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The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches

21 August 2017 | Reuters

US President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117 billion. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world’s most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream.

Whistleblower exposes how NATO’s leading ally is arming and funding ISIS

16 September 2016 | INSURGE Intelligence

A former senior counter-terrorism official in Turkey has blown the whistle on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s deliberate sponsorship of the Islamic State (ISIS) as a geopolitical tool to expand Turkey’s regional influence and sideline his political opponents at home.

The NSA’s 9/11 Cover-Up: General Hayden Told a Lie, and It’s a Whopper

30 July 2015 | CounterPunch

Magicians wield secrecy on the theater stage in the service of illusions. Spies likewise wield illusion on the world stage in the service of secrecy. So it is with the events behind the attacks of 9/11 where those who question the official story are derided as conspiracy theorists. Thanks to the investigative digging of reporter James Bamford, with the assistance of NSA whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Kirk Wiebe, the 9/11 crowd can now point to a conspiracy fact: an incredible cover-up that goes all the way to the top of the American intelligence community.

Missed Calls

21 July 2015 | Foreign Policy

Is the NSA lying about its failure to prevent 9/11?

The Detail in Seymour Hersh’s Bin Laden Story That Rings True

12 May 2015 | New York Times

From the moment it was announced to the public, the tale of how Osama bin Laden met his death in a Pakistani hill town in May 2011 has been a changeable feast. In the immediate aftermath of the Navy SEAL team’s assault on his Abbottabad compound, American and Pakistani government accounts contradicted themselves and each other.

Germany is the Tell-Tale Heart of America's Drone War

17 April 2015 | The Intercept

A top-secret U.S. intelligence document obtained by The Intercept confirms that the sprawling U.S. military base in Ramstein, Germany serves as the high-tech heart of America’s drone program. Ramstein is the site of a satellite relay station that enables drone operators in the American Southwest to communicate with their remote aircraft in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and other targeted countries.

Islamic State is the cancer of modern capitalism

27 March 2015 | Middle East Eye

The brutal ‘Islamic State’ is a symptom of a deepening crisis of civilisation premised on fossil fuel addiction, which is undermining Western hegemony and unravelling state power across the Muslim world.

Qatar: the friend of our enemy is not our friend. New questions raised on the anti-ISIS Alliance

27 February 2015 | Peter Lance

With increasing questions about the commitment of certain Arab nations in the Alliance vs. The Islamic State (ISIS) recently underscored by the NYT re: Saudi Arabia’s murky links to the 9/11 attacks, it’s even more important to shed light on Qatar, the most strategic Alliance member which is home to Udein Air Base where the U.S. Central Command launches many of its bombing missions on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.

9/11 plotter says Saudi royals backed Al-Qaeda

4 February 2015 | Agence France-Presse

The only Al-Qaeda plotter convicted over the 9/11 attacks has told American lawyers that members of the Saudi royal family donated millions of dollars to the terror group in the 1990s.

Who is responsible for the Pakistan school massacre?

20 December 2014 | Al Arabiya

U.S. officials have been quick to point the finger at Pakistan, noting the role of the notorious ‘S Wing’ of state military intelligence, the ISI, in covertly sponsoring various Taliban factions inside Afghanistan.

CIA analysis: ‘high-value targeting’ had limited effect against Taliban

18 December 2014 | Washington Post

Raids, drone strikes and other military operations designed to capture or kill “high-value targets” in the Taliban have had little overall effect in part because of the militant group’s ability to replace leaders, according to a 2009 CIA analysis newly released by WikiLeaks.

It isn’t Facebook that feeds terror. It’s war and tyranny

27 November 2014 | Guardian

The refusal to accept Britain’s role in a violent campaign without end fosters fear and racism. It takes some mastery of spin to turn the litany of intelligence failures over last year’s butchery of the off-duty soldier Lee Rigby into a campaign against Facebook. But that’s exactly how David Cameron’s government and a pliant media have disposed of the report by Westminster’s committee of intelligence trusties.

Afghanistan says finds 1.8 billion barrel oilfield

15 August 2010 | Reuters

Afghanistan said on Sunday it had discovered an oilfield with an estimated 1.8 billion barrels in the north of the war-ravaged country, where U.S. and other foreign forces are trying to tame a Taliban-led insurgency.

CIA paid millions of dollars to ISI since 9/11: Report

16 November 2009 | Times of India

The CIA has paid millions of dollars to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since 9/11, accounting for as much as one-third of the foreign spy agency's annual budget, says a media report.

Documents Back Saudi Link to Extremists

23 June 2009 | New York Times

Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles.

Canadians could be defending Afghan gas pipeline

21 June 2008 | CTV News

A U.S-backed pipeline would be an inviting target for the Taliban and al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan, and the planned project would run directly through Kandahar, the volatile region that Canada has promised to defend through 2011.

Kabul to clear mines on TAPI gasline route in 2 yrs

7 June 2008 | Daily Times

Afghanistan has informed Pakistan that it will clear all landmines from the proposed route of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline within two years, sources within the Pakistan Petroleum Ministry told Daily Times on Friday.

Pinning the blame for 9/11

31 May 2008 | Inquirer

Special Report: A Phila. law firm wages an epic legal battle to win billions from Saudi Arabia.

9/11 Chair: Attack Was Preventable

5 December 2007 | CBS News

For the first time, the chairman of the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks is saying publicly that 9/11 could have and should have been prevented.

Osama bin Laden May Have Chartered Saudi Flight Out of U.S. after 9/11

20 June 2007 | Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch today released new documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) related to the ‘expeditious departure’ of Saudi nationals, including members of the bin Laden family, from the United States following the 9/11 attacks. According to one of the formerly confidential documents, dated 9/21/2001, terrorist Osama bin Laden may have chartered one of the Saudi flights.

Analysis: India revives TAPI gas pipeline

24 November 2006 | United Press International

Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, the four partners of a proposed $3.3 billion pipeline, have vowed to accelerate work on the four-nation project to bring natural gas from Turkmenistan to India.

Pakistan's shadowy secret service

9 October 2006 | BBC News

Pakistan's directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, usually called the ISI, is accused of many vices. Critics say it runs “a state within a state”, subverts elected governments, supports the Taleban and is even involved in drug smuggling.

9/11 Panel Suspected Deception by Pentagon

2 August 2006 | Washington Post

Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.

9/11 Live: The NORAD Tapes

August 2006 | Vanity Fair

How did the U.S. Air Force respond on 9/11? Could it have shot down United 93, as conspiracy theorists claim? Obtaining 30 hours of never-before-released tapes from the control room of NORAD's Northeast head-quarters, the author reconstructs the chaotic military history of that day — and the Pentagon's apparent attempt to cover it up.

FBI says Moussaoui could have led to 9/11 attackers

24 March 2006 | Reuters

If Zacarias Moussaoui had told authorities in August 2001 a hijacking plot was brewing in the United States, the FBI could have found records leading them to 11 of the September 11 attackers, a former FBI official said.

Weldon: ‘Able Danger’ ID'd Atta 13 Times

14 February 2006 | Associated Press

Pre-Sept. 11 intelligence conducted by a secret military unit identified terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta 13 different times, a congressman said Tuesday.

Drug trade ‘reaches to Afghan cabinet’

5 February 2006 | Telegraph

Some cabinet ministers in Afghanistan are deeply implicated in the drugs trade and could be diverting foreign aid into trafficking, the country's anti-narcotics minister said yesterday.

Congressman: Atta papers destroyed on orders

16 September 2005 | Associated Press

A Pentagon employee was ordered to destroy documents that identified Mohamed Atta as a terrorist two years before the 2001 attacks, a congressman said Thursday.

Officer: 9/11 panel didn't receive key information

17 August 2005 | CNN

A former member of a classified Pentagon intelligence unit told CNN on Wednesday that information he tried to provide to the commission investigating the September 11, 2001, attacks never made it to the panel's members.

