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Theresa May has rejected an appeal from survivors of the 9/11 attacks to make public a suppressed report into the role of Saudi Arabia in funding Islamist extremism in the UK.
Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry has said it is a matter of “great concern” that 9/11 relatives in the US may be able to sue the kingdom for damages.
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.
Long-classified section of report raises questions about whether Saudi nationals who were in contact with the hijackers knew what they were planning.
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.
Is the NSA lying about its failure to prevent 9/11?
Psychologists changed their profession’s ethics code to allow torture to continue and, in turn, were showered with government largesse.
Official history of raid camouflages US protection of governments behind 9/11.
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.
The Quilliam Foundation has been incubated by far-right white supremacists and Islamist terrorist financiers.
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.
Landmark research proves that the US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people, but this is a fraction of Western responsibility for deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades.
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.
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.
Yemen’s crisis serves as a grave warning for the looming risks to states in coming years and decades, not just in the region, but around the world.
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.
The Army is setting up a new unit that will use psychological operations and social media to help fight wars “in the information age”.
What percentage of terror attacks in the United States and Europe are committed by Muslims? Guess. Nope. Guess again. And again...
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Special Report: A Phila. law firm wages an epic legal battle to win billions from Saudi Arabia.
Hijacker had post-9/11 flights scheduled, files say.
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.
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.
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.
The man identified by the FBI as one of the primary financiers of the 9/11 attacks, Omar Sheikh, may have worked for British intelligence during the 1990s, according to a newly released book by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pre-Sept. 11 intelligence conducted by a secret military unit identified terrorist ringleader Mohamed Atta 13 different times, a congressman said Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why did Ashcroft stop flying commercial only weeks before 9-11?
George Bush asked for Tony Blair's backing to remove Saddam Hussein from power just nine days after the 11 September attacks, over a private dinner at the White House, a US magazine reported last night.
A former translator for the FBI with top-secret security clearance says she has provided information to the panel investigating the 11 September attacks which proves senior officials knew of al-Qa'ida's plans to attack the US with aircraft months before the strikes happened.
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.
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.
US Government Documents Show 160 Saudis Flew from the US Between September 11 and September 15, 200125 March 2004 | Judicial Watch
Customs & Border Protection Document Details Saudi Departures, Dates and Flight Information. Questions Concerning Saudi Flight from Kentucky on September 13, 2001 Remain Unanswered.
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.
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 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.
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.
Oil and politics make an intoxicating cocktail — addictive, but with deadly consequences. It has always been so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five Israelis were seen filming as jet liners ploughed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001...2 November 2003 | Sunday Herald
Were they part of a massive spy ring which shadowed the 9/11 hijackers and knew that al-Qaeda planned a devastating terrorist attack on the USA?
Four-part investigation by Mark G Levey.
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.
Is it a conspiracy or a coincidence? There is a long and tangled history between the Bush family and the elite of Saudi Arabia.
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.
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.
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.
Rumours swirled around the Afghan capital last night that the most senior Taliban leader in American custody had been freed.
The willingness of journalists to accept the establishment's view of the events of, and after, 9/11 is truly staggering.
Global warming will never bring a “doomsday scenario” a team of scientists says — because oil and gas are running out much faster than thought.
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.”
This analysis was intended to disclose the critical role of Saudi Arabia in providing ideological and financial support for the new terrorism.
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.
The events of 9-11, 2001 are still shrouded in mystery. Yet it is rare that the U.S. press will report on events challenging official U.S. government explanations of that day.
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.
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.”
The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination.
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.
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.
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.
The bin Laden family were granted extraordinary White House privileges to fly out of U.S. airspace following the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001.
Strained Saudi-US relations were dealt another blow yesterday with the publication of allegations directly linking Osama bin Laden to leading Saudi princes.
A top-secret conference call on September 11 could shed new light on the terrorist attacks.
The global war on terror is a smokescreen used by governments to wipe out opponents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of the September 11 attackers met with a pair of Saudis who may have been working for Saudi intelligence, the New York Times said.
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.
The Taliban fell but — thanks to coalition policy — things did not get better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen in a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The United States has said that virtually all its troops, except some training personnel, are to be pulled out of Saudi Arabia.
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.
Riyadh's former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, has been accused in US court documents of helping to fund al-Qaeda.
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.
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.
Chronology of the Dabhol gas-fired power plant in India, built by Enron, GE and Bechtel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Special forces who foiled assassination attempt on Afghan leader replaced by private security guards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In what the government describes as a bizarre coincidence, one U.S. intelligence agency was planning an exercise last Sept. 11 in which an errant aircraft would crash into one of its buildings. But the cause wasn't terrorism — it was to be a simulated accident.
