.

According to Langan, Thomas was also present in Elohim City during this time frame.

The teletype states "[redacted] and [redacted] left [redacted] residence on 4/16/95, enroute to Pittsburgh [sic], Kansas where they joined [redacted] and Guthrie. [redacted] did not accompany (them) but rather returned directly to the Philadelphia division."

Based on a careful comparison of the Langan affidavit and court records to the newly released documents, the names in this redacted section likely read:

"[Stedeford] and [McCarthy] left [Strassmeir's] residence on 4/16/95, enroute to Pittsburgh [sic], Kansas where they joined [Langan] and Guthrie. [Thomas] did not accompany (them) but rather returned directly to the Philadelphia division."

The source for the April 16 date appears to be McCarthy, who turned states evidence no later than May 1996 (after being fingered by Guthrie) and became an FBI informant. McCarthy later testified against Thomas in exchange for a minimum sentence.

However, Stedeford and McCarthy did not actually arrive in Pittsburg, where the ARA kept a safe house, until April 20, 1995, according to Langan. Langan described them as "overdue" and said he speculated at the time that they (or other Elohim City residents) may have been involved in the Oklahoma City bombing.

According to Langan, Guthrie told Thomas in July 1995 that McCarthy was Timothy McVeigh's accomplice in the bombing.

"Your young Mr. Wizard took out the Murrah Building," Guthrie reportedly told Thomas, referring to McCarthy.

In 1997, Mark Thomas also became an informant and later that year pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in the bank robberies. He was released from prison in 2004.

Langan is currently serving a life sentence in federal prison.

UPDATE: Follow-up Filing Details New Claim Of Prior Warning

Timeline of events in this story

Reconstructed from FBI documents obtained by Jesse Trentadue and other sources as described above.

  • Early 1995: Aryan Nations minister and ARA accomplice Mark Thomas living in Elohim City, Oklahoma.

  • April 1, 1995 (approximate): ARA members Scott Stedeford and Kevin McCarthy arrive at the home of Andreas Strassmeir in Elohim City.

  • April 14-17, 1995 (approximate): Mark Thomas and his family leave Elohim City and head home to Macungie, Pa.

  • April 16-17, 1995 (approximate): Stedeford and McCarthy leave Strassmeir's home (this claim appears to originate with McCarthy).

  • April 19, 1995: The Oklahoma City bombing takes place. Around this time, Mark Thomas arrives back home in Macungie, Pa.

  • April 19, 1995: A college student who had been house-sitting for Thomas before his return tells an FBI informant that "they were warned three days in advance."

  • April 20, 1995: McCarthy and Stedeford arrive at the ARA's Kansas safe house, later than expected, where they meet ARA member Peter Langan.

  • May 1, 1995: The informant (above) reveals the claim about the warning to the FBI's Philadelphia field office and the Pennsylvania State Police.

  • June 13, 1995: The FBI's Philadelphia field office informs FBI headquarters that it intends to drop the investigation of Thomas unless instructed otherwise by the OKBOMB Task Force.

  • June 20, 1995: More than a month after the informant (above) disclosed the "three days in advance" warning to the FBI, the Philadelphia field office memorializes the conversation in a letterhead memorandum.

  • July 1995: Guthrie, McCarthy and Stedeford are all staying at Thomas' Macungie farm. During discussions at the farm, Guthrie discovers that McCarthy and Stedeford were connected to the Oklahoma City bombing (according to Guthrie).

  • Between August and December 1995: Guthrie tells Langan that "McCarthy and Stedeford were a danger to us because of their possible involvement in the Oklahoma City Bombing."

  • December 1995: McCarthy tells Langan "he and others unspecified did have legal 'liabilities' concerning the Oklahoma City Bombing."

  • January 1996: Langan and Guthrie arrested.

  • July 1996: Guthrie apparently commits suicide in prison.

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    Friday, March 14, 2008
     

    National Security Letters And More

    From CNN:

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The FBI continued in 2006 to badly mishandle letters that it uses to obtain personal records without a court order, according to a Justice Department report released Thursday.
    Read the report for yourself here.

    March 2008: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, UNCLASSIFIED, A Review of the FBI's Use of National Security Letters: Assessment of Corrective Actions and Examination of NSL Usage in 2006

    What has received less attention, but is no less important is the accompanying report on the FBI's use of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, allowing increased access to personal information, financial and medical records and, most notoriously, library records.