CIA Commander: U.S. Let bin Laden Slip Away

14 August 2005 | Newsweek

During the 2004 presidential campaign, George W. Bush and John Kerry battled about whether Osama bin Laden had escaped from Tora Bora in the final days of the war in Afghanistan.

Atta may have been identified as a threat a year before Sept. 11

12 August 2005 | Associated Press

Staff members of the Sept. 11 commission are investigating allegations from a GOP congressman that the hijackers' leader, Mohamed Atta, had been identified as a potential threat in a classified Defense Department program a year or more before the attacks occurred.

U.S. Using Anti-Terror War to Gain World Oil Reserves — Soviet Intelligence Chief

21 March 2005 | MosNews

On the pretext of fighting international terrorism the United States is trying to establish control over the world's richest oil reserves, Leonid Shebarshin, ex chief of the Soviet Foreign Intelligence Service, who heads the Russian National Economic Security Service consulting company, said in an interview for the Vremya Novostei newspaper.

Report: FAA Had 52 Pre-9/11 Warnings

10 February 2005 | Associated Press

The Federal Aviation Administration received repeated warnings in the months prior to Sept. 11, 2001, about al-Qaida and its desire to attack airlines, according to a previously undisclosed report by the commission that investigated the terror attacks.

The making of the terror myth

15 October 2004 | Guardian

Since September 11 Britain has been warned of the ‘inevitability’ of catastrophic terrorist attack. But has the danger been exaggerated? A major new TV documentary claims that the perceived threat is a politically driven fantasy — and al-Qaida a dark illusion.

Muslim Brotherhood, Nazis and Al Qaeda

25 August 2004 | Jewish Community News

“I'm educating a new generation in the CIA that the Muslim Brotherhood was a fascist organization that was hired by Western Intelligence that evolved over time into what we today know as al Qaeda.”

9/11 report sidesteps Pakistan

26 July 2004 | United Press International

Afghanistan's role under the Taliban is well known by now, given that it was sheltering the al-Qaida leadership. The Saudis, despite murky financial ties to al-Qaida were cleared of official involvement by 9/11 panel. That leaves Pakistan.

Did al-Qaida trainee warn FBI before 9/11?

26 July 2004 | NBC News

More than a year before 9/11, a Pakistani-British man told the FBI an incredible tale: that he had been trained by bin Laden's followers to hijack airplanes and was now in America to carry out an attack. The FBI questioned him for weeks, but then let him go home, and never followed up. Now, the former al-Qaida insider is talking.

Air Defenses Faltered on 9/11, Panel Finds

17 June 2004 | Washington Post

The chief of U.S. air defenses testified today that if his command had been notified immediately of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackings and ordered to intervene, U.S. fighter jets would have been able to shoot down all four of the airliners that were seized by terrorists and that ultimately crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.

British waiter told FBI of 9/11-style plot

6 June 2004 | Independent

United States and British security agents failed to act on a tip-off they received more than a year before the September 2001 atrocities that al-Qa'ida terrorists planned a large-scale attack in the US, the FBI confirmed yesterday.

Taliban told US it would give up Osama: report

5 June 2004 | Reuters

United States and Taliban officials met secretly in Frankfurt almost a year before the September 11 attacks to discuss terms for the Afghans to hand over Osama bin Laden, according to a German television documentary.

U.S. lets Afghanistan traffic in opium

18 May 2004 | Newsday

In the new Afghanistan, women are free to go to school. Refugees are free to return home. Regional chieftains are free to run in upcoming elections. And farmers are free to grow opium poppies for the international heroin trade.

Oils ain't just oils, they're to die for

16 May 2004 | Sydney Morning Herald

The mainstream media has hardly touched the looming oil supply crisis, but if you look hard enough, the mastermind of the war, Bush's Vice-President Dick Cheney did in 1999, as chairman of giant oil services company Halliburton, now ensconced in Iraq. Cheney warned that by 2010 the world would need another 50 million barrels a day, way above our known reserves.

More Agents Track Castro Than Bin Laden

29 April 2004 | Associated Press

The Treasury Department agency entrusted with blocking the financial resources of terrorists has assigned five times as many agents to investigate Cuban embargo violations as it has to track Osama bin Laden's and Saddam Hussein's money, documents show.

Lawyers try to gag FBI worker over 9/11

26 April 2004 | Independent

The Bush administration will today seek to prevent a former FBI translator from providing evidence about 11 September intelligence failures to a group of relatives and survivors who have accused international banks and officials of aiding al-Qa'ida.

When the last oil well runs dry

19 April 2004 | BBC News

Just as certain as death and taxes is the knowledge that we shall one day be forced to learn to live without oil. Exactly when that day will dawn nobody knows, but people in middle age today can probably expect to be here for it.

NORAD had drills of jets as weapons

18 April 2004 | USA Today

In the two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the North American Aerospace Defense Command conducted exercises simulating what the White House says was unimaginable at the time: hijacked airliners used as weapons to crash into targets and cause mass casualties.

9-11 and the Smoking Gun

8 April 2004 | Asia Times

If the 9-11 Commission is really looking for a smoking gun, it should look no further than at Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Ahmad, the director of the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) at the time.

Fear of Flying

6 April 2004 | Village Voice

Why did Ashcroft stop flying commercial only weeks before 9-11?

Al-Qaeda double agent duped MI5

26 March 2004 | Times

One of al-Qaeda's most dangerous figures has been revealed as a double agent who fooled MI5, raising intense criticism from European governments who had repeatedly called for his arrest. Britain ignored warnings from friendly governments about Abu Qatada's links with terrorist groups and refused to arrest him.

Al-Qaeda cleric exposed as an MI5 double agent

25 March 2004 | Times

One of al-Qaeda's most dangerous figures, Abu Qatada, has been revealed as a double agent working for MI5, raising criticism from European governments, which repeatedly called for his arrest.

CIA ‘had 9/11 hijacker details’

24 February 2004 | BBC News

US officials were given the first name and telephone number of an 11 September hijacker more than two years before the attacks, the New York Times has said.

Germany tipped U.S. on hijacker in '99

24 February 2004 | New York Times

U.S. investigators were given the first name and telephone number of one of the Sept. 11 hijackers two and a half years before the attacks on New York and Washington, but the United States appears to have failed to aggressively pursue the lead, according to U.S. and German officials.

Nato happy to ignore explosion in Afghan opium output, says Russia

9 February 2004 | Guardian

Nato is turning a blind eye to the flourishing opium trade in Afghanistan to ensure the support of warlords in the struggle to maintain security in the country, Russia's defence minister has claimed. Sergei Ivanov said Afghanistan was now producing nine times the quantity of drugs it did under the Taliban.

German trial hears how Iranian agent warned US of impending al-Qaida attack

24 January 2004 | Guardian

The United States was warned of impending September 11 terrorist attacks by an Iranian spy, but ignored him, German secret service agents testified yesterday in the trial of an alleged al-Qaida terrorist. The spy, identified as Hamid Reza Zakeri, tried to warn the CIA after leaving Iran in 2001, but was not believed, two German officers who interviewed him told the Hamburg court.

9/11 director gave evidence to own inquiry

15 January 2004 | United Press International

The panel set up to investigate why the United States failed to prevent the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, faced angry questions Thursday after revelations that two of its own senior officials were so closely involved in the events under investigation that they have been interviewed as part of the inquiry.

US ready to seize Gulf oil in 1973

2 January 2004 | BBC News

The United States considered using force to seize oilfields in the Middle East during an oil embargo by Arab states in 1973, according to British government documents just made public.

Takeoffs Continued Until Second Jet Hit Trade Center, Transcripts Show

30 December 2003 | New York Times

A set of tape transcripts released yesterday open a small window onto the flow of information among aviation authorities on Sept. 11, 2001, showing that air traffic officials in New York knew no more about the attacks than anyone watching television.

