No one believed al Qaeda, Taliban could pull it off
Sept 27, 2013
File this under 9/11 government prior knowledge with the mountains of
other examples from the past twelve years. Newly uncovered government
documents show that the US government ignored a specific warning in 2000
that Al Qaeda planned to hijack a commercial airliner headed for the
After eleven years, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the country’s military intelligence arm, has released documents
to watchdog group Judicial Watch, that show the warning was ignored
because “nobody believed that Usama bin Laden’s organization or the
Taliban could carry out such an operation.”
Judicial Watch notes
that the documents “reveal that Al Qaeda had a sophisticated plan to
hijack a commercial airliner departing Frankfurt International Airport
between March and August 2000. The hijack team was to consist of an
Arab, a Pakistani and a Chechen and their targets were U.S. airlines,
Lufthansa and Air France.”
Judicial Watch requested the material in May 2002 as part of its Terrorism Research and Analysis Project.
The group notes that the files are very rich in detail and show that
the US government had intricate operational information, even down to
names, addresses and phone numbers of the terrorist operatives, based in
The documents show that the plot was being directed by a prominent
Saudi with direct ties to the Saudi royal family, operating in
conjunction with Qaeda, Taliban and Chechen terrorist cells in Hamburg
and Frankfurt, one of which was being headed by lead 9/11 hijacker
Judicial Watch’s analysis also notes that the US government had
intelligence indicating that Al Qaeda had gotten an operative on the
inside of the German Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, to provide EU visas
to be used in forged Pakistani passports.
The watchdog group notes that “information about the plot came from
an unidentified human intelligence source that provided U.S. authorities
with copies of Arabic letters containing details of the Al Qaeda plot.”
Previous news reports, including this AP article,
from 2007 dovetail with the DIA documents. Former intelligence
officials cited within the report indicate that the information came
from France’s foreign intelligence service, and that the information was
also directly passed to the CIA.
Information about the hijacking plot has been known about for some
time following reports by journalists with AFP, AP, and Le Monde. The
details are documented in the 9/11 timeline.
According to those reports, the US government had intricate details
that a German based plot, personally approved by bin Laden himself, was
The French intelligence agents were said to have gleaned details from
Uzbek spies who had infiltrated the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
(IMU), a militant group based in Uzbekistan next door to Afghanistan and
closely tied to bin Laden and the Taliban.
The DIA documents provide solid proof that a branch of the US
intelligence community had been provided detailed warnings about the
Several other examples of the US government knowing before 9/11 about detailed Al Qaeda plots to hijack airliners, and even fly them into buildings including the Pentagon, have been recorded. The DIA had detailed information on the German Qaeda cells through its Able Danger program.
The fact that no one within the intelligence community believed bin
Laden, living in a cave, could pull off such a plot is telling. Indeed,
many Americans believe that he didn’t pull it off, that the plot itself
was hijacked and put into operation by rogue elements of US
intelligence, in co-operation with Saudi and Israeli counterparts.
The DIA documents represent an important revelation, because they are
declassified US government documents that confirm what intelligence
insiders have already leaked, thus bolstering previous revelations of
government prior knowledge.
Sadly the documents are likely to not be widely reported on by a
pathetic mainstream media that in most cases is locked into 24 hour news
cycles based on drivel, no longer referencing events that happened a
week ago, let alone twelve years ago.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com.
He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of
Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree
in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.
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