    March 2008: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, UNCLASSIFIED, A Review of the FBI's Use of Section 215 Orders for Business Records in 2006

    Also new on the site, the latest batch of 9/11 Commission documents:

    FBI documents cited in 9/11 Report End Notes for 9/11/2001

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    9/11 Commission, FBI Source Documents, Chronological, September 11, 2001

    9/11/2001: FD-302, phone call to air traffic control

    9/11/2001: Betty Ong, air traffic control, phone call transcript

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Deena Lynne Burnett (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Lee Hanson (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Lee Hanson (name redacted version) (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Lisa Jefferson (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Lisa Jefferson Beamer (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Philip G. Bradshaw (redacted)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Philip G. Bradshaw (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Theodore Olsen (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Theodore Olsen (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Unidentified Person re: Todd Beamer call

    Interview with Unidentified Person re: Todd Beamer call

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Unidentified Persons (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Unidentified Person (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Unidentified Person (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: Record of telephone calls with airline employees

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    9/11 Commission, FBI Source Documents, Chronological, September 11, 2001

    9/11/2001: FD-302, phone call to air traffic control

    9/11/2001: Betty Ong, air traffic control, phone call transcript

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Deena Lynne Burnett (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Lee Hanson (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Lee Hanson (name redacted version) (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Lisa Jefferson (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Lisa Jefferson Beamer (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Philip G. Bradshaw (redacted)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Philip G. Bradshaw (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Theodore Olsen (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Theodore Olsen (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Unidentified Person re: Todd Beamer call

    Interview with Unidentified Person re: Todd Beamer call

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Unidentified Persons (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Unidentified Person (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: FD-302, Interview with Unidentified Person (re: phone call from hijacked flight)

    9/11/2001: Record of telephone calls with airline employees

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    Thursday, March 13, 2008
     

    9/12/2001: FBI Chicago, timeline of investigation, Sept. 11-12, 2001

    This fascinating eight-page document outlines the FBI Chicago field office's first impression of what constituted "significant" developments in the first 30 hours after the 9/11 attacks. starting at 8:45 a.m. on September 11, when the first hijacking was reported to the FBI.

    A meeting of federal, state and local agencies was held out of the FBI's Chicago command post at 11:45 a.m., including representatives from the U.S. Marshals, Secret Service, ATF, INS, Customs, the post office and the Defense Department.

    The FBI in Chicago obtained the flight manifests for United Flight 175 and Flight 93 at 10:59 a.m. The investigators noted: "5 Muslim names on UA fL 93 manifest, 6 Muslim
    names on UA FL 175 manifest."

    Much of the document describes a flurry of calls from Americans panicked over what they believed to be suspicious activity regarding Muslims, including some that are clearly meritless. Nevertheless, the document illustrates the difficulty faced by investigators in the first few hours, when information was flooding in and leads had to be processed in the midst of a crisis. Some examples:

  • At 9:30 a.m. (half an hour after the second plan hit the World Trade Center), a woman on a flight from Atlanta to Chicago "found a diary in [a] garbage can in Atlanta Airport. Last entry in diary stated 'Allah Will Be Served.'
  • An unidentified person reported at 10:44 a.m. that she had been "on a Yahoo chat from Sunday 9/9/2001, called Jewish Room" when someone with "a Muslim screen name typed "In next 48 hours, you Jews will be brought to your knees."
  • Someone "advised Chicago Police Department (CPD) that several Arabs were at U-Store-I, 4995 Elston, Chicago, with a converted school bus and a truck and were either loading or unloading boxes approximately 10 inches X 5 inches."
  • Someone called the FBI to report that her niece was a convert to Islam and that the niece's husband "attended a week long meeting last week in NYC of 'Brothers.' According to the caller, the husband "fought in Afghan War and is an extremist,
    unemployed, US citizen, from [Virginia]."
  • A caller reported finding more than 250 calls he did not make to Saudi Arabia on his phone bill, which had arrived Sept. 10.
  • A truck driver "overheard two individuals with turbans" talking about "driving a truck downtown."
  • A Hilton Towers hotel employee reported that a hotel guest "who looked Iranian" had told his boss one week earlier that "something bad is going to happen."
  • A "Portugese speaking male of Jewish descent" with a "limited command of English" had reported to Chicago Police on Sept. 7 that "an Iraqi gentleman" he worked with "was in possession of many forms of bombs and explosives" and was planning to "place destruction devices in different public places" after his retirement.
  • An Internet claiming credit for the attack was posted by a group called "Freedom Club" on a usenet list consisting of fans of the Unabomber.
  • According to another caller, "Vin-American Israeli Shipping Co. moved out
    of the WTC on 9/1/01. She believes the timing of the move lends suspicion that the company may have had prior knowledge of terrorist incidents." A lead on this report was sent to the New York field office.