CIA denies seeking pact with bin Laden

14 November 2003 | Associated Press

The CIA rejected as fantasy claims it tried to negotiate a non-aggression pact with Osama bin Laden just two months before the September 11 attacks.

CIA rejects claim it sought Osama deal before 9/11

14 November 2003 | Reuters

The CIA rejected as fantasy claims in a new book that it tried to negotiate a non-aggression pact with Osama bin Laden just two months before the September 11, 2001 airliner attacks against the United States.

MI5 caught bugging ally's UK embassy

2 November 2003 | Times

A former MI5 agent has exposed a bungled attempt by the security service to bug the London embassy of one of Britain's key allies in the war on terror.

Cheney's hawks ‘hijacking policy’

30 October 2003 | Sydney Morning Herald

A former Pentagon officer turned whistleblower says a group of hawks in the Bush Administration, including the Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is running a shadow foreign policy, contravening Washington's official line.

The Saudi Connection

29 October 2003 | the fifth estate, CBC News

Is it a conspiracy or a coincidence? There is a long and tangled history between the Bush family and the elite of Saudi Arabia.

Bush: Documents sought by 9/11 commission ‘very sensitive’

28 October 2003 | CNN

Documents requested by the independent commission investigating the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington are “very sensitive,” and the White House counsel is handling talks on turning them over, President Bush said Monday.

White House Accused of Stalling 9-11 Probe

27 October 2003 | Associated Press

Members of both parties are accusing the White House of stonewalling the federal commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by blocking its demands for documents despite threats of a subpoena.

White House withholding 9/11 files — report

26 October 2003 | Reuters

The head of the federal commission investigating the September 11, 2001 attacks says the White House is withholding highly classified intelligence documents and he is ready to subpoena them if they are not released within weeks, according to a report.

Why isn't the truth out there?

5 October 2003 | Guardian

The willingness of journalists to accept the establishment's view of the events of, and after, 9/11 is truly staggering.

World oil and gas ‘running out’

2 October 2003 | CNN

Global warming will never bring a “doomsday scenario” a team of scientists says — because oil and gas are running out much faster than thought.

Bush's ‘war on terror’ is a cruel hoax

1 October 2003 | John Pilger

At the British Labour Party conference following the September 11, 2001, attacks, Prime Minister Tony Blair said memorably: “To the Afghan people, we make this commitment. We will not walk away... If the Taliban regime changes, we will work with you to make sure its successor is one that is broad based, that unites all ethnic groups and offers some way out of the poverty that is your miserable existence.”

CIA paid mullahs to counter anti-US feeling

24 September 2003 | Scotsman

The CIA paid mullahs and created fake Islamic religious leaders to preach a moderate message and counter anti-American sentiment in the Arab world after the 11 September attacks, a new book claims.

Does Al-Qaida exist?

15 September 2003 | Peter Marsden

Since the 11 September attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Al-Qaida has been represented as a monolithic organisation with an almost global reach. However, some observers believe Al-Qaida is little more than an idea connecting the largely independent actions of a loose network of organisations and individuals.

Meacher: I am not accusing the US of 9/11 plot

8 September 2003 | Independent

Michael Meacher, the former environment minister who sparked fury after suggesting the Bush administration may have purposely ignored warnings of the September 11 attacks yesterday said his views had been misrepresented, and that he had “not for a second suggested that the American government deliberately planned this.”

Meacher sparks fury over claims on September 11 and Iraq war

6 September 2003 | Guardian

Michael Meacher, who served as a minister for six years until three months ago, today goes further than any other mainstream British politician in blaming the Iraq war on a US desire for domination of the Gulf and the world.

Ex-minister attacks US over war

6 September 2003 | BBC News

Former minister Michael Meacher has blamed the Iraq war on the US desire for world domination. Mr Meacher also suggested the Americans might have failed to prevent 11 September as it gave a pretext for military action.

Bin Laden family's US exit ‘approved’

3 September 2003 | Evening News

The United States allowed members of Osama bin Laden's family to jet out of the US in the immediate aftermath of September 11, even as American airspace was closed.

Bin Laden family allowed 9/11 leave

2 September 2003 | United Press International

The bin Laden family were granted extraordinary White House privileges to fly out of U.S. airspace following the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001.

Saudi princes ‘linked’ to bin Laden

1 September 2003 | Telegraph

Strained Saudi-US relations were dealt another blow yesterday with the publication of allegations directly linking Osama bin Laden to leading Saudi princes.

Pieces of the Puzzle

31 August 2003 | U.S. News & World Report

A top-secret conference call on September 11 could shed new light on the terrorist attacks.

A deadly franchise

28 August 2003 | Guardian

The global war on terror is a smokescreen used by governments to wipe out opponents.

Most of U.S. forces withdrawn from Saudi Arabia

28 August 2003 | Associated Press

The Pentagon has withdrawn most of its forces from the strategic Mideast nation of Saudi Arabia, ending a decade-long buildup started after the first war against Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

US, Pak made ‘deal’ over capture of Bin Laden: report

24 August 2003 | Sify

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf possibly struck a deal with the US not to capture Osama bin Laden after the Afghan war for fear of inciting trouble in his own country and the al-Qaeda leader is hiding in northern tribal areas of Pakistan, a media report has said.

Smoking Gun: The CIA's Interest in Peak Oil

15 August 2003 | From The Wilderness

A recently declassified CIA document casts new light on some of the most significant geopolitical events of the past quarter century. This document, an Intelligence Memorandum titled “The Impending Soviet Oil Crisis (ER 77-10147),” was issued in March 1977 by the Office of Economic Research and classified “Secret” until its public release in January 2001 in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. (1) Until now, the document has prompted little discussion.

U.S. Clamps Secrecy on Warnings Before 9/11

7 August 2003 | Newsday

It's not just the Saudi secret that's being kept. The recent report of the joint congressional committee that probed intelligence failures before the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon reveals what the Bush administration doesn't want Americans to know about the American government.

Bush's 9-11 Secrets

5 August 2003 | Village Voice

Even though Bush has refused to make parts of the 9-11 report public, one thing is startlingly clear: The U.S. government had received repeated warnings of impending attacks — and attacks using planes directed at New York and Washington — for several years. The government never told us about what it knew was coming.

Two Saudis met Sept 11 hijackers

3 August 2003 | Agence France-Presse

Two of the September 11 attackers met with a pair of Saudis who may have been working for Saudi intelligence, the New York Times said.

Report Links Saudis To 9/11

2 August 2003 | Los Angeles Times

The 27 pages deleted from a congressional report on the Sept. 11 attacks depict a Saudi government that not only provided significant money and aid to the suicide hijackers, but also allowed potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to flow to al-Qaida and other terrorist groups through suspect charities and other fronts, according to sources familiar with the document.

Saudis meet Bush for 9/11 talks

29 July 2003 | BBC News

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal is in Washington for talks with President George W Bush about a controversial US report that linked Saudi Arabia to the 11 September attacks. The 900-page congressional report released last week suggested that people connected to the Saudi Government might have given financial support to the hijackers.

Afghan government accused of criminal acts

29 July 2003 | Financial Times

Prominent members of the Afghan government and warlords supported by the US are implicated in “violent criminal offences” including robbery, extortion, rape and kidnapping, a leading human rights watchdog has said.

Revealed: Al Qaeda Held ‘Dry Run’ at New York Airport

25 July 2003 | New York Post

Two members of Osama bin Laden's terror team sneaked past checkpoints in a “dry run” at a New York airport as part of a plan years before Sept. 11 to hijack planes and attack U.S. targets, a congressional report revealed yesterday. The CIA said in December 1998 that an al Qaeda member was “planning operations against U.S. targets,” according to a once-“top secret” timeline contained in the congressional 9/11 report. “Plans to hijack U.S. aircraft proceeding well,” it continued.

