Timeline: U.S. foreknowledge of Sept 11 attacks


Richard Moore

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Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 10:20:27 -0500
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Subject: Timeline: U.S. foreknowledge of Sept 11 attacks?


Bin Laden Met with the CIA in July and Walked Away

By Michael C. Ruppert

[© COPYRIGHT 2001, All Rights Reserved, Michael C. Ruppert
and From The Wilderness Publications, www.copvcia.com. May
be copied and distributed for non-profit purposes only.]

FTW, November 2, 2001 - 1200 PST [Revised, Nov 27, 2001] --
On October 31, the French daily Le Figaro dropped a
bombshell. While in a Dubai hospital receiving treatment for
a chronic kidney infection last July, Osama bin Laden met
with a top CIA official - presumably the Chief of Station.
The meeting, held in bin Laden's private suite, took place
at the American hospital in Dubai at a time when he was a
wanted fugitive for the bombings of two U.S. embassies and
this year's attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Bin Laden was
eligible for execution according to a 2000 intelligence
finding issued by President Bill Clinton before leaving
office in January. Yet on July 14th he was allowed to leave
Dubai on a private jet and there were no Navy fighters
waiting to force him down.

In 1985 Oliver North - the only member of the Reagan-Bush
years who doesn't appear to have a hand in the current war -
sent the Navy and commandos after terrorists on the cruise
ship Achille Lauro. In his 1991 autobiography "Under Fire,"
while describing terrorist Abu Abbas, North wrote, "I used
to wonder: how many dead Americans will it take before we do
something?" One could look at the number of Americans Osama
bin Laden is alleged to have killed before September 11 and
ask the same question.

It gets worse, much worse. A more complete timeline listing
crucial events both before and after the September 11th
suicide attacks, which have been blamed on bin Laden,
establishes CIA foreknowledge of them and strongly suggests
that there was criminal complicity on the part of the U.S.
government in their execution. It also makes clear that the
events which have taken place since September 11th are based
upon an agenda that has little to do with the attacks.

One wonders how these events could have been ignored by the
major media or treated as isolated incidents. Failing that,
how could skilled news agencies avoid being outraged, or at
least even just a little suspicious?

1. 1998 and 2000 - Former President George H.W. Bush travels
to Saudi Arabia on behalf of the privately owned Carlyle
Group, the 11th largest defense contractor in the U.S. While
there he meets privately with the Saudi royal family and the
bin Laden family. [Source: Wall Street Journal, Sept. 27,
2001. See also FTW, Vol. IV, No 7 - "The Best Enemies Money
Can Buy," - http://www.copvcia.com/members/carlyle.html. ]

2. January, 2001 - The Bush Administration orders the FBI
and intelligence agencies to "back off" investigations
involving the bin Laden family, including two of Osama bin
Laden's relatives (Abdullah and Omar) who were living in
Falls Church, VA - right next to CIA headquarters. This
followed previous orders dating back to 1996, frustrating
efforts to investigate the bin Laden family. [Source: BBC
Newsnight, Correspondent Gregg Palast - Nov 7, 2001].

3. Feb 13, 2001 - UPI Terrorism Correspondent Richard Sale -
while covering a trial of bin Laden's Al Q'aeda followers -
reports that the National Security Agency has broken bin
Laden's encrypted communications. Even if this indicates
that bin Laden changed systems in February it does not mesh
with the fact that the government insists that the attacks
had been planned for years.

4. May 2001 - Secretary of State Colin Powell gives $43
million in aid to the Taliban regime, purportedly to assist
hungry farmers who are starving since the destruction of
their opium crop in January on orders of the Taliban regime.
[Source: The Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2001].

5. May, 2001 - Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a
career covert operative and former Navy Seal, travels to
India on a publicized tour while CIA Director George Tenet
makes a quiet visit to Pakistan to meet with Pakistani
leader General Pervez Musharraf. Armitage has long and deep
Pakistani intelligence connections and he is the recipient
of the highest civil decoration awarded by Pakistan. It
would be reasonable to assume that while in Islamabad,
Tenet, in what was described as "an unusually long meeting,"
also met with his Pakistani counterpart, Lt. General Mahmud
Ahmad, head of the ISI. [Source The Indian SAPRA news
agency, May 22, 2001.]

6. June 2001 - German intelligence, the BND, warns the CIA
and Israel that Middle Eastern terrorists are "planning to
hijack commercial aircraft to use as weapons to attack
important symbols of American and Israeli culture." [Source:
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 14, 2001.]

