Sibel Edmonds, a former translator for the FBI who speaks Azerbaijani, Farsi, Turkish and English and has a top-secret security clearance, says the claim by Condoleezza Rice that there was no information about al-Qaeda planning airplane strikes before 911 is "an outrageous lie" because she provided that information to the government herself, a few months before the attack.
Andrew Buncombe writes in the Independent that Edmonds told this to the government panel investigating 911 during a 3-hour closed session. She told them the FBI had information in the spring and summer of 2001 that an attack using airplanes was only months away and the terrorists were in place in the U.S. The Bush administration has tried to silence her.
Edmonds says, "I gave [the commission] details of specific investigation files, the specific dates, specific target information, specific managers in charge of the investigation. I gave them everything so that they could go back and follow up. This is not hearsay. These are things that are documented. These things can be established very easily. There was general information about the time-frame, about methods to be used?but not specifically about how they would be used?and about people being in place and who was ordering these sorts of terror attacks. There were other cities that were mentioned. Major cities?with skyscrapers."
She was hired as an FBI translator on September 13, 2001, two days after the attacks, to translate documents and FBI wire-taps. She says, "Two hundred translators side by side, you get to see and hear a lot of?things...President Bush said they had no specific information about September 11 and that is accurate but only because he said September 11." She says that although the exact date wasn?t known, the administration knew an attack using airplanes was only months away.
Condoleezza Rice says, "Despite what some have suggested, we received no intelligence that terrorists were preparing to attack the homeland using airplanes as missiles, though some analysts speculated that terrorists might hijack planes to try and free U.S.-held terrorists."
Edmonds says, "Rice says 'we' not 'I.' That would include all people from the FBI, the CIA and DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency]. I am saying that is impossible."
Captured terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed has told U.S. interrogators that al-Qaeda was planning attacks on the Library Tower in Los Angeles and the Sears Tower in Chicago, right after the September 11 attacks.
The Washington Times reports that Mohammed says, "We were looking for symbols of economic might." They picked the Library Tower in Los Angeles because it was 'blown up' in the film 'Independence Day.'" This confirms an earlier report that al-Qaeda originally planned to crash airliners into targets on both coasts. It?s also part of Mohammed's legal "defense" ?he says he couldn't have been part of 911 attacks, since he was busy preparing for a different terrorist attack.
What stopped them? Mohammed says Zacarias Moussaoui, who is facing trial in the U.S. as the "20th hijacker," had been sent to a flight school in Minnesota to train for a West Coast attack, but he got caught before he could carry it out. Mohammed says, "The original plan was for a two-pronged attack with five targets on the East Coast of America and five on the West Coast. We talked about hitting California as it was America's richest state, and bin-Laden had talked about economic targets." But bin-Laden vetoed simultaneous coast-to-coast attacks, saying "it would be too difficult to synchronize." Instead, they planned for two waves of attacks, hitting the East Coast first and then the West Coast. He says, "Osama had said the second wave should focus on the West Coast."
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