    Full document:

    9/12/2001: FBI Chicago, timeline of investigation, Sept. 11-12, 2001

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    9/12/2001: FBI Chicago, timeline of investigation, Sept. 11-12, 2001

    This fascinating eight-page document outlines the FBI Chicago field office's first impression of what constituted "significant" developments in the first 30 hours after the 9/11 attacks. starting at 8:45 a.m. on September 11, when the first hijacking was reported to the FBI.

    A meeting of federal, state and local agencies was held out of the FBI's Chicago command post at 11:45 a.m., including representatives from the U.S. Marshals, Secret Service, ATF, INS, Customs, the post office and the Defense Department.

    The FBI in Chicago obtained the flight manifests for United Flight 175 and Flight 93 at 10:59 a.m. The investigators noted: "5 Muslim names on UA fL 93 manifest, 6 Muslim
    names on UA FL 175 manifest."

    Much of the document describes a flurry of calls from Americans panicked over what they believed to be suspicious activity regarding Muslims, including some that are clearly meritless. Nevertheless, the document illustrates the difficulty faced by investigators in the first few hours, when information was flooding in and leads had to be processed in the midst of a crisis. Some examples:

  • At 9:30 a.m. (half an hour after the second plan hit the World Trade Center), a woman on a flight from Atlanta to Chicago "found a diary in [a] garbage can in Atlanta Airport. Last entry in diary stated 'Allah Will Be Served.'
  • An unidentified person reported at 10:44 a.m. that she had been "on a Yahoo chat from Sunday 9/9/2001, called Jewish Room" when someone with "a Muslim screen name typed "In next 48 hours, you Jews will be brought to your knees."
  • Someone "advised Chicago Police Department (CPD) that several Arabs were at U-Store-I, 4995 Elston, Chicago, with a converted school bus and a truck and were either loading or unloading boxes approximately 10 inches X 5 inches."
  • Someone called the FBI to report that her niece was a convert to Islam and that the niece's husband "attended a week long meeting last week in NYC of 'Brothers.' According to the caller, the husband "fought in Afghan War and is an extremist,
    unemployed, US citizen, from [Virginia]."
  • A caller reported finding more than 250 calls he did not make to Saudi Arabia on his phone bill, which had arrived Sept. 10.
  • A truck driver "overheard two individuals with turbans" talking about "driving a truck downtown."
  • A Hilton Towers hotel employee reported that a hotel guest "who looked Iranian" had told his boss one week earlier that "something bad is going to happen."
  • A "Portugese speaking male of Jewish descent" with a "limited command of English" had reported to Chicago Police on Sept. 7 that "an Iraqi gentleman" he worked with "was in possession of many forms of bombs and explosives" and was planning to "place destruction devices in different public places" after his retirement.
  • An Internet claiming credit for the attack was posted by a group called "Freedom Club" on a usenet list consisting of fans of the Unabomber.
  • According to another caller, "Vin-American Israeli Shipping Co. moved out
    of the WTC on 9/1/01. She believes the timing of the move lends suspicion that the company may have had prior knowledge of terrorist incidents." A lead on this report was sent to the New York field office.

    Full document:

    9/12/2001: FBI Chicago, timeline of investigation, Sept. 11-12, 2001

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    Wednesday, March 12, 2008
     

    Zarqawi Mentor Maqdisi Free Again

    Jordan has once again freed Sheik Abu Mohammed al-Maqdisi, mentor of the late and unlamented Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. This isn't the first time. They first arrested him in 2005, then released him. He promptly re-established contact with terrorist networks and was arrested again. The machinations in this case clearly illustrate the problems we have in securing consistent policies and official action on terrorism among even our closest allies.

