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                                                   by Paul Thompson.
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January 2002: Two dead microbiologists: Ivan Glebov and Alexi Brushlinski. Pravda reports that Glebov died as the
result of a bandit attack and reports without explanation that Brushlinski was killed in Moscow. Both were " well
known around the world" and members of the Russian Academy of Science. [ Pravda, 2/9/02, Globe and Mail,

January 2002 (B): The FBI finally begins subpoenaing laboratories that worked with the Ames strain of anthrax
used in the attacks. But when the labs start to send their samples, they are told to wait another mont h because a
new storage room for the sample needs to be built. "The FBI's delay in requesting the samples - and the
government's lack of readiness to receive them - is part of a pattern." Other examples include taking six months to
begin testing mailboxes surrounding Trenton, New Jersey, where the anthrax letters were postmarked, and nearly
a year to go back into the American Media building in Boca Raton, Florida, to hunt for the source of anthrax that
killed the first victim there. [Hartford Courant, 9/7/02]

US BASES Around the world.
January 2002 (D): It is reported that now the US is improving bases in "13 locations in nine
countries in the Central Asian region" (see also Septemb er 22, 2001-December 2001 and
Early October 2001). [Christian Science Monitor, 1/17/02] 60,000 US military personnel now
work in these new bases surrounding Afghanistan. [Los Angeles Times, 1/6/02] "Of the five
ex-Soviet states of Central Asia, Turkmenistan alone is resisting pressure to allow the
deployment of US or other Western forces on its soil...." [Guardian, 1/10/02] "The task of
the encircling US bases now shooting up on Afghanistan's periphery is only partly to contain
the threat of political regression or Taliban resurgence in Kabul. Their bigger, longer-term
role is to project US power and US interests into countries previously beyond its reach. ...
The potential benefits for the US are enormous: growing military hegemony in one of the
few parts of the world not already under Washington's sway, expanded strategic influence at A Mir age 2000-D fighter    in
Russia and China's expense, pivotal political clout and - grail of holy grails - access to the  Bishkek, Kyr gyzstan.
fabulous, non-OPEC oil and gas wealth of central Asia." [Guardian, 1/16/02] On January 9,             [Reuter s]
the speaker of the Russian parliament states, "Russia would not approve of the appearance
of permanent US bases in Central Asia," but Russia seems helpless to stop what a Russian newspaper calls "the
inexorable growth" of the US military presence in central Asia. [Guardian, 1/10/02]

1st Amendment - American people under surveillance… Patriot Act
                                         January 2002 (E): The Patriot Act permits federal agents to secretly obtain
 A Patriot Act war ning posted in the Santa Cr uz
       Libr ary. [San Fr ancisco Chr onicle]
                                         information from booksellers and librarians about customers' and patrons'
                                         reading, internet and book-buying habits, merely by alleging that the
records are relevant to an anti-terrorism investigation. The act prohibits librarians and booksellers from revealing
these requests, so they cannot be challenged in court. [Newsday, 9/16/02] A University of I llinois study concludes
that federal agents have sought records from about 220 libraries nationwide since September and about this time.
[Miami Herald, 9/1/02] The Justice Department refuses to say how many times it has invoked this Patriot Act
provision (see also June 13, 2002). [Observer, 3/16/03 (B)] But Assistant Attorney General Daniel Bryant says that
people who borrow or buy books surrender their right of privacy. [San Francisco Chronicle, 3/10/03] Some libraries
and bookstores unhappy with the law begin to fight back in a number of ways. Some libraries have posted signs
warning that the government may be monitoring their users' reading habits. [Reuters, 3/11/03 (B)] Thousands of
libraries are destroying records so agents have nothing to seize. [New York Times, 4/7/03] Many librarians polled
say they would break the law and deny orders to disclose reading records. [San Francisco Chronicle, 3/10/03]

WTC Collapse – Fire Protection Engineers point of view
January 4, 2002: A firefighter trade magazine with ties to the New York Fire Department calls the investigation
into the collapse of the WTC a "half-baked farce." The article points out that the probe has not looked at all
aspects of the disaster and has had limited access to documents and other evidence. "The destruction and remov al
of evidence must stop immediately." It concludes that a growing number of fire protection engineers have
theorized that "the structural damage from the planes and the explosive ignition of jet fuel in themselves were not
enough to bring down the towers." [New York Daily News, 1/4/02, Fire Engineering,

INFORMATION manipulation.
January 4, 2002 (B): The US government is shown to have doctored information about
terrorists. For instance, the State Department said Atta "wanted to learn to fly, but
didn't need to take off and land" when this information clearly referred to Zacarias
Moussaoui (although that story isn't exactly true for him either- see August 13-15,
2001). The Defense Department even released a photo purporting to be bin Laden in
Western clothing, with his hair cut short and beard shaved off. An expert says "Frankly,
this is sloppy," and the article calls these efforts "worthy of the tabloids." [AP, 1/4/02]           A ver y badly done attempt to
                                                                                                           por tr ay bin Laden in
                                                                                                     Wester n clot hing. Not e the blurr y
                                                                                                             ar ea on his neck.

January 11, 2002: The first of about 600 hundred suspected al-Qaeda and/or
Taliban prisoners from the war in Afghanistan are transferred to Camp X-Ray, a
detention facility in US-controlled Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It is reported that
the prisoners are hooded, shack led, and possibly drugged during their flight to
Cuba. [Guardian, 1/11/02] Pictures of prisoners being transferred in conditions
clearly in violation of international law are later leaked, prompting an outcry.
But rather than investigating the inhumane transfer, the Pentagon begins
investigating how the pictures were leaked. [AP, 11/9/02] The prisoners are sent
to this base because of a historical quirk: The base is owned by Cuba but
controlled by the US, so the prisoners are in a legal limbo outside of any US law.
[Globe and Mail, 9/5/02] Furthermore, the US argues the prisoners are "enemy
combatants" rather than prisoners of war, implying that they do not have all the
                                                                                     One of the contr over sial leaked phot os of
rights assigned to POWs under the Geneva Convention. [Guardian, 9/9/02]                   pr isoner s being flown to Cuba.
Senior British officials privately call the treatment of prisoners "scandalous," and
one calls the refusal to follow the Geneva Convention "not benchmarks of a civilized society." [ Guardian, 6/13/02 ]
The commander of the base later suggests that some prisoners could end up staying there for decades (see also
April 30, 2002 and October 28, 2002). [AFP, 9/13/02]
Von Bullow
January 13, 2002: Andreas von Bülow, former German Minister for Research and Technolog y
and a long-time member of German parliament, suggests in an interview that the CIA could
have been behind the 9/11 attacks. He states: "Whoever wants to understand the CIA's
methods, has to deal with its main task of covert operations: below the level of war, an d
outside international law, foreign states are to be influenced by inciting insurrections or
terrorist attacks, usually combined with drugs and weapons trade, and money laundering....
Since, however, it must not under any circumstances come out that there is an intelligence
agency behind it, all traces are erased, with tremendous deployment of resources. I have the
impression that this kind of intelligence agency spends 90% of its time this way: creating
false leads. So that if anyone suspects the collaboration of the agencies, he is accused of
paranoia. The truth often comes out only years later." [Der Tagesspiegel, 1/13/02] In an           Andr eas von Bülow. [AKG
                                                                                                           Pr essbild]
example of covering tracks, Ephraim Halev y, head of Israel's Mossad from 1998 till 2002,
claims, "Not one big success of the Mossad has ever been made public." [ CBS, 2/5/03]

Bâtards - Qui se ressemble s’assemble
                         Mid-January 2002: Vice Admiral John Poindexter begins running a shadowy new
                         government agency called the Information Awareness Office. [New York Times, 2/13/02,
                         Federal Computer Week, 10/17/02] Poindexter, President Reagan's National Security
                         Adviser, is known for his five felony convictions of lying to Congress, destroying documents,
                         and obstructing Congress in its investigation of his role in the mid-1980s Iran-Contra affair.
                         Later his convictions were overturned on a technicality. [Los Angeles Times, 11/17/02 (B)]
                         Far from apologizing, Poindexter said it was his duty to lie to Congress. [ Newsday, 12/1/02]
                         The New York Times notes that his new agency "is developing technologies to give federal
                         officials instant access to vast new surveillance and information-analysis systems." The new
                         office is part of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Poindexter was
                         also known for his controversial role in shifting control of computer security to the military
      John Poindext er . in the 1980s. Says Marc Rotenberg, former counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, "It
                         took three administrations and both political parties over a decade to correct those
mistakes." [New York Times, 2/13/02] Surprisingly, Poindexter's appointment is little noticed until later in 2002
when the Total Information A wareness program is revealed (see March 2002 (B) and Novemb er 9, 2002).
Incidentally, several others involved in the Iran-Contra affair also find jobs in the Bush Administration, including
Elliott Abrams, John Negroponte, and Otto Reich. [Observer, 12/8/02]

Daniel Pearl (voir aussi Ex 102)
January 23, 2002: Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Pakistan while
researching stories threatening to the ISI (see December 24, 2001-January 23,
2002). [Guardian, 1/25/02, BBC, 7/5/02] He is later murdered (see January 31, 2002).
FTW Saeed Sheikh is later convicted as the mastermind of the kidnap (see July 15, 2002),
and though it appears he lured Pearl into being kidnapped beginning January 11, the actual
kidnapping and murder of Pearl is done by others who remain at large. [ Vanity Fair, 8/02,
Wall Street Journal, 1/23/03] Both al-Qaeda and the ISI appear to be behind the kidnapping
(see January 28, 2002 and February 5, 2002). The overall mastermind behind the
kidnapping seems to be Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, also mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.
[Time, 1/26/03, CNN, 1/30/03] If Saeed assisted Mohammed in the kidnapping, that would
appear to repeat their cooperation in the 9/11 attacks, and strengthen the argument that                Daniel Pear l.
Mohammed is connected to both al-Qaeda and the ISI (see June 4, 2002).

911 INQUIRY – Attempts and pressures to avoid it.
January 24, 2002: Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D) later claims that on this day, Vice President C heney
calls him and urges that no 9/11 inquiry be made. Bush repeats the request on January 28, and Daschle is
repeatedly pressured thereafter. News week summarizes one of these conversations: "Bush administration officials
might say they're too busy running the war on terrorism to show up. Press the issue... and you risk being accused of
interfering with the mission." [Newsweek, 2/4/02] Cheney later disagrees: "Tom's wrong. He has, in this case, let's
say a misinterpretation." [Reuters, 5/27/02]

Daschle Says Bush And Cheney Urged No 911 Inquiry

by Susan Cornwell
May 27, 2002

WASHINGTON - Both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney urged Senate Majority Leader
Tom Daschle four months ago not to push for an investigation into the events of Sept. 11, Daschle said on

Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Daschle flatly contradicted Cheney, who last week
denied he had warned Daschle off an investigation.

Daschle and other Democrats favor a special commission into the official handling of pre-Sept. 11 terror
warnings. Both Cheney and Bush have in recent da ys argued publicly against a the idea, opting instead for
an ongoing inquiry by the intelligence committees of Congress.

Daschle, a South Dakota Democrat, said Cheney telephoned him on Jan. 24 to urge that no Sept. 11 inquiry
be made, and that Bush had followed up on January 28 with a similar request during a breakfast meeting at
the White House.

"I can tell you on January 24th, first, and on January 28th second, and on other dates following, that request
was made, Daschle said.

"I don't recall the exact words. The motivation was that they didn't want to take people off the effort to try to
win the war on terror. They were concerned about the diversion of resources, the diversion of manpower in
particular, and that was the reason given me by both the president and the vice president," Daschle said.

Last week on the same program, Cheney denied calling Daschle to argue against a Sept. 11 probe, saying,
"Tom's wrong. He has, in this case, let's say a misinterpretation. What I did do was ... say, we prefer to work
with the intelligence committees."

Asked on Sunday about the apparent contradiction with Cheney, Daschle said: "It's an honest disagreement.
I'm willing to accept the fact that they don't agree that was the right interpretation." But he refused to back
away from his account.

Daschle last Tuesday said he would push for an independent commission after disclosures suggesting
authorities missed a series of hints last year that critics believe might have helped prevent the attack.

House and Senate Intelligence Committees are investigating jointly the failure to uncover the plot to hijack
four airliners and crash them into targets in Washington and New York on Sept. 11, killing more than 3,000

But congressional Democrats have called for a special commission to probe, among other things, why the
FBI failed to act on an agent's memo last summer recommending his superiors look for al Qaeda members
training at U.S. flight schools.

"We are not making any accusations against the president, but we know that we have to do a better job,"
Daschle said.

Daschle said he thought they would be able to get the necessary votes in the Senate to back a special
commission, adding the vote would take place some time in June.

He said the commission's inquiry could be broadened to look at other events, including the August 1998
bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that have, like the events of Sept 11, been blamed on
Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al Qaeda network.

U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, appearing on "Fox News Sunday," said the administration
opposed any probe outside the congressional intelligence committees because a war against terrorism was
still underway.

"We worry about anything that would take place outside of the intelligence committees, and indeed, we
think the intelligence committees are the proper venue for this kind of review."

FBI 911 testimony of George Tenet
                                                  February 6, 2002 (B): CIA Director Tenet tells a Senate hearing that there
                                                  was no 9/11 intelligence failure. When asked about the CIA record on 9/11,
                                                  he says, "We are proud of that record." He also states that the 9/11 plot was
                                                  "in the heads of three or four people" and thus nearly impossible to prevent.
                                                  [USA Today, 2/7/02]

  Tenet t estifying on Febr uar y 6, 2002. [AP]

Central Asian Pipeline – Afghan and Pakistanis approval
February 9, 2002: Pakistani President Musharraf and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai announce their agreement to
"cooperate in all spheres of activity" including the proposed Central Asian pipeline, which they call "in the interest
of both countries." [Irish Times, 2/9/02] FTW

ANTHRAX Scientists Killing (Russian)
February 9, 2002 (B): Dead microbiologist: Victor Korshunov, 56, is bashed over the head and killed at the
entrance of his home in Moscow, Russia. He was the head of the microbiology sub-faculty at the Russian State
Medical University and an expert in intestinal bacteria. [Pravda, 2/9/02, Globe and Mail, 5/4/02]

February 11, 2002: Dead microbiologist: Dr. Ian Langford, 40, is found dead, partially naked and wedged under a
chair in his home in Norwich, Eng land. When found, his house was described as "blood-spattered and apparently
ransacked." He was an expert in environmental risks and disease and a senior Fellow at the University of East
Anglia's Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment. One of his colleagues states: "Ian was
without doubt one of Europe's leading experts on environmental risk , specializing in links between human health
and environmental risk... He was one of the most brilliant colleagues I have ever had." [ London Times, 2/13/02,
Globe and Mail, 5/4/02]
February 28, 2002 (B): Two dead microbiologists in San Francisco: While taking delivery of a pizza, Tanya
Holzmayer, 46, is shot and killed by a colleague, Guyang Huang, 38, who then apparently shot himself. Holzmayer
moved to the US from Russia in 1989. Her research focused on the part of the human molecular structure that
could be affected best by medicine. Holzmayer was focusing on helping create new drugs that interfere with
replication of the virus that causes AIDS. One year earlier, Holzmayer obeyed senior management orders to fire
Huang. [San Jose Mercury News, 2/28/02, Globe and Mail, 5/4/02]

Part II-A13: Please select a reliable coroner for Dr. Don Wiley to perform autopsy
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Why? If Dr. Wiley was murdered, his missing & death must be related with anthrax terrorists and it become
a lead to find anthrax terrorists

What a coincidence! A body (carrying with Don Wiley's ID) was found in Mississippi river after Dr. Wiley
disappeared a month later. This body was found just a few days later after I reported on intent (since
12/16/2001) that Dr. Don Wiley could be abducted by invisible personnel of surveillance station/system.

According to AP report on Saturday 12/22/2001, the body has been identified to be Dr. Don Wiley based on
his dental record. An autopsy will be performed next week. However, we didn't see any news report on Dr.
Don Wiley's autopsy until 1/14/2002. Why?!

Did Dr. Don Wiley really jump into the river to commit suicide on 11/15/2001, or the criminals (invisible
personnel) pull Dr. Don Wiley into the river recently (after I report on internet) to avoid further
investigation and public's attention?

Since the result of autopsy will determine that Dr. Don Wiley's death is a case of suicide or homicide, the
coroner's experiences and creditability are very important. Also, if Dr. Don Wiley was murdered, it must be
related with anthrax terrorists and his death become a lead to find the anthrax terrorists. Why? Because of
Dr. Wiley is an expert in deadly viruses - "how the human immune system fights off infections and had
recently investigated such dangerous viruses as AIDS, Ebola, herpes and influenza." So, Dr. Wiley's
disappearance could be the alarm bells which amid U.S. fears of possible bioterrorism following the Sept.
11 attacks and subsequent anthrax mailings.

According to The Boston Globe on 11/28/2001, 'Don's a chemist, not a biologist; it's absurd to suggest he
would know how to grow a virus or help make a biological weapon,' said Matthew Meselson, a professor of
molecular biology at Harvard." Thus, police dismissed that Dr. Wiley's disappearance was related with any
terrorist. However, the above conclusion is simply untrue. Why? Because


The Federal Government has acquired enough high tech psychotronic devices to zap the minds of targeted
victims and if necessary even create the APPEARANCE of UFO abductions as an experimental method to
conceal a program of injecting tiny computer tracking-chips into targeted subjects. Many of non- lethal
weapons projects, in which Col. Alexander is involved, have the technical capability to create the
effects of ARTIFICIAL UFO abductions, via holography and electromagnetic mind control
NEXUS reported that Alexander is a member of the secret U.S. Government "AVIARY" Group (made up
of CIA and defense officials), which has been involved in repeated efforts to plant PHONY UFO stories,
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN reported that in 1993, Col. John Alexander "organized a meeting on the
'Treatment and Research of Experienced Anomalous Trauma' at which attendees discussed alien
abductions," many of which are now being deliberately staged by the government as a propaganda tool to
promote the New World Order.

The disruption of private UFO research got under way after January, 1953 meeting of the Robertson Panel
that was sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency.

To prove that the invisible personnel can steal cash, document and bio-weapon from any hidden place (a
privacy home or an institute), I would use following examples to further clarify it.

First example, there was a case which had been reported in "Microwave Harassment & Mind Control
Experimentation" by Julianne McKinney (December 1992).

It states: "In another case, the individual reports that a tremendous amount of money has been stolen from a
hiding place in her apartment, within hours after she had withdrawn the money from her bank. There was
no obvious signs of entry into her apartment. The police conducted a cursory inquiry which failed to
produce evidence of a crime worthy of investigation. (This case is an anomaly Money is usually not stolen.
Documents appear to be the preferred objects of theft, when theft occur.)"

Alan Yu note: This case must be true because the victim's bank can show the record and prove to police that
a tremendous amount of money had been withdrawn by the victim within a hour. So, how could anyone
cause the large amount money (in hidden place) to suddenly disappear in the victim's home without leaving
any signs of entry into her apartment?

This crime could not be committed by common thief? Why?
(A). Because a thief could not know that there was a tremendous amount of money which had been
withdrawn from bank to home by the victim.
(B). The thief could not know that where the tremendous amount of money was in the victim's home
because the victim put it in a hidden place.
(C). A common thief could not so quickly to have knowledge on above two points and then entered her
apartment to steal large amount of money from a hidden place within a hour and without leaving signs of
entry into the victim's apartment. Thus, it must be caused by local invisible personnel of surveillance
station/system. Also, the invisible personnel's work must be related with bank.

Why? Because by using invisibility technology, the invisible personnel can make the money to become
invisible and tiny then take the target's money away without leaving any trace evidence. Furthermore, only
an invisible personnel whose work related with bank could have prior knowledge about that a customer
would withdraw a tremendous amount of money from the bank lately. Because if a customer didn't notify a
bank in advanced that he will withdraw a tremendous amount of money from the bank in which date, the
bank will not allow the customer to suddenly withdraw a tremendous amount of money (cash).

To prevent invisibility technology being exposed, invisible personnel usually will not steal any target's
money. However, when an under surveillance target shows a tremendous amount of money (cash) at home,
some invisible personnel will take risk to steal it with invisibility technology. Another case happened in
Taipei, Taiwan in 2000. According to World Journal (Chinese Newspaper published in NY) report, a
accountant (CPA in Taiwan) withdrew cash $10,000,000 (NT, it equals US dollar $300,000) to his home in
Taipei and put money in the security lock at home.
Beside himself, no one else had the key of the security lock However, the whole cash suddenly disappeared
after he left home then returned within a hour. The News reported that no signs show that there was other
person to enter his home and the cash never can be found by police.

The above two cases show that the local invisible personnel of surveillance station/system had mo nitored
above persons for some time. They used invisibility technology to steal these victims' money after these
victims left large amount of cash at home and went out for a short period of time. Since invisibility
technology is a top secret of involved officers and police of surveillance station/system, unknowing victims
will never know that who stole their money.

Second example, by using invisibility technology, invisible personnel can abduct person anywhere.
According to two eye-witnesses' report, the invisibility technology had been successfully used in a
Philadelphia Tavern to bring two drunken sailors (who had been involved in a brawl with other customers)
out of the tavern in 1943. This event proves that invisibility technology has been developed to use on
human and can also be used to abduct their targets from the targets' homes/workplaces, vehicles, etc.

On October 1943, a region Philadelphia Newspaper had ever reported that two sailors just sort of vanished
into thin air during a tavern brawl. It proves that inside information from Taiwan is true.

