Monday, September 5, 2011

The Terrible Missed Chance

Philip Sehnon in Newsweek presents persuasive, carefully researched background that US had more than sufficient evidence to prevent the 9/11 attacks, and good background as to why they failed to do so.

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Moussaoui had paid more than $8,000 in cash that summer to sit in a cockpit simulator in a flight school in the suburbs of Minneapolis and learn—in a matter of days—the basics of how to fly a 747-400.
Michael Maltbie, a D.C. counterterrorism specialist, insisted repeatedly in the days after the arrest that there was no clear link between Moussaoui and Al Qaeda
Michael Rolince, who ran the FBI’s International Terrorism Operations Section, was arguably the bureau’s most important go-between with the White House on domestic terrorist threats in the summer of 2001. He tells Newsweek he spent “less than 20 seconds” being briefed on the Moussaoui case that August.
“Did it rise to the level of something that I would take upstairs?” Rolince asks. “The answer is no.”
Al-Qaeda plotter Zacarias Moussaoui
this new student was “weird” in many ways, including his method of payment. Moussaoui handed over cash—$8,600, paid out with a stack of $100 bills—for 12 hours in a 747-400 simulator and an extra two hours in a classroom.

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