Report: FBI Informant Knew 9/11 Hijackers

21 July 2003 | Associated Press

An FBI informant knew two of the Sept. 11 hijackers but never suspected they were terrorists, according to a congressional report that nonetheless concludes no single piece of information could have prevented the attacks.

Bush Slow to OK Drones in Bin Laden Hunt

25 June 2003 | Associated Press

When President Bush took office in January 2001, the White House was told that Predator drones had recently spotted Osama bin Laden as many as three times and officials were urged to arm the unmanned planes with missiles to kill the al-Qaida leader. But the administration failed to get drones back into the Afghan skies until after the Sept. 11 attacks later that year, current and former U.S. officials say.

Captured al-Qa'eda man was FBI spy

23 June 2003 | Telegraph

The American al-Qa'eda operative unmasked last week as having planned to bring down the Brooklyn Bridge was first detained in March, and has been used by the FBI for months as a double agent, it was reported yesterday.

Former Aide Takes Aim at War on Terror

16 June 2003 | Washington Post

Five days before the war began in Iraq, as President Bush prepared to raise the terrorism threat level to orange, a top White House counterterrorism adviser unlocked the steel door to his office, an intelligence vault secured by an electronic keypad, a combination lock and an alarm. He sat down and turned to his inbox.

Queen gives Karzai knighthood

6 June 2003 | BBC News

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Queen honours Afghan leader with knighthood

6 June 2003 | Times

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen today — a token of friendship and measure of his importance to Britain.

Bush trying to hide 9/11 information, Graham says

2 June 2003 | Miami Herald

U.S. Sen. Bob Graham accused the Bush administration Sunday of overzealous editing of the public version of a report on the causes of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

FAA Delay in Reporting 9/11 Hijackings Probed

23 May 2003 | Newsday

Jane Garvey, former head of the Federal Aviation Administration, was asked pointedly by commissioner Richard Ben-Veniste why the agency apparently took a half-hour to notify the country's air defense command about the hijackings.

Plan to Catch Bin Laden Was Called Off

21 May 2003 | ABC News

The FBI made secret plans to capture and arrest Osama bin Laden five years ago, long before the terror leader's deadliest plan came to fruition.

Classified Pollard file supports 9/11 coverup of Saudi ties to Usama bin Laden

21 May 2003 | Moment

Pollard's file shows that, contrary to what Congress was told, US intelligence knew perfectly well that they were laundering money through Saudi Arabia to fund known terrorists in their drive to oust the Russians from Afghanistan. To protect themselves from charges of negligence, senior members of US intelligence covered up the Saudi-Al Qaeda connection right up to 9/11.

US pulls out of Saudi Arabia

29 April 2003 | BBC News

The United States has said that virtually all its troops, except some training personnel, are to be pulled out of Saudi Arabia.

We have your sons: CIA

10 March 2003 | Telegraph

Two young sons of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the September 11 attacks, are being used by the CIA to force their father to talk.

Saudi envoy in UK linked to 9/11

2 March 2003 | Observer

Riyadh's former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, has been accused in US court documents of helping to fund al-Qaeda.

US released al-Qaeda terrorists to Pak: Report

24 February 2003 | Times of India

Playing a “losing game”, the US allowed many Interservice Intelligence (ISI) agents it had captured during the war on terror in Afghanistan to go back to Pakistan and they took with them thousands of al-Qaeda terrorists, who later spread into Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir, media reports said.

Iran urges India to back pipeline

27 January 2003 | BBC News

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has urged India to join in the construction of a multibillion-dollar pipeline that would bring Iranian gas to the subcontinent.

Central Asia pipeline deal signed

27 December 2002 | BBC News

An agreement has been signed in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, paving the way for construction of a gas pipeline from the Central Asian republic through Afghanistan to Pakistan.

CIA accused of torture at Bagram base

27 December 2002 | Guardian

The CIA has used “stress and duress” techniques on al-Qaida suspects held at secret overseas detention centres, as well as contracting out their interrogation to foreign intelligence agencies known to routinely use torture, said a report published yesterday.

$3.2b Afghan Pipeline Deal Imminent

26 December 2002 | Associated Press

Leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan met Thursday to work out the final details of an ambitious deal to build a gas pipeline through war-ravaged Afghanistan.

FBI Called off Terror Investigations

19 December 2002 | ABC News

Two veteran FBI investigators say they were ordered to stop investigations into a suspected terror cell linked to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Soldiers say U.S. let Taliban general go

18 December 2002 | Washington Times

U.S. troops say that the military mistakenly released one of the most-wanted Taliban leaders in Afghanistan in the summer based on faulty intelligence. U.S. Special Forces soldiers said that in late July, a Green Beret A-Team, backed by about 20 local Afghan fighters, apprehended Mullah Akhter Mohammed Osmani as he left his compound at daybreak in a town west of Kandahar.

Ex-Saudi intelligence chief defends princess

26 November 2002 | CNN

A former chief of Saudi intelligence and brother of a Saudi princess Monday evening defended his sister against reports she may have been the source of funds that ended up in the hands of two of the September 11 hijackers.

Mystery men link Saudi intelligence to Sept 11 hijackers

25 November 2002 | Guardian

Two mysterious Saudi citizens living in California before the September 11 attacks may link the al-Qaida hijackers to Saudi intelligence, according to reports yesterday which are likely to provoke a new row between the US and Riyadh.

MI6 ‘halted bid to arrest bin Laden’

10 November 2002 | Observer

British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.

The Enemy Within

27 October 2002 | Observer

Gore Vidal is America's most controversial writer and a ferocious, often isolated, critic of the Bush administration. Here, against a backdrop of spreading unease about America's response to the events of 11 September 2001 and their aftermath, we publish Vidal's remarkable personal polemic urging a shocking new interpretation of who was to blame.

Iran says Afghan opium yield increasing

14 October 2002 | Financial Times

A new wave of drugs is flowing towards Europe through Iran and Pakistan because of the international community's failure to deal with the root of the problem in Afghanistan, a narcotics conference in Tehran was told on Monday.

Media gag on alleged plot to kill Gaddafi

10 October 2002 | Age

The British media have been gagged from reporting sensational courtroom evidence of former MI5 spy David Shayler, including his alleged proof that the British secret service paid $270,000 for al Qaeda terrorists to assassinate Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 1986.

Visas that Should Have Been Denied

9 October 2002 | National Review

The cover story in National Review's October 28th issue details how at least 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers should have been denied visas — an assessment based on expert analyses of 15 of the terrorists' visa-application forms, obtained exclusively by NR.

Oil has always been top of Bush's foreign-policy agenda

7 October 2002 | Sydney Morning Herald

As the United States prepares for war with Iraq, a report commissioned early in George Bush's presidency has surfaced, showing that the US knew it was running out of oil and foreshadowing the possible need for military intervention to secure supplies.

Report details US ‘intelligence failures’

2 October 2002 | BBC News

The American intelligence agency, the CIA, could have prevented the 11 September attacks if it were not for systematic failures, according to the German newspaper Die Zeit.

Alert on hijackers not ‘urgent’

2 October 2002 | Washington Times

Two terrorists who were on the hijacked airliner that hit the Pentagon might have been located before September 11 but the FBI and CIA did not alert immigration officials of the danger they posed, a congressional investigator said yesterday.

What the White House really wants

28 September 2002 | Sydney Morning Herald

The unifying element in an often-contradictory US foreign policy is the dream of toppling OPEC and controlling the world oil market. And Iraq is the key, writes Paul McGeough from Riyadh.

New heroin threat to Europe

26 September 2002 | BBC News

A huge increase in Afghan opium production has raised fears of a new influx of heroin into European cities. Latest estimates suggest that poppy cultivation has increased by up to 1,400% since the removal of the Taleban regime at the end of last year.