According to the information from _The Philadelphia Experiment and Ascension, there was a regional
Philadelphia newspaper article from October 1943 entitled "Strange Circumstances Surround Tavern
Brawl." The article stated as follows:

"Several city police officers responding to a call to aid members of the Navy Shore Patrol in breaking up a
tavern brawl near the U.S. Navy docks here last night

got something of a surprise when they arrived on the sce ne to find the place empty of customers. According
to a pair of very nervous waitresses, the Shore Patrol had arrived first and cleared the place out - but not
before two of the sailors involved allegedly did a disappearing act. "They just sort of vanished into thin air
right there," reported one of the frightened hostesses, "and I am't been drinking either!" At that point,
according to her account, the Shore Patrol proceeded to hustle everyone out of the place in short order. A
subsequent chat with the local police precinct left no doubts as to the fact that some sort of general brawl
had indeed occurred in the vicinity of the dockyards at about eleven o' clock last night, but neither
confirmation nor denial of the stranger aspects of the story could be immediately obtained" (see details on
Part II-B2 of my website).

According to a pair of very nervous eye-witnesses waitresses, the Shore Patrol had arrived first and cleared
the place out - after two of the sailors involved allegedly did a disappearing act." Also, one of the frightened
hostesses reported: They just sort of vanished into thin air right there, and I am't been drinking either!"

The vanished event must be true because the above two eye-witnesses witnesses saw the same thing and
then reported it to the city police officers who arrived then interviewed the eye-witnesses. Thus, the two
sailors' disappearance event in the Tavern must be true. Because telling such kind of event would easily
cause problem to these eye-witnesses if their story were lies. Also, telling the two sailors disappearance in
the Tavern didn't benefit these two waitresses. So, these two eye-witnesses waitresses must have told the
truth. Also, the police also confirm that general brawl had indeed occurred in the Tavern. How could the
two of sailors suddenly "vanished into air"? I would explain it in details.

According to information on Philadelphia Experiment, Navy had made the successful trial which occurred
on 10/28/1943. The above brawl also happened on October 1943, it shows that the two of sailors must be in
the crew of the warship which took part in the Philadelphia Experiment. To prevent the invisibility
technology testing on the warship being interfered and security leaking, other involved Navy
researchers/invisible personnel must carried generator and used invisibility technology on these two of
sailors (who involved in the Tavern Brawl) in order to abduct/carry them back to their warship. Thus, after
using invisibility technology on the two of sailors, it caused them to become invisible and tiny in the
Tavern. However, under such kind of circumstance, unknowing persons (e.g., the eye-witnesses/waitresses)
in scene would only see that the two sailors vanished into air. Thus , this News prove that since 1943, US
Navy used invisibility technology on their two sailors in a Tavern of Philadelphia. This made them
becoming invisible, tiny then Navy invisible personnel brought them out the Tavern.

However, after using invisibility technology on these two sailors, it appears as "vanished into air" to
unknowing person in scene. This event also prove that inside information from Taiwan is true that this
technology can be used to abduct their target on target's home/workplace, vehicle, etc.

The above situation obviously is not as same as the reported movies of Philadelphia Experiment in cable
TV History channel- The movies shows that the sailors repeatedly disappeared (become invisible) and re-
appeared (become visible), then finally disappeared/become invisible- It can easily mislead the public that
after using invisibility technology, the two sailors become invisible but still keep normal human size in the
invisible electromagnetic field. So, the TV movies of Philadelphia Experiment is most likely used to
mislead the public as brain washing tactic of CIA. It tells a few un- important true information and
combined with many misleading information to spread the perception that the invisibility technology was a
failed experiment, or to spread the doubt that the technology could possibly be used on people. For
example, in the TV movies of Philadelphia Experiment, it shows a sailor were alive after re- materialized his
body with the ship. This information not only used to mislead people, but it also intentionally create fears to
the public to stop further investigation. Because human cannot be alive after de- materialization. Also,
there is no way to claim that human's blood, muscle can be re-materialized with a ship's steel then appear as
normal human after his part of body connect with the ship (see more explanation on following de-
materialization). Obviously, we cannot accept such kind of big lies.

To prevent the secret of tiny invisible personnel from knowing by others, some experimental subjects
claimed that they had experiences of de- materialization, or time travel in the Philadelphia Experimentation.
However, de- materialization and time travel obviously become two misleading theories to cover the facts
that these experimental subjects become invisible and disappeared from view. Why? I would explain it.

First, de- materialization did not occur in the Philadelphia Experiment. It might be possible to de- materialize
and then re- materialize non-living objects like a ship, but if a living being like a sailor was de- materialized
along with the ship, the sailor would be dead the instant it happens. Thus, the theory concerning the
Philadelphia Experiment which says both the ship and its crew de-materialized and later re- materialized,
with the crew still alive, is obviously not possible. This is very basic logic.

Second, neither did time travel occur in the Philadelphia Experiment. In the successful trial which occurred
on October 28, 1943, the ship and its personnel actually became invisible and undertook interdimensional
travel from one point on Earth to another (from Philadelphia harbor to Norfolk port in Virginia) in a few
seconds. They went neither to the past nor to the future (see details on Part II-B1 of my website).

Why did some experimental subjects use de- materialization and time travel to mislead the public? Because
many scientists and researchers took part in the Philadelphia Experiment during WWII. Thus, many
scientists and researchers knew about that these experimental subjects had become invisible and disappea red
from view during the Experiment. Since they could not simply deny the above facts, some experimental
subjects used dematerialization and time travel to explain that why they became to disappear from view
during the Philadelphia Experiment.

Since de-materialization and time travel didn't occur, the misleading explanations do revealed that these
experimental subjects had become invisible and tiny. So, it not only caused them to disappear from view at
scene, but also caused them becoming tiny. That's why they use de- materialization to explain the tiny
situation to these sailors in Philadelphia Experiment.

Beside some personnel ran into problems during the Philadelphia Experiment, most of them (e.g. Mr.
Duncan Cameron, Jr.) had been recovered after medical care for a period of time (see details on Part II-B2
of my website). Thus, invisibility technology of Philadelphia experiment had been successfully
demonstrated to use on human being in 1943. It proves that after continuously developing to solve the
problems, invisibility technology can be fully used on human being (see details on Part II-B2 of my
website). This confirmed that inside information from Taiwan is true that invisibility technology has been
developed successfully to use on human being after WWII.

Third example, now, I would use the victims' reports to further prove that after using invisibility technology,
the personnel, equipment and their weapons will become invisible and tiny.

Based on victims' reports, some victims have the experiences of losing some of their teeth due to attacks by
invisible personnel. However, under normal situation, infrasound weapon cannot be used to attack a target
with extremely narrow beam. But the facts is that when a victim's tooth is attacked, the infraso und will not
attack the victim's whole mouth teeth, or damage another tooth which is either on the left, or right side of
the targeted tooth. Why such kind of crime can be committed without most victims' knowledge and why
infrasound waves can become so narrow beam on surface.

The reality is that these criminals and their weapons are invisible and tiny as small ants (or mosquitoes)
after using invisibility technology. Thus, the tiny invisible personnel can use tiny infrasound weapon which
infrasound waves will appear as extreme narrow beam to normal size human (comparing with normal
person's size) and attack the targeted tooth of normal human on his gum from his above, or lower lip. Under
such kind of situation. the infrasound wave certainly will only attack the targeted tooth (and another side
tooth where the infrasound exit). It will neither attack the victim's whole mouth teeth, nor attack the tooth on
the left (or right) side of targeted tooth (see other techniques in details on Part V-C of my website)

Now, I would further explain it in details.
The tiny invisible personnel (who enter people's home and keep the victim under close surveillance &
control) can loosen the victim's teeth while he is sleeping by gently landing on the area between the victim 's
upper lip and nose and attacking his gums with infrasound weapon. The goal is to cause the unknowing
victim to lose his/her teeth as if the result of natural cause. By using infrasound to attack the gums of the
teeth, the invisible personnel can loosen the victim's teeth and cause them drop out. This kind of tooth loss
will be different from natural tooth loss.

Natural tooth loss will always have cavity on the tooth and will usually occur individually. However, there
is no cavity on the teeth loosened by tiny invisible personnel (with infrasound). This kind of tooth loss will
also cause at least two teeth to loosen or fall out. That's because the infrasound attacks a target's teeth by
entering through one side of the mouth and exiting at the other side. Therefore, it will not only damage the
targeted tooth (or teeth), but it will also damage teeth on the side of the mouth where the infrasound exits.
Beside other victims' report, I personally have same experiences of such kinds of teeth damage by tiny
invisible personnel. Also, to stop me exposing their crimes on internet, sometime, the tiny invisible
personnel would secretly stay on my eye-lash and attack my eyes with microwave weapon in order to blind

The above facts prove that after using invisibility technology, the personnel, equipment and their weapons
will become invisible and tiny (as the size of small ants, or small mosquitoes). Also, the above facts prove
that the invisible personnel can use invisibility technology to steal other's document, cash, or bio-weapon
etc. and even abduct a person. Because they can easily take the targeted object away, and even abduct a
person, after using invisibility technology on a targeted person, or on other's document, money, and bio-
weapon, etc. to become invisible and tiny.

Thus, the invisible personnel even didn't develop any bio-weapon but they can still can use invisibility
technology to obtain (steal) and then use any bio-weapon. So, what they really need is the expert's
knowledge - what kind of bio-weapon is more deadly, or available and easily used or where they can easily
steal bio-weapon from without attracting owner's attention!

Also, Dr. Wiley's knowledge on immune system fights infection can still be abused by invisible personnel to
increase their illness/death inducing ability and avoid being blocked by immune system. Thus, invisible
personnel are un-common terrorists if anthrax mails are sent by them. So, Dr. Wiley's expertise is very
valuable to them since the invisible personnel can steal any of bio-weapons from others.

In recent anthrax mails cases, although anthrax spore could be stolen from military institute by military
intelligence units' invisible personnel, their goal is still same because military invisible personnel have
cooperated with invisible personnel of law enforcement for several decades.

Their common goals are to prevent the invisibility technology and unlawful life control from leaking in
order to protect their unlawful power and seek their unlawful interests. For example, reported cases in
Microwave Harassment & Mind Control Experimentation have proven that military grade weapons have
been used on American people (those mind control/life control victims).

I personally also have experiences of being attacked with sonic weapon, acoustic weapon, laser wagon at
my home. How could these military grade weapons be secretly stolen with invisibility technology by
invisible personnel to eliminate the civilians?

Because the military invisible personnel will support local involved officers, police of surveillance
station/system to eliminate their targets to prevent the invisibility technology and unlawful life control from

Thus, no matter anthrax spore was stolen from an institute of military or civilians, the mos t likely suspects
should be invisible personnel of surveillance station/system. Also, Dr. Don Wiley's disappearance was most
likely caused (abducted) by invisible personnel with invisibility technology because he had no intention to
commit suicide. Also, Beside his family rejected suicidal theory, all his relatives, friends, colleagues do not
believe that he would commit suicide.

According to News report, Dr. Wiley left the Peabody Hotel in the midnight of November 15 and his car
was found to be abandoned on the Mississippi River bridge four hours later. If Dr. Don Wiley's car parked
and abandoned on it by himself, it only need five minutes to drive here from the Peabody Hotel and
certainly would not use four hours. Thus, there was four-hour gap and it must happened something on Dr.
Wiley during these four hours. So, it caused Dr. Wiley disappearance and his car abandoned on the
Mississippi River bridge, when he was supposed to return to his father's home. Thus, the fours hours gap
and what reason caused his car appeared on Mississippi river bridge must be the keys and need to be
investigated to know what really happened on Dr. Wiley during the four hours. Since Dr. Wiley had no
intention to suicide and was driving to his father's home, he could be abducted with invisibility technology
by invisible personnel during the four hours. Also, his car parked on Mississippi river bridge must be caused
by criminal to mislead public that Dr. Wiley were to commit suicide and jumped into river as other suicidal
persons. Otherwise, Dr. Wiley's car would not appear on Mississippi river bridge because it is the way to
Arkansas but not the way to his father's home.

Thus, the autopsy's result about Dr. Don Wiley's death is very important and concerned by all American
Since invisible personnel belong to surveillance station/system which is involved with law enforcement and
if the invisible personnel have selected in Memphis to abduct Dr. Don Wiley, it shows that some Memphis'
LEO might have involved in the case.

Thus, we must suggest that US Justice Department need to select a reliable coroner to perform the autopsy
mission to avoid public's suspicions. Why?

Because Dr. Don Wiley is unlikely to commit suicide and is most likely that he had been abducted by
criminals then disappeared a month (see details on my report on internet -Dr. Don Wiley could be abducted
by invisible personnel of surveillance station/system). Also, in OKC Bombing case, there was a witness
police officer Yeakey who had been murdered to pre vent him appearance in trial as a witness. However,
local coroner reported that Yeakey committed suicide (see details on Part VIII-C of my main website). So,
we do believe that there is blue wall silence existence.

The coroner's main mission in this case is not simply to prove that if the body is Dr. Don Wiley, or simply
claim that Dr. Wiley committed suicide if the body is Dr. Don Wiley. The above action is irresponsible to
be the coroner and law enforcement officers. The most important thing during autopsy is to check that Did
Dr. Don Wiley died over a month (when he died) and which factor really cause him to die. Why?

Because if Dr. Don Wiley didn't die on November 16 morning, or he didn't drown, it must be a case of
homicide. Then, Dr. Don Wiley would have been abducted for five weeks by some invisible personnel
(who should be the anthrax terrorists). Also, any conclusion must be wrong if it cannot logically explain
following two questions.

(1). What reason caused Dr. Wiley to spend four more hours on road when he was supposed to back his
father's home in midnight. (2). What reason caused Dr. Wiley's car drove to Mississippi river bridge which
is the way toward Arkansas and headed away his father's home.

*The following information is part of my report on internet since 12/16/2001.

Could Don Wiley commit suicide?

No! Based on following five reasons, Dr. Don Wiley absolutely would not commit suicide.

1. According to The Boston Globe report on 11/22/2001, there are many information to tell a same message
that Dr. Don Wiley would not commit suicide.

"Wiley's family and friends say he did not seem despondent or depressed. Also, Dr. Don Wiley was known
no financial or domestic problems. His sister- in-law said Wiley was chairman of a review panel overseeing
a new research laboratory at St. Jude Hospital. He was active and happy, she said, having celebrated his
57th birthday last month while raising two young children, ages 6 and 10, with his second wife. Wiley's
wife, Katrin Valgeirsdottir, said that she doesn't believe her husband would have killed himself. `We don't
know what happened. We can speculate until the cows come home but we don't know,' she said in a
telephone interview from Cambridge, Mass. 'To say, `This doesn't sound like him,' is an understatement,'
said Craig Wiley (Dr. Wiley's son), 24, who lives in Worcester, but found out about his father's
disappearance on his way to visit his sister for Thanksgiving in Tacoma, Wash. On Harvard's campus
yesterday, students and faculty expressed disbelief at Wiley's disappearance and were reluctant to speculate
on his fate."

Also, according to Associated Press report on 11/28/2001, the following information still tells the same
message that Dr. Don Wiley would not commit suicide.
"Valgeirsdottir reported her husband missing Nov. 16, the day she and their two children had planned to
meet him in Memphis (airport). She said Wiley had been staying with his father in a Memphis suburb.
Wiley's 85- year-old father, retired chemist Bill Wiley, said his son knew his way around the city from years
of visits and attending the hospital meetings. `We can't accept the suicide theory,' Bill Wiley said." Dr.
William Evans, the hospital's deputy director, said Wiley seemed ``in a great frame of mind'' and was
looking forward to time with his family when he left a Nov. 15 dinner at the Peabody Hotel about

According to The Boston Globe on 12/2/2001, at night of Nov. 15, Dr. Don Wiley "told a few of his
colleagues how much he was looking forward to taking his wife and two young children to see where Elvis
Presley lived" after the annual meeting over.

So, the above all facts and information tell a same message that Dr. Don Wiley would have no intention to
commit suicide on that midnight he left the hotel.

2. According to The Boston Globe report on 11/22/2001, "relatives and friends said yesterday that Wiley's
disappearance was uncharacteristic for a man who always communicated, even informing them when he
went jogging. It is uncharacteristic for Wiley not to leave a note, said Susan Wiley, his sister-in- law, who
lives in suburban Memphis. Just days before, Don Wiley left a note for his 85-year-old father, informing
him when he planned to return from a jog."

The above information proves that Don Wiley was a man who always communicated with relatives and
even informing them when he went jogging. So, even if Don Wiley's disappearance case were a case of
suicide, he at least, would leave a suicidal note to tell the suicidal reasons to his relatives, friends and
colleagues. However, there was no any suicidal note. So, this case must not be

3. There are many ways to commit suicide with less pain. So if Mr. Don Wiley really wanted to commit
suicide, he would not drive his car to the bridge in midnight then jumped into a cool river. Also, without
leaving a piece of suicidal message to notify his relatives, friends, colleagues to avoid any confusing, it
didn't suit Don Wiley's characteristic. Also, he didn't leave a message to his family to explain why he could
not take his wife and children to visit Graceland (where Elvis Presley lived) as they planed. Thus, the above
three facts only shows that the missing could be a abducted case. So, some criminals could abduct Don
Wiley first then set up the scene on bridge to mislead publics to mistakenly consider that it were a suicidal

4. According to The Boston Globe report, "The drive from The Peabody to the DeSoto Bridge is about five
minutes through the city's well- lighted downtown corridor." If Don Wiley really drove his car to park on the
DeSoto Bridge by himself, he would not spend four hours to here! Also, the gas tank was full, it shows that
he prepared to drive a long distance (e.g. drive to Graceland) but not only drove to Mississippi river and
sparked on the DeSoto Bridge then disappear.

So, above facts all tell a same thing that Dr. Don Wiley should be ``in a great frame of mind'' and was
looking forward to time with his family when he left a Nov. 15 dinner at the Peabody Hotel about
midnight." as Dr. William Evans, the Memphis hospital's deputy director, said (see details on Associated
Press on 11/28/2001). Dr. Joseph Mirro, executive vice president at St. Jude's Hospital also made the similar
comment '' This (disappearance) is totally unexpected. He was fine on Thursday night,'' (According to The
Boston Globe report on 11/21/2001).

Also, according to AP report on 11/28/2001, Dr. Don Wiley's wife, Valgeirsdottir. said "she could think of
no reason he would have driven toward Arkansas after the hotel dinner." That's why Don Wiley's car was
full of gas and didn't leave any suicidal note. The above facts also suit Dr. Don Wiley's characteristic and
the common viewing of his relatives, friends and colleagues.

5. If Dr. Don Wiley really fell into the river, his body should appear on surface of river after a few days.
However, even the Coast Guard could not find the body although they had checked the river within two
weeks. So far, Dr. Wiley had disappeared over a month (from 11/16/2001 to 12/16/2001).

The above five facts tell that Dr. Don Wiley had no intention to commit suicide. Also, no one see Dr. Don
Wiley's body appearance in river. Thus, he could be abducted by criminals and set up the scene as a suicidal
case. Why? Because Wiley is an expert in highly co ntagious and deadly viruses- "how the human immune
system fights off infections and had recently investigated such dangerous viruses as AIDS, Ebola, herpes
and influenza." Although Dr. Wiley is a chemist, not a biologist and do not know how to grow a virus or
help make a biological weapon, he is still valuable to invisible personnel to increase their death inducing
ability. Also, Dr. Wiley's knowledge can offer invisible personnel to steal more deadly bio-weapon from
any institute (see details on front of this article).

Who could be the criminals to abduct Dr. Don Wiley with such kinds of methods?

I would deduce that Dr. Don Wiley was most likely abducted by invisible personnel of surveillance
station/system. Why? Because invisibility technology can be used on a target and his car to make them to
become invisible and tiny. Thus, the invisible personnel can secretly abduct the target to hide and deliver his
car to the Hernando DeSoto Bridge. Obviously, the ability of invisibility technology and above facts shows
that Don Wiley should be abducted in the four hours after he left the restaurant by invisible personnel of
surveillance station/system; then the invisible personnel delivered his car on the DeSoto Bridge (with
invisibility technology - see details on Part II-A1 of my website). If the invisible personnel used invisibility
technology to abduct Dr. Don Wiley from car, it would not leave sign of struggle in the car. Also, the
invisible personnel would not use his credit cards because their goal is to inc rease their inducing death
ability on aware targets - if they can secretly injure a target and avoid being blocked by his immune system.
So, according to The Boston Globe report, "there was no sign of struggle in the car, nor any indication that
Wiley's credit cards have been used since last week."

How could the invisible personnel abducted Dr. Don Wiley without encountering resistance? I would
explain it with my best knowledge on invisibility technology. For example, a group of invisible personnel
can follow Dr. Don Wiley into his car and stay at passenger seat. When Dr. Don Wiley drove his car at
midnight to a deserted area (according to The Boston Globe on 12/2/2001, his father live in a quiet
residential neighborhood in north Memphis), two invisible personnel can shut down their generates (which
create electromagnetic field to make them invisible). So, these two invisible personnel can back to normal
person with their handguns and pretend as the hidden robbers in his car's passenger seat. Thus, the criminals
can put their gun on Dr. Don Wiley's head and tell him that he will not be hurt if he listen to them to give up
his money; and then ask him to stop his car in the deserted area. Under such kind of situation, Dr. Don
Wiley would consider that if he give up the money that he carries then the robbers would let him go. So he
would listen to the criminal to stop his car in the deserted area without any resistance. However, the
criminals would further ask Dr. Don Wiley to get off his car after he stop it. The other invisible personnel
who are also in the car will then use invisibility technology on Dr. Don Wiley then carry him to the place
where they stay. Dr. Don Wiley's car can be either driven to the bridge by other criminal, or use invisibility
technology to send it to the bridge. So, the keys in the ignition should be also intentionally left by invisible
personnel to mislead publics to mistakenly consider that this were a suicidal case. So, if Dr. Don Wiley's
body can never be found in river, he is most likely abducted by invisible personnel of surveillance
station/system. If Dr. Don Wiley's body appear in the river after this report, coroner must check when did
Dr. Don Wiley die to know the truth.

Why would invisible personnel abduct Dr. Don Wiley at this time?
I have reported on internet that the anthrax mails terrorists are most likely caused by invisible personnel of
surveillance station/system to increase public's fears in order to move public's attention on terrorists from
focusing on their own crimes (see details on Part II-A12 of my website).

