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Pre-September 11 Reports of Terrorist Threats

Pre-September 11 Reports of Terrorist Threats, Including References to World
Trade Center- Why Did it Take 8 Months?

text and photos by Preston Peet- special to

May 17, 2002

Waking September 11, 2001, felt like one of those nightmares where I think I've woken up until the monster leaps out to grab me. It took weeks for me to grasp that the two 110 story tall towers I used to be able to see through my window as I typed were really gone, taking nearly 3,000 lives with them. The smoke, the stink, and the shock lingered, and the crews have still 90,000 tons of debris to remove from the site. Since last night, May 15, 2002, I've been feeling as though the towers have fallen again.

The Bush administration knew of terrorist threats before September 11, had been warned by both the FBI and the CIA that some sort of attack or attacks were imminent, that there were men connected to Osama bin Laden training at US flight schools, that an FBI agent in Minneapolis thought Moussaoui, the so-called 2oth hijacker was capable of flying a plane into the World Trade Center, and yet have spent the last 8 months denying anything more than the vaguest of warnings.

Vice President Richard Cheney called Senator Tom Daschle more than once to insist there not be a Congressional investigation into apparent intelligence failures that lead to the Sept. 11 attacks. It appears the Bush administration did not want the public to know they knew of Al Queda terror-plot warnings, as the news was leaked to CBS News from a top secret classified document.

Prior to the 15th, those who dared publicly question the official version of events, such as Representative Cynthia McKinney, (D-GA), and Michael C. Ruppert, have been villified in the mainstream press, derisively refered to as conspiracy theorists and much worse. Where are their detractors today? Can they explain why the administration wanted to keep this pre-September 11 knowledge secret?

Having watched, and photographed the results of the attacks in NYC from my rooftop about a mile away from the World Trade Center, I feel very close to this issue. Having seen one of the towers fall along with what occupants remained inside, having spent the last 8 months breathing in whatever toxins are still in the environment, listening to my government lie to me again and again about what they knew and when they knew it, I am angry, offended, and worst of all, cannot believe I am surprised.

I have compiled a list of links to articles, press releases, documents, and more, all dealing with the current revelations about September 11, and other related news, which the reader can access below. While I do not say the Bush administration allowed the attacks to take place intentionally, it is hard to come up with any good reason for their subsequent behavior, nor their secretiveness. Already leery of this administration for their stance on other issues, such as how they've attempted to link their War on Some People's Terrorism to their War on Some Drugs, it is difficult for me not to see this lastest news in the worst possible light.

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