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August, 2001: Israeli Intelligence Officers Travel to Washington to Warn of Impending “Large Scale” Bin Laden Terror Attacks

NB: A new feature is being launched in the “News and Supplemental” Category. For some time, “Pterrafractyl” has been contributing very informative comments. That contributor will now  be posting articles as a guest author in the “Pterrafractyl’s Nest” section.

COMMENT: In the blizzard of anti-Semitic propaganda (cloaked as “anti-Zionist” propaganda) circulating in the “Truther” milieu, the story below has been totally eclipsed. 

In point of fact, the Islamist attackers were deeply associated with Nazi and fascist elements, who had motive enough to try and divert public opinion from the facts. The Bush administration also had profound involvement with the elements targeted by the Operation  Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002. Those links to the SAAR network, plus the numerous intelligence failures of which the administration was guilty gave Dubya, Grover Norquist and disinformation master Karl Rove abundant motive for dragging red herrings across the investigative pathway.

One should note that, in the Bank al-Taqwa, the Nazi and Muslim Brotherhood fascists and the Bush/Norquist/Rove milieux overlap.

Pinning blame on “Da Jooz” attacks serves the interests of all guilty parties. Indeed, Achmed Huber–a director of al-Taqwa, protege of Omar Amin (nee Johann) von Leers (Goebbels’ chief anti-Semitic propagandist) and liaison between Islamists and European and American neo-Nazis, floated disinformation blaming the attacks on the “Mossad” shortly after the attacks.

Huber also indicated that elements in the Bush administration and other elite Washington circles shared his anti-Semitic views and saw the 9/11 attacks as a vehicle for increasing anti-Israeli propaganda.

“Israeli Security Issued Urgent Warning to CIA of Large-Scale Terror Attacks” by David Wastell and Philip Jacobson; The Telegraph; 9/16/2001.

EXCERPT: The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre’s twin towers and the Pentagon were humiliating blows to the intelligence services, which failed to foresee them, and to the defence forces of the most powerful nation in the world, which failed to deflect them.

The Telegraph has learnt that two senior experts with Mossad, the Israeli military intelligence service, were sent to Washington in August to alert the CIA and FBI to the existence of a cell of as many of 200 terrorists said to be preparing a big operation.
“They had no specific information about what was being planned but linked the plot to Osama bin Laden and told the Americans that there were strong grounds for suspecting Iraqi involvement,” said a senior Israeli security official. . . .

. . . America’s intelligence agencies are being widely blamed for their failure to predict the attacks, or anything like them, and for not discovering any of the terrorist cells before the hijackings on Tuesday. Some of those who took part had lived in the US for months, or even years.

Evidence that a clear Israeli warning was delivered to American authorities, but ignored, would be a further blow to the reputation of the CIA, which is under fire for its failure last week.

An administration official in Washington said: “If this is true then the refusal to take it seriously will mean heads will roll. It is quite credible that the CIA might not heed a Mossad warning: it has a history of being overcautious about Israeli information.” . . .


5 comments for “August, 2001: Israeli Intelligence Officers Travel to Washington to Warn of Impending “Large Scale” Bin Laden Terror Attacks”

  1. “jewish victims of september 11” google this takes you to a page that deals with the lie that jewish people working at the world trade center were told to remain home on 9/11.

    Posted by David | May 23, 2012, 5:42 pm
  2. @David — Googling that doesn’t necessarily take you there. You’re being bubbled. See http://dontbubble.us/.

    Posted by Rob Coogan | May 23, 2012, 5:42 pm
  3. oh,yes it does. just type “jewish victims of 9/11” and you would see a whole freaken list of signs to go to. The number of jewish victims who were killed at the world trade center on 9/11 is between 400 to 500 people. if i could find these figures, anyone can, Rob.

    Posted by David | June 2, 2012, 3:31 pm
  4. OK then…:

    Op-Ed Contributor
    The Deafness Before the Storm
    Published: September 10, 2012

    IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

    On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief — and only that daily brief — in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack. Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack. While some critics considered that claim absurd, a close reading of the brief showed that the argument had some validity.

    That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.

    The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

    But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

    In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.

    “The U.S. is not the target of a disinformation campaign by Usama Bin Laden,” the daily brief of June 29 read, using the government’s transliteration of Bin Laden’s first name. Going on for more than a page, the document recited much of the evidence, including an interview that month with a Middle Eastern journalist in which Bin Laden aides warned of a coming attack, as well as competitive pressures that the terrorist leader was feeling, given the number of Islamists being recruited for the separatist Russian region of Chechnya.

    And the C.I.A. repeated the warnings in the briefs that followed. Operatives connected to Bin Laden, one reported on June 29, expected the planned near-term attacks to have “dramatic consequences,” including major casualties. On July 1, the brief stated that the operation had been delayed, but “will occur soon.” Some of the briefs again reminded Mr. Bush that the attack timing was flexible, and that, despite any perceived delay, the planned assault was on track.

    Yet, the White House failed to take significant action. Officials at the Counterterrorism Center of the C.I.A. grew apoplectic. On July 9, at a meeting of the counterterrorism group, one official suggested that the staff put in for a transfer so that somebody else would be responsible when the attack took place, two people who were there told me in interviews. The suggestion was batted down, they said, because there would be no time to train anyone else.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | September 11, 2012, 1:15 pm
  5. So then logically if they had been warned that **Saddam** was planning an attack they would have listened and planned to avert it??

    This response to Dave’s post smells to me like “limited hangout”.

    “…accord­ing to this the­ory, Bin Laden was merely pre­tend­ing to be plan­ning an attack to dis­tract the admin­is­tra­tion from Sad­dam Hus­sein, whom the neo­con­ser­v­a­tives saw as a greater threat. Intel­li­gence offi­cials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fun­da­men­tal­ist, con­spir­ing with Mr. Hus­sein, an Iraqi sec­u­lar­ist, was ridicu­lous, but the neo­con­ser­v­a­tives’ sus­pi­cions were nev­er­the­less car­ry­ing the day.”

    Posted by ironcloudz | September 12, 2012, 9:59 am

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