The current abuse of invisibility technology is like using drugs; it easily robs a person's dignity, character
and morals. Why? I would explain it in details. Everyone knows that drugs will adversely affect a person's
health, but some people still use them. These people are either trying to get a high to feel better, or they are
just trying to escape reality because they can't handle their problems. The invisible personnel who abuse
these technologies are addicted to using these technologies like drug addicts are addicted to drugs. Some
invisible personnel are addicted to these technologies because it allows them to gain knowledge about other
people's secrets and private activities (in order to protect their own interests), while other invisible personnel
cannot handle their problems in society and want to escape the law to induce illness/death on others who
know their crimes and secrets, or who have become a witness to oppose their interests (see details on Part
II-C4 of my website) and whom they dislike (see details Part II-C2, C3 of my website).

Thus, when abusing invisibility technology, most invisible personnel act as drug addicts who have lost their
dignity, character, and morals to seek their personal interests,; or who cannot handle their problems in
society to escape the law then induce illness/death on American people whom they dislike.

I have stated that if anthrax attacks keep sending through new mails, the invisible personnel must can find
out and capture the anthrax terrorists. Otherwise, the invisible personnel become the most likely suspects
because they can secretly enter anyone's home, vehicle, etc. to monitor one's activities.

Thus, if the anthrax attack through mails keep sending from new mails (e.g. after December 1), the anthrax
terrorists must can be found and captured no matter who are the anthrax terrorists.

After I report above facts on internet, the anthrax attacks through new mails have stopped. However, it also
appears that invisible personnel are the most likely suspects since they cannot find and capture the anthrax

So, the invisible personnel could abduct Dr. Don Wiley to know that what kind of bio-weapon can be used
by them and learn his knowledge to increase their inducing illness/death ability on aware targets then cause
his disappearance.

Where are the invisible personnel from? According to an inside information from Taiwan former President
Chiang kai-Shek, invisibility technology tested in Philadelphia Experiment has been developed successfully
to use on human by US Navy after WWII. In 1950s, this invisibility technology has been transferred to
Taiwan surveillance system for surveillance purpose and unlawful life control. After using invisibility
technology, the personnel & equipment become invisible, tiny and can levitate (floating in the air as
weightless condition). Thus, by wearing a propulsion device on back, every invisible personnel can
fly/move as if a small plane - carried equipment such as weapons & mind machine (But so far,
they still cannot explain why humans become tiny in the electromagnetic field). These invisible personnel's
codename was "little spirits" in 1960s and changed to "bees" to prevent security leaking. That's because
most of westerns know that "little spirits from Pandora are invisible, very small/tiny and would spread
illness/death on man.

By using invisible personnel and illness/death inducing techniques, Chiang Ching-Kuo, the head of Taiwan
surveillance system at that time, established an unlawful life control surveillance system in Taiwan. Chiang
Ching-Kuo could establish the criminal life control system because he was an atheist (he had been a
communist when he was in the Soviet Union). Since their chief goal was to hasten Chiang Ching-Kuo's rise-
to-power, Taiwan invisible personnel kept all important political figures (including President Chiang Kai-
Shek) under surveillance. They have also secretly induced illness/death on some victims who opposed
Chiang Ching-Kuo to inherit Chiang Kai-Shek's Presidency from victims' homes/offices, cars, etc. (e.g.
Chiang Kai-Shek's vice President Chang Chen -see details on Part II-F1 of my webpage).

In 1960s, they also use inducing illness techniques to injure President Chiang Kai-Shek's knee (using
acupuncture medical knowledge) and caused him to stop inspecting troops. This allowed Chiang Ching-
Kuo to represent his father to inspect the troop, establish Chiang Ching-Kuo to be heir-apprent and his
power in the military earlier. The above facts prove that unlawful life control surveillance system is mainly
used to seek unlawful interests and power for involved officers' (invisible personnel) of surveillance
station/system but not for the nation's interests. That's why there is no national border between invisible
personnel of every country (see details on Part III-A1 of my website). It means that any country's involved
officers and police of surveillance station/system could also use invisibility technology and illness/death
inducing techniques to eliminate others whom they dislike to seek unlawful interests and power.

So, when anything is related with invisibility technology, the involved agents and police (including involved
US police in University) will either cooperate to cover the invisibility technology, or deny the existence of
invisibility technology.
So, although Harvard spokesman, Joe Wrinn claimed that ''We are very confident that our police
department is stressing to Memphis police how important this case is to us,'' it will not change a fact that
invisible personnel will be most loyal to life control group. Thus, if Dr. Wiley was abducted by invisible
personnel, his death will be covered as suicide or accidentally death by involved police of surveillance
station/system and their associates.

(Source)-The Boston Globe on 11/28/2001
Officials at Harvard said detectives from the university's police force are monitoring and assisting the
investigation. They said, however, that university administrators have not taken a direct role in prodding
federal or local officials to beef up the investigation.

''We are very confident that our police department is stressing to Memphis police how important this case is
to us,'' said Joe Wrinn, a Harvard spokesman.

This story ran on page B4 of the Boston Globe on 11/28/2001.

Recently, the invisibility technology's codename and control unit have been changed from the codename
Grill-Flame (in Defense Intelligence Agency) to remote- viewing of PSI-Tech company, a private company
(see details on Part II-B5 of my website).

As same as the personnel's abilities of operation Grill-Flame in Defense Intelligence Agency before 1992,
the local invisible personnel (involved officer, police & recruited civilian operatives) of surveillance
station/system can penetrate everywhere to collect intelligence information (invisibility technology- see
details on Part II-A1, B5 from my website).

(Source)"Some Aspects of Anti-Personnel Electromagnetic Weapons" by David G. Guyatt, (3/8/96)
Major Edward Dames, formerly with the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency until 1992, was a long-
serving member of the highly classified operation GRILL-FLAME, a program that focused on some of the
more bizarre possibilities of intelligence gathering and remote interrogation. Known as "remote viewers,"
GRILL-FLAME personnel possessed a marked psychic ability that was put to use "penetrating" designated
targets and gathering important intelligence on significant figures. The program operated with two teams:
one working out of the top secret NSA facility at Fort George Meade in Maryland, and the other at SRI.
Results are said to have been exemplary.
Following the Oliver North debacle, the Defense officially terminated GRILL-FLAME, fearing bad
publicity if the program were to become known to the public. The leading members of the project --
including Dames -- immediately relocated to the privately owned and newly formed Psi- Tech, and continue
their work to this day, operating under government contract. In the course of his work, Dames was (and
remains) close to many the leading figures and proponents anti-personnel electromagnetic weapons,
especially those that operate in the neurological field. During NBC's "The Other Side" program, Dames
stated that "The U.S. Government has an electronic device which could implant thoughts in people." He
refused to comment further. The program was broadcast during April 1995.

PSI-TECH operate in the private sector and have received a number of classified government contracts. In a
lengthy telephone call, British researcher Armen Victorian pointed out a number of relevant and interesting
facts: A) Maj. General Stubblebine is no longer with Psi-Tech -- he was removed in a "palace coup"
engineered, Armen says, by Major Ed. Dames and Col. John Alexander. B) In addition to his (DoD backed)
Ad Hoc advisory role on Non Lethality for NATO, Alexander has now moved to head up multi- millionaire
R. Bigelow's new Nevada-based National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS). Bigelow is recruiting "top
draw" personnel to study fringe science subjects including Remote Viewing, UFO's, etc. Jacques Vallee, the
renowned French-born UFO researcher, is also part of the team.

Alexander wrote a book an article (and later co-authored a book entitled The Warrior's Edge) published in
Military Review in which he outlined a number of hitherto "fringe" subjects --including telepathy - - that
should be brought in to the battery of future weapons. Alexander is dedicated to the development of a super-
human soldier with enhanced abilities leading to an "invisible warrior."

(Source) - U.K. intelligence magazine, LOBSTER in June 1993
"Janet Morris,.. is a member of the Association for Electronic Defense. She graduated from the Silva course
in advanced mind control. She has been conducting remote viewing experiments for fifteen years. She
worked on a research project investigating the effects of mind on probability in computer systems. In a
recent telephone conversation with the author (34), Janet Morris confirmed John Alexander's involvement in
mind control and psychotronic projects in the Los Alamos National Laboratories. *Alexander and his team
have recently been working with Dr. Igor Smirnov, a psychologist from The Moscow Institute of
Psychocorrelations. They were invited to the U.S. after Janet Morris' visit to Russia in 1991.

The above two reports prove that Col. Alexander is involved in mind control research, remote viewing
(invisibility technology) and developed nonlethal weapons for invisible warriors (personnel).

The following report also mention that Col. Alexander is involved with the technology which can be used
for abduction and via holography "to create the effects of ARTIFICIAL UFO abductions."

(Source) "New World Order & E.L.F. Psychotronic Tyranny" by C. B. Baker (Dec. 1994)
Alexander first became known to the public through his December, 1980 MILITARY REVIEW article
titled, "THE NEW MENTAL BATTLEFIELD." That article clearly described the LETHAL nature of many
of the so-called "non- lethal" weapons that are now being targeted against American civilians. Alexander
stated: "Psychotronics may be described as the interaction of mind and matter. ... The possibility for
employment as weaponry has been explored. To be more specific, there are weapons systems that operate
on the power of the mind and whose LETHAL CAPACITY HAS ALREADY BEEN DEMONSTRATED."
Describing Soviet development of psychotronic weapons, Alexander stated: "The ability to ... CAUSE
DEATH can be transmitted over distances, thus inducing illness or death for no apparent reason." These
"weapons would be able to induce illness or death at little or no risk to the operator. ... The psychotronic
weapon would be silent (and) difficult to detect..."

NEXUS reported that Alexander is a member of the secret U.S. Government "Aviary" Group (made up of
CIA and defense officials), which has been involved in repeated efforts to plant PHONY UFO stories..

(Source) The Boston Globe on 12/2/2001
Professor's trail leaves few clues

By David Abel and Ralph Ranalli, Globe Staff

MEMPHIS - It was getting late and the well-dressed professor had switched from sipping port to ginger ale
when he told a few of his colleagues how much he was look ing forward to taking his wife and two young
children to see where Elvis Presley lived.

The group of eminent scientists had retired to the piano bar from a penthouse banquet hall in The Peabody,
a century-old hotel. As midnight approached on Nov. 15, Harvard biochemist Don C. Wiley was preparing
to drive back to his father's home about 20 minutes away.

''He was very upbeat,'' recalls Patricia Donahoe, the chief of pediatric surgical services at Massachusetts
General Hospital and an old friend of Wiley's who chatted with him about 10:30 that night. ''He was his
normal, even-tempered self, and he was happy his family was coming in.''

But Wiley, one of the nation's foremost experts on the way viruses such as HIV, influenza, and Ebola
become deadly infectious diseases, never got to take his family to Graceland. He never even made it back to
his father's.

Instead, the lanky 57- year-old professor vanished. At 4 a.m., police found Wiley's rental car abandoned on a
mile- long bridge that spans the Mississippi River, with his rental-car contract in the glove compartment, the
keys in the ignition, and a full tank of gas.

Two weeks later, police here say they have no clue what happened to him. Speculation abounds about the
fate of the man colleagues say was doing work that could make him a candidate for a Nobel prize. But after
more than a dozen Globe interviews with family, colleagues, and police, every theory seems to have serious

Since his car was parked in a traffic lane without any signs of a struggle and on a bridge where others have
jumped, some investigators surmise Wiley killed himself. Yet family and friends insist the father of four and
granddad of three is just not the type to commit suicide: He's exuberant about his work and was nearing a
breakthrough in a molecular understanding of HIV that could help develop an AIDS vaccine.

While it's possible he was mugged or abducted, police and local criminologists say the downtown area
around the Peabody is heavily patrolled and the safest part of Memphis. And both police and colleagues say
Wiley has no scientific knowledge that would benefit bioterrorists, making it absurd to suggest he was
kidnapped for his expertise.

''At this point, it could really be anything,'' says Lieutenant Richard True, a spokesman for the Memphis
Police Department.
Wiley had come to Memphis on Wednesday Nov. 14 to attend a two-day annual meeting of the scientific
advisory board of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, on which he has served for about a decade.

He had flown in from Washington, where he went that Sunday to attend meetings for several days at the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Md. The institute has long sponsored much of his
research. At the Memphis airport, he rented a white 2001 Mitsubishi Gallant from Avis and drove for about
20 minutes to his 82-year-old father's ranch home in Raleigh, a quiet residential neighborhood in north

It was late in the afternoon and the professor's father, William C. Wiley, says that his son seemed in good
spirits. The two caught up for a while and the professor called his wife in Cambridge to let her know he had
arrived and to find out what time he should meet her and their two children Lara, 7, and William, 10, at the
airport that Friday.

Wiley's wife had already bought four tickets to visit Graceland. The couple's son, William, is a budding
Elvis fan. The professor and the boy have a close relationship, and Wiley was eager to finally take him to

''There was nothing out of the ordinary,'' says Wiley's wife, Katrin Valgeirsdottir, about their last
conversation at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. ''We talked about where we were going for dinner on Friday night,
and how I should talk to his dad about finding a nice place to eat. He sounded happy to see his dad.''

Wiley left his father's house soon after for a dinner meeting at the Peabody Hotel with members of St. Jude's
scientific advisory board, a group of high-profile scientists serving the nation's largest childhood cancer
center. One board member, Leland Hartwell of Seattle, for example, was recently awarded the Nobel prize
in Medicine. And Wiley, who colleagues say has a strong shot at the Nobel for his work using X-ray
crystallography and complex mathematical formulas to diagram viruses, has received the p restigious Lasker
and Japan awards.

The reserved professor greeted his colleagues that night with the same subdued but warm embrace they had
come to expect from him. He inquired about the families of some and the progress of others' research. After
finishing business for the night, Wiley and a few colleagues walked across the street to the Rendezvous, a
rib joint that is perhaps Memphis' most famous barbeque restaurant.

''All I can really say is that he was definitely engaged,'' says Marvin Zelen, a board member who's a
professor of statistical science at Harvard School of Public Health.

After dinner, Wiley returned to his father's home. The next morning he was up early and drove to the
sprawling campus of St. Jude's to meet the board for a 7:30 breakfast.

His mission that morning was to review the hospital's structural biology department, which Wiley played a
key role in founding. The professor toured the high-tech facilities and at times marveled to some of the
department's 46 staff members that St. Jude's often received the latest scientific equipment before Harvard.

Later, in a formal review in front of the advisory board, Wiley delivered a report that praised the progress of
the department's researchers in paring diseases down to their molecular leve l and making discoveries that
might soon help treat a variety of infectious diseases.

''He asked a lot of technical questions and he was very thorough,'' recalls Larry J. Shapiro, a professor of
pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco Medical School and a board member who
reviewed the structural biology department with Wiley. ''I saw nothing at all to say he was disturbed,
agitated, uneasy, or anything atypical.''
When the board meeting wrapped up late in the afternoon, Wiley drove back to his dad's house. Around 5
p.m., the professor's father returned home from a few errands and found a note telling him his son was out
for a 5- mile run and would be back soon.

When Wiley returned from the run, his youngest brother, Greg, who also lives in Memphis, popped in for a
short visit. ''We just shot the bull,'' says Greg Wiley, recalling the last time he saw his brother.

The professor showered, shaved, and just before 7 p.m. he zipped back to the Peabody Hotel for the banquet
in honor of the visiting scientists. Wiley was wearing a black suit he had bought in 1999 when the emperor
and prime minister of Japan awarded him their country's top science prize for his work showing how the
immune system fights infections.

The formal gathering in the Peabody's penthouse included about 150 doctors, researchers, and
administrators from St. Jude's. Several colleagues remember talking to Wiley that night about how he took
his son sailing and his family's plans for the weekend.

''He was in great spirits,'' says Samuel L. Katz, a professor of pediatrics and infectious diseases at Duke
University Medical Center who also serves on the hospital's advisory board.

Dinner ended about 10 p.m. and Wiley and several colleagues decided to hang around for a while in the
hotel's lobby. After nursing a glass of port for about an hour, the professor switched to soda and told Patricia
Donahoe and others about his plans to take his family to Graceland.

Although he had a room reserved for him at the hotel, Wiley told his rema ining colleagues around midnight
he was heading back to his father's house and he would see them the next day.

It was the last time anyone saw him.

The next four hours are a mystery.

About 3:45 a.m., the first calls started ringing at the police department. A white car pointing west in the
direction of Arkansas was blocking a traffic lane on the narrow bridge. Patrol cars arrived a few minutes
later and found the empty car.

Other than a missing hubcap on the right front wheel and yellow scrape marks on the Mitsubishi Gallant's
front bumper, the car looked like it just came from the showroom. Police say they have no idea if the marks
and missing hubcap were on the car before that Friday morning.

Harvard and St. Jude's announced a $10,000 reward this week for any information that helps find Wiley,
and police say they have received a few tips since then. But investigators acknowledge they are no closer to
finding him today than they were more than two weeks ago.

''The case remains a mystery,'' says Lieutenant Richard True. ''He's still classified as a missing person.
There's always hope.''

This story ran on page A1 of the Boston Globe on 12/2/2001

THE PIPELINE and US BASES in Afghanistan
February 14, 2002: The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv astutely notes: "If one looks at the map of the big American
bases created [in the Afghan war], one is struck by the fact that they are completely identical to the route of the
projected oil pipeline to the Indian Ocean." Ma'ariv also states, "Osama bin Laden did not comprehend that his
actions serve American interests... If I were a believer in conspiracy theory, I would think that bin Laden is an
American agent. Not being one I can only wonder at the coincidence." [Chicago Tribune, 3/18/02] FTW

February 18, 2002: The Financial Times reports that the estimated opium harvest in Afghanistan in June 2002 will
reach a record 4500 metric tons. Afghanistan is supplying 95% of the heroi n in Europe, but the US shows "little
interest" in stopping the production. [Financial Times, 2/18/02] FTW

ISI – Saeed Sheikh and Daniel Pearl…
February 18, 2002 (B): The Pakistani government unsuccessfully tries to stop the Pakistani newspaper The News
from publishing a story revealing Saeed Sheikh's connections to the ISI, based on leaks from Pakistani police
interrogations. [Washington Post, 3/10/02, London Times, 4/21/02, Guardian, 7/16/02] According to the article,
Saeed admits his involvement in recent attacks on the Indian parliament in Delhi and in Kashmir (see October 1,
2001 (D) and December 13, 2001 (C)), and says the ISI helped him finance, plan and execute them. [The News,
2/18/02] On March 1, the ISI pressures The News to fire the four journalists who worked on the story. The ISI also
demands an apology from the newspaper's editor, who flees the country instead. [ Washington Post, 3/10/02,
London Times, 4/21/02, Guardian, 7/16/02]

February 20, 2002: The Pentagon announces the existence of the new Office of Strategic Influence, which "was
quietly set up after September 11." The role of this office is to plant false stories in the foreign press, phony e-
mails from disguised addresses, and other covert activities to manipulate public opinion. The new office proves so
controversial that it is declared closed six days later. [CNN, 2/20/02, CNN, 2/26/02] It is later reported that the
"temporary" Office of Global Communications will be made permanent (it is unknown when this office began its
work). This office seems to serve the same function as the earlier Office of Strategic Influence, minus the covert
manipulation. [Washington Post, 7/20/02] Defense Secretary Rumsfeld later states that after the office was closed,
"I went down that next day and said fine, if you want to savage this thing fine I'll give you the corpse. There's the
name. You can have the name, but I'm gonna keep doing every single thing that needs to be done and I have" (see
also October 2002 and Novemb er 24, 2002). [Department of Defense, 11/18/02]

February 21, 2002: Police and intelligence agencies in Britain predict "a potentially huge increase in heroin
trafficking because of massive and unchecked replanting of the opium crop in Afghanistan." This dovetails with a
UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention report, which has detect ed massive opium planting that had
mostly stopped under the Taliban. A n intelligence source describes the idea of cracking down on opium growing as
"a political nightmare" that could destroy support for the Afghan government. One solution would be to buy t he
opium and destroy it, but that has been rejected as too costly and controversial. Afghanistan is the source of 75%
of the world's heroin. [Guardian, 2/21/02]

ISI/Al Qaeda collusion
February 25, 2002: Time reports that the second highest Taliban official in US custody, Mullah Haji Abdul Samat
Khaksar, has been waiting for months for the CIA to talk to him. Even two weeks after Time informed US officials
that Khaksar wanted to talk, no one has properly interviewed him. He says he has useful information, and may be
able to help locate former Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Time notes that "he claims to have information about al-
Qaeda links to the ISI." [Time, 2/25/02] "The little that Khaksar has divulged — to an American general and his
intelligence aide - is tantalizing." "He says that the ISI agents are still mixed up with the Taliban and al-Qaeda," and
that all three have formed a new group to get the US out of Afghanistan. He also says that "the ISI recently
assassinated an Afghan in Paktika province who knew the full extent of ISI's collaboration with al-Qaeda." [Time,
2/19/02] Did the US not want to hear from Khaksar because of his embarrassing information about the ISI?

President of Pakistan said Bin Laden, not mastermind
The President of Pakistan has said bin Laden was not the mastermind (of 911) he probably backed it. [Reuters,

March 2002: Beginning at least by this time, some political activists begin noticing they are being subjected to
extra surveillance and security checks when flying in the US. Numerous government agencies later admit they are
using a "no fly" list that bans certain people from flying. The government says about 1,000 nam es are on the list. It
is also admitted that there is a second list that subjects anyone on it to increased security every time they fly. A
number of agencies, including the CIA, FBI, INS, and State Department, admit that they have added names to such
lists, but no agency admits controlling the list. There are no guidelines to determine who gets on the lists and no
procedures for getting off a list if someone is wrongfully on it. Airport security personnel note that the lists seem
to be netting mostly priests, elderly nuns, Green Party campaign operatives, left-wing journalists, right-wing
activists, and people affiliated with Arab or Arab-American groups. [San Francisco Chronicle, 9/27/02, Salon,

GLOBAL BIOMETRICS – The Total Information awareness
                                 March 2002 (B): The US military internally announces the creation of a new g lobal data
                                 collection system called Total Information A wareness. The existence of this program is not
                                 reported until August 2002 [Wired, 8/7/02], and not widely known until November (see
                                 November 9, 2002). Interestingly, the early accounts of this program suggest its budget is
                                 a "significant amount" of $96 million [Federal Computer Week, 10/17/02], and not the $10
                                 million later reported, [Guardian, 11/23/02] It is also reported that "parts" of the program
                                 "are already operational" whereas later it is said to be only in the conceptual stages of
                                 development. [Federal Computer Week, 10/17/02]

  This par tial image fr om a
Total I nfor mation Awar eness
   slide pr esentation shows
  types of data that wi ll be
  collected. Note that even
 "gait" - the way one walks,
       will be analyzed.

