Late August 2001: Senator Bob Graham (D), Representative Porter Goss (R) and Senator John Kyl (R) travel to Pakistan and meet with President Musharraf. They reportedly discuss various security issues, including the possible extradition of bin Laden. They also meet with Abdul Salam Zaeef, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan. According to a local press account at the time, "Zaeef assured the delegation that the Taliban government wanted to settle the issue [of extraditing bin Laden] through negotiations." What's interesting is that later all three are meeting with ISI Director General Ahmad, at the time of the 9/11 attacks (see September 11, 200 (H)). Ahmad gave $100,000 to hijacker Atta. [Salon, 9/14/01] Since the ISI was funding the 9/11 hijackers, what else might have been discussed in these meetings?
September 11, 2001 (H): At the time of the attacks, ISI Director General Ahmad is at a breakfast meeting at the Capitol with the chairmen of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Senator Bob Graham (D) and Representative Porter Goss (R). The meeting is said to last at least until the second plane hit the WTC. Goss is a 10-year veteran of the CIA's clandestine operations wing; Graham is the CIA's best ally in the Senate. [Washington Post, 5/18/02] Both later head the joint House-Senate investigation into the 9/11 attacks, which has made headlines for saying there was no "smoking gun" of Bush knowledge before 9/11. [Washington Post, 7/11/02] Note that Senator Graham should have been aware of a report made to his staff the previous month that one of Ahmad's subordinates had told a US undercover agent that the WTC would be destroyed (see August 2001). Evidence suggests General Ahmad passed $100,000 to hijacker Atta (see June or Before, 2000). Also present at the meeting were Senator John Kyl (R) and the Pakistani ambassador to the US, Maleeha Lodhi (all or virtually all of the people in this meeting also met in Pakistan a few weeks earlier (see Late August 2001)). Senator Graham says of the meeting: "We were talking about terrorism, specifically terrorism generated from Afghanistan." The New York Times mentions bin Laden was specifically being discussed. [Vero Beach Press Journal, 9/12/01, [Salon, 9/14/01, New York Times, 6/3/02] The fact that these people are meeting at the time of the attacks is a strange coincidence at the very least. Was the topic of conversation just more coincidence? FTW