Massive post-war rise in production of Afghan opium

26 September 2002 | Independent

Britain is expected to be hit by a flood of heroin after a gigantic increase in the production of opium in Afghanistan, the United Nations will warn today. A UN survey estimates the farmers will grow 2,700 tons of opium this year compared with 185 tons in 2001, a 1,400 per cent jump.

Panel wants $7bn elite counter-terror unit

26 September 2002 | United Press International

The United States should create an elite group of counter-terror operatives to make the war on terrorism pre-emptive and proactive, duping al Qaida into undertaking operations it is not prepared for and thereby exposing its personnel, a Pentagon report advocating more than $7 billion in new spending will recommend.

FBI Agent Urged Search for Hijacker

21 September 2002 | Washington Post

Two weeks before the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks, a desperate FBI agent begged his superiors to launch an aggressive hunt for one of the men who would participate in the suicide hijackings, warning that “someday someone will die” because his request was denied, according to testimony before a congressional panel yesterday.

Exclusive: The Informant Who Lived With the Hijackers

15 September 2002 | Newsweek

At first, FBI director Bob Mueller insisted there was nothing the bureau could have done to penetrate the 9-11 plot. That account has been modified over time — and now may change again. NEWSWEEK has learned that one of the bureau's informants had a close relationship with two of the hijackers: he was their roommate.

FBI Agent Robert Wright: Agents Assigned to Intelligence Operations Protect Terrorists from Criminal Investigation & Prosecution

10 September 2002 | Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, represents ‘whistleblowing’ FBI Special Agent Robert G. Wright, Jr., of the bureau's Chicago Division, who said today that the FBI continues to dodge accountability and cover-up its negligence and dereliction of duty in pursuing terrorists who pose a direct threat to the United States.

Taleban ‘warned US of huge attack’

7 September 2002 | BBC News

An aide to the former Taleban foreign minister, Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, has revealed that he was sent to warn American diplomats and the United Nations that Osama bin Laden was due to launch a huge attack on American soil. Neither organisation heeded the warning, which was given just weeks before the 11 September attacks.

No Way Out

27 August 2002 | From The Wilderness

Almost a year after Sept. 11 where are we? In the last year the Bush Administration and the financial, economic and oil interests which it serves, have proved their continued ability to move forward into totalitarianism and naked aggression faster than any forces of either domestic or international opposition could organize — either behind them or in front of them.

Afghanistan is on the brink of another disaster

14 August 2002 | Independent

The garden was overgrown, the roses scrawny after a day of Kandahar heat, the dust in our eyes, noses, mouth, fingernails. But the message was straightforward. “This is a secret war,” the Special Forces man told me. “And this is a dirty war. You don't know what is happening.” And of course, we are not supposed to know. In a “war against terror”, journalists are supposed to keep silent and rely on the good guys to sort out the bad guys without worrying too much about human rights.

The logic of empire

6 August 2002 | Guardian

The US is now a threat to the rest of the world. The sensible response is non-cooperation.

Report: Plan to Fight Al Qaeda Approved Pre-9/11

4 August 2002 | Reuters

A plan for the United States to attack al Qaeda languished for eight months because of the change in presidents and was approved just a week before the Sept. 11 attacks on America, Time Magazine reported on Sunday.

US strike ended bin Laden feud with Omar

3 August 2002 | Times

The relationship between Osama bin Laden and Mullah Mohammed Omar, the ousted Taleban ruler, was rent with mistrust, anger and petty squabbles that led to a complete breakdown of trust before the September 11 attacks, according to documents discovered in Afghanistan.

Officials deny bin Laden escaped November capture

2 August 2002 | Fayetteville Observer

A Special Forces soldier says that troops had Osama bin Laden pinpointed in Afghanistan in November, but leaders took too long to decide to go after him and he slipped away.

Afghan assembly ‘undemocratic’

1 August 2002 | BBC News

Afghanistan's recent loya jirga or grand assembly was marred by back-room deals and intimidation, says a Brussels based think-tank.

Did President Bush Pass Up an Attempt to Get Bin Laden Before 9-11?

8 July 2002 | History News Network

What would Americans think about a president that merely a few months before a war on terrorism was negotiating oil deals with the very regime he would later characterize as “evil” because they were harboring terrorists? What if they discovered that Bush's administration for months had been impeding governmental efforts to apprehend one of the leading terrorists whom the administration would later say they wanted “dead or alive?” Wouldn't many Americans express outrage?

Air Force officer disciplined for saying Bush allowed September 11 attacks

21 June 2002 | World Socialist Web Site

A US Air Force officer in California recently accused President Bush of deliberately allowing the September 11 terror attacks to take place. The officer has been relieved of his command and faces further discipline. The controversy surrounding Lt. Col. Steve Butler's letter to the editor, in which he affirmed that Bush did nothing to warn the American people because he ‘needed this war on terrorism’, received scant coverage in the media.

Were Israelis Detained on Sept 11, Spies?

21 June 2002 | ABC News

Millions saw the horrific images of the World Trade Center attacks, and those who saw them won't forget them. But a New Jersey homemaker saw something that morning that prompted an investigation into five young Israelis and their possible connection to Israeli intelligence.

Turkmen-Afghan-Pakistani gas pipeline accord published

8 June 2002 | Alexander's Gas & Oil Connections

The leaders of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan signed an agreement in Islamabad on 30 May 2002 on a gas pipeline project to transport Turkmen natural gas to Pakistan through Afghanistan.

The Enron Pipeline Connection to 9/11

6 June 2002 | John Loftus

A highly reliable confidential client source who wishes to remain anonymous has promised to send me an FBI copy of a high-level Al Qaida report dating back to the embassy bombings in Africa several years ago. The email report was captured in Africa from the computer file of a senior aid to Osama Bin Laden. My client has obtained this document through lawful means. The email report, written by Al Qaida's head of military operations, Mohammd Atef, describes Al Qaida's view of ongoing secret pipeline negotiations between the US oil companies and the Taliban to build a pipeline through Afghanistan.

Rifts Plentiful As 9/11 Inquiry Begins Today

4 June 2002 | New York Times

Early on Sept. 11, Senator Bob Graham and Representative Porter J. Goss were having a quiet breakfast meeting in the Capitol with the chief of Pakistani intelligence, Lt. Gen. Mehmood Ahmed. Mr. Graham and Mr. Goss, the chairmen of the two Congressional intelligence committees, were quizzing their guest about Osama bin Laden and other issues when an aide to Mr. Goss rushed in with a note.

Hijackers ‘trailed by CIA before attacks’

3 June 2002 | Guardian

Two of the hijackers who crashed American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon were spotted as potential terrorists by the CIA more than 18 months before September 11, Newsweek reported yesterday. It called this “the most puzzling, and devastating, intelligence failure” in the period before attacks.

What Congress Does Not Know about Enron and 9/11

31 May 2002 | John Loftus

A captured Al Qaida document reveals that US energy companies were secretly negotiating with the Taliban to build a pipeline. The document was obtained by the FBI but was not allowed to be shared with other agencies in order to protect Enron. Multiple sources confirm that American law enforcement agencies were deliberately kept in the dark and systematically prevented from connecting the dots before 9/11 in order to aid Enron's secret and immoral Taliban negotiations.

Afghan pipeline given go-ahead

30 May 2002 | BBC News

The leaders of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan have agreed to construct a $2bn pipeline to bring gas from Central Asia to the sub-continent.

FBI chiefs so lax agents felt they were spies

28 May 2002 | Sydney Morning Herald

FBI officials in Washington not only stymied an investigation into flight school student Zacarias Moussaoui before September 11, but also tried to stop field agents linking the suspected 20th hijacker to the terrorist attacks after they occurred, an agent claims in a 13-page “whistle-blower” letter.

Coleen Rowley's Memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller

21 May 2002 | Time

I feel that certain facts, including the following, have, up to now, been omitted, downplayed, glossed over and/or mis-characterized in an effort to avoid or minimize personal and/or institutional embarrassment on the part of the FBI and/or perhaps even for improper political reasons.

