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Newly Released CIA Documents Show 9-11 Warnings Before Attack

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9-11 conspiracies

Could 9/11 have been prevented?

Up until now the common sentiment was that the 9/11 attacks came as a complete shock to the U.S., which had no idea that the devastation that happened on September 11, 2001 was going to occur.

However, a trove of documents have been released concerning Osama bin Laden and terrorist attacks that paints an alarming picture that President Bush had actually been warned of an imminent attack, but had chosen to ignore the warnings.

The CIA documents are newly declassified and have been released to the National Security Archive. The documents are available to read on DocumentCloud, a document uploading site that gives users access to extensive information about organizations, people and places.

The highly damning documents provide readers with a clearer account of U.S. knowledge about the possibility of its country being attacked, which blatantly contradicts claims made by Bush officials, that the U.S. government was aggressively pursuing bin Laden and al-Qaida prior to 9/11 and that nobody could have predicted the 9/11 attacks.

From June until August 2001 a series of documents made clear reference to bin Laden, and his associates impending attack on the U.S.

U.S. Well Aware of Impending Attacks

For example, in a Senior Executive Intelligence Brief written on 25 June 2001, the document states under a sub-heading titled: “Terrorism: Bin Laden and Associates Making Near-Term Threats”, “Expect Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.” (1)

Two days earlier a Senior Executive Intelligence Brief stated under a sub-heading, “International: Bin Laden Attacks May be Imminent”,

“Multiple reports indicate that extremists expect Bin Laden to launch attacks over the coming days, possibly against US or Israeli interests.” (2)

On June 30 2001, another document warned that Bin Laden was ‘Planning High-Profile Attacks’:

“Operative linked to Usama Bin Laden’s organization expect the near-term attacks they are planning to have dramatic consequences, such as major causalities.” (3)

Preceding documents talk of bin Ladens’ attack being delayed but not cancelled, with the last of the CIA briefs, written on August 7, 2001 warning that Bin Laden is ‘Determined to Strike in the US”, and that:

“A service reported that Bin Laden was planning to exploit an operative’s access to the US to mount a terrorist strike.” (4)

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Why Were Warnings Ignored?

So why would the Bush administration choose to ignore warnings that bin Laden was about to attack the country with assaults that were planned to have ‘dramatic consequences’?

One suggestion made on is that Bush was informed of imminent strikes, but simply ignored them because he was so determined to go to war in Iraq, and wanted any excuse he could get. (5)

Talking about how damning the documents would be to the Bush administration, Barbara Elias-Sanborn, of NSA – the one who edited the material – said:

“I don’t think the Bush administration would want to see these released, because they paint a picture of the CIA knowing something would happen before 9/11, but they didn’t get the institutional support they needed.” (6)

While Intelligence briefs were being sent to his administration warning that “Bin Laden and Associates Making Near-Term Threats”, Bush was on holiday at his ranch in Texas for the whole of August 2001.

According to LiveLeaks, that vacation joined Richard Nixon’s famous vacation in being the longest vacation ever to have been taken by a U.S. president.

The Liveleak report goes on to state that the CIA Director, George Tenet, had described President Bush as being “on leave”, and that he did not speak to him once during August 2001, the month before America experienced its worse terrorist attacks in its history. (7)

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September 4th Meeting on Terrorism

It was not until September 4, 2001 that Bush held a meeting on terrorism, which, incidentally, had been downgraded from a Principals’ meeting to a Deputies’ meeting.

While the newly released declassified documents, which have been heavily blacked out, clearly reveal the extent of how much the U.S. knew about the al-Qaida plot before 2001, they offer very little new information.