Early March 2002: The book l'Effroyable Im posture (The Horrifying Fraud) is published in
France. The book denies that a passenger airliner crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. It is
written by Thierry Meyssan, "president of the Voltaire Network, a respected independent
think tank whose left-leaning research projects have until now been considered models of
reasonableness and objectivity." [Guardian, 4/1/02] The book is widely denounced by the
media (for instance, [AFP, 3/21/02, London Times, 5/19/02, National Post, 8/31/02,
Baltimore Sun, 9/12/02]). One reporter trashes the book even while admitting never to have
read it. [LA Weekly, 7/19/02] But the book sets a French publishing record for first-month                   Thierr y Meyssan.
sales. [Time, Europe version, 5/20/02] One of Meyssan's theories is that people within the US government wanted
to hit the Pentagon for its propaganda effect, but didn't want to create a lot of damage or kill important people
like Defense Secretary Rumsfeld. They note that the crash hit the one section under construction, thus greatly
reducing the loss of life. Furthermore, the wall at point of impact was the first and only one to be reinforced and
have blast-resistant windows installed as part of an upgrade plan. [NFPA Journal, 11/1/01]

DRUGS ISI comme la CIA
March 1, 2002: An article in Vanity Fair suggests the ISI is still deeply involved in the drug trade in Central Asia. It
estimates that Pakistan has a parallel drug economy worth $15 billion a year. Pakistan's official economy is worth
about $60 billion. The article notes that the US has not tied its billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan to assurances
that Pakistan will stop its involvement in drugs. [Vanity Fair, 3/1/02]

WTC 7 - Désinformation
March 2, 2002: A New York Times article theorizes that a diesel fuel tank was responsible for the collapse of
Building 7 near the WTC. It collapsed on 9/11 even though it was farther away than many other buildings that
remained standing. It was the first time a steel-reinforced high-rise in the US had ever collapsed in a fire. The fuel
tank had been installed in 1999 as part of a new "command center" for Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. [ New York Times,
3/2/02, Dow Jones News, 9/10/02] What's curious, especially given all the Wall Street scandals later in the year, is
that Building 7 was where the SEC (Securities and Exchange commission) was storing files related to numerous Wall
Street investigations. All the files for approximately 3,000 to 4,000 SEC cases were destroyed. Some were backed
up in other places, but many were not, especially those classified as confidential. [ National Law Journal, 9/17/01]
Lost files include documents that could show the relationship between Citigroup and the WorldCom bankruptcy.
[The Street, 8/9/02] The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates over 10,000 cases will be affected.
[New York Law Journal, 9/14/01] The Secret Service also lost investigative files. Says one agent: "All the evidence
that we stored at 7 World Trade, in all our cases, went down with the building." [ Tech TV, 7/23/02] It is also
eventually revealed that there was a secret CIA office in Building 7. [CNN, 11/4/01] A few days later, the head of
the WTC collapse investigation says he "would possibly consider examining" the collapse of Building 7, but all the
rubble has already been removed and destroyed. [Committee on Science, House of Representatives testimony,

Daniel Pearl Assassination - ISI
March 3, 2002: Secretary of State Powell rules out any links between "elements of the ISI" and the murderers of
reporter Daniel Pearl. [Dawn, 3/3/02] The Guardian later calls Powell's comment "shocking," given the
overwhelming evidence that the main suspect, Saeed Sheikh, worked for the ISI. [ Guardian, 4/5/02] Defense
Secretary Rumsfeld called him a possible "asset" for the ISI a week earlier. [ London Times, 2/25/02] The
Washington Post says, "The [ISI] is a house of horrors waiting to break open. Saeed has tales to tell." [Washington
Post, 3/28/02] The Guardian says Saeed "is widely believed in Pakistan to be an experienced ISI 'asset.'"
[Washington Post, 5/3/02] Does Powell's comment indicate that the US is helping to co ver up Saeed's ISI
Moments before his death Daniel Pearl is held by people holding a pistol. Why did they decided
to head him off instead of firing a bullet ?

Israel participation to 911 – Pas de fume sans feu…
March 5, 2002: It is reported that many spies in the uncovered Israeli spy ring seemed to have been trailing the
9/11 hijackers. For instance, five Israeli spies are intercepted in the tiny town of Holly wood, Florida, and four 9/11
hijackers are known to have spent time in Hollywood, Florida. [Le Monde, 3/5/02, Reuters, 3/5/02, Jane's
Intelligence Digest, 3/15/02] In one case, some Israeli spies lived at 4220 Sheridan Street, only a few hundred feet
from where Atta was living at 3389 Sheridan Street. Israeli spies appear to have been close to at least 10 of the 19
9/11 hijackers. [Salon, 5/7/02]

March 6, 2002: A Washington Post article complete ly denies the existence of any Israeli spy ring. A "wide array of
US officials" supposedly deny it, and Justice Department spokeswoman Susan Dryden says: "This seems to be an
urban myth that has been circulating for months. The department has no informatio n at this time to substantiate
these widespread reports about Israeli art students involved in espionage." [ Washington Post, 3/6/02] The New
York Times fails to cover the story at all, even months later. [Salon, 5/7/02] By mid-March, Jane's, the respected
British intelligence and military analysis service, notes: "It is rather strange that the US media seems to be ignoring
what may well be the most explosive story since the 11 September attacks - the alleged breakup of a major Israeli
espionage operation in the USA." [Jane's Intelligence Digest, 3/13/02]

Pentagon color pictures taken by surveillance cameras!

March 7, 2002: A series of
photos surface purporting to
show a plane crashing into the
Pentagon on 9/11. It's not
clear who released the photos,                     The Pentagon "video." C lick her e for a lar ger image. [Boston Globe]
but the Pentagon says they're
authentic and taken from a Pentagon security camera. The release of these pictures comes within days of the
publication of the book "l'Effroyable Imposture" (see Early March 2002). "Officials could not immediately ex plain
why the date typed near the bottom of each photograph is Sept. 12 and the time is written as 5:37 p.m." [Fox
News, 3/8/02] Could this timing "glitch" help cover the official time of the hit being at 9:37, five minutes before
other estimates? Do the pictures show an American Airlines 757, or a much smaller, darker plane that has the
shape of a fig hter? Because the plane in the first frame hard to see, here is an enlarged version with the plane
and its exhaust circled.

Daniel Pearl “perhaps overintrusive” said Musharaf
March 7, 2002 (B): Pakistani President Musharraf says Saeed Sheikh, chief suspect in the killing of reporter Daniel
Pearl (see February 5, 2002), will not be extradited to the US, at least not until after he is tried by Pakistan.
[Guardian, 3/15/02] The US Ambassador later reports to Washington that Musharraf privately said, "I'd rather hang
him myself" than extradite Saeed. [Washington Post, 3/28/02] Musharraf even brazenly states, "Perhaps Daniel
Pearl was over-intrusive. A mediaperson should be aware of the dangers of getting into dangerous areas.
Unfortunately, he got over-involved.'' [Hindu, 3/8/02] He also says Pearl was caught up in "intelligence games."
[Washington Post, 5/3/02] In early April, Musharraf apparently says he wants to see Saeed sentenced to death.
Defense lawyers are appalled, saying Musharraf is effectively telling the courts what to do. [ BBC, 4/12/02] The
Washington Post reports in early March that Pakistani "police alternately fabricate and destroy evidence, depending
on pressure from above" [Washington Post, 3/10/02], and in fact Saeed's trial will be plagued with problems (see
July 16-21, 2002).

ANTHRAX – Lab working on scientists death bombed…
March 13, 2002: A bomb and two smaller ex plosive-type devices are found and defused in the stairwell outside of
the Shelby County Regional Forensic Center, Memphis, Tennessee, where county medical examiner Dr. O. C. Smith
works. Smith states, "We have done several high-profile cases from (missing Harvard researcher) Dr. (Don) Wiley to
Katherine Smith but there has been no indication that we offended anyone.. . We just don't know if we were the
intended target or not.'' The police state, "It potentially could have been a large blast if exploded." The mystery
gets deeper: in June, Dr. Smith is attacked, bound with barbed wire and left with a bomb tied to his bod y (see
June 1, 2002). [Memphis Commercial Appeal, 3/14/02]

911 Translator suspected, Ashcroft closes
the case.
March 22, 2002: Translator Sibel Edmonds later claims that she is fired by the FBI on
this day after repeatedly raising suspicions about a coworker and her alleged
connections to an unnamed foreign official and an unnamed foreign organization.
Both Edmonds and the coworker, Can Di ckerson, were hired as trans lators in late
September 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks (see Late S eptember 2001).
Edmonds claims that Dickerson failed to translate sensitive information concerning
the foreign official and organization, did not inform the FBI that she once worked for
the organization (which is under investigation), and had "unreported contacts" with
the foreign official, who has now left the country. When Edmonds failed to agree to
                                                                                                 Whistleb lower Sibel
work as a spy for this organization, Di ckerson told her that her lack of cooperation               Edmonds [CBS]
could put her family in danger. Both Edmonds and Dickerson are ethnically Turkish,
but no one has claimed that Turkey was involved. After her boss and others in the FBI failed to respond to her
complaints, she wrote to the Justice Department's inspector general's office in March: "Investigations are being
compromised. Incorrect or misleading translations are being sent to agents in the field. Trans lations are being
blocked and circumvented." She claims she was fired for her whistleblowing, and is suing. Both the FBI and some US
Senators later agree that there is merit to Edmonds's claims, and are investigating the matter. A second FBI
whistleblower, John Co le, also claims to know of security lapses in the screening and hiring of FBI translators.
[Washington Post, 6/19/02, Cox News, 8/14/02] In October 2002, at the request of FBI Director Mueller, Attorney
General Ashcroft asks a judge to throw out Edmonds's lawsuit against the Justice Department. He says he is
applying the state secrets privilege in order "to protect the foreign policy and national security interests of the
United States." [AP, 10/18/02]

ANTHRAX suspected death of microbiologists (link to Ames)
March 24, 2002 (B): Dead microbiologist: David Wynn-Williams, 55, is hit by a car while jogging near his home in
Cambridge, Eng land. He was an astrobiologist with the Antarctic Astrobiolog y Project and the NASA Ames Research
Center. He was studying the capability of microbes to adapt to environmental extremes, including the
bombardment of ultraviolet rays and g lobal warming. [London Times, 3/27/02, Globe and Mail, 5/4/02]

ANTRHAX - Microbiologists death toll over 15!
March 25, 2002: Dead microbiologist: Steven Mostow, 63, dies when the airplane he was piloting crashes near
Denver, Colorado. He worked at the Colorado Health Sciences Centre and was known as "Dr. Flu" for his expertise
in treating influenza, and expertise on bioterrorism. Mos tow was "one of the country's leading infectious disease
experts" and was associate dean at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Three others died in the
crash. Mostow's death bring the total number of leading microbiologists killed in a six -month period to at least 15.
[KUSA TV, 3/26/02, Globe and Mail, 5/4/02]

Abu Zubaida - Dangerosité des portables
March 28, 2002: FBI agents and Pakistani police commandos raid a house in the city of Faisalabad, Pakistan, and
capture al-Qaeda leader Abu Zubaida. He's shot three times but survives. [New York Times, 4/14/02] Many
documents are found that lead to the indictment of 100 more people. [News week, 9/4/02] US intelligence found
his location by tracing his phone calls. [New York Times, 4/14/02] He has since given the US useful information on
9/11 and other al-Qaeda plans. [Newsweek, 9/4/02] Zubaida is considered one of the highest in al-Qaeda's
leadership and the highest ranking prisoner captured by the US so far. [New York Times, 4/14/02] It is believed
that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed takes over Zubaida's ta sks. [Asia Times, 9/11/02]
Fighting!!! Opium growing by Amin Karzai.
                            April 1, 2002: "American officials have quietly abandoned their hopes to reduce
                            Afghanistan's opium production substantially this year and are now bracing for a harvest
                            large enough to inundate the world's heroin and opium markets with cheap drugs." They
                            want to see the new Afghan government make at least a token effort to destroy some
                            opium, but it appears they're not doing even that. Afghan leader Hamid Karzai had
                            announced a total ban on opium cultivation, processing, and trafficking, but it appears
                            to be a total sham. The new harvest is so large, it could be "enough opium to stockpile
                            for two or two and a half more years." [New York Times, 4/1/02] Starting this month,
                            Karzai's government offers farmers $500 for every acre of poppies they destroy, but
                            farmers can earn as much as $6,400 per acre for the crop. The program is eventually
    Opium poppy fields in   canceled when it runs out of money to pay farmers. [AP, 3/27/03] If the US wants to
        Afghanistan.        ban opium, why doesn't it fund this program?

ANTRHAX – The good thing about it…
April 4, 2002: Dr. David Franz, a former commander of USAMRIID, says of the anthrax attacks: "I think a lot of good
has come from it. From a biological or a medical standpoint, we've now five people who have died, but we've put
about $6 billion in our budget into defending against bioterrorism." Plentiful evidence suggests that the anthrax
came from USAMRIID, but investigators say they have no suspects at all. They also say they have come up "against
some closely held military secrets" which are slowing down the investigation. "Federal investigators tell A BCNEWS
that military and intelligence agencies have withheld a full listing of all facilities and all employees dealing with
top-secret anthrax programs where important leads could be found." [ABC News, 4/4/02] Did the anthrax
attacker(s) use similar logic as Franz, reasoning that the attacks would serve as a wake up call to protect the US
against bioterror attacks?

911 – CIA was already in Afghanistan before 911 ready to
launch war against Al Qaeeda.
April 11, 2002: Jim Pavitt, the CIA Deputy Director of Operations, emphasizes how prepared the CIA was to launch
subversive actions in Afghanistan immediately after 9/11. "With a small logistical footpri nt they came with
lightning speed. We were on the ground within days of that terrible attack. They also came with something else.
They came with knowledge of local languages, whatever you heard to the contrary notwithstanding, terrain, and
politics... In those few days that it took us to get there after that terrible, terrible attack, my officers stood on
Afghan soil, side by side with Afghan friends that we had developed over a long period of time, and we launched
America's war against al-Qaeda... Quite simply, we were there well before the 11th of September." [CIA, 4/11/02]
This is in stark contrast to the official story reported in the media that the US overly relied on satellites and
other hig h technologies and had no agents on the ground.

911 – US Gov was previously warned
April 11, 2002 (B): Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D) calls for a through investigation into whether President
Bush and other government officials may have been warned of the 9/11 attacks but did nothing to prevent them,
the first national-level politician to do so. "News reports from Der Spiegel to the London Observer, from the Los
Angeles Times to MSNBC to CNN, indicate that many different warnings were received by the A dministration. ... I
am not aware of any evidence showing that President Bush or members of his administration have personally
profited from the attacks of 9/11... On the other hand, what is undeniable is that corporations close to the
Administration, have directly benefited from the increased defense spending arising from the aftermath of
September 11. The Carlyle Group, DynCorp, and Halliburton certainly stand out as companies close to this
Administration." [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/12/02] McKinney's comments are criticized and ridiculed by other
politicians and the media (see April 17, 2002). For instance, Congressman Mark Foley (R) states, "She has said
some outrageous things but this has gone too far ... Maybe there should be an investigation as she suggests - but
one focused on her." Senator Zell Miller (D) says her comments were dangerous and irresponsible. [ Washington
Post, 4/12/02] An editorial in her home state calls her the "most prominent nut" promoting 9/11 "conspiracy
theories." [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 4/15/02] One columnist says she is possibly "a delusional paranoiac" or "a
socialist rabble-rouser who despises her own country." [Orlando Sentinel, 4/21/02] Press Secretary Ari Fleischer
said McKinney "must be running for the hall of fame of the Grassy Knoll Society." [Washington Post, 4/12/02] One
month after McKinney's comments, the Bush Administration comes under fire after reports reveal i t had been
warned five weeks before 9/11 about possible al-Qaeda plane hijackings (see May 15, 2002), and McKinney claims
vindication. [McKinney website, 5/16/02]

April 11, 2002 (C): A truck bomb kills 19 people in a Djerba, Tunisia, synagogue, most of them German tourists. It
is later claimed that al-Qaeda is behind the attack, and that the suspected bomber speaks with 9/11 mastermind
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed by phone about three hours before the attack. [ AP, 8/24/02]

FBI allows manual transcript of supposed tape of flight 93,
but no recording (Why? it could prove the tape being
April 18, 2002: The FBI allows relatives of passengers on Flight 93 to listen to and see a written transcript of the
cock pit recordings. 70 do so. But the FBI says the relatives are not allowed to make recordings, because the tape
might be used in the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui. [Guardian, 4/19/02] The San Francisco Chronicle responds: "Is
there even a dollop of logic in that ex planation? It's like saying we can't watch video of the planes crashing into the
World Trade Center because that video might be used in a trial." [San Francisco Chronicle, 6/3/02] New York Times
reporter Jere Longman writes the book Among the Heroes based on his access to the recordings (see March 27,
2002) and interviews with officials and relatives. New details of their struggle on board emerges, but the
government still has not officially stated if the passengers took over the plane or not. [Telegraph, 8/6/02, MSNBC,

911 - FBI – not single proof found, although he pretended
April 19, 2002: FBI Director Mueller states: "In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper —
either here in the United States or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and
elsewhere—that mentioned any aspect of the September 11 plot." He also claims that the attackers used
"extraordinary secrecy" and "investigators have found no computers, laptops, hard drives or other storage media
that may have been used by the hijackers, who hid their communications by using hundreds of pay phones and cell
phones, coupled with hard-to-trace prepaid calling cards." [FBI speech transcript, 4/19/02, Los Angeles Times,
4/22/02, he repeats the quote the next month, Senate Judiciary Statement, 5/8/02] However, before 9/11, CIA
Director Ten et told the S enate that al-Qaeda is "embracing the opportunities offer ed by recent leaps in
information technology," [CIA, 03/21/00], the FBI broke the al-Qaeda computer encryption before F ebruary
2001 (see February 13, 2001) [UPI, 2/13/01], witnesses report s eeing the hijackers use c omputers for e-mail
at public libraries in Florida and Maine [Sun-Sentinel, 9/16/01, Boston Herald, 10/5/01], in Octob er 2001
there wer e many r eports that hundreds of e-mails discussing the 9/11 plot had been found (see Oc tob er 2001
(B)), Moussaoui's laptop was found to c ontain imp ortant information, etc... Look also at an MSNBC article
about al-Qaeda using computers. [MSNBC, 4/19/02]

Daniel Pearl
April 21, 2002: The Sunday Times reports on Saeed's connections to both the ISI and al-Qaeda in a story entitled,
"Pearl Murder Case Briton Was a Double Agent." Most other newspapers continue to fail to connect the dots, and
not even this story connects Saeed with funding 9/11, as reported in the media months before. [ Sunday Times,
Money Suitcases to the States
April 25, 2002: Osama Basnan, an alleged associate of 9/11 hijackers Khalid A lmidhar and Nawaf Alhazmi (see
April 1998 and November 22, 2002), reports his passport stolen to Houston, Texas police. [MSNBC, 12/2/02] This
confirms that Basnan is in Houston on the same day that Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, and
Saudi US Ambassador Prince Bandar meet with President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretar y of State Powell
and National Security A dvisor Rice at Bush's ranch in nearby Crawford, Texas. [ US-Saudi Arabian Business Council,
4/25/02] Abdullah's entourage passes through Houston that week enroute to Bush's ranch. While in Texas, it is
believed that Basnan "met with a high Saudi prince who has responsibilities for intelligence matters and is known to
bring suitcases full of cash into the United States." [MSNBC, 12/2/02, Guardian, 11/25/02]

April 30, 2002: It is reported that the US military is drawing up a plan for a long -term military "footprint" in
Central Asia. The US says it plans no permanent bases, but the leaders of Central Asia speak of the US being there
for decades, and inside US bases temporary structures are being replaced by permanent buildings (see also
Dec emb er 19, 2001 and January 2002 (D)). [AP, 4/30/02, Washington Post, 8/27/02, Los Angeles Times, 4/4/02]
All of the countries are encumbered by corrupt dictatorships, and many experts say their serious social and
economic problems are growing worse. Some experts wonder if the US is increasing Muslim resentment and the risk
of terrorism by closely associating with such regimes. [Washington Post, 8/27/02]


April 30, 2002 (B): The US begins transferring prisoners from
the Afghan war from Camp X-Ray to Camp Delta. Both are in
US-controlled Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but Camp X-Ray was
little more than metal wire cages and Camp Delta is made of
proper buildings. [BBC, 4/30/02] Conditions in the new
facility are considered more humane, but the prisoners are
still not named, not allowed to contact their families, and
are not given the rights of prisoners of war (see also January
11, 2002 and October 28, 2002). [Globe and Mail, 9/5/02,
Guardian, 9/9/02] Halliburton, Vice President Cheney's
former company, has been given the contract to build Camp
Delta even though it is estimated military engineers could do
the job for about half the price. [ New York Times, 7/13/02]
                                                                    Camp X-Ray pr isoner s. Their detention cages can be seen on the
                                                                 r ight. Pictur es like this pr ovoked an outr age about their tr eatment.