Some Families of Victims Irate at Revelations

16 May 2002 | Associated Press

Some relatives of Sept. 11 victims are seething over revelations that President Bush got advance warnings — not shared with the public — that Usama bin Laden's terror network might hijack U.S. planes.

Graham: 9/11 study hindered

9 May 2002 | Associated Press

The Justice Department and CIA are not being fully cooperative with Congress' investigation into how the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks escaped detection, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Wednesday.

Forget Mideast, Here's New Source of Oil Wealth

24 April 2002 | ABC News

This week, Saparmurat Niyazov, the president-for-life of Turkmenistan, a California-sized former Soviet republic just northwest of Afghanistan, met with officials from Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in an attempt to divide one of the world's richest oil and gas regions — at the bottom of the Caspian Sea.

Chronology of Enron's Empire

11 April 2002 | CorpWatch

Here is a timeline of events illustrating the players that helped leverage Enron's global reach by providing billions of dollars in public financing.

Clinton White House axed terror-fund probe

2 April 2002 | Washington Times

The Clinton administration shut down a 1995 investigation of Islamic charities, concerned that a public probe would expose Saudi Arabia's suspected ties to a global money-laundering operation that raised millions for anti-Israel terrorists, federal officials told the Washington Times.

Britain accused on terror lab claim

24 March 2002 | Observer

Britain was accused last night of falsely claiming that al-Qaeda terrorists had built a ‘biological and chemical weapons’ laboratory in Afghanistan to justify the deployment of 1,700 Royal Marines to fight there.

Airline bans author Rushdie

19 March 2002 | BBC News

It has emerged that Air Canada introduced its ban in September before the attacks on the World Trade Center as a result of a new directive from the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States.

U.S. Knew of Suicide Hijack Threat in 1995

5 March 2002 | Associated Press

U.S. law-enforcement authorities knew as early as 1995 that Middle Eastern men were training at American flight schools and had discussed crashing planes into federal buildings, but did not follow up on the information, according to documents and interviews with American and Filipino authorities.

The Enron-Cheney-Taliban Connection?

27 February 2002 | AlterNet

Could the Big Secret of the Enron scandal be that Cheney and the White House were working closely with the Taliban — on Enron's behalf — up to a few weeks before Sept. 11?

Blunders that let bin Laden slip away

23 February 2002 | Telegraph

The eastern Afghanistan intelligence chief for the country's new government, Pir Baksh Bardiwal, was astounded that the Pentagon planners of the battle for Tora Bora had failed to even consider the most obvious exit routes. He said: “The border with Pakistan was the key, but no one paid any attention to it. And there were plenty of landing areas for helicopters had the Americans acted decisively. Al-Qa'eda escaped right out from under their feet.”

The Puzzle of the Enron Coverups

21 February 2002 | Albion Monitor

Could the Big Secret be that the highest levels of the Bush Administration knew during the summer of 2001 that the largest bankruptcy in history was imminent? Or was it that Enron and the White House were working closely with the Taliban — including Osama bin Laden — up to weeks before the Sept. 11 attack? Was a deal in Afghanistan part of a desperate last-ditch “end run” to bail out Enron?

Britain is braced for influx of cut-price heroin

21 February 2002 | Independent

Britain is bracing itself for a flood of cheap heroin after intelligence sources warned that farmers in Afghanistan would produce a bumper crop of opium in the next few months.

Pre-Sept. 11 Warnings Were Unheeded

18 February 2002 | ABC News

An ABC News investigation of the failure of intelligence on Sept. 11 has found a trail of missed signals, missed opportunities, and warnings ignored.

Analysis: Mr Karzai goes to Washington

29 January 2002 | Asia Times

In the 1980s, as the Afghan mujahideen were fighting Soviet occupiers, the smart-dressing, Quetta, Pakistan-based “Gucci guerrilla”, as American correspondents referred to Karzai's likes at the time, helped organize “logistical support” (facilitating US weapons shipments). In 1996/97 he advised American oil company Unocal on the US$2 billion project of a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline.

Pakistan Denies Bin Laden Visited for Dialysis

29 January 2002 | Reuters

Pakistan said Tuesday a report that Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden underwent secret kidney dialysis in one of its hospitals a day before the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States was absurd.

Bush asks Daschle to limit Sept. 11 probes

29 January 2002 | CNN

President Bush personally asked Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle Tuesday to limit the congressional investigation into the events of September 11, congressional and White House sources told CNN.

The Getaway: Questions surround a secret Pakistani airlift

28 January 2002 | New Yorker

In Afghanistan last November, the Northern Alliance, supported by American Special Forces troops and emboldened by the highly accurate American bombing, forced thousands of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters to retreat inside the northern hill town of Kunduz. Trapped with them were Pakistani Army officers, intelligence advisers, and volunteers who were fighting alongside the Taliban.

Hospital Worker: I Saw Osama

28 January 2002 | CBS News

In a tale as twisted as the hunt for Osama bin Laden, CBS Evening News has been told that the night before the Sept. 11 terrorists attack, Osama bin Laden was in Pakistan. He was getting medical treatment with the support of the very military that days later pledged its backing for the U.S. war on terror in Afghanistan.

Main drug control agency in Kabul is evicted

25 January 2002 | Independent

Despite promises to crack down on the drugs trade, the new Afghan government has evicted the main drug control agency from its headquarters in Kabul and taken its vehicles.

US helped Taliban to safety, magazine claims

21 January 2002 | Guardian

An American-approved evacuation of Pakistani military officials from the besieged Afghan city of Kunduz last November “slipped out of control”, allowing al-Qaida fighters to join the exodus, it was claimed yesterday. “Dirt got through the screen,” a US intelligence official told New Yorker magazine.


16 January 2002 | Slate

The military screw-up nobody talks about.

German Minister's Interview Rips 911 Case Open

13 January 2002 | Tagesspiegel

Andreas von Buelow is a former German Minister of Technology and State Secretary in the Defense Ministry; he served for 25 years on a parliamentary commission overseeing all three branches of German intelligence. His book, In the Name of the State details the criminal activities of secret services, including the CIA.

CIA ‘ignored warning’ on al Qaeda

12 January 2002 | Financial Times

A former US intelligence agent has alleged that the CIA ignored detailed warnings he passed on in 1998 that a Gulf state was harbouring an al-Qaeda cell led by two known terrorists.

U.S. Was in Negotiations to Do a Deal with Taliban

8 January 2002 | American Morning, CNN

“Time to check in with ambassador-in-residence, Richard Butler, this morning. An explosive new book published in France alleges that the United States was in negotiations to do a deal with the Taliban for an oil pipeline in Afghanistan.”

Hijack Plot Suspicions Raised With FBI in Aug.

2 January 2002 | Washington Post

An FBI agent and a Minnesota flight school official discussed the possibility that alleged terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was part of a hijacking plot before the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Post.

London Mosque Leader: We Warned About Radicals

27 December 2001 | Associated Press

The leader of a south London mosque, whose members once included a man now suspected of trying to detonate explosives aboard an airliner, says police failed to act on repeated warnings that radicals were recruiting young Muslims.

Clinton ‘let bin Laden survive’

20 December 2001 | Telegraph

Bill Clinton's reluctance to take political risks while president, his fear of derailing Middle East talks and his unwillingness to contemplate casualties helped to allow Osama bin Laden to survive and mount the September 11 attacks, an investigation concluded yesterday.

CIA links Porton Down to anthrax attacks

17 December 2001 | Telegraph

The FBI is concentrating its hunt for the source of the anthrax used to terrorise America on laboratories used by the CIA and British government scientists.