    For some background, I give you the passage below, taken from an August 3, 2005 State Department cable:

    MAQDISI RE-ARRESTED AFTER BRIEF RESPITE

    The state prosecutor formally charged Issam al-Barqawi (aka Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi) on July 18 with plotting subversive acts in Jordan, according to press reports. Deputy PM and GOJ spokesperson Marwan Muasher told reporters that Maqdi.si was re-arrested because "he contacted terrorist parties," which he declined to identify. A senior judicial source told the press that "State Prosecutor Mahmoud Obeidat charged Maqdisi with plotting subversive acts on Monday (July 18) and ordered his detention for 14 days pending further investigations." Jordanian officials released Maqdisi from custody on June 26, six months after the Security Court acquitted him of plotting subversive acts and possessing explosives as part of an alleged cell in Mafraq, due to "lack of evidence" (ref A) . However, the GOJ arrested him again on July 5. Islamist weekly al-Sabil reported that Jordanian authorities arrested Maqdisi at the request of "another Arab country," which allegedly accuses him of involvement in issuing fatwas sanctioning attacks on its territories. The paper quoted Maqdisi's family members who complained that the authorities did not allow Maqdisi to have an attorney present during his interrogation after his re-arrest. Considered a former spiritual mentor of Zarqawi, Maqdisi appeared to have distanced himself from certain of Zarqawi's actions in Iraq. He gave a lengthy interview to al-Jazeera upon his release in which he again repudiated some of Zarqawi's activities, such as attacks on churches and members of the Shi'a community.


    As time permits, I'm working on a chart of Zarqawi's Jordanian cell network based on various U.S. government documents I've obtained. More to follow.

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    Tuesday, March 4, 2008
     

    The Anwar Aulaqi Files

    For updates on Anwar Aulaqi, check out AmericanJihadists.com.

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, which have been added to the INTELFILES blog, including the following:

    10/3/2001: FBI Status of Investigation, Omar Al Bayoumi

    9/26/2001: FBI Letterhead Memorandum, Anwar Aulaqi

    10/23/2001: FBI Communication, Anwar Aulaqi, Dar El Hijra mosque

    10/8/2001: FBI FD-302, Associates of hijackers in San Diego

    9/15/2001: FBI FD-302, Interrogation of Anwar Aulaqi

    10/3/2001: FBI Communication, PENTBOMB, Omar Al Bayoumi

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    2001-09-15: FBI FD-302, Interrogation of Anwar Aulaqi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    9/15/2001: FBI FD-302, Interrogation of Anwar Aulaqi

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    2001-09-15: FBI FD-302, Interrogation of Anwar Aulaqi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

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    2001-09-15: FBI FD-302, Interrogation of Anwar Aulaqi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    9/15/2001: FBI FD-302, Interrogation of Anwar Aulaqi

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    2001-10-03: FBI Communication, PENTBOMB, Omar Al Bayoumi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    10/3/2001: FBI Communication, PENTBOMB, Omar Al Bayoumi

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    2001-10-03: FBI Communication, PENTBOMB, Omar Al Bayoumi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    10/3/2001: FBI Communication, PENTBOMB, Omar Al Bayoumi

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    2001-10-23: FBI Communication, Anwar Aulaqi, Dar El Hijra mosque

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    10/23/2001: FBI Communication, Anwar Aulaqi, Dar El Hijra mosque

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    2001-10-23: FBI Communication, Anwar Aulaqi, Dar El Hijra mosque

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    10/23/2001: FBI Communication, Anwar Aulaqi, Dar El Hijra mosque

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    2001-10-23: FBI Communication, Anwar Aulaqi, Dar El Hijra mosque

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    10/23/2001: FBI Communication, Anwar Aulaqi, Dar El Hijra mosque

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    2001-10-03: FBI Status of Investigation, Omar Al Bayoumi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    10/3/2001: FBI Status of Investigation, Omar Al Bayoumi

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    2001-10-03: FBI Status of Investigation, Omar Al Bayoumi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    10/3/2001: FBI Status of Investigation, Omar Al Bayoumi

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    2001-09-26: FBI Letterhead Memorandum, Anwar Aulaqi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    9/26/2001: FBI Letterhead Memorandum, Anwar Aulaqi

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    2001-09-26: FBI Letterhead Memorandum, Anwar Aulaqi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    9/26/2001: FBI Letterhead Memorandum, Anwar Aulaqi

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    2001-09-26: FBI Letterhead Memorandum, Anwar Aulaqi

    Last week, the Washington Post reported that the FBI "now" believes radical imam Anwar Aulaqi -- who befriended 9/11 hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- knowingly aided Al Qaeda. The investigative background for this belief was substantial and isn't exactly new. INTELWIRE has obtained several FBI investigative documents related to Aulaqi, including the document linked below:

    9/26/2001: FBI Letterhead Memorandum, Anwar Aulaqi

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