Congressional Investigation Committee – Ex CIA official
May 1, 2002: L. Britt Snider, ex-CIA official and the head of the joint congressional investigation into 9/11,
resigns. Apparently there were many conflicts between Snider and his own staff, as well as wi th Congress. It is
later revealed the final straw occurred when Snider tried to hire a CIA employee who had failed an agency
polygraph test as an inquiry staffer. The hearings were expected to start in late May, but the resignation is one
reason why the first public hearings are delayed until September (see Septemb er 18, 2002). [Los Angeles Times,
5/2/02, Los Angeles Times, 10/19/02] Snider is replaced by Eleanor Hill. She is widely credited for turning around
an inquiry "hampered by infighting, politics, leaks and dueling agendas" after being hired in June. [ Miami Herald,
7/14/02, Washington Post, 9/25/02]
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Committee failure
May 1, 2002 (B): FEMA releases its report of the WTC collapses. It concludes, "with the information and time
available, the sequence of events leading to the collapse of each tower could not be definitively determined." On
Building 7: "The specifics of the fires in WTC 7 and how they caused the building to collapse remain unknown at
this time." [FEMA study, 5/1/02] Might their failure to come to conclusions have something to do with the fact
that they destroyed the evidence before it could be analyzed?

May 7, 2002 (B): Salon reports on the Israeli "art student" ring. All the "students" claim to have come from either
Bezalel A cademy, or the University of Jerusalem. A look in the Bezalel database shows that not a single one of
them appear to have attended school there. There is no such thing as the University of Jerusalem. In fact, the
article points out that the sheer s loppiness and brazenness of the spy operation appears to be a great mystery,
especially since the Mossad is renowned as one of the best spy agencies in the world. One government source
suggests a theory to Salon that the "art students" were actually a smoke screen. They were meant to be caught and
connected to DEA surveillance so that a smaller number of spies also posing as art students could complete ot her
missions. One such mission could have been the monitoring of al-Qaeda terrorists. [Salon, 5/7/02] Shortly
afterwards, a major Israeli newspaper publishes a story about the spy ring, but doesn't come to any conclusions.
[Ha'aretz, 5/14/02] Could it be that Israel assisted the US in keeping an eye on the terrorists, thus allowing the US
to maintain plausible deniability and a detachment if there were investigations on what the US knew?

May 13, 2002: The BBC reports that Afghanistan is about to close a deal for constr uction of the $2 billion gas
pipeline to run from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India. "Work on the project will start after an agreement is
expected to be struck" at a summit scheduled for the end of the month. Afghan leader Hamid Karzai (who formerly
worked for Unocal) calls Unocal the "lead company" in building the pipeline. [BBC, 5/13/02] FTW The Los Angeles
Times comments, "To some here, it looked like the fix was in for Unocal when President Bush named a former
Unocal consultant, Zalmay Khalilzad, as his special envoy to Afghanistan late last year." [ Los Angeles Times,

May 15, 2002: The Bush Administration is embarrassed when the CBS Evening News
reveals that Bush had been warned about al-Qaeda domestic attacks in August 2001
(see August 6, 2001). Bush had repeatedly said that he had "no warning" of any kind.
Press Secretary Ari Fleischer states unequivocally that while Bush had been warned of
possible hijackings, "The president did not - not - receive information about the use
of airplanes as missiles by suicide bombers." [New York Times, 5/16/02, Washington
Post, 5/16/02] "Until the attack took place, I think it’s fair to say that no one
envisioned that as a possibility." [MSNBC, 9/18/02] Fleischer claims the August memo
was titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike the US" but the real title is soon found to
end with "... Strike in US." [Washington Post, 5/18/02] The Guardian will state a few
days later, "the memo left little doubt that the hijacked airliners were intended for
use as missiles and that intended targets were to be inside the US." It further states
that, "now, as the columnist Joe Conason points out in the current edition of the New
York Observer, 'conspiracy' begins to take over from 'incompetence' as a likely
explanation for the failure to heed - and then inform the public about - warnings that     The New Yor k Post has a banner
                                                                                         head line on May 16, 2002. [New Yor k
might have averted the worst disaster in the nation's history." [Guardian, 5/19/02]                      Post]

May 16, 2002: In the wake of new information on what Bush knew (see May 15, 2002), Vice President Cheney
states: "my Democratic friends in Congress ... need to be very cautious not to seek political advantage by making
incendiary suggestions, as were made by some today, that the White House had advance information that would
have prevented the tragic attacks of 9/11." He calls such criticism "thoroughly irresponsible ... in time of war" and
states that any serious probe of 9/11 foreknowledge would be tantamount to giving "aid and comfort" to the
enemy. [Washington Post, 5/17/02]

                                                    May 16, 2002 (B): National Security Advisor Rice states: "I don't think
                                                    anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and
                                                    slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and s lam it into the
                                                    Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that
                                                    "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that. [White House,
                                                    5/16/02] Is Rice aware how many people did predict such a thing, even many
                                                    years prior to 9/11? What about Japanese kamikaze pilots in WW2? For
                                                    instance, Former CIA Deputy Director John Gannon has stated that scenario
                                                    has long been taken seriously by US intelligence: "If you ask anybody — could
                                                    terrorists convert a plane into a missile? — nobody would have ruled that out."
                                                    Rice also states, "The overwhelming bulk of the evidence was that this was an
                                                    attack that was likely to take place overseas." [MSNBC, 5/17/02] Slate
                                                    compares this with the title of Bush's August 6 briefing: "Bin Laden
                                                    Determined to Strike in US," and awards Rice the "Whopper of the Week."
 National Secur ity Advisor Rice tr ies to explai n [Slate, 5/23/02] Rice later concedes that "somebody did imagine it" but says
       what Bush knew and when. [CNN]               she didn't know about such intelligence until well after this conference. [AP,
                                                    9/21/02] Which is worse: Rice lying again about not knowing such
intelligence, or someone in her position actually not knowing such intelligence?

May 16, 2002 (C): In response to all of the revelations about what was known before 9/11 (see May 15, 2002), the
major airlines hold a press conference saying they were never warned of a specific hijacking threat, and were not
told to tighten security. For instance, an American Airlines spokesman states the airline ''received no specific
information from the US government advising the carrier of a potential terrorist hijacking in the United States in
the months prior to Sept. 11, 2001. Ameri can receives FAA security information bulletins periodically, but the
bulletins were extremely general in nature and did not identify a specific threat or recommend any specific
security enhancements.'' [Miami Herald, 5/17/02] The FAA gave 15 warnings to the airlines between January and
August 2001, but about one general security warning a month had been common for a long time. [ CNN, 5/17/02]
Even a government official called these warnings "standard fare." [Miami Herald, 5/17/02]

May 17, 2002: CBS anchorman Dan Rather tells the BBC that he and other journalists haven't been properly
investigating since 9/11. He says: "There was a time in South Afri ca that people would put flaming tires around
people's necks if they dissented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a
flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the
toughest of the tough questions." [Guardian, 5/17/02]

Terror warnings by Bush administration
May 20-24, 2002: The Bush administration issues a remarkab le series of terror warnings that many believe are
politically motivated. Vice President Cheney warns it is "not a matter of if, but when" al-Qaeda will next attack the
US. [CNN, 5/20/02] Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge says the same thing. Defense Secretary Rumsfeld says
terrorists will "inevitably" obtain weapons of mass destruction. FBI Director Mueller says more suicide bombings are
"inevitable." [Washington Post, 5/22/02] Authorities also issue separate warnings that al-Qaeda terrorists might
target apartment buildings nationwide, banks, rail and transit systems, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brook lyn
Bridge. USA Today titles an article, "Some Question Motives Behind Series of Alerts." [ USA Today, 5/24/02] David
Martin, CBS's national security correspondent, says, "Right now they're putting out all these warnings to change the
subject from what was known prior to September 11 to what is known now." [ Washington Post, 5/27/02]
Remarkably, even Press Secretary Ari Fleischer says the alerts were issued "as a result of all the controversy that
took place last week" (see May 15, 2002 and May 21, 2002). [Village Voice, 5/23/02, Washington Times, 5/22/02]
Time notes, "Though uncorroborated and vague, the terror alerts were a political godsend for an A dministration
trying to fend off a bruising bipartisan inquiry into its handling of the terrorist chatter last summer. After the wave
of warnings, the Democratic clamor for an investigation into the government's mistakes subsided." [Time, 5/27/02]

FBI MULER LIES – FBI does not deserve public trust.
May 21, 2002: Minnesota FBI agent Coleen Rowley, upset with what she considers lying from FBI Director Mueller
and others in the FBI about the handling of the Moussaoui case, makes public a long memo she's written about the
topic (previously discussed, see August 28, 2001 (D), and see the memo here: [Time, 5/21/02]). She also applies
for whistleblower protection. Time magazine calls the memo a "colossal indictment of our chief law-enforcement
agency's neglect" and says it "raises serious doubts about whether the FBI is capable of protecting the public - and
whether it still deserves the public's trust." [Time, 5/27/02] After 9/11 Mueller made statements such as "There
were no warning signs that I'm aware of that would indicate this type of operation in the country" (see September
14, 2001 (F)). Coleen Rowley and other Minnesota FBI agents "immediately sought to reach [Mueller's] office
through an assortment of higher-level FBI [headquarters] contacts, in order to q uick ly make [him] aware of the
background of the Moussaoui investigation and forewarn [him] so that [his] public statements could be according ly
modified," yet Mueller continued to make similar comments, including in a Senate hearing on May 8, 2002. [ Time,
5/21/02 , New York Times, 5/30/02] Finally, after Rowley's memo becomes public, Mueller states, "I cannot say for
sure that there wasn't a possibility we could have come across some lead that would have led us to the hijackers."
He also admits: "I have made mistakes occasionally in my public comments based on information or a lack of
information that I subsequently got." [New York Times, 5/30/02] Time magazine later names Rowley one of three
"Persons of the Year" for 2002, along with fellow whistleblowers Cynthia Cooper of Worldcom and Sherron Watkins
of Enron. [Time, 12/22/02, Time, 12/22/02]

VISA Jeddah - Springmann
May 21, 2002 (C): Abdulla Noman, a former employee of the US consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where 15 of
the 19 9/11 hijackers got their visas, says that he took money and gifts to provide fraudulent visas to foreigners.
He pleads guilty and is convicted. About 50 to 100 visas were improperly issued by Noman from September 1996
until November 2001, when he was arrested. However, a former visa officer in Jeddah, Michael Springman, has
claimed in the past that the Jeddah office was notorious for purposefully giving visas to terrorists to train in the
US. (see 1987-1989). [AP, 5/21/02] If this is true, then was Noman "the fall guy" to provide a cover story?

911 – Warnings before 911
May 21-22, 2002: Walid Arkeh is a prisoner in Florida who claims to have told the FBI in
August 2001 that al-Qaeda was likely to attack the WTC and other targets soon. At the
time, his information was dismissed (see August 21, 2001). After 9/11, his warning is still
not taken serious ly by the local FBI, but on May 21 he is interviewed by a different group
of FBI agents in New York City. They being asking him what three al-Qaeda prisoners he
befriended had told him of the 1998 US embassy bombings (see August 7, 1998). When
Arkeh mentions he has information about 9/11 that he told the FBI before 9/11, the
agents are stunned. One says to him: "Let me tell you something. If you know what
happened in New York, we are all in deep shit. We are in deep trouble." He tells them
that these prisoners hinted that the WTC would be attacked, and targets in Washington
were mentioned as well. However, they did not tell him a date or that airplanes would be              Walid Ar keh
used. The New York FBI later informs him that they found his information credible.                 [Or lando Sentinel]
[Orlando Sentinel, 10/30/02] Near the end of his prison sentence for dealing in stolen
property and s lapping his child, it appears Arkeh will be deported to Jordan despite a Responsible Cooperators
Program promising visas to those who provided important terrorist information. It is unclear if even one person has
been given rewards through this program. [Orlando Sentinel, 11/10/02, Orlando Sentinel, 1/11/03]

ANTHRAX – BIOTERROR FIELD – Reasons for slow investigation
May 21-24, 2002: A New York Times editorial says it's time to "light a fire under the FBI in its investigation of the
anthrax case. Experts in the bioterror field are already buzzing about a handful of individuals who had the ability,
access and motive to send the anthrax." [New York Times, 5/24/02] Similarly, the Guardian suggests that the FBI
investigation is moving deliberately slow because the federal authorities have something to hide, stating "there is
surely a point after which incompetence becomes an insufficient explanation for failure." [ Guardian, 5/21/02]

911 – Bush resistance to establish a special independent
commission to probe how the government delt with terror warnings befor e 911
May 23, 2002: President Bush says he is opposed to establishing a special, independent commission to probe how
the government dealt with terror warnings before 9/11. [CBS, 5/23/02] He later changes his stance in the face of
overwhelming support for the idea (see S eptember 20, 2002), and then sabotages an agreement that Congress had
reached to establish the commission (see October 10, 2002).

911 – NO proof of the organization of the team of Hijackers
May 27, 2002: The New Yorker reports that a senior FBI official acknowledges there has been "no breakthrough" in
establishing how the 9/11 suicide teams were organized and how they operated. Additionally, none of the
thousands of pages of documents and computer hard drives captured in Afghanistan has enabled investigators to
broaden their understanding of how the attack occurred, or even to bring an indictment of a conspirator. [ New
Yorker, 5/27/02]

911 – FBI obstructing possible 911 prevention, training
terrorists in the US and funding terrorists
May 30, 2002: FBI Agent Robert Wright announces he is suing the FBI over a publishing ban. He has written a book
but the FBI won't allow him to show it to anyone. He delivers a tearful press conference at the National Press Club
describing his lawsuit against the FBI for deliberately curtailing investigations that might have prevented the 9/11
attacks. Unfortunately he has been ordered to not reveal specifics publicly. [Fox News, 5/30/02] Wright claims the
FBI shut down his 1998 criminal probe into alleged terrorist-training camps in Chicago and Kansas City (see October
1998). He uses words like "prevented," "thwarted," "obstructed," "threatened," "intimidated," and "retaliation" to
describe the actions of his superiors in blocking his attempts to shut off money flows to al-Qaeda, Hamas and other
terrorist groups. He also alleges that for years the US was training Hamas terrorists to make car bombs to use
against Israel, one of the US's closest allies (see also June 9, 2001 and August 9, 2002 (C)). [LA Weekly, 8/2/02]

Trans-Afghanistan Gas pipeline memo
May 30, 2002 (B): Afghanistan's interim leader, Hamid Karzai, Turkmenistan's President Niyazov, and Pakistani
President Musharraf meet in Islamabad and sign a memorandum of understanding on the trans -Afghanistan gas
pipeline project. [A lexander's Gas and Oil Connections, 6/8/02, Dawn, 5/31/02] FTW The agreement is finalized by
the end of the year (see Dec ember 27, 2002).

AMERICANS FREEDOM - FBI – Right to search the Internet and
infiltrate religious and political groups
May 30, 2002 (C): Attorney General Ashcroft relaxes decades -old rules limiting government agents from
monitoring domestic religious and political groups. Now, FBI agents can attend political rallies or religious meetings
without evidence of a crime or advance approval from superiors. The new rules also permit the F BI to broadly
search or monitor the internet for evidence of criminal activity without having any tips or leads that a specific
criminal act has been committed. [Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/31/02]

MEMO ON AL QAEEDA contains nothing new or interesting…
including family jewels
May 31, 2002: At some point prior to this date, when asked why the August 6, 2001 memo read by Bush on al-
Qaeda has not been released (see August 6, 2001), Vice President Cheney calls the CIA memo just a "rehash"
containing nothing new or interesting. But why Congress should not see it, Cheney says, "because it contains the
most sensitive sources and methods. It's the family jewels." [Christian Science Monitor, 5/31/02] How can this
"rehash" of "jewels" be simultaneously worthless and full of sensitive information?
911 FBI memo ignored
Late May 2002: A memo written by a Phoenix FBI agent Ken Williams in July 2001 (see July 10, 2001), which
warned that Middle Eastern terrorists might be training at US flight schools, is finally received by the FAA - week s
after it was recounted in news reports. [Washington Post, 10/2/02]

                                            June 2002: The US secretly indicts Rajaa Gulum Abbas and Abdul Malik for
                                            attempting to buy $32 million in Stinger missiles and other military weaponry in
                                            an undercover arms-dealing investigation. However, a US official states that
                                            Abbas is an alleged member of the ISI, and is thought to have ties to Middle East
                                            terrorist groups and arms-trafficking operations. He also appears to have
                                            foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks (see July 14, 1999). Abdul Malik is said to be
                                            Abbas's money man. A bdul Malik is not related to Mohammed Malik, another
                                            Pakistani targeted by the undercover operation. The chief US informant in the
                                            case, Randy Glass, says that both men also have clear ties to al-Qaeda, and the
                                            arms were going to be funneled to al-Qaeda and used against American targets.
   Rajaa Gulum Abbas holding a stinger      [Palm Beach Post, 3/20/03, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 3/20/03] The indictment
   missile, secr etly r ecor ded in a sting
 oper ation in August 1999. [Dat eline NBC] is not revealed until March 2003; both men still remain missing and are presumed
                                            to be in Pakistan. The US says it is still working on capturing and extraditing
Abbas and Malik. [MSNBC, 3/18/03] NBC seems to have no trouble reaching Abbas in Pakistan by telephone.
[MSNBC, 8/2/02, MSNBC, 3/18/03] The indictment "makes no mention of Pakistan, any ties to Afghanistan's former
Taliban regime or the ultimate destination of the weapons." [Palm Beach Post, 3/20/03] In other court cases
resulting from this sting, all mentions of Pakistan have been removed (see June 12, 2001).

AMERICA, Death squads
June 1, 2002: Memphis, Tennessee, medical examiner O.C. Smith is attacked with chemical spray, bound with
barbed wire, and left lying in a nearby parking lot with a bomb tied to his body. He is rescued several hours later.
In recent months, Smith has been working on two interesting cases . One is the death of Harvard University
microbiologist Don Wiley, who supposedly fell from a Memphis bridge in December (see Novemb er 16, 2001).
He also helped identify the body of Katherine Smith, a state driver's license examiner who was found burned
beyond recognition in February 2002, a day before a hearing on federal charges of helping five Middle Eastern men
obtain fake driver's licenses (see February 10, 2002). Adding to the mystery, Smith had received a series of death
threat letters early in 2001. [AP, 6/4/02] Perhaps it's all coincidence, but the events around O.C. Smith, Katherine
Smith and Don Wiley seem to tie 9/11 and the rash of microbiologist deaths together in some inexplicable way. I f
someone wanted O.C. Smith dead, w hy didn't they just kill him instead of attacking him in such a strange way and
then leaving him to live? Was this, and the earlie r bomb attack against his office (see March 13, 2002), meant as
a warning?

Preemptive war justification - PNAC 1997
June 1, 2002 (B): In a speech, Bush announced a new US policy of preemptive attacks: "If we wait for threats to
fully materialize we will have waited too long. We must take the battle to the enemy, disrupt his plans and
confront the worst threats before they emerge." [New York Times, 6/2/02] This preemptive strategy is included in
a defensive strategic paper the next month (see July 13, 2002), and formally announced in September 2002. In all
these developments, the media fails to notice that this preemptive policy was the fulfillment of a vision first
articulated in Bush Sr.'s administration (see Novemb er 9, 1989 and March 8, 1992), and later pushed by the
influential Project for the New American Century think tank (see June 3, 1997). [New York Times, 9/20/02,
Washington Post, 9/21/02, Guardian, 9/21/02]
June 3, 2002 (B): A rare follow-up article about inside trading based on 9/11 foreknowledge confirms that
numerous inquiries in the US and around the world are still ongoing (see for instance, Early Septemb er 2001 (I),
Early Septemb er 2001 (J), Early September 2001 (K), Early September 2001 (L), Early S eptember 2001 (M) and
September 6-10, 2001). However, "all are treating these inquiries as if they were state secrets." The author
speculates: "The silence from the investigating camps could mean any of several things: Either terrorists are
responsible for the puts on the airline stocks; others besides terrorists had forek nowledge; the puts were just lucky
bets by credible investors; or, there is nothing whatsoever to support the insider-trading rumors." [Insight, 6/3/02]

911 – LAWSUIT against Bush and co.
June 3, 2002 (C): San Francisco attorney Stanley Hilton files a $7 billion lawsuit against
President Bush and other government officials, claiming that they allowed the 9/11
attacks to occur. Hilton is filing a class action suit on behalf of the families of 14
victims of 9/11. [San Francisco Examiner, 6/11/02] His suit names as defendants:
President Bush, Vice President Cheney, National Securit y Adviser Rice, Defense
Secretary Rumsfeld, Attorney General Ashcroft, FBI Director Mueller, Transportation
Secretary Norman Mineta, and the US government generally. [Stanley Hilton Suit,
6/3/02] While the suit has gotten virtually no press coverage, an interview in March
2003 shows that his suit is still ongoing. [A lex Jones Show, 3/11/03]

                                                                                                                     Stanley Hi lt on.