Official: CIA uses anthrax, but no link to letters

16 December 2001 | CNN

The CIA uses anthrax in its bio-warfare program but the bacteria did not make it into tainted letters sent to two U.S. senators and several news organizations, an agency official said Sunday. The confirmation that the CIA has anthrax comes less than a week after the U.S. Army admitted it has produced small amounts of the potentially deadly bacteria for years.

Suspected Israeli Spies Held by U.S.

12 December 2001 | Fox News

Some 60 Israelis, who federal investigators have said are part of a long-running effort to spy on American government officials, are among the hundreds of foreigners detained since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Fox News has learned.

US turns to drug baron to rally support

4 December 2001 | Asia Times

Pakistan and the United States have turned to a tried and trusted “friend” in their efforts to exert control over events in Afghanistan — convicted Pakistani drug baron and former parliamentarian, Ayub Afridi.

The ‘airlift of evil’

29 November 2001 | MSNBC

The United States took the unprecedented step this week of demanding that foreign airlines provide information on passengers boarding planes for America. Yet in the past week, a half dozen or more Pakistani air force cargo planes landed in the Taliban-held city of Kunduz and evacuated to Pakistan hundreds of non-Afghan soldiers who fought alongside the Taliban and even al-Qaida against the United States. What's wrong with this picture?

Did bin Laden have help from U.S. friends?

27 November 2001 | Toronto Star

An intriguing new book, just published in France, details the curiously amicable relationship between the regime of U.S. President George W. Bush and Afghanistan's Taliban, a relationship that turned hostile only after the terror attacks of Sept. 11.

Opium farmers rejoice at defeat of the Taliban

21 November 2001 | Independent

It was always a meagre existence, but then the Taliban reduced him to complete destitution. “They would not let us plant and in this land it is the only way to make money,” said Mr Khatib. “We have nothing here. Last night I did not even have oil for my family to cook.” But now there is hope, for the Taliban have gone and Mr Khatib and the farmers of Surkhrud are free to grow the crop that provides them with the closest thing to a reasonable existence — the opium poppy.

US policy on Taliban influenced by oil — authors

20 November 2001 | Asia Times

Under the influence of United States oil companies, the government of President George W Bush initially blocked intelligence agencies' investigations on terrorism while it bargained with the Taliban on the delivery of Osama bin Laden in exchange for political recognition and economic aid, two French intelligence analysts claim.

Bin Laden's relatives made a first-class escape

9 November 2001 | San Francisco Chronicle

Even though I've spent some time with the rich and powerful, I'm still naive about how small their world is. It came as a shock to me that President Bush's family and Osama bin Laden's family have socialized with each other and been involved in business ventures together.

Bush took FBI agents off Laden family trail

8 November 2001 | Times of India

America was itself to blame for the events of September 11 because the US administration was using “kid gloves” in tracking down Osama bin Laden and “other fanatics linked to Saudi Arabia”, a special BBC investigation has alleged in a damning indictment of the two presidents Bush and American foreign policy.

A war for the pipelines?

8 November 2001 | BBC News

Just four years ago Taleban officials were at the Texas headquarters of the US energy company Unocal to discuss building a gas pipeline across Afghanistan to Pakistan.

FBI claims Bin Laden inquiry was frustrated

7 November 2001 | Guardian

FBI and military intelligence officials in Washington say they were prevented for political reasons from carrying out full investigations into members of the Bin Laden family in the US before the terrorist attacks of September 11.

Bush thwarted FBI probe against bin Ladens

7 November 2001 | Agence France-Presse

FBI agents in the United States probing relatives of Saudi-born terror suspect Osama Bin Laden before September 11 were told to back off soon after George W Bush became president, the BBC has reported.

Has someone been sitting on the FBI?

6 November 2001 | Newsnight, BBC

The CIA and Saudi Arabia, the Bushes and the Bin Ladens. Did their connections cause America to turn a blind eye to terrorism?

CIA agent alleged to have met Bin Laden in July

1 November 2001 | Guardian

Two months before September 11 Osama bin Laden flew to Dubai for 10 days for treatment at the American hospital, where he was visited by the local CIA agent, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

Federal grants paid for visits by Afghans in '90s

31 October 2001 | Washington Times

The federal government has sponsored two visits to the United States in the past four years by delegations that included Taliban representatives in an effort to expose Afghanistan's ruling militia to Western ways... Unocal hoped that it could establish connections that would allow it to build a 1,000-mile, $1.5 billion oil pipeline from the former Soviet republics of Central Asia to the Arabian Sea.

The CIA would have met Bin Laden in July

31 October 2001 | Le Figaro

The public enemy number one would have been met in the American hospital of Dubai at the beginning of the summer for serious renal insufficiencies. During his 15 days stay, the billionaire Saudi would have received the visit of a local representative of the CIA. This agent would have even been informed on possible attacks.

CIA agent ‘met Bin Laden in July’

31 October 2001 | Evening Standard

Le Figaro today claimed that a CIA agent met Osama bin Laden in a Gulf hospital as recently as last July and received “precise information” about an imminent attack on the US.

Report: bin Laden treated at US hospital

31 October 2001 | United Press International

A CIA agent allegedly met with suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden in July, while the Saudi underwent treatment for kidney problems at an American hospital in Dubai, France's Le Figaro newspaper reported Wednesday.

How Oil Interests Play Out in US Bombing of Afghanistan

31 October 2001 | Drillbits & Tailings

We have synthesized a number of current analyses into some key facts about how oil ties into the US government's long time involvement in Central Asia and its hopes of accessing the oil and gas riches of the area. Oil is clearly not the only force operating, and this is not a comprehensive analysis, but it is an important piece of a complicated political and economic struggle.

The ex-presidents' club

31 October 2001 | Guardian

It is hard to imagine an address closer to the heart of American power. The offices of the Carlyle Group are on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, midway between the White House and the Capitol building, and within a stone's throw of the headquarters of the FBI and numerous government departments. The address reflects Carlyle's position at the very centre of the Washington establishment, but amid the frenetic politicking that has occupied the higher reaches of that world in recent weeks, few have paid it much attention. Elsewhere, few have even heard of it.

Oil rush

25 October 2001 | Channel 4 News

With world-wide demand for oil increasing and the Gulf States — in particular Saudi Arabia — vulnerable to instability the United States is desperate to tap the vast untapped fields of Kazakhstan and the other Central Asian states. And as Liam Halligan explains Afghanistan is central to trying to move oil from there to the west.

White House Mail Machine Has Anthrax

23 October 2001 | Associated Press

At least some White House personnel were given Cipro six weeks ago. White House officials won't discuss who might be receiving the anthrax-treating antibiotic now. On the night of the Sept. 11 attacks, the White House Medical Office dispensed Cipro to staff accompanying Vice President Dick Cheney as he was secreted off to the safety of Camp David, and told them it was “a precaution,” according to one person directly involved.

MI5 wanted me to escape, claims cleric

21 October 2001 | Observer

The London-based Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, accused by America of being a key member of Osama bin Laden's network, claims British security services offered him a chance to escape to Afghanistan. Abu Qatada, whose Bolton bank account was frozen last week when he was named on a US list of suspected terrorists, told The Observer that MI5 approached intermediaries to offer him a passport and an Iranian visa so he could leave the country.

Bin Laden linked to Albanian drug gangs

21 October 2001 | Independent

Interpol believes that Osama bin Laden is linked to Albanian gangs who have taken over a growing web of crime across Europe. The investigations into organised crime links with his terrorist network also show that Mr bin Laden supplied one of his top military commanders for an elite KLA unit during the Kosovo conflict.

End of Taliban will bring rise in heroin

19 October 2001 | Independent

The defeat of the Taliban would result in a surge in opium production, which has been virtually halted in Afghanistan by the Kabul regime over the last year, United Nations officials have warned.

