Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
June 24, 2012
Seven newly released intelligence documents have revealed that the Bush administration ignored multiple warnings prior to September 11, 2001, about planned attacks by Osama bin Laden.
The declassified, but heavily censored, documents, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The National Security Archive at George Washington University, were authored by the Central Intelligence Agency just months, and even weeks, before the attacks on New York City and Washington, DC.
From June to August 2001, seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs revealed that terrorism plots were imminent. One brief produced on June 25 (“Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats”) stated that bin Laden planned “to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.” Another already notorious brief issued on August 7 and titled “Terrorism: Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in the US,” warned that “Bin Ladin was planning to exploit an operative’s access to the US to mount a terrorist strike….Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here.”
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