911 – Accused mastermind of 911
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
                                                                                                June 4, 2002: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is
                                                                                                publicly identified as the "mastermind"
                                                                                                behind the 9/11 attacks. He is believed to
                                                                                                have arranged the logistics while on the run
                                                                                                in Germany, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In
                                                                                                1996 he had been secretly indicted in the US
                                                                                                for his role in Operation Bojinka (see
                                                                                                January 6, 1995 and January-May 1996),
                                                                                                and the US began offering a $2 million
                                                                                                reward for his capture in 1998, which
                                                                                                increased to $25 million in December 2001.
                                                                                                [AP, 6/4/02, New York Times, 6/5/02] There
                                                                                                are conflicting accounts on how much US
                                                                                                investigators knew about Mohammed before
                                                                                                9/11 (see Mid-1996-Septemb er 11, 2001).
                                                                                                Mohammed is Pakistani (thought born in
                                                                                                Kuwait [CBS, 6/5/02]) and a relative of
                                                                                                Ramzi Yousef, the bomber of the WTC in
                                                                                                1993. [New York Times, 6/5/02] Though not
The photo of Mohammed on t he r ight has been f lipped to better compar e it with the phot o widely reported, Josef Bodansky, the
  on the left. Repor ter Yosr i Fouda says that the photo on t he r ight is an "electr onically
  enhanc ed ver sion" of the photo on the left. [Guar dian, 3/4/03] Both have always been       director of the Congressional Task Force on
                               por tr ayed as a differ ent photos.                              Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, says
                                                                                                Mohammed also has ties to the ISI, and they
had acted to shield him in the past. Bodansky claims Mohammed is the one who orders Pearl's murder (see
Dec emb er 24, 2001-January 23, 2002). [UPI, 9/30/02] If the 9/11 mastermind has ties to the ISI, and Saeed
Shaikh, an agent of the ISI, helped train the hijackers (see January 1, 2000-September 11, 2001) and wired
money to the 9/11 hijackers on the orders of ISI Director Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed (see Early August 2001 (D)),
and other ISI agents had foreknowledge of the 9/11 attacks in 1999 (see July 14, 1999), why has no mainstream
media outlet ever suggested that the ISI could have been behind the 9/11 attacks? Mohammed is apparently
captured in March 2003, if not earlier (see March 1, 2003).

911 – FBI SAYS “There's no question we could have tied all 19
hijackers together”
June 4, 2002 (B): For the first time, Bush concedes that his intelligence agencies didn't do the best job: "In terms
of whether or not the FBI and the CIA were communicating properly, I think it is clear that they weren't." [ London
Times, 6/5/02] However, in an address to the nation three days later, President Bush states, "Based on everything
I've seen, I do not believe anyone could have prevented the horror of September the 11th." [ Sydney Morning
Herald, 6/8/02] Days earlier, Newsweek reports that the FBI have prepared a detailed chart showing how agents
could have uncovered the terrorist plot if the CIA been told them what it knew about the hijackers Almihdhar and
Alhazmi sooner. One FBI official says, "There's no question we could have tied all 19 hijackers together."
[Newsweek, 6/2/02] FBI Director Mueller denies the existence of such a chart. Attorney General Ashcroft also says
it is unlikely better intelligence could have stopped the attacks. [Washington Post, 6/3/02]

PADILLA an example the Patriot act I allows US gov to treat
American citizen – Dirty Bomb
June 10, 2002: Attorney General Ashcroft announces the arrest of Abdullah al-Mujahir,
a.k.a. Jose Padilla. He claims that Padilla was part of an al-Qaeda plot to detonate a
radioactive "dirty bomb" in a US city, and supposedly Padilla was scouting bomb targets
when arrested. Padilla, a US citizen, is being held as an "enemy combatant," allowing him
to be held indefinitely. [Guardian 6/11/02, PBS Newshour, 6/11/02] But almost
immediately, doubts grow about this story. The London Times says that it is "beyond
dispute" that the timing of the announcement of his arrest was "politically inspired." Padilla
was actually arrested a month earlier, on May 8. [London Times, 6/13/02] It is widely
believed that Ashcroft made the arrest announcement "only to divert attention from
Intelligence Committee inquiries into the FBI and CIA handling of 9/11." [ Village Voi ce,
6/12/02, Independent, 6/12/02, BBC, 6/13/02, Washington Post, 6/13/03] Bush soon
privately chastises Ashcroft for overstating claims about Padilla. [Guardian, 8/15/02] The
                                                                                                    Jose Padilla. [Reut er s]
government attorneys apparently could not get an indictment out of a New York grand jury
and, rather than let him go, made Padilla an enemy combatant. [Village Voice, 6/12/02] It later comes out that
the FBI found no evidence that he was preparing a dirty bomb attack and little evidence to suggest that he had any
support from al-Qaeda, or any ties to al-Qaeda cells in the US. Yet the Justice Department maintains that its view
of Padilla "remains unchanged," and that he is a "serious and continuing threat." [ Guardian, 8/15/02] Because
Padilla is a US citizen, he cannot be tried in a military court. So apparently he will simply be held indefinitely. It is
pointed out that any American could be declared an enemy combatant and never tried or have that status
questioned. [San Francisco Chronicle, 6/11/02, Washington Post, 6/11/02] The Washington Post says, "If that's the
case, nobody's constitutional rights are safe." [Washington Post, 6/11/02] Despite the evidence that Padilla's case is
grossly overstated, the government won't even allow him access to a lawyer (see Dec emb er 4, 2002 (B) and March
11, 2003).

FBI Mueller “No clues outside Moussaoui and the Hijackers”
June 18, 2002: FBI Director Mueller testifies before the Congressional 9/11 inquiry; his testimony i s made public in
September 2002. [AP, 9/26/02] He claims that with the possible exception of Zacarias Moussaoui, "To this day we
have found no one in the United States except the actual hijackers who knew of the plot and we have found
nothing they did while in the United States that triggered a specific response about them." [ Congressional
Intelligence Committee, 9/26/02] The Congressional 9/11 inquiry will later conclude near the end of 2002 that
some hijackers had contact inside the US with individuals known to the FBI, and the hijackers "were not as isolated
during their time in the United States as has been previously suggested." [Los Angeles Times, 12/12/02] Mueller
also claims, "There were no slip-ups. Discipline never broke down. They gave no hint to those around them what
they were about." [Congressional Intelligence Committee, 9/26/02] This statement overlooks some facts, such as
the FAA's investigation into Hani Hanjour (see January 2001), Atta's strange visit to the Department of Agriculture
(see Late April-Mid-May 2000), or what should have been an FAA investigation into Atta (see December 26,

Afghanistan Elections rigged
June 20, 2002: The long-awaited loya jirga, or grand council, is concluded in Afghanistan. This council was
supposed to be a traditional method for the Afghan people to select their leaders, but the council is clearly rigged
(as an important think tank later concludes). [BBC, 8/1/02] Half of the delegates walk out in protest. [CNN,
6/18/02] One delegate states, "This is worse than our worst expectations. The warlords have been promoted and
the professionals kicked out. Who calls this democracy?" Delegates complain, "This is interference by foreign
countries", obviously meaning the US. The New York Times publishes an article ("The Warlords Win in Kabul")
pointing out that the "very forces responsible for countless brutalities" in past governments are back in power.
[New York Times, 6/21/02] These are the same warlords that have controlled the drug trade for years.

911 Inquiry obstructed by Waco Obstructer Thomas Kelley
June 22, 2002: Internal FBI documents show that Thomas Kelley, in charge of matters relating to the FBI in the
joint congressional intelligence 9/11 inquiry, blocked an inquiry into the FBI's role in Waco. For instance, an
internal FBI memo from December 2000 states that Kelley "continued to thwart and obstruct" the Waco
investigation to the point that a special counsel was forced to send a team to search FBI headquarters for
documents Kelley refused to turn over. [Washington Post, 6/22/02] This follows the resignation of the inquiry head
a month previously (see May 1, 2002).

ANTHRAX – Hatfill put in public eyes to cover real guy
June 25, 2002: The FBI search the home of an anthrax researcher who worked at USAMRIID. [AP, 6/25/02] He
remains anonymous in most stories, but some name him as Steven Hatfill. In the wak e of all these stories, one
microbiologist states, "Their intent was clearly to put [Hatfill's] name in the public eye. The only question is why."
The FBI announces that the search found nothing and Hatfill is not a suspect. [Hartford Courant, 6/27/02] The FBI
also announces voluntary lie detector tests at USAMRIID and Dugway Proving Groun d in Utah. [New York Times,
7/2/02] Numerous experts have pointed out for months that these two facilities are the only likely places the
anthrax used in the attacks could have been made, and that there are only several dozen possible scientists who
could have made it. Why is the FBI only now even beginning to look into this? The New York Times had been
running a series of articles about "Mr. Z" [New York Times, 5/24/02, New York Times, 7/2/02, New York Times,
7/12/02], who is eventually revealed as Hatfill. [New York Times, 8/13/02]

Al Qaeeda Flight schools owners victims of chain plane crashs

June 26, 2002: Arne Kruithof, owner of the flight school where hijacker Ziad Jarrah
trained, narrowly survives a small plane crash in Venice, Florida. The plane crashes
shortly after takeoff, but the pilot and two passengers remarkably walk away
unscathed. [ Venice Gondolier, 6/29/02] The incident may be completely accidental,
but it interesting to note that the owner of the other Venice flight school that trained
hijackers, Rudi Dekkers, also survives a crash six months later (see January 24,
2003). Reporter Daniel Hopsicker has been reporting on Kruithof's "curious"                  The cr ash at V enice Municipal
connections, and suggests the accident may be an attempt to silence Kruithof's                           Airpor t.
knowledge of 9/11 (see Hopsicker's website).

Homeland Security Department placed “above the law”
June 26, 2002 (B): US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy claims that the proposed bill for a new
Homeland Security department would put this department "above the law." He reveals that, amongst other
disturbing provisions, "The Freedom of Information Act would not apply. The conflicts of interest and
accountability rules for agency advisers would not apply." A provision in the bill will exempt employees in the new
department from whistleblower protection, the very law that has helped expose intelligence-gathering missteps
before 9/11. [Reuters, 6/26/02]

July 11, 2002: It is reported that the FBI believes there are approximately 5,000 al-Qaeda agents inside the US. In
early 2003, FBI Director Mueller reduces the estimate to "s everal hundred." The New York Times then says that
even suggesting over 100 is probably an exaggeration made for political reasons. [ New York Times, 2/16/03]

July 12, 2002: A federal judge denies a motion to dismiss a lawsuit trying to force the release of documents
relating to Vice President Cheney's Energy Task Force (see May 2001 (G)). Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club filed
the suit a year earlier. The judge rejects as "mischief" arguments that inquiry into the Energy Task Force would
impinge on the president's constitutional powers. The judge further says the Bush Administration's "stunning"
arguments "fly in the face of precedent" and are a "problematic and unprecedented assertion ... of Executive
Power." He also accuses the Bush Administration of making purposefully misleading arguments in its case. [ AP,
7/12/02] In March, the Bush Administration was forced to release thousands of documents after what the judge
called ten months of stalling. [New York Times, 3/6/02] But a majority of documents were not released, and of the
ones that were, most were completely blanked out. [AP, 3/25/02] The government continues to fight the release
of these documents (see Octob er 17, 2002, Decemb er 9, 2002 (B) and February 7, 2003 (B)).

911 – No basic information released from government on
sensitive airline information
July 12, 2002 (B): US prosecutors are arguing in court that the government should be able to block the 9/11
victims' relatives from obtaining sensitive airline information in wrongful death suits alleging inadequate s ecurity.
The airlines have been named in at least 10 wrongful death suits - now consolidated into one case. Even the
airlines on the other side of the case say their lawyers have not been able to learn "basic information" from the
government. [Reuters, 7/12/02]
Saeed Sheikh – Sentenced to death for murdering Daniel
pearl HIDES ISI-Al Qaeeda connection in 911
July 15, 2002: Saeed Sheikh and three codefendants are judged guilty for the murder of
reporter Daniel Pearl (see January 31, 2002). Saeed, the supposed mastermind of the
murder, is sentenced to death by hanging, and the others are given 25-year terms. Saeed
threatens the judge with retribution. As if to confirm that his death covers up unpleasant
truths, in the stories of his sentencing every major US media story fails to report Saeed's
connections to 9/11 or even to the ISI. [AP, 7/15/02, AP, 7/15/02, CBS, 7/15/02, CNN,
7/15/02, Los Angeles Times, 7/15/02, MSNBC, 7/15/02, New York Times, 7/15/02, Reuters,
7/15/02, USA Today, 7/15/02, Wall Street Journal, 7/15/02, Washington Post, 7/15/02] In
contrast, the British media connects Saeed to the ISI ([Guardian, 7/16/02, Guardian,
7/16/02, Daily Mail, 7/16/02]), al-Qaeda ([Independent, 7/16/02]), the 9/11 attacks
                                                                                                      Saeed Sheikh
([Scotsman, 7/16/02]), or some combination of the three ([London Times, 7/16/02, Daily
                                                                                                 surr ounded by police.
Mail, 7/16/02, Telegraph, 7/16/02]) (with one exception: [ BBC, 7/16/02, BBC, 7/16/02]).
The US and British governments both approve of the verdict. [Wall Street Journal, 7/15/02, BBC, 7/15/02] In the
US, only the Washington Post questions the justice of the verdict. [Washington Post, 7/15/02, Washington Post,
7/16/02] By contrast, all British newspapers question the verdict, and subsequently raise additional questions
about it (see July 16-21, 2002). Saeed has appealed the decision but a second trial has yet to begin. [AP,

July 16-21, 2002: More questions emerge in British newspapers about the conviction of Saeed Sheik h for reporter
Daniel Pearl's murder in the days immediately after the verdict (see July 15, 2002). Pakistani police have secretly
arrested two men who many believe are the real masterminds of Pearl's murder, and official confirmation of thes e
crucial arrests could have ended Saeed's trial. [Guardian, 7/18/02] On May 16, Pearl's body was found and
identified, but the FBI doesn't officially release the DNA results because official confirmation of the body would
also have meant a new trial. [Independent, 7/16/02] Pakistani officials admit they waited to release the results
until after the verdict. [Guardian, 7/18/02] After the trial ends, Pakistani officials admit that the key testimony of
a taxi driver is doubtful. The "taxi driver" turns out to be a head constable policeman. [ Guardian, 7/18/02] One of
the codefendants turns out to be working for the Special Branch. [Independent, 7/21/02] The law states the trial
needs to finish in a week, but in fact it took three months. The trial judge and the venue were changed three
times. [BBC, 7/16/02] The trial was held in a bunker underneath a prison, and no report ers were allowed to
attend. When all the appeals are done, it is doubtful that Saeed will be extradited to the US, "because Mr. Sheikh
might tell the Americans about the links between al-Qaeda and Pakistan's own intelligence organization."
[Independent, 7/16/02] Meanwhile, at least seven more suspects remain at large. A ll have ties to the ISI, and as
one investigator remarks, "It seems inconceivable that there isn't someone in the ISI who knows where they're
hiding." [Time, 5/6/02] Why is the US complicit in such a sham trial?

911 - Misleading information – creating false evidence.
July 18, 2002: New revelations about two phone calls made from Flight 11 emerge. Two stewardesses had lengthy
telephone calls to their airline company before the plane crashed into the WTC. There's no mention of box cutters
being used, but instead the hijackers "went into the cock pit with a bomb with yellow wires attached" and then
"sprayed something in the first-class cabin to keep people out of the front of the plane." Three people were also
stabbed. Even this may not be the full or accurate story since the government won't release recordings of these
conversations. [ABC News, 7/18/02] Note that a detailed article about Madeline Sweeney's call appeared in the L os
Angeles Times back in September 20, 2001, without any mention of a bomb or chemical spray. [ Los Angeles Times,
9/20/01] Is the story changing or are new details emerging? How could the hijackers get through security with s o
many weapons?

Saeed Sheikh not interrogated by FBI on links with ISI and Al
July 19, 2002 (B): An editorial in an Indian newspaper wonders why the US is still not interrogating Saeed Sheikh,
recently convicted of murdering Daniel Pearl (see January 31, 2002). Saeed was briefly interrogated by the FBI in
February, but they were unable to ask about his links to al-Qaeda, and no known US contact has taken place since.
[Independent, 7/16/02, Indian Ex press, 7/19/02] The editorial suggests that if the US pressures its close ally
Pakistan to allow Saeed to be interrogated in his Pakistani prison, the y could learn more about his financing of the
9/11 attacks and the criminal underworld that Saeed was connected to (see Early August 2001 (D)). Also, US
attempts to find al-Qaeda cells in Pakistan could be strong ly boosted with new information. [ Indian Express,
7/19/02] No Western media seems to find it curious that Saeed hasn't been properly interrogated by US

ANTHRAX Misinformation
July 21, 2002: In an article titled, "Anthrax: the Noose Widens," Time magazine reports, "Despite recent claims by
some in the bioterrorism community that the investigation should be homing in on one particular American
bioweapons expert, the FBI appears to be moving in the opposite direction. US government officials say the
investigation is still ranging far and wide and that the FBI has not ruled out a foreign connec tion." [Time, 7/21/02]

RUMSFELD allow special operations forces to capture and kill
anywhere in the World
July 22, 2002: Defense Secretary Rumsfeld issues a secret directive to Special Operations forces allowing them to
"capture terrorists for interrogation or, if necessary, to kill them" anywhere in the world. [ New Yorker, 12/16/02]
Bush already issued a presidential finding authorizing the killing of terrorist leaders, but this increases such efforts.
[New York Times, 12/15/02] However, Bush has not rescinded a presidential executive order dating from the 1970s
that bans all assassinations, claiming that terrorists are military combatants. "Many past and present military and
intelligence officials have expressed alarm" at the legality, wisdom, ethi cs, and effectiveness of the assassination
program. Apparently much of the leadership of Special Operations is against it, worrying about the blowback
effect. In February 2002, a Predator missile targeting someone intelligent agents thought was bin Laden h it its
target, but killed three innocent Afghan farmers instead. [New Yorker, 12/16/02] The first successful assassination
takes place in November (see November 3, 2002).

911 – Blackout on NY Firemen tapes… (to prevent the hearing
of explosions
July 23, 2002: The New York City government decides that the audio and written records of the Fire Department's
actions on 9/11 should never be released to the general public. The New York Times has been trying to get copies
of the materials, which include firsthand accounts given to Fire Department officials by scores of fir efighters and
chiefs. The city claims the firefighters were told their accounts would be kept confidential, but senior fire officials
say they were never told that their remarks would be kept confidential. [ New York Times, 7/23/02]

911 Alabama camp used to train terrorists
July 26, 2002: ABC News reports that an A labama urban-warfare training camp primarily used by law-enforcement
authorities may also have been used to help Islamic militants prepare for terror attacks. US and British authorities
don't know how many militant recruits may have come through "Ground Zero USA" camp, which displays bullet -
riddled police cars and a school bus with mannequin targets. Before 9/11, an a l-Qaeda supporter had a web site
recruiting militant Muslims that touted the camp. [South China Morning Post, 7/26/02] How is it so many terrorists
seemed to train in the US so easily, and even within clear view of US law enforcement?

AFGHANISTAN – exemple of failure to capture former Al
Qaeda and Taliban members
Late July 2002: US Special Forces apprehend Mullah Akhter Mohammed Osmani, a top general and one o f the six
most-wanted Taliban, in Kandahar. He is flown to a detention center north of Kabul for interrogation, but is
released a few weeks later and escapes to Pakistan. Contradicting the statements of many soldiers in Kandahar,
the Defense Intelligence Agency says it "has no knowledge that Mullah Akhter Mohammed Osmani was ever in US
custody in Afghanistan. Given Osmani's high profile and our interest in detaining him, misidentification by
experienced personnel is unlikely." [Washington Times, 12/18/02] The incident is one of many examples of the US
failing to capture top al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan (see Early November 2001, Mid-November-
November 25, 2001, Novemb er 16, 2001, November 28, 2001, and Early December 2001).

August 2, 2002 (B): The Washington Post reveals that FBI agents have questioned nearly all 37 members of the
Senate and House intelligence committees about 9/11-related information leaks. They have asked them to submit
to lie detector tests but most have refused. Congresspeople express "grave concern" for this historically
unprecedented move. A law professor states, "Now the FBI can open dossiers on every member and staffer a nd
develop full information on them. It creates a great chilling effect on those who would be critical of the FBI."
[Washington Post, 8/2/02] Senator John McCain suggests that "the constitutional separation of powers is being
violated in spirit if not in the letter. 'What you have here is an organization compiling dossiers on people who are
investigating the same organization. The administration bitterly complains about some leaks out of a committee,
but meanwhile leaks abound about secret war plans for fighting a war against Saddam Hussein. What's that about?
There's a bit of a contradiction here, if not a double standard.'" [Washington Post, 8/3/02] Later the search for the
source of the leak intensifies to unprecedented levels as the FBI asks 17 s enators to turn over phone records,
appointment calendars and schedules that would reveal their possible contact with reporters. [ Washington Post,
8/24/02] Most, if not all, turn over the records, even as some complain that the request breaches the separation of
powers between the executive and legislative branches. One senator says the FBI is "trying to put a damper on our
activities and I think they will be successful." [AP, 8/29/02]

August 2, 2002 (C): A federal judge rules that the Bush administration must reveal the identities of the hundreds
of people secretly arrested after the 9/11 attacks within 15 days. [Washington Post, 8/3/02 (B)] The judge calls
the secret arrests "odious to a democratic society." The New York Times applauds the decision and notes that the
government's argument that terrorist groups could exploit the release of the names makes no sense, because the
detainees were allowed a phone call to notify anyone that they were being held. [New York Times, 8/6/02] Two
weeks later, the same judge agrees to postpone the release of the names until an appeals court can rule on the
matter. [New York Times, 8/16/02] The appeals court still has not ruled, so the names remain secret.

August 3, 2002: A Portuguese newspaper reports on an independent inquir y into 9/11 by a group of military and
civilian US pilots that challenges the official version of events. The group's press statement says, "The so -called
terrorist attack was in fact a superbly executed military operation carried out against the USA, requ iring the
utmost professional military skill in command, communications and control. It was flawless in timing, in the choi ce
of selected aircraft to be used as guided missiles and in the coordinated delivery of those missiles to their
preselected targets." A member of the inquiry team, a US Air Force officer who flew over 100 sorties during the
Vietnam war, says: "Those birds (airliners) either had a crack fighter pilot in the left seat, or they were being
maneuvered by remote control." [Portugal News, 8/3/02, Portugal News, 8/8/02]

August 4, 2002: A "lost tape" of radio messages from firefighters inside the WTC on 9/11 is made public.
Supposedly, "city fire officials simply delayed listening" to this tape until after the official report on the fire
department's response to the attacks was pub lished, and they still refuse to allow any officials to discuss the
contents. The tape reveals that two firefighters were able to reach the crash site on the 78th floor of the South
Tower. While there, "Chief Palmer could see only two pockets of fire, and called for a pair of engine companies to
fight them." [New York Times, 8/4/02, Guardian, 8/5/02] Though the New York Times doesn't mention it, these
small, containable fires contradict the official explanation that the tower collapsed because of a raging inferno
that melted the steel support columns holding up the building.