Accused Terrorist May Have Been FBI Informant

16 October 2001 | Boston Channel

A man who once drove a cab for a living through the streets of Boston is on trial in Jordan, suspected of being a terrorist for Osama bin Laden. And now authorities believe he was also a one-time informant for the FBI. In a NewsCenter 5 exclusive, David Boeri reports that Raed Hijazi, once of Everett, Mass., is believed to be a leading connection between the hijackers of four airplanes and bin Laden.

Mystery of terror ‘insider dealers’

14 October 2001 | Independent

Share speculators have failed to collect $2.5m in profits made from the fall in the share price of United Airlines after the 11 September World Trade Centre attacks. The fact that the money is unclaimed more than a month later has re-awakened investigators' interest in a story dismissed as coincidence.

US, Uzbek had secret alliance before Sept 11

14 October 2001 | Times of India

The United States and Uzbekistan have been conducting joint covert operations against Afghanistan's Taliban regime and Osama bin Laden, chief suspect in the terror attacks in America, for two to three years, officials from the two countries have revealed.

Trade Center warning baffles police

12 October 2001 | NBC News

I went to Brooklyn this week in search of an ‘urban myth’ about the World Trade Center attacks. What I came back with was no longer a myth — it was cold, chilling fact. But it didn't clear anything up for me; that the ‘myth’ was true only made matters murkier. Was word of the attacks on the street beforehand? I wanted to find out.

Some Got Warning: Don't Go Downtown on Sept. 11

12 October 2001 | Daily News

Federal investigators have received evidence that some Middle Easterners in the New York area were warned ahead of time to stay out of lower Manhattan the morning of Sept. 11, the Daily News has learned.

Police: Student spoke of attacks before Sept. 11

11 October 2001 | Journal News

Authorities are tracking numerous leads that some people, including members of the Arab-American community, heard rumors of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington in the days leading up to the hijackings, law enforcement sources say.

India helped FBI trace ISI-terrorist links

9 October 2001 | Times of India

While the Pakistani Inter Services public relations claimed that former ISI director-general Lt-Gen Mahmud Ahmad sought retirement after being superseded on Monday, the truth is more shocking. Top sources confirmed here on Tuesday, that the general lost his job because of the “evidence” India produced to show his links to one of the suicide bombers that wrecked the World Trade Centre.

The investigation and the evidence

5 October 2001 | BBC News

If the US is to maintain international backing for its war on terrorism, the strength of evidence linking Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda organisation to the attacks is crucial. Much of this evidence is not yet in the public domain. BBC News Online looks at the investigation to date and considers the information that has emerged.

CIA Cited Risk Before Attack

3 October 2001 | Associated Press

The CIA had developed general information a month before the attacks that heightened concerns that bin Laden and his followers were increasingly determined to strike on U.S. soil after several strikes overseas.

Resentful west spurned Sudan's key terror files

30 September 2001 | Observer

Security chiefs on both sides of the Atlantic repeatedly turned down the chance to acquire a vast intelligence database on Osama bin Laden and more than 200 leading members of his al-Qaeda terrorist network in the years leading up to the 11 September attacks, an Observer investigation has revealed.

Odigo says workers were warned of attack

26 September 2001 | Haaretz

Odigo, the instant messaging service, says that two of its workers received messages two hours before the Twin Towers attack on September 11 predicting the attack would happen, and the company has been cooperating with Israeli and American law enforcement, including the FBI, in trying to find the original sender of the message predicting the attack.

Some Light Shed On Saudi Suspects

25 September 2001 | Washington Post

As many as a dozen of the 19 suicide hijackers who staged America's worst terrorist attack were young Saudis dedicated to fighting for Islamic causes, the majority of them with roots in a remote, southwestern region of their country that has been a center of religious dissent, according to a U.S. government official and experts on Saudi Arabia.

FBI Knew Terrorists Were Using Flight Schools

23 September 2001 | Washington Post

Federal authorities have been aware for years that suspected terrorists with ties to Osama bin Laden were receiving flight training at schools in the United States and abroad, according to interviews and court testimony.

Threat of US strikes passed to Taliban weeks before NY attack

22 September 2001 | Guardian

Osama bin Laden and the Taliban received threats of possible American military strikes against them two months before the terrorist assaults on New York and Washington, which were allegedly masterminded by the Saudi-born fundamentalist, a Guardian investigation has established.

FBI Chief Raises New Doubts Over Hijackers' Identities

21 September 2001 | Los Angeles Times

FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged Thursday that investigators may not know the true identities of some of the 19 suspected airplane hijackers from last week's suicide attacks.

US ‘planned attack on Taleban’

18 September 2001 | BBC News

A former Pakistani diplomat has told the BBC that the US was planning military action against Osama Bin Laden and the Taleban even before last week's attacks. Niaz Naik, a former Pakistani Foreign Secretary, was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October.

Alleged Hijackers May Have Trained At U.S. Bases

14 September 2001 | Newsweek

U.S. military sources have given the FBI information that suggests five of the alleged hijackers of the planes that were used in Tuesday's terror attacks received training at secure U.S. military installations in the 1990s.

Echelon Gave Authorities Warning Of Attacks

13 September 2001 | Newsbytes

U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies received warning signals at least three months ago that Middle Eastern terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture, according to a story in Germany's daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

Bin Laden: the former CIA ‘client’ obsessed with training pilots

13 September 2001 | Guardian

Stories about him are legion. How he was known as one of the “Gucci muj”, the scions of rich Arab families who poured into Afghanistan in the late 1980s to help the rougher-hewn mojahedin fight the Soviets. How, having won his spurs, he led an assault in the siege of Jalalabad and took possession of the “lucky” Kalashnikov which he now carries with him almost everywhere.

Willie Brown got low-key early warning about air travel

12 September 2001 | Associated Press

For Mayor Willie Brown, the first signs that something was amiss came late Monday when he got a call from what he described as his airport security — a full eight hours before yesterday's string of terrorist attacks — advising him that Americans should be cautious about their air travel.

Saudis cancel US talks

10 September 2001 | BBC News

Saudi Arabia has cancelled high-level military talks with the United States in protest at Washington's support for Israel, according to a Saudi newspaper report.

Saudi Arabia snubs US again

10 September 2001 | BBC News

Reports from Saudi Arabia say it has cancelled its annual military co-operation talks with the United States in protest at what it sees as Washington's support for Israel.

Ashcroft Flying High

26 July 2001 | CBS News

In response to inquiries from CBS News over why Attorney General John Ashcroft was traveling exclusively by leased jet aircraft instead of commercial airlines, the Justice Department cited what it called a “threat assessment” by the FBI, and said Ashcroft has been advised to travel only by private jet for the remainder of his term.

The new Great Game

5 March 2001 | Guardian

East and west are jockeying for influence in the Caucasus. The prize is oil and gas.

Protecting oil supplies in a crisis

24 September 2000 | BBC News

With oil prices riding at 10-year highs and commercial stocks of crude and heating oil remaining dangerously low ahead of winter, politicians in the United States have been debating their next move.

Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline

4 December 1997 | BBC News

A senior delegation from the Taleban movement in Afghanistan is in the United States for talks with an international energy company that wants to construct a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to Pakistan. A spokesman for the company, Unocal, said the Taleban were expected to spend several days at the company's headquarters in Sugarland, Texas.

Taleban to Texas for pipeline talks

3 December 1997 | BBC News

A senior delegation of Afghanistan's Taleban movement has gone to the United States for talks. The delegation is to meet officials of the company which wants to build a pipeline to export gas from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to Pakistan.

Afghan Pipeline: A New Great Game

4 November 1997 | BBC News

Great-power interest in Afghanistan is once again rising, thanks to plans to build a new pipeline across the country, taking gas from landlocked Central Asia to Pakistan and world markets. In October the project took a step closer to reality with the signing of a deal between Turkmenistan, the primary source of the gas, and an international consortium led by the American UNOCAL company. But the problem, of course, is the continuing civil war in Afghanistan — and who, if anyone, in Afghanistan can guarantee security for the pipeline.