7. July, 2001 - Three American officials: Tom Simmons
(former U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth
(former Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian
affairs) and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on
South Asia), meet with Pakistani and Russian intelligence
officers in Berlin and tell them that the U.S. is planning
military strikes against Afghanistan in October. A French
book released in November, "Bin Laden - La Verite
Interdite," discloses that Taliban representatives often sat
in on the meetings. British papers confirm that the
Pakistani ISI relayed the threats to the Taliban. [Source:
The Guardian, September 22, 2001; the BBC, September 18,
2001.The Inter Press Service, Nov 16, 2001]

8. Summer 2001 - According to a Sept. 26 story in Britain's
The Guardian, correspondent David Leigh reported that, "U.S.
department of defense official, Dr. Jeffrey Starr, visited
Tajikistan in January. The Guardian's Felicity Lawrence
established that US Rangers were also training special
troops in Kyrgyzstan. There were unconfirmed reports that
Tajik and Uzbek special troops were training in Alaska and

9. Summer 2001 (est.) - Pakistani ISI Chief General Mahmud
(see above) orders an aide to wire transfer $100,000 to
Mohammed Atta, who was according to the FBI, the lead
terrorist in the suicide hijackings. Mahmud recently
resigned after the transfer was disclosed in India and
confirmed by the FBI. [Source: The Times of India, October
11, 2001.]

10. Summer 2001 - An Iranian man phones U.S. law enforcement
to warn of an imminent attack on the World Trade Center in
the week of September 9th. German police confirm the calls
but state that the U.S. Secret Service would not reveal any
further information. [Source: German news agency
"online.ie", September 14, 2001.]

11. August 2001 - The FBI arrests an Islamic militant linked
to bin Laden in Boston. French intelligence sources confirm
that the man is a key member of bin Laden's network and the
FBI learns that he has been taking flying lessons. At the
time of his arrest the man is in possession of technical
information on Boeing aircraft and flight manuals. [Source:
Reuters, September 13.]

12. Summer 2001 - Russian intelligence notifies the CIA that
25 terrorist pilots have been specifically training for
suicide missions. This is reported in the Russian press and
news stories are translated for FTW by a retired CIA

13. July 4-14, 2001 - Osama bin Laden receives treatments
for kidney disease at the American hospital in Dubai and
meets with a CIA official who returns to CIA headquarters on
July 15th. [Source: Le Figaro, October 31st, 2001.]

14. August 2001 - Russian President Vladimir Putin orders
Russian intelligence to warn the U.S. government "in the
strongest possible terms" of imminent attacks on airports
and government buildings. [Source: MS-NBC interview with
Putin, September 15.]

15. August/September, 2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial
Average drops nearly 900 points in the three weeks prior to
the attack. A major stock market crash is imminent.

[This was either a natural economic cycle, or brought on by
foreknowledge of industrialists etc. who were informed of
the coming Sept 11 attack]

16. Sept. 3-10, 2001 - MS-NBC reports on September 16 that a
caller to a Cayman Islands radio talk show gave several
warnings of an imminent attack on the U.S. by bin Laden in
the week prior to 9/11.

17. September 1-10, 2001 - In an exercise, Operation "Swift
Sword" planned for four years, 23, 000 British troops are
steaming toward Oman. Although the 9/11 attacks caused a
hiccup in the deployment the massive operation was
implemented as planned. At the same time two U.S. carrier
battle groups arrive on station in the Gulf of Arabia just
off the Pakistani coast. Also at the same time, some 17,000
U.S. troops join more than 23,000 NATO troops in Egypt for
Operation "Bright Star." All of these forces are in place
before the first plane hits the World Trade Center.
[Sources: The Guardian, CNN, FOX, The Observer,
International Law Professor Francis Boyle, the University of

18. September 6-7, 2001 - 4,744 put options (a speculation
that the stock will go down) are purchased on United Air
Lines stock as opposed to only 396 call options (speculation
that the stock will go up). This is a dramatic and abnormal
increase in sales of put options. Many of the UAL puts are
purchased through Deutschebank/AB Brown, a firm managed
until 1998 by the current Executive Director of the CIA,
A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard. [Source: The Herzliyya International
Policy Institute for Counterterrorism,
http://www.ict.org.il/, September 21; The New York Times;
The Wall Street Journal.]

19. September 10, 2001 - 4,516 put options are purchased on
American Airlines as compared to 748 call options. [Source:
ICT - above]

20. September 6-11, 2001 - No other airlines show any
similar trading patterns to those experienced by UAL and
American. The put option purchases on both airlines were
600% above normal. This at a time when Reuters (September
10) issues a business report stating, "Airline stocks may be
poised to take off."

