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A few slightly speculative facts related to the tragedy

 
  

Project: History of US Interventions

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1979-1980

       Contact begins between Osama Bin Laden and the CIA, as Osama goes to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets, with support from Pakistan's intelligence service (ISI), with the ISI's operation being funded by the CIA. [Article; Article]
          

Days before attacks

       German central bank research shows that 'activities on international financial markets must have been planned and executed with the necessary knowledge', noting that trading in so-called put options, which rise in value when stock prices fall, surged as much as 285 times the previous average volume in American Airlines and United Airlines during the days before Sept. 11. [Article; Article; Article] To 'the embarrassment of investigators, it has also emerged that the firm used to buy many of the put options ... on United Airlines stock was headed until 1998 by 'Buzzy' Krongard, now executive director of the CIA.' [Article; Article] Further suspicious trading prior to Sept 11 is reported in Morgan Stanley, one of the biggest occupants of the World Trade Centre [Article; Article; Article]
          

July 2001

       According to the French media, Osama Bin Laden was treated at this time for a kidney problem at the American Hospital in Dubai, and while in hospital, he allegedly received a visit from a CIA official. The CIA denies the meeting took place. [Washington Times article; Article; Article; Article; Article; Article]
          

A week after Sept 11

       Mohammed Atta's passport is conveniently found (in perfect shape) near the wreckage of the WTC, despite the four black boxes (designed to survive such impacts) from the planes being allegedly destroyed. [Article; Article; Article; Article; Article]
          

Sept 21

       FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledges that the identity of several of the suicide hijackers is in doubt. [BBC article]
          

Sept 11

       George Bush doesn't arrive back to Washington until some 10 hours after the terrorist attacks. After receiving much criticism for his lack of leadership, the White House explains that they had received a call relaying credible information that Air Force one was a target. Less than two weeks later the excuse is retracted by the administration. CBS Evening News reports on September 25 that the call 'simply never happened.'

The subject was then deemed of little importance by the media and thus there was no subsequent discussion about the incident. However, it would appear that either the first story was a lie made in an attempt to protect the president's image, or the retraction of the story was a lie perhaps to avoid explaining where the information came from. [Article]

          

Sept 23

       Of the FBI's list of 19 hijackers - [FBI's list; Article; Article]
          

Shortly before Sept 11, 2001

       General Mahmoud Ahmad, chief of the US trained Pakistan intelligence service, arranges for $100,000 to be given to Mohammed Atta (alleged hijacker on 11 Sept). [CNN article]
          

Around Sept 11, 2001

       General Mahmoud Ahmad arrives in the USA on 4 September and, over the days that follow, has regular consultations with his counterparts at the CIA and Pentagon. He spends the morning of September 11th in Washington, having breakfast with the chairs of the US Senate and House intelligence committees. [Heise article; Article; Article]
          

Nov 2, 2001

       The FBI claims to have resolved questions about the identities of the 19 hijackers involved in the Sept. 11 attacks, and to know for certain the 19 who are responsible. However to this day no revised list of the hijackers identities has been made public. [CBS News article]
          

Jan 2002

       Bush and Cheney do their best to block an inquiry into Sept 11 from going ahead. [CNN article; Article; Article]
          

Dec 2002

       Bush names Thomas Kean as the new chairman of the 9/11 Commission. Kean has business ties to Osama's brother-in-law, who is suspected to have funnelled millions of dollars to the Al Qaeda network and is named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by families of Sept 11 victims. [Article; Article]
          
       The Commission also has other problems - including receiving only $3 million in funding (compare this with the millions spent on the Lewinsky scandal, or the shuttle tragedy inquiry, which is estimated to cost $40 million). [Article; Article]
          


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