August 8, 2002: No physical evidence connects anthrax suspect Steven Hatfill to the deadly anthrax mailings. The
main reason he's considered a suspect is smell: bloodhounds trained to recognize the scent of the anthrax
envelopes reacted strong ly to Hatfill's apartment, his girlfriend's apartment and a Denny's restaurant in Louisiana
where he had eaten the day before the hounds were there. A ccording to Newsweek, when the dogs merely got
near Hatfill's apartment building complex, "They went crazy." [News week, 8/4/02] But the Baltimore Sun
interviewed three veteran bloodhound handlers; all were highly skeptical that a useful scent of the anthrax mailer
would have remained on the letters eleven months after they were mailed, rubbed against other letters and then
decontaminated to kill the anthrax (additionally, the letters were likely handled with gloves in a special room).
The managers at the 12 Denny's in Louisiana said they have not been visited by federal agents with bloodhounds.
[Baltimore Sun, 8/8/02]

August 9, 2002: New details emerge about anthrax suspect Steven Hatfill's experiences in Africa . After leaving the
US Army in late 1978, he studied at the Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine in Zimbabwe, graduating in 1983. That
was just a few years after the world's largest outbreak of human anthrax in what was then known as Southern
Rhodesia. Between 1978 and 1980, nearly 200 people died and more than 10,000 cases were recorded.
"Researchers characterize the outbreak as suspicious and some believe it may have been the result of deliberate
action by white Rhodesian security forces in the waning days of what was a long and brutal war with black
liberation fighters." [Voice of America News, 8/9/02, New York Times, 7/2/02] Hatfill claimed on a resume that he
was in the US Special Forces at the time, the US claims he dropped out of training. [ Washington Post, 8/11/02]
However, it is later reported that information in these stories of his past always trace back to "an outfit called the
Jewish Defense Organization (JDO)." The JDO is a "radical, breakaway faction of Meir Kahane's already-quite-
radical Jewish Defense League (JDL) by a man named Mordechai Levy" - a man who was recently sent to prison
after firing an automatic rifle from his roof and wounding a bystander. The Weekly Standard claims that all such
evidence is nothing but "transparent innuendo" written by JDO member A. J. Weberman, who was briefly famous
for obsessively studying the garbage of musician Bob Dylan, and who was recently successfully sued for libel. The
Standard also points out that the anthrax outbreak took place before Hatfill arrived in Zimbabwe, and by the time
he started studying and working in that country, the white racist regime had already been replaced by a black one.
[Weekly Standard, 9/16/02]

August 9, 2002 (B): The government announces it will play cockpit voice recordings of an executive jet near the
Flight 93 crash to the jury in the Zacarias Moussaoui case. The contents of this previously unknown recording will
remain classified to the public. [AP, 8/9/02] This revelation is strange in several ways. First, it seems impossible
that the jet was near the crash at all (see September 14, 2001 (C)). Second, the jet company, Executive Jet, is
owned by Warren Buffett, who held a very curious event at a military base on the morning of 9/11 (see Septemb er
11, 2001). [Reuters, 3/27/01]

August 9, 2002 (C): FBI agent Robert Wright is a whistleblower who claims the FBI shut down a criminal
investigation into the operation of terror-training camps in Chicago and Kansas City, years before the 9/11 attacks
(see October 1998, June 9, 2001 and May 30, 2002). It is reported that Wright submitted a formal complaint to
the Inspector General's Office of the Justice Depar tment, which probes agency wrong doing and mistakes.
Amazingly, he was turned away, and told to take his cause to Congress. The Inspector General's Office claims they
do "not have the resources to conduct an investigation of this anticipated size and scope. " Yet they've conducted
similar investigations in the past, including a full-blown investigation into the FBI's alleged mishandling of evidence
in the probe of Timothy McVeigh, the convicted Ok lahoma City bomber. [L.A. Weekly, 8/9/02]

August 11, 2002: A shocking News week article suggests that some of Bush's advisors advocate not only attacking
Iraq, but also Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Egypt, and Burma! One senior British official says: "Everyone
wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran." [Newsweek, 8/11/02] Later in the year, Bush's influential
advisor Richard Perle states, "No stages. This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of
them out there. A ll this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq ... this is entirely the
wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don't
try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war ... our children will sing great songs about us
years from now." [New Statesman, 12/16/02] In February 2003, US Undersecretary of State John Bolton says in
meetings with Israeli officials that he has no doubt America will attack Iraq, and that it will be necessary to deal
with threats from Syria, Iran and North Korea afterward. This is not reported
in the US media. [Haaretz, 2/17/03]

August 11, 2002 (B): In the past, Afghanistan had mostly exported raw opium,
but now many new refineries are converting the opium into heroin. The British
government has spent £20 million to eradicate opium, but the program is
marred by corruption and largely seen as a failure. The new heroin factories
are said to be " working in broad daylight." There has been a rash of bombings
and assassinations in Afghanistan as various factions fight over drug profits.
The Observer was able to determine the precise location of some of these
factories, but the US led forces in Afghanistan are doing nothing to stop them.
[Observer, 8/11/02]
                                                                                   An Afghan c onver ting opium int o her oin. [BBC]

August 11, 2002 (C): ABC TV reports, "the FBI concedes [Steven Hatfill] could not himself make anthrax, does not
have what they call 'the bench skills' to make it." [ABC, 8/11/02] The New York Times has reported of Hatfill
(without naming him): "His anthrax vaccinations are up to date, he unquestionably had the ability to make first -
rate anthrax..." [New York Times, 5/24/02] Yet there are other claims Hatfill has not had anthrax vaccinations for
several years. [Washington Post, 8/11/02] It also later emerges that Hatfill has alibis for the times the anthrax
letters were mailed. A former FBI agent says, "Most investigations don't prosper when they are public, and that's
what bothers me about this case. It tells me they have either reached a dead end or their case has a great big hole
in it and they are trying to put pressure on this person." [Hartford Courant, 9/7/02]

August 11, 2002 (D): Anthrax suspect Steven Hatfill defends himself in a public speech and Washington Post
interview. He claims that he is being set up as the "fall guy" for the anthrax attacks. He says his life "has been
completely and utterly destroyed," and he has twice lost a job due to the allegations. His lawyer also accuses the
FBI of leaking documents to the press and conducting searches of Hatfill's residence in a highly visible way when a
more discreet method could have been arranged. [Washington Post, 8/11/02, Fox News, 8/12/02]

August 11, 2002 (E): The New York Times has an article on the mysterious deaths of numerous microbiologists,
and strong ly argues the entire thing is a coincidence. Says a professor of statis tics, ''We can never say for a fact
that something isn't a conspiracy. We can just point out the odds that it isn't.'' [New York Times, 8/11/02]

August 12, 2002: A group of FAA flight controllers hold a press conference to talk about the 9/11 events for the
first time. However, virtually no new information is disclosed. As the Boston Globe put it, "questions about detailed
communications from the hijacked planes was avoided, with FAA officials saying that information remains under
investigation." [Boston Globe, 8/13/02]

August 13, 2002: The Independent carries a story entitled, "Unans wered Questions: The Mystery of Flight 93," a
rare critique of the official version of events around that plane's crash. Most of the information is a summation of
what was reported before. However, there is one interesting new theory. Theorizing wh y witnesses didn't see
smoke from the faltering plane, the article points out to the 1996 research of Harvard academic Elaine Scarry,
"showing that the Air Force and the Pentagon have conducted extensive research on 'electronic warfare
applications' with the possible capacity intentionally to disrupt the mechanisms of an aeroplane in such a way as to
provoke, for example, an uncontrollable dive. Scarry also reports that US Customs aircraft are already equipped
with such weaponry; as are some C-130 Air Force transport planes. The FBI has stated that, apart from the
enigmatic Falcon business jet, there was a C-130 military cargo plane within 25 miles of the passenger jet when it
crashed. A ccording to the Scarry findings, in 1995 the Air Force installed "electronic suites" in at least 28 of its C-
130s – capable, among other things, of emitting lethal jamming signals." [Independent, 8/13/02]

                           August 13, 2002 (B): On the Donahue T V show, Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband died in
                           the WTC, says the following about Bush's behavior on 9/11: "It was clear that we were under
                           attack. Why didn't the Secret Service whisk [Bush] out of that school? He was on live local
                           television in Florida. The terrorists, you know, had been in Florida. I mean, we find that out
                           now. He was less than 10 miles from an airport. And I am concerned. I want to know why the
                           Secret Service did not whisk him away. I want to know why he is the commander-in-chief of
                           the USA, our country was clearly under attack, it was after the second building was hit. I
                           want to know why he sat there for 25 minutes." She further states, "I don't understand how a
                           plane could hit our Defense Department, which is the Pentagon, an hour after the first plane
                           hit the first tower. I don't understand how that is possible. I'm a reasonable person. But when
                           you look at the fact that we spend a half trillion dollars on national defense and you're
   Kr isten Br eitweiser . telling me that a plane is able to hit our Pentagon, our Defense Department, an hour after
                           the first tower is hit? There are procedures and protocols in place in this nation that are to
be followed when transponders are disconnected, and they were not followed on September 11th." [ Donahue,
8/13/02] Why have mainstream journalists largely continued to ignore these

August 15, 2002: More than 600 relatives (later rising to over 2,500 out of 10,000
eligible [ Newsweek, 9/13/02]) of victims of the September 11 attacks file a 15-
count, $1 trillion lawsuit against various parties they accuse of financing al-Qaeda
and Afghanistan's former Taliban regime. The defendants include the Binladin
Group (the company run by Osama bin Laden's family), seven international banks,
eight Islamic foundations and charities, individual terrorist financiers, three Saudi
princes, and the government of Sudan. [CNN, 8/15/02, Washington Post, 8/16/02]
Individuals named include Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan (see Jun e 1998
(D), August 2001 (G), and August 31, 2001), former Saudi intelligence chief
Prince Turki al-Faisal (see July 1998, August 31, 2001, and October 18, 2002),        Deena Bur nett speaks on behalf of the
Yassin al-Qadi (see October 12, 2001), and Khalid bin Mahfouz (see 1988, August         r elatives sui ng the Saudis. [CNN]

13, 1996, April 1999, December 4, 2001 (B) and Early Dec emb er 2001 (B)).
[AP, 8/15/02, MSNBC, 8/25/02] "The attorneys and investigators were able to obtain, through French intelligence,
the translation of a secretly r ecorded meeting between representatives of bin Laden and three Saudi princes in
which they sought to pay him hush money to keep him from attacking their enterprises in Saudi Arabia." [ CNN,
8/15/02] The plaintiffs also accused the US Government of failing to pursue such institutions thoroughly enough
because of lucrative oil interests. [BBC, 8/15/02] Ron Motley, the lead lawyer in the suit, says the case is being
aided by intelligence services from France and four other foreign governments, but no help has come from the
Justice Department. [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 8/16/02] The plaintiffs acknowledge the chance of ever winning
any money is slim, but hope the lawsuit will help bring to light the role of Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attacks. [ BBC,
8/15/02] A number of rich Saudis respond by threatening to withdraw hundreds of billions of dollars in US
investments if the lawsuit goes forward. [Telegraph, 8/20/02] Saudi businesses withdraw more than $100 billion
from the US in response to the suit (see August 20, 2002), and the US government later threatens to block or limit
the suit (see Novemb er 1, 2002).

August 15, 2002 (B): Trace elements of anthrax are found in a post office box across the street from Princeton
University in New Jersey. [MSNBC, 8/12/02] The FBI declares Steven Hatfill has not "received any more attention
than any other person of interest in the investigation." [Fox News, 8/12/02] Yet Hatfill's photo is the only one being
shown by the FBI to residents of the neighborhood near the mailbox. [AP, 8/15/02] A law enforcement official later
admits to the Los Angeles Times that, "to be honest, we don't have anybody that is real good [as a possible anthrax
suspect]. That is why so much energy has gone into Hatfill - because we didn't have anybody else." [Weekly
Standard, 9/16/02]

August 15, 2002 (C): Rena Golden, the executive vice-president and general manager of CNN International, claims
that the press has censored itself over 9/11 and the Afghanistan war. "Anyone who claims the US media didn't
censor itself is kidding you. It wasn't a matter of government pressure but a reluctance to criticize anything in a
war that was obviously supported by the vast majority of the people. And this isn't just a CNN issue - every
journalist who was in any way involved in 9/11 is partly responsible." [Press Gazette, 8/15/02] These comments
echo criticisms by Dan Rather (see May 17, 2002).

August 15, 2002 (D): General Tommy Franks, commander of US troops in Central Asia, says, "It does not surprise
me that someone would say, 'Oh gosh, the military is going to be in Afghanistan for a long, long time.' Sure we will
be." He likens the situation to South Korea, where the US has stationed troops for over 50 years. A few days
earlier, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Richard Myers says the war on terrorism "could last years and years." [ CBS,

August 18, 2002: The Washington Post blasts the FBI's treatment of Steven Hatfill. "Each s lipshod case whittles
away our collective liberties, our self-respect, our confidence in the legal system." The article also blasts the
media's coverage: "Wittingly or unwittingly, reporters and government investigators may collude, creating the
appearance of a posse mentality that discredits them both." [Washington Post, 8/18/02]

August 18, 2002 (B): An FBI forensic linguistics expert says the anthrax mailer was probably someone with high-
ranking US military and intelligence connections. He says he has identified two suspects who both worked for the
CIA, USAMRIID and other classified military operations. He expresses frustration about accessing evidence. "My two
suspects both appear to have CIA connections. These two agencies , the CIA and the FBI, are sometimes seen as
rivals. My anxiety is that the FBI agents assigned to this case are not getting full and complete cooperation from
the US military, CIA and witnesses who might have information about this case." He also says the killer seems to
have tried implicating two former USAMRIID scientists who had left the laboratory in unhappy circumstances by
posting the letters from near their homes in New Jersey. [BBC, 8/18/02] Could one of the framed people be Dr.
Assaad (see October 2, 2001)?

August 20, 2002: The Financial Times reports that "disgruntled Saudis have pulled tens of billions of dollars out of
the US, signaling a deep alienation from America." Estimates range from $100 billion to over $200 billion. Part of
the anger is in response to reports that the US might attack Saudi Arabia and freeze Sa udi assets unless Saudi
Arabia fights terrorism more effectively (see July 10, 2002 and August 11, 2002). It is also in response to a
lawsuit against many Saudi Arabians that also may lead to a freeze of Saudi assets (see August 15, 2002).
Estimates of total Saudi investments in the US range from $400 billion to $600 billion. [ Financial Times, 8/20/02]

August 22, 2002: Osama Basnan, an alleged associate of 9/11 hijackers Khalid A lmidhar and Nawaf A lhazmi, and
his wife are arrested for visa fraud. [Los Angeles Times, 11/24/02, MSNBC, 11/23/02] One report says he was
arrested for allegedly having links to Omar al-Bayoumi (see November 1999 (B)). [Arab News, 11/26/02] On
October 22, Basnan and his wife, Majeda Dweikat, admit they used false immigration documents to stay in the US .
[San Diego Channel 10, 10/22/02] Possible financial connections between Basnan and al-Bayoumi, Almidhar and
Alhazmi, and the Saudi royal family are known to the Congressional Inquiry Panel (as well as the FBI and CIA) at
this time (see November 22, 2002), but Basnan is deported to Saudi Arabia on November 17, 2002. His wife is
deported to Jordan the same day. [Washington Post, 11/24/02] Less than a week after the deportations, new
media reports make Basnan an internationally-known wanted man (see Novemb er 22, 2002). Why was Basnan let
go, when authorities knew of these new revelations about him since at least early Oc tober (see October 9, 2002)?

August 23, 2002: The government starts giving out large cash compensations to the relatives of the 9/11 attack
victims. However, in order to qualify, the families have to promise not to sue anyone. Only about one-fifth have
agreed to compensation, the rest appear to want to sue the airlines, the Saudis, the government and others. There
are many lawsuits in motion (see August 15, 2002, September 4, 2002, and Septemb er 10, 2002). [AP, 8/23/02]

August 25, 2002: Former CIA agent Bob Baer says the US collects virtually no intelligence about Saudi Arabia nor
are they given any intelligence collected by the Saudis. He says this is because there are implicit orders from the
White House, "Do not collect information on Saudi Arabia because we're going to risk annoying the royal family." In
the same show, despite being on a US terrorist list since October 2001 (see October 12, 2001), Saudi millionaire
Yassin al-Qadi says, "I'm living my life here in Saudi Arabia without any problem" because he is being protected by
the Saudi government. A l-Qadi admits to giving bin Laden money for his "humanitarian" work, but says this is
different from bin Laden's terrorist work. Presented with this information, the US Treasury Department only says
that the US "is pleased with and appreciates the actions taken by the Saudis" in the war on terror. The Saudi
government still has not given US intelligence permission to talk to any family members of the hijackers, even
though some US journalists have had limited contact with a few. [MSNBC, 8/25/02]

August 25, 2002 (B): General Tommy Franks, head of the US Central Command, suggests that the "war on terror"
should not be limited to Afghanistan, but expand into neighboring countries as well. [ Reuters, 8/25/02]

August 26, 2002: Anthrax suspect Steven Hatfill releases photos he claims show that the FBI "trashed" his
girlfriend's apartment. The photos "evoked an uneasy sense of recognition among law enforcement experts," who
have seen these kinds of strong armed tactics when the FBI is desperate for a conviction. "Veteran FBI -watchers
suggest the Bureau, looking at Steven Hatfill off and on for nearly a year, does not have the goods on him. Law
enforcement sources confirm he passed a polygraph test administered by the FBI last fall ... Apparent absence of
evidence suggests either incompetence at the level of false accusations in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Park bombing -
or something worse." [New York Post, 8/3/02]

August 27, 2002: Prince Bandar, Saudi ambassador to the US, meets
privately for more than an hour with Bush and National Security A dvisor
Rice in Crawford, Texas (see April 25, 2002). [Telegraph, 8/28/02] Press
Secretary Ari Fleischer characterizes it as a warm meeting of old friends.
Bandar, his wife (Princess Haifa) and seven of their eight children stay for
lunch. [Fox News, 8/27/02] Prince Bandar, a longtime friend of the Bush
family, donated $1 million to the Bush Presidential Library in College
Station, Texas. [Boston Herald, 12/11/01, Bush Library] This relationship
later becomes news when it is learned that Princess Haifa gave between
$51,000 and $73,000 to two Saudi families in California who may have            Pr ince Bandar and Pr esident Bush meet at Bush's
financed two of the 9/11 hijackers (see Dec emb er 4, 1999 and November                       r anch in August. [AP]

22, 2002). [New York Times, 11/23/02, MSNBC, 11/25/02]

August 27, 2002 (B): The Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan has recently signed a treaty committing the US to
respond to "any external threat" to the country. Uzbekistan's foreign minister: "The logic of the situation suggests
that the United States has come here with a serious purpose, and for a long time." The other Central Asian nations
- Kazakhstan, Kyrg yzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan - have similar agreements with the US. The US claims it is
supporting democracy in these nations, but experts say authoritarianism has been on the rise since 9/11. A new US
military base in Uzbekistan currently holds about 1,000 US soldiers, but is being greatly en larged. The article
makes the general point that the US is replacing Russia as the dominant power in Central Asia. [ Washington Post,

August 28, 2002: The judge presiding over the Moussaoui trail is puzzled why the FBI claims it couldn't find an e -
mail account used by Moussaoui: "We do not understand why an immediate and thorough investigation into the
defendant's e-mail and computer activities did not lead investigators to the ... account, if it existed," the judge
says. She adds, "A more detailed explanation from the United States is warranted." Moussaoui was carrying a Kink o's
receipt when he was arrested in August 2001, and was known to have used Kinko's computers for e-mail. His
Hotmail account was erased by Hotmail because it wasn't used for 90 days - the judge doesn't understand why that
didn't give the FBI plenty of time to find his e-mails after 9/11. [AP, 8/28/02] Could it be that the FBI did find the
account, but didn't like what it saw, and so claimed ignorance?
August 28, 2002 (B): "A global campaign to block al-Qaeda's access to money has stalled, enabling the terrorist
network to obtain a fresh infusion of tens of millions of dollars and putting it in a position to finance future
attacks, according to a draft UN report." In the months immediately following 9/11, more than $112 mi llion in
assets was frozen. Since then, only $10 million more has been frozen, and most of the original money has been
unfrozen due to lack of evidence. Private donations to the group, estimated at $16 million a year, are believed to
"continue, largely una bated." The US and other governments are not sharing information about suspected
terrorists, and known terrorists are not being put on suspected terrorist lists. [Washington
Post, 8/29/02]

August 29, 2002: German authorities charge a Moroccan man named Mounir El
Motassadeq with complicity in the 9/11 attacks. He is a Moroccan who was arrested in
Germany two months after 9/11. He is only the second person in the world to be charged
with any crime related to the 9/11 attacks, after Moussaoui. He is charged with helping
finance Atta and others in the Hamburg terrorist cell (see August 1998). [AFP, 8/29/02,
New York Times, 8/29/02] His trial lasts three months, ending with a guilty verdict in
February 2003 (February 18, 2003).