21. September 6-10, 2001 - Highly abnormal levels of put
options are purchased in Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, AXA
Re(insurance) which owns 25% of American Airlines, and
Munich Re. All of these companies are directly impacted by
the September 11 attacks. [Source: ICT, above; FTW, Vol. IV,
No.7, October 18, 2001,
http://www.copvcia.com/members/oct152001.html. ]

22. It has been documented that the CIA, the Israeli Mossad
and many other intelligence agencies monitor stock trading
in real time using highly advanced programs reported to be
descended from Promis software. This is to alert national
intelligence services of just such kinds of attacks. Promis
was reported, as recently as June, 2001 to be in Osama bin
Laden's possession and, as a result of recent stories by
FOX, both the FBI and the Justice Department have confirmed
its use for U.S. intelligence gathering through at least
this summer. This would confirm that CIA had additional
advance warning of imminent attacks. [Sources: The
Washington Times, June 15, 2001; FOX News, October 16, 2001;
FTW, October 26, 2001, -
http://www.copvcia.com/members/magic_carpet.html; FTW, Vol.
IV, No.6, Sept. 18, 2001 -
http://www.copvcia.com/members/sept1801.html; FTW, Vol. 3,
No 7, 9/30/00 -

23. September 11, 2001 - Gen Mahmud of the ISI (see above),
friend of Mohammed Atta, is visiting Washington on behalf of
the Taliban. [Source: MS-NBC, Oct. 7.]

24. September 11, 2001, For 35 minutes, from 8:15 AM until
9:05 AM, with it widely known within the FAA and the
military that four planes have been simultaneously hijacked
and taken off course, no one notifies the President of the
United States. It is not until 9:30 that any Air Force
planes are scrambled to intercept, but by then it is too
late. This means that the National Command Authority waited
for 75 minutes before scrambling aircraft, even though it
was known that four simultaneous hijackings had occurred -
an event that has never happened in history. [Sources: CNN,
ABC, MS-NBC, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times.]

25. September 13, 2001 - China is admitted to the World
Trade Organization quickly, after 15 years of unsuccessful
attempts. [Source: The New York Times, Sept. 30, 2001.]

26. September 15, 2001 - The New York Times reports that
Mayo Shattuck III has resigned, effective immediately, as
head of the Alex (A.B) Brown unit of Deutschebank.

27. September 29, 2001 - The San Francisco Chronicle reports
that $2.5 million in put options on American Airlines and
United Airlines are unclaimed. This is likely the result of
the suspension in trading on the NYSE after the attacks
which gave the Securities and Exchange Commission time to be
waiting when the owners showed up to redeem their put

28. October 10, 2001 - The Pakistani newspaper The Frontier
Post reports that U.S. Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain has paid
a call on the Pakistani oil minister. A previously abandoned
Unocal pipeline from Turkmenistan, across Afghanistan, to
the Pakistani coast, for the purpose of selling oil and gas
to China, is now back on the table "in view of recent
geopolitical developments."

29. Mid October, 2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average,
after having suffered a precipitous drop has recovered most
of its pre-attack losses. Although still weak, and
vulnerable to negative earnings reports, a crash has been
averted by a massive infusion of government spending on
defense programs, subsidies for "affected" industries and
planned tax cuts for corporations.

Now, let's go back to the October 31 story by Le Figaro -
the one that has Osama bin Laden meeting with a CIA officer
in Dubai this June.

The story says that, "Throughout his stay in the hospital,
Osama Bin Laden received visits from many family members
[There goes the story that he's a black sheep!] and Saudi
Arabian Emirate personalities of status. During this time
the local representative of the CIA was seen by many people
taking the elevator and going to bin Laden's room. "Several
days later the CIA officer bragged to his friends about
having visited the Saudi millionaire. From authoritative
sources, this CIA agent visited CIA headquarters on July
15th, the day after bin Laden's departure for Quetta…

"According to various Arab diplomatic sources and French
intelligence itself, precise information was communicated to
the CIA concerning terrorist attacks aimed at American
interests in the world, including its own territory."…

"Extremely bothered, they [American intelligence officers in
a meeting with French intelligence officers] requested from
their French peers exact details about the Algerian
activists [connected to bin Laden through Dubai banking
institutions], without explaining the exact nature of their
inquiry. When asked the question, "What do you fear in the
coming days?' the Americans responded with incomprehensible

"On further investigation, the FBI discovered certain plans
that had been put together between the CIA and its "Islamic
friends" over the years. The meeting in Dubai is, so it
would seem, consistent with 'a certain American policy.'"

Even though Le Figaro reported that it had confirmed with
hospital staff that bin Laden had been there as reported,
stories printed on November 1 contained quotes from hospital
staff that these reports were untrue. On November 1, as
reported by the Ananova press agency, the CIA flatly denied
that any meeting between any CIA personnel and Osama bin
Laden at any time.

In the most ironic twist of all, FTW has learned that Le
Figaro is owned by the Carlyle Group, the American defense
contractor which employs George Bush Sr., and which had as
investors - until they sold their stake on October 26 - the
bin Laden family.

Who do you believe? In coming stories FTW will prove to you
that this war, which according to Dick Cheney, may not end
in out lifetimes, has been in the works for at least four

Michael C. Ruppert P.O. Box 6061-350, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
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