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Intelligence lapses may cost CIA chief's job
By Philip Delves Broughton in New York
GEORGE TENET, the CIA director, is widely expected to lose his job following the failure of the intelligence agencies to warn of Tuesday's attacks.
According to reports in Washington, Mr Tenet, one of President Clinton's appointees retained by President Bush, is expected to take the fall for the disastrous lapse in intelligence.
In February he told the Senate Select Intelligence Committee that Osama bin Laden's organisation "is continuing to place emphasis on developing surrogates to carry out attacks in an effort to avoid detection, blame and retaliation. As a result, it's difficult to attribute terrorist incidents to his groups".
Despite these concerns, the intelligence community was still taken by surprise. The investigation is going on at several levels, from the mundane details of hotel bookings and car reservations made by the terrorists up to how they penetrated the highest levels of U.S. security.
The White House has said it received specific threats which revealed knowledge of security codes for Air Force One and the White House on Tuesday morning. As the investigation spreads across America, the FBI said yesterday it was about to issue many more arrest warrants.
The FBI also revealed that it was looking for two of the hijacking suspects before Tuesday's attacks [TVOTW Insert - Why were they looking for them ???] and had warned immigration officials not to let them into America.
Khalid al-Mihdar and Nawaf al-Hamzi were known associates of bin Laden and had been sought by U.S. authorities since August, yet they used their own names to buy airline tickets and board American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon. [TVOTW Insert - This is a TOTAL nonsense. NONE OF THE ALLEGED HI-JACKERS NAMES WAS INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF PASSENGERS AS SUPPLIED BY THE AIRLINES. WHY ???]
John Ashcroft, the Attorney General, said the investigation was now "developing a kind of clarity" about the methods used by the terrorists. Investigators have been busiest in Texas, Florida, New York and Massachusetts, piecing together the lives and movements of the 19 suspected hijackers.
Over 100 names are now on the FBI's list of possible accomplices. One man has been arrested in New York as a material witness to the attacks [TVOTW Insert - What a TOTAL nonsense !!! How many thousands of people witnessed the attacks ???] and a warrant has been issued for another.
Twenty-five people are in custody for immigration violations as part of the investigation, though none has been formally charged either on immigration counts or with crimes related to Tuesday's attacks.
The first man arrested
as a material witness was stopped at New York's JFK international airport
on Thursday night carrying a false pilot's licence and identification.
He is said
to have direct links to bin Laden and bin Laden's brother. [HERE
IT IS AGAIN - "He is said" - which is a red flag true indicator
that what is being reported is a fabrication and misinformation being
disseminated - on the run - by the authorities. Who is it that claimed
- "He is said" ??? Who is he ??? What is his name ??? Who
does he work for ??? On what grounds was the allegation made ??? Where
is the evidence to suggest the person had any links whatsoever with
bin Laden ??? AND - what is this alleged person's name ???
Two other men were arrested during a routine drugs search aboard an Amtrak train in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday. Ayub Ali Khan, 51, and Mohammed Jaweed Azmath, 47, had boarded the train in St Louis after their flight from Newark, New Jersey, was grounded following the attacks.
They were carrying $5,000 in cash and box cutters similar to those used by the hijackers. [What a nonsense. What were box cutters allegedly used for ???] There has also been intense investigative activity in Boston, from where the two planes that crashed into the World Trade Centre took off.
According to Newsweek, three of the alleged hijackers used the address of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on their drivers' licences and car registrations. Pensacola is the main centre for training U.S. Navy pilots.
Saeed Alghamadi and Ahmad Alnami were aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed outside Pittsburgh. Ahmed Alghamdi was on United Airlines Flight 75, which hit the south tower of the World Trade Centre. [None of the preceeding are on the list of passengers as supplied by the airlines on 13 Sep 2001. This is the list of passengers as supplied by CNN on 13 Sep 2001.
Here is the result at the same CNN link as at 23 Feb 2011. Note the propaganda associated with the Bush - "WAR AGAINST TERROR" !!!
NOTE: Clicking on the respective links
to the 4 aircraft - the WTC - the Pentagon - will take you to a dead
end "Not Found" page. The lists have been deleted. WHY
Another of the hijackers may have been trained in strategy and tactics at the Air War College in Montgomery, Alabama, while a fifth received instruction at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. These last two men are believed to have been Saudi Arabian Air Force pilots who came to the U.S. to train.
American and European law enforcement officials were also investigating share trading activity among bin Laden associates to see if they tried to profit from the terrorist attacks by buying or selling stocks in airline and insurance companies before Tuesday.
German officials said they were investigating sales in three large European reinsurance companies, whose shares plummeted inexplicably shortly before the attacks.
The FBI has already searched hotels in Boston and Newark, where the hijackers are believed to have stayed on Monday night. Three New Jersey men were arrested outside Newark airport on Thursday night carrying $11,000 in cash and one-way tickets to Syria. [TVOTW Insert - Who are they ??? What are their names ???]
Investigators have also retrieved navigation equipment, flight instruction manuals and a box cutter from a motel in Deerfield Beach, Florida, where several of the hijackers are believed to have lived in the months leading up to the attacks.
The FBI has been re-examining the testimony of Ahmed Rescam, who was arrested in Washington State in December 1999 on his way to bomb Los Angeles's international airport. He told investigators at the time that there were Islamic terrorist cells in more than 50 countries including the United States, Canada, Italy and Germany.
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