As an Associated Press report states, many of these CIA briefs were already cited in the 9/11 Commission report, which was published in 2004. The Commission’s report concluded that the failure that led to 9/11 was a ‘lack of imagination’, and that:

“U.S. intelligence agencies did not connect the dots that could have prevented the attacks.” (8)

While the information on the newly released documents may not be entirely new or shocking to anyone that has been following along with 9/11 revelations over the past decade, the reality that the U.S. government was exposed to such stark warnings that Bin Laden was “Planning High-Profile Attacks”, just weeks before 9/11 occurred – while the President enjoyed a month-long holiday in Texas – is simply beyond belief.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Document Cloud – Bin Laden Associates
(2) Document Cloud – International Bin Laden Attacks
(3) Document Cloud – High Profile Attacks
(4) Document Cloud – Bin Ladin Determined
(8) Google News
(9) Veracity Voice

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  • NATruthseeker

    You need to date your articles.  When, for example, was this published?  When was the information in it declassified?  How NEW is it?  Much of what is here, I already knew about.  Although I do give credit to the author for connecting the dots more clearly than I’ve seen previously…

  • Jpollicino7

    Anytime attention like this is given to facts about 9/11 is good. hard to believe but there are enough people who will be seeing these facts for the first time. The key is that the information has been declassified. Where it goes from here depends on the realities the general public wants to face.

  • Thank you NATruthseeker – the date is right in the URL at the top of the screen. Although I am currently working on embedding publication dates right in the article header as well. Thanks for your feedback!

  • Oh – and I should also add, you’ve seen the information before because it was part of the 9-11 commission report. These more recent CIA documents simply confirm those earlier claims in the Commission report (as mentioned in the article).

  • Anonymous

    This is just another example of how the Federal Government then and now, spends too much energy, money , in controlling it’s citizens, stifling their freedom, and peace, instead of protecting our nation and it’s borders. Countries that dwell and indulge narcissistically within, never see the end coming.

  • NATruthseeker

    kay, thanks for that information.  That’s the one place I didn’t think to look.

  • NATruthseeker

    kay, thanks for that information.  That’s the one place I didn’t think to look.

  • NATruthseeker

    kay, thanks for that information.  That’s the one place I didn’t think to look.

  • NATruthseeker

    kay, thanks for that information.  That’s the one place I didn’t think to look.

  • I’d have to say that there is little new here. The real 9/11 story is how the top secret CIA Osama Bin Laden Unit blocked the FBI from investigating the KNOWN TERRORISTS (or more likely patsies) who would later be accused of carrying out the 9/11 attacks. I have to declare an interest: I wrote 911 Revealed: The New Evidence and it is depressing to see that people who should know better have not even read it. This was a fully checked mainstream book by the way, before anyone uses the CT slur. The CIA have got to be the most effective organisation on the planet when it comes to manipulating journalists.

    Ian Henshall

  • Jdheviller

    This is not believable.

  • Force_Multiplication

    Is this a political ploy?? Maybe the Government cannot be trusted, but for sure the press can’t!!

  • NATruthseeker

    @193f3ee5184695f965cf123ef141b37c:disqus  Why isn’t it believable?

  • It most certainly is not beyond belief. Bush was and still is an incompetent fool. Not only is he incompetent, he is also sociopathic and to him the destruction of the twin towers and the death of a few thousand Americans was actually of absolutely no import whatsoever. He got his war with Iraq, he sought revenge and got it against Saddam Hussein. He is even more complicit in the horrors of 9/11 when you factor in his personal arrangements to get the visiting bin Laden family out of the US and back to Saudi Arabia. He is a poor excuse for a human being!


    Well… What can we expect from PRESIDENT Cheney and ‘Bush-the-lessor’ (a.k.a.: “that dry drunk $ociopath”)?



    Well… What can we expect from PRESIDENT Cheney and ‘Bush-the-lessor’ (a.k.a.: “that dry drunk $ociopath”)?


  • Terrorists still boast of huge attacks and that blood will run in the streets of America. Just because they may happen to pull it off does not mean the threats are being ignored.

    None of these documents state that the threat was going to occur on the airlines.

    People complain about security but what if every possible type of threat had a security measure that put the public thru airport type security to prevent it?

    I can hear the howling now.

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