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Why did 9/11 happen
Emphasizing the “humiliation and disgrace” Islam has suffered at the hands of infidels and their compliant Middle East rulers for nearly a century, bin Laden has long complained that the United States “wants to occupy our countries, steal our resources, impose on us agents to rule us.” Outraged by the presence of American troops desecrating Islam’s two holiest places: Mecca and Medina, in the 1990s bin Laden demanded that the United States leave the Persian Gulf, stop all sanctions against the Iraqi people and stop using Israel to oppress Palestinians - or else, “American civilians will no more be spared than military targets.”
How much advance warning did the White House have?In the weeks leading up to Sept. 11, dozens of urgent, detailed warnings of attacks involving hijacked airliners and US landmarks came from German, French, Russian and Israeli intelligence, an Arab newspaper, several prisoners and members of New York’s Muslim communities.
Could US intelligence agencies have stopped 911?In 1995, Filipino authorities alerted the FBI that Middle Eastern pilots were training at American flight schools to hijack a commercial jet and crash it into federal buildings. In July 2001, a “Phoenix memo” sent by FBI anti-terror Agent Kenneth Williams alerted his Washington superiors 2001 that eight bin Laden followers were training at an Arizona flight school. A fatwa edict commanded them to "Bring down their [USA] airliners.” In August, Moussaoui was arrested at a Minnesota flight school while learning to fly heavy aircraft.
Despite known links to al Qaeda and Boeing flight manuals in his car, Attorney General John Ashcroft blocked further investigations of Moussaoui. Another FBI informant lived with two of the hijackers. And FBI translator Sibel Edmonds says the FBI had “several specific information” on the coming Trade Tower attacks as early as April 2001. The National Security Agency says it routinely intercepted phone calls between bin Laden and his operatives in the United State. “Hundreds” of calls from ringleader Atta were also intercepted and traced.
What happened to US air defenses on Sept. 11?According to an official Pentagon news release, US interceptors launched late from distant bases flew at a fraction of their top speeds. Two jets airborne near Manhattan could have intercepted both WTC-bound airliners, but were not notified of the attacks. Two armed “ready alert” jets routinely launched to intercept stray airliners from Andrews Air Force base just 10 miles from the Pentagon were held on the ground until after the attacks. A nationwide air defense drill on 911 also saw US air defenders looking over the North Pole for nonexistent “Soviet” attackers.
Is the war in Iraq related to 911?The secular Saddam Hussein was a bitter enemy of radical Islamists, including al Qaeda. No evidence has ever been found linking his regime to the Sept. 11 attacks. Ironically, the US invasion and occupation of Iraq has brought top al Qaeda personnel flooding into that country, while driving thousands of outraged Arab youths to join the terrorists’ ranks.
Will there be more terrorist attacks against the United States?Top terrorists heard US General Tommy Franks warn the world that another murderous attack on US soil in the coming months could see the “suspension of the Constitution” and the “imposition of a military government” in Washington. Which means, they win. But Osama bin Laden says he is directing “modern educated youths” using al Qaeda computers to “hack” “cracks inside the Western financial system” – and crash the United States’ economy beyond repair.
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