The Bush White House ignored even more warnings about September 11 than we thought, according to journalist Kurt Eichenwald, who has a column in the NYT and a new book out.
Briefings, some seen by Eichenwald, that warned of an imminent attack. On May 1, the CIA said that a terrorist group in the U.S. was planning an attack. On June 22, it warned that this attack was "imminent." On June 29, the brief warned of near-term attacks with "dramatic consequences" including major casualties. On July 1, the briefing said that the terrorist attack had been delayed but "will occur soon." On July 24, the Bush was told again that the attack had been delayed but would occur within months.
These and dozens of other similar warnings were ignored by the White House. Eichenwald's column is already getting a lot of attention and so will his book, 500 Days: Secrets And Lies In The Terror Wars.
Why did Bush ignore the warnings?????
The unanswered questions and things that don't add up about 9-11 are - why the twin towers collapsed in a controlled demolition (confirmed by architects and engineers), why building 7 that hadn't even been hit fell in a controlled demolition (which take weeks to set up), like why George W. Bush kept on reading a children's book to kids in a classroom for up to 10 minutes after agents told him about the attack.
The unanswered question that nags and nags at intelligent people is why America's military planes stood down while the Pentagon and World Trade Center were under attack. It is the military's incredible lack of response to the hijacking of four airliners that can't be explained away.
Anyone who takes the time to investigate finds out that the United States Air Force and the FAA both have established procedures that have been in place for at least 25 years regarding planes that veer abnormally off course. Specifically, federal law MANDATES that the Air Force must dispatch a plane to investigate why a certain craft has strayed from its predestined route. These interceptors are only allowed to shoot an airliner from the sky under orders from the President, but that doesn't negate that they are still required to investigate the situation in a timely manner.
Yet, on 9-11, NO ONE FOLLOWED ORDERS! Why? Who gave the order to stand-down? Washington, D.C. has the most restricted air space in the country, yet from 9:03 a.m., when the second tower was hit, to 9:47 a.m. when the Pentagon came under attack ... when the Air Force KNEW that a jet was headed toward the Capitol, no planes were dispatched to intercept it. Who gave the orders for these planes to 'stand down,' and, God forbid, were some even called back after they had taken off?
There are at least twelve or more National Guard and Air Force installations in close proximity to the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Plus, Andrews Air Force Base is only ten miles from the heart of Washington, D.C. Why wasn't something done to avert this catastrophe, and why hasn't the mainstream media questioned this "crime against humanity" that could only have been deliberately ordered?
Newsweek: Day before 9-11, Pentagon Generals Cancelled Flights
"On Sept. 10, NEWSWEEK has learned, a group of top Pentagon officials suddenly canceled travel plans for the next morning, apparently because of security concerns."
CBS News: Ashcroft Avoided Commercial Travel Prior to 9-11
"In response to inquiries from CBS News over why 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."
Vanity Fair: Bin Laden Relatives Secretly Evacuated From NY
"Patrick Tyler of the New York Times is reporting from Washington: 'In the first days after the attacks on Sept. 11, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar ibn Sultan, supervised the urgent evacuation of 24 members of Osama bin Laden's extended family from the United States fearing they might be subjected to violence.'"
Ha'aretz Daily: CEO Says Workers Warned Hours Before World Trade Center Hit -- FBI Investigating
"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." http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=77744
UK Minister: "Bush had Foreknowledge of 9-11 attacks"
"...it is not surprising that some have seen the US failure to avert the 9/11 attacks as creating an invaluable pretext for attacking Afghanistan in a war that had clearly already been well planned in advance." http://www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,1036588,00.html
Sydney Morning Herald: Administration Told US agents “Back off bin Ladens”
"US special agents were told to back off the bin Laden family and the Saudi royals soon after George Bush became president,
NY Times: White House Approved Secret Evacuation of Bin Ladens After 9-11
"Richard Clarke, who ran White House crisis team after Sept 11 terror attacks, says top White House officials personally approved evacuation of dozens of influential Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, from United States in days after Sept 11, when most flights were grounded." http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/090503A.shtml
Tampa Tribune: Bodyguards tell of Secret Bin Laden Flight
"The hastily arranged flight out of Raytheon Airport Services, a private hangar on the outskirts of Tampa International Airport, was anything but ordinary. It lifted off the tarmac at a time when every private plane in the nation was grounded due to safety concerns after the Sept. 11 attacks."http://www.dirtybush.com/connectthesedots.html