A former landlord of two of the September 11 hijackers was an FBI informant at the time, knowledgeable sources confirm to CNN.
FBI Agent Robert Wright: Agents Assigned to Intelligence Operations Protect Terrorists from Criminal Investigation & Prosecution10 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.
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.
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.
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.
Is The Empire About Oil? — A Response to the Naysayers, by Dale Allen Pfeiffer.
The US is now a threat to the rest of the world. The sensible response is non-cooperation.
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.
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.
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.
Afghanistan's recent loya jirga or grand assembly was marred by back-room deals and intimidation, says a Brussels based think-tank.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
O'Neill shared his grievances with the French authors Guillaume Dasqui and Jean-Charles Brisard. In Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth, published last November, they recount O'Neill's claim that his probe of Mr bin Laden and al-Qa'ida in Afghanistan had been blocked by the US oil lobby. John O'Neill was right but he paid for his judgement with his life.
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 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.
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.
In July of last year, two months before the Sept. 11 terror attacks, FBI agents based in Arizona warned headquarters to be wary of Middle Eastern men studying at American flight schools.
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.
The Srebrenica report reveals the Pentagon's role in a dirty war.
Here is a timeline of events illustrating the players that helped leverage Enron's global reach by providing billions of dollars in public financing.
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 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.
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. 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.
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?
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.”
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 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.
An ABC News investigation of the failure of intelligence on Sept. 11 has found a trail of missed signals, missed opportunities, and warnings ignored.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The military screw-up nobody talks about.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Paris Reporters Say Bush Threatened War Last Summer.
The Government ignored specific warnings more than a year ago that Muslim extremists were infiltrating prisons and recruiting inmates, the Telegraph can reveal.
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.
The INS had two chances to nab Mohamed Atta. It failed both times.
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.
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.
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.
Le nouvel homme fort de l'Afghanistan connaît bien le monde occidental.
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.
British and American intelligence agents trying to destroy the al-Qa'ida network worldwide have been forced to reassess the role of a London-based French Islamic radical who, according to the latest evidence, could have led them straight to the heart of the suicide hijacking conspiracy.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The BBC says that America's special agents backed away from the bin Laden family soon after George W Bush became president.
Zbigniew Brzezinski and the CFR Put War Plans In a 1997 Book — It Is “A Blueprint for World Dictatorship,” Says a Former German Defense and NATO Official Who Warned of Global Domination in 1984, in an Exclusive Interview With FTW.
The CIA and Saudi Arabia, the Bushes and the Bin Ladens. Did their connections cause America to turn a blind eye to terrorism?
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.
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 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.
Osama bin Laden underwent treatment in July at the American Hospital in Dubai where he met a US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official, French daily Le Figaro and Radio France International reported.
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.
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.
A French newspaper claims a US intelligence agent met Osama bin Laden in a Gulf hospital two months before the terror attacks on New York.
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.
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.
How the U.S. Missed a Chance to Get Bin Laden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Although uniformly ignored by the mainstream U.S. media, there is abundant and clear evidence that a number of transactions in financial markets indicated specific (criminal) foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Legal Group Blasts Papa Shrub on Bin Laden Link.
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.
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.
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, 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.
There was apparently no official warning, but undoubtedly the relatives of Osama bin Laden realised that — at least for the time being — America might not be the most comfortable place for them to live.
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.
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.
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 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.
The FBI was warned six years ago of a terrorist plot to hijack commercial planes and slam them into the Pentagon, the CIA headquarters and other buildings, Philippine investigators told CNN.
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.
Senator seeks answers on hijackers ties to Navy base.
Israeli intelligence officials say that they warned their counterparts in the United States last month that large-scale terrorist attacks on highly visible targets on the American mainland were imminent.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Islamic groups have condemned a government crackdown on a Texan telecoms company as part of a “witch-hunt”.
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.
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.
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 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) worked in tandem with Pakistan to create the “monster” that is today Afghanistan's ruling Taliban, a leading US expert on South Asia said here.
East and west are jockeying for influence in the Caucasus. The prize is oil and gas.
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.
Testimony from Unocal's vice president John Maresca on the role Central Asian oil and natural gas plays on shaping US policy.
American government officials have told a delegation from the Taleban faction in Afghanistan that the United States would support plans to construct of an oil pipeline across Afghanistan if the country were at peace.
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.
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.
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.