August 30, 2002: The official story about fighter response on 9/11 significantly changes.
Previously it was explained that fighters over Washington left to track Flight 93. But in a
book released in this month, the pilots said they were given no such order. [Among the          Mounir El Motassadeq. [AP]
Heroes, by Jere Longman, 8/02, p. 76, 222] This new account states that after the
Pentagon explosion, "two F-16's that happened to be on a training mission near Detroit" were sent to intercept
Flight 93. But supposedly, they didn't have any weapons since they were on a training mission. US Air Force Col.
Robert Marr, commander of the Northeast Air Defense Sector, in Rome, New York, says, "we're going to put them as
close to that airplane as we could, in view of the cockpit and convince that guy in that airplane that he needs to
land," and if that fails, ram the fighters into the plane. [ABC News, 8/30/02] Supposedly, the question of ramming
turned out to be moot, because these fighters were still about 40 miles away when the plane crashed. [ Washington
Post, 1/27/02] If the story is true, it suggests an incredible level of incompetence. Minutes after the second WTC
crash at 9:03, military base commanders from all over the US were calling NORAD and volunteering to scramble
planes. For instance, the commander at Syracuse, New York said he could get a plane in the air armed with cannon
in ten minutes. Yet none of these planes were put in the air until after the last hijacked plane had crashed over an
hour later. [Aviation Week and Space Technology, 6/3/02] The idea that the US sent planes after Flight 93 with no
weapons is as absurd and contradicts previous accounts. For instance, Cheney has explained how he and Bush
agreed to sent fighters to shoot down Flight 93, and repeatedly confirmed that order. [ Washington Post, 1/27/02]
Were Bush and Cheney given the w rong information or is someone rew riting this story?

September 2002: The Customs Service intercepts a package sent via Federal Express from the Associated Press
bureau in Manila to the A P office in Washington, and turns the contents over to the FBI. The FBI keeps the
material, all unclassified and previously publicly disclosed, and fails to inform AP about this. It is claimed they do
this to prevent the reporters from reporting their story, which is about government foreknowledge of the 1995
Oklahoma City bombing, and ties with Ramzi Yousef and other terrorists in the Philippines. [ AP, 3/12/03]

September 4, 2002: Over 1,400 relatives of 9/11 attack victims sue Iraq for more than $1 trillion, claiming there is
evidence Iraq conspired with al-Qaeda on the 9/11 attacks. [CBS News, 9/5/02] One of the key pieces of evidence
cited is an article in an small town Iraqi newspaper written by Naeem A bd Muhalhal on July 21, 2001. He describes
bin Laden thinking "seriously, with the seriousness of the Bedouin of the desert, about the way he will try to bomb
the Pentagon after he destroys the White House." He adds that bin Laden is "insisting very convincing ly that he will
strike America on the arm that is already hurting," which has been interpreted as a possible reference to the 1993
bombing of the WTC. Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein apparently praised this writer on September 1, 2001. The laws uit
is based largely on the idea that "Iraqi officials were aware of plans to attack American landmarks," yet didn't warn
their archenemy, the US. [AP, 9/4/02] Former CIA agent and terrorist consultant Robert Baer (see August 2001
(G)) is hired by the prosecuting legal team to find evidence of a meeting between Atta and Iraqi agents (see April
8, 2001 and Septemb er 19, 2001-October 20, 2002), but despite the help of the CIA, is unable find any evidence
of such a meeting. [CBS, 12/8/02]

September 5, 2002: Based on the recent interrogations of terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui's al-Qaeda associates,
including his alleged handler, French intelligence believes Moussaoui was not part of the 9/11 attacks, but was
being readied for a second wave of attacks. Says one French official: "Moussaoui was going to be a foot soldier in a
second wave of attacks that was supposed to culminate in early 2002 with simultaneous bombings against US
embassies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as several hijackings in the United States." However, the US
has charged him with being the "20th hijacker" who planned to be on Flight 77 in the 9/11 attack. [ ABC News,
9/5/02] Other accounts suggest he wasn't meant to the 20th hijacker (for instance, see S eptember 30, 2002). Why
doesn't the US prosecute Moussaoui on other charges?

September 5, 2002 (B): Richard Shelby of Alabama, the ranking Republican on the Senate
Intelligence Committee, expresses doubts that the committee's investigation into 9/11
will be able to accomplish anything, and he supports an independent investigation. "Time
is not on our side," he says, since the investigation has a built-in deadline at the end of
2002. "You know, we were told that there would be cooperation in this investigation, and I
question that. I think that most of the information that our staff has been able to get that
is real meaningful has had to be extracted piece by piece." He adds that there is explosive
information that has not been publicly released. "I think there are some more bombs out
there ... I know that." [New York Times, 9/10/02 (B)]
                                                                                                           Senator Richar d Shelby [New
                                                  September 8-11, 2002: Details of an Al Jazeera                 Yor k Times]
                                                  interview with al-Qaeda leaders Khalid Shaikh
                                                  Mohammed and Ramzi bin al-Shibh are widely publicized. [London Times,
                                                  9/8/02, Australian, 9/9/02, Guardian, 9/9/02] But there are numerous
                                                  doubts about this interview (see A pril, June or August 2002). The possibility
                                                  has been raised that the broadcast of Ramzi bin al-Shibh's voice in the
                                                  interview helps in his capture a few da ys later (see Septemb er 11, 2002).
                                                  [CBS, 10/9/02, Observer, 9/15/02] Al Jazeera also broadcasts footage of
                                                  hijacker Abdulaziz A lomari speaking against the US filmed in Afghanistan in
                                                  early 2001 (see March 2001).

  Hijacker Abdulaziz Alomar i (with a digitally
                                          September 10, 2002: Right before a one-year deadline, the Port Authority,
       alt er ed backgr ound). [Al Jazeer a]
                                          the government body that owns the WTC complex, is sued by five insurance
companies, one utility and 700 relatives of the WTC victims. The insurance companies and utility are suing because
of safety violations connected to the installation of diesel fuel tanks in 1999 that many blame for the collapse of
WTC Building 7. [Dow Jones News, 9/10/02] The relatives' lawsuit is much more encompassing, and even blames
the Port Authority for the Flight 93 hijacking (the Port Authority owns Newark airport, where the flight originated).
The relatives' lawsuit is likely to lie dormant for at least six months as evidence is collected. Relatives are also
considering suing the airlines, security companies and other entities. [News week, 9/13/02]

September 10, 2002 (B): The FBI searches Steven Hatfill's house for anthrax residue for a third time (for the
second search, see August 1, 2002). Hatfill had moved out several
weeks earlier. [MSNBC, 9/11/02]

September 11, 2002: Would-be hijacker Ramzi bin al-Shibh is arrested
after a huge gunfight in Karachi, Pakistan, involving thousands of
police. [Observer, 9/15/02] He is considered "a high-ranking operative
for al-Qaeda and one of the few people still alive who know the inside
details of the 9/11 plot." [New York Times, 9/13/02] 9/11 mastermind
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed called bin al-Shibh "the coordinator of the
Holy Tuesday [9/11] operation" in an interview aired days before (see
September 8-11, 2002). Captured with him are approximately nine
associates, as well as numerous computers, phones and other
evidence. [Time, 9/15/02, New York Times, 9/13/02] There are
conflicting claims that Mohammed is killed in the raid [Christian
Science Monitor, 10/29/02, Asia Times, 10/30/02, Daily Telegraph,
3/4/03, Asia Times, 3/6/03], shot while escaping [Australian               Appar ently this is Ramzi bin al-Shibh bei ng taken into
Broadcasting Corp., 3/2/03], someone who looks like him is killed,                              custody. [AFP]

leading to initial misidentification [Time, 1/20/03], someone matching
his general appearance is captured [A P, 9/16/02], or that he narrowly escapes capture and his young children are
captured. [Los Angeles Times, 12/22/02] It is widely reported that Mohammed is captured in March 2003, but some
reporters and ex perts doubt this, suggesting he was captured earlier (see March 1, 2003).

September 11, 2002 (B): On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the story of what Bush did on that day is
significantly rewritten. In actual fact, when Chief of Staff Andrew Card told Bush about the second plane crash into
the WTC, Bush continued to sit in a Florida elementary school classroom and hear a story about goats for about an
additional 10 minutes, as video footage shows (see the Day of 9/11 for more). But one year later, Card claims that
after he told Bush about the second WTC crash, "it was only a matter of seconds" before Bush "excused himself v ery
politely to the teacher and to the students, and he left" the Florida classroom." [ San Francisco Chronicle, 9/11/02]
In a different account, Card says, "Not that many seconds later the president excused himself from the classroom."
[MSNBC, 9/9/02] An interview with the classroom teacher claims that Bush left the class even before the second
WTC crash: "The president bolted right out of here and told me: 'Take over.'" When the second WTC crash
occurred, she claims her students are watching TV in a nearby media room. [New York Post, 9/12/02]

September 11, 2002 (C): On the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, The New York Times writes, "One year later,
the public knows less about the circumstances of 2,801 deaths at the foot of Manhattan in broad daylight than
people in 1912 knew within weeks about the Titanic, which sank in the middle of an ocean in the dead of night."
John F. Timoney, the former police commissioner of Philadelphia, says: "You can hardly point to a cataclysmic
event in our history, whether it was the sinking of the Titanic, the Pearl Harbor attack, the Kennedy assassination,
when a blue-ribbon panel did not set out to establish the facts and, where appropriate, suggest reforms. That has
not happened here." The Times specifically points to a failure by New York City Mayor Bloomberg to conduct a real
investigation into the WTC attack response. Bloomberg stated in August 2002, "Every single major event is different
from all others. The training of how you would respond to the last incident is not really important." [ New York
Times, 9/11/02] The Chicago Tribune made similar comments a week earlier, pointing out that despite the " largest
investigation in history," "Americans know little more today about the Sept. 11 conspiracy, or the conspirators,
than they did within a few weeks of the attacks." [Chicago Tribune, 9/5/02]

September 12, 2002: For the first time, a mainstream US newspaper looks at the people who believe there was
government complicity or criminal incompetence in 9/11 and does not immediately dismiss them (see Septemb er
23, 2001 (B)). The San Francisco Examiner quotes a number of 9/11 skeptics and lets them speak for themselves.
"While different theorists focus on different aspects of the attacks, what they seem to have in common is they
would like an independent investigation into 9/11." [San Francisco Examiner, 9/12/02]

September 17, 2002: CBS reports that in the days after the arrest of Ramzi bin al-Shibh and four other al-Qaeda
operatives in Pakistan (see September 11, 2002), "a search of the home of the five al-Qaeda suspects turned up
passports belonging to members of the family of Osama bin Laden." No more details, such as which family
members, or why bin al-Shibh's group had these passports, is given. [CBS, 9/17/02]

September 18, 2002: The Congressional joint committee 9/11 inquiry hold its first public
hearing. The committee was formed in February 2002 but suffered months of delays. The
day's testimonies focuses on intelligence warnings that should have led the government to
believe airplanes could be used as bombs (see the committee's complete 30-page report
here: [Senate Intelligence Committee, 9/18/02]). However, the Washington Post reports,
"lawmakers from both parties ... [protest] the Bush administration's lack of cooperation in
the congressional inquiry into Sept. 11 intelligence failures and [threaten] to renew efforts
to establish an independent commission." Eleanor Hill, the joint committee's staff director,
testifies that "According to [CIA Director Tenet], the president's knowledge of intelligence
information relevant to this inquiry remains classified even when the substance of that
intelligence information has been declassified." She adds that "the American public has a         Senate I ntelligence
compelling interest in this information and that public disclosure would not harm national      Committee staff dir ector
                                                                                                   Eleanor Hill. [AP]
security." [Washington Post, 9/19/02] Furthermore, the committee believes that "a
particular al-Qaeda leader may have been instrumental in the attacks" and US intelligence has known about this
person since 1995. Tenet "has declined to declassify the information we developed [about this person] on the
grounds that it could compromise intelligence sources and methods and that this consideration supersedes the
American public’s interest in this particular area." [Senate Intelligence Committee, 9/18/02] A few days later, T he
New York Times reveals this leader to be Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. [ New York
Times, 9/22/02] An FBI spokesman says the FBI had offered "full cooperation" to the committee. A CIA official
denies that the report is damning: "The committee acknowledges the hard work done by intelligence community,
the successes it achieved..." [MSNBC, 9/18/02] The complete open hearing transcripts: [9/18/02, 9/19/02,
9/19/02 (B), 9/24/02, 9/26/02, 10/1/02, 10/3/02, 10/8/02, 10/17/02]

September 18, 2002 (B): Two relatives of 9/11 victims testify before the Congressional 9/11 inquiry. Kristen
Breitweiser, whose husband Ronald died at the WTC, asks how the FBI was so quick ly able to assemble information
on the hijackers (see August 13, 2002 (B)). She cites a The New York Times article stating that agents descended
on flight schools within hours of the attacks. "How did the FBI know where to go a few hours after the attacks?" she
asks. "Were any of the hijackers already under surveillance?" [MSNBC, 9/18/02] She adds, "Our intelligence
agencies suffered an utter collapse in their duties and responsibilities leading up to and on September 11th. But
their neg ligence does not stand alone. Agencies like the Port Authority, the City of NY, the FAA , the INS, the Secret
Service, NORAD, the Air Force, and the airlines also failed our nation that morning." [ Senate Intelligence
Committee, 9/18/02] Stephen Push states, "If the intelligence community had been doi ng its job, my wife, Lisa
Raines, would be alive today." He cites the government’s failure to place Khalid A lmihdhar and Nawaf A lhazmi on a
terrorist watch list until long after they were photographed meeting with alleged al-Qaeda operatives in Malaysia.
[MSNBC, 9/18/02]

September 20, 2002: In the wake of damaging Congressional 9/11 inquiry revelations, President Bush reverses
course (see May 23, 2002) and backs efforts by many lawmakers to form an independent commission to conduct a
broader investigation than the current Congressional inquiry. Newsweek reports that Bush had virtually no choice.
"There was a freight train coming down the tracks," says one White House official. [ Newsweek, 9/22/02] But as one
of the 9/11 victim's relatives says, "It's carefully crafted to make it look like a general endorsement but it actually
says that the commission would look at everything except the intelligence failures." [ CBS, 9/20/02] Rather than
look into such failures, Bush wants the commission to focus on areas like border security, visa issues and the "role
of Congress" in overseeing intelligence agencies . The White House also refuses to turn over documents showing
what Bush knew before 9/11. [Newsweek, 9/22/02] Perhaps Bush's true stance on the inquiry can be seen by calls
Vice President made to try and stop it earlier in the year (see January 24, 2002).

September 20, 2002 (B): In an editorial for the Egyptian n ewspaper A l Ahram, David Welch, the US Ambassador to
Egypt, denounces the publishing of "incredible conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11] without the slightest bit of
evidence to back them up" in both state and opposition press. "Leading Egyptian newspapers and magazines in the
past two weeks alone have published columns by senior columnists who suggested governments or groups other
than al-Qaeda were responsible." Welch urges editors to exercise better judgment. The next day, a group of
journalists and intellectuals criticize the editorial, calling it "an American call for imposing restrictions on press
freedom" (see February 28, 2002). [Cairo Times, 9/26/02]

September 20, 2002 (C): A Bosnian government probe connects the Saudi charity Talibah International Aid
Association to terrorist funding and an al-Qaeda front group. Talibah has been under investigation since shortly
after 9/11 due to a foiled terror attack in Bosnia that has been connected to Talibah and al-Qaeda. Abdullah bin
Laden, a relative of bin Laden (though his exact relationship can't be determined), is a Talibah officer in its
Virginia office. An investigation into A bdullah bin Laden was canceled in 1996 (see Septemb er 11, 1996). The US
has been criticized for fai ling to list Talibah as a sponsor of terrorism and for not freezing its assets. [Wall Street
Journal, 9/20/02]

September 24, 2002: Federal prosecutors say a business card found in the wreckage of Flight 93 provides a link
between alleged conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and hijacker Ziad Jarrah. Supposedly a business card belonging to
Jarrah has a phone number written on it, and Moussaoui had once called that number. It was not explained what
the number is, whose phone number it was, when Moussaoui called it, when the card was found, or how
investigators know the card belonged to Jarrah. [MSNBC, 9/24/02, Washington Post, 9/25/02] Interestingly, this
find comes just as the case against Moussaoui is facing trouble. For instance, one month earlier, USA Today said
investigators had found no link between Moussaoui and the other hijackers. [ USA Today, 8/29/02] Prosecutors have
been trying to get permission to play the Flight 93 cock pit voice recordings to the jury, but on September 13, the
judge said, "the recordings appear to have marginal evidentiary value while posing unfair prejudice to the
defendant." [Washington Post, 9/25/02] Was it just incredible luck to have found this card a year after 9/11, or
could someone have created new evidence by writing a phone number on a card?

September 25, 2002: In an interview with CBS, FBI Director Mueller states, "I can tell you there are things I wish
we had done differently. That there are things we should have followed up on. But the bottom line is I do not
believe that we would have been able to prevent September 11th." Speaking about the Zacarias Moussaoui case, he
says, "That took us several months, to follow that lead, and it also required the full support of the German
authorities, and it would have been very, I think impossible to have followed that particular lead in the days
between the time in which Moussaoui was detained and September 11th." [ CBS, 9/25/02] This negativism is in
sharp contrast to a previous statement he made (see May 21, 2002 (C)), as well as the opinion of many rank and
file FBI officers, some of whom have made a chart showing how all the hijackers could have been caught if certain
leads had been followed. [News week, 6/2/02] Mueller's opinion on the Moussaoui case is contradicted by many,
including FBI agents working on that case. [Time, 5/21/02] The media also doesn't agree. For instance the
Independent stated information on Moussaoui's computer "might have been enough to expose the Hamburg cell,
which investigators believe was the key planning unit for 11 September." [ Independent, 12/11/01]

September 26, 2002: Senator Pat Roberts (R), a member of the Congressional 9/11 inquiry, publicly criticizes the
inquiry staff because one staffer had written that CIA official Cofer Black might "dissemble" if asked certain
questions. Roberts, who had repeatedly expressed opposition to the existence of the inquiry, then offers his
personal apolog y to Black for "the unintended consequences of what I believe is an inspector general runaway
train." [AP, 9/27/02] The next day, CIA Director Tenet accuses the inquiry of "bias, preconceived notions, and
apparent animus." [Washington Post, 9/28/02]

September 26, 2002 (B): A leaked August 16, 2002 report from Defense Secretary Rumsfeld's influential Defense
Science Board 2002 is exposed. [UPI, 9/26/02] The board "recommends creation of a super-Intelligence Support
Activity, an organization it dubs the Proactive, Preemptive Operations Group, (P2OG), to bring togeth er CIA and
military covert action, information warfare, intelligence, and cover and deception. Among other things, this body
would launch secret operations aimed at 'stimulating reactions' among terrorists and states possessing weapons of
mass destruction -- that is, for instance, prodding terrorist cells into action and exposing themselves to 'quick -
response' attacks by US forces. Such tactics would hold 'states/sub-state actors accountable' and 'signal to
harboring states that their sovereignty will be at risk.'" [Los Angeles Times, 10/27/02, Asia Times, 11/5/02] An
editorial in the Moscow Times comments: "In other words - and let's say this plainly, clearly and soberly, so that no
one can mistake the intention of Rumsfeld's plan - the United States government is planning to use 'cover and
deception' and secret military operations to provoke murderous terrorist attacks on innocent people." It is further
suggested terrorists could be instigated in countries the US wants to gain control over. [ Moscow Times, 11/1/02]
Could the US already be using this policy, and if so, since when?

September 30, 2002: Seymour Hersh of New Yorker magazine reveals that, despite a weak case against Zacarias
Moussaoui, no federal prosecutor has discussed a plea bargain with him since he was indicted in November 2001.
Hersh reports that "Moussaoui's lawyers, and some FBI officials, remain bewildered at the government's failure to
pursue a plea bargain." Says a federal public defender, "I've never been in a conspiracy case wher e the government
wasn't interested in knowing if the defendant had any information - to see if there wasn't more to the conspiracy."
Apparently a plea bargain isn't being considered because Attorney General Ashcroft wants nothing less than the
death penalty for Moussaoui. One former CIA official claims, "They cast a wide net and [Moussaoui] happened to be
a little fish who got caught up in it. They know it now. And nobody will back off." A legal ex pert says, "It appears
that Moussaoui is not competent to re present himself, because he doesn't seem to understand the fundamentals of
the charges against him, but I am starting to feel that the rest of us are crazier ... we may let this man talk himself
to death to soothe our sense of vulnerability." [New Yorker, 9/30/02]

October 2002: The State Department's propaganda office, closed in 1996, is reopened. Called the Counter -
Disinformation/Misinformation Team, this office supposedly only aims its propaganda overseas to counter
propaganda from other countries (see February 20, 2002 and Novemb er 24, 2002). [AP, 3/10/03]

October 3-11, 2002: Both French and British investigators and intelligence den y any claim of a link between al-
Qaeda and Iraq. The British specifically deny any meeting between Atta and Iraqi agents in the Czech Republic.
They state that Iraq has purposely distanced itself from al-Qaeda, not embraced it. [Financial Times, 10/4/02,
Guardian, 10/10/02] Meanwhile, Vincent Cannistraro, the CIA's former head of counterintelligence, says, "Basically,
cooked information is working its way into high-level pronouncements and there's a lot of unhappiness about it in
intelligence, especially among analysts at the CIA." A source connected to the 9/11 investigation says, "The FBI has
been pounded on to make this link." [Sydney Morning Herald, 10/10/02] The Los Angeles Times also reports an
escalating "war" between the Pentagon and t he CIA over tying Iraq to al-Qaeda. [Los Angeles Times, 10/11/02]

October 5, 2002: The New York Times reports that the FBI is refusing to allow Abdussattar Shaikh, the FBI
informant who lived with hijackers Nawaf A lhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar (see September-Dec emb er 2000), to
testify before a Congressional i nquiry. His local FBI contact is also not allowed to testify. The FBI claims the
informer would have nothing interesting to say, but Congressional investigators are skeptical. The Justice
Department also wants to learn more about the informant. [New York Times, 10/5/02] The local FBI contact,
Steven Butler, testifies before a secret session the following week (see October 9, 2002); Shaikh apparently
doesn't testify at all. [Washington Post, 10/11/02]
                                                                             October 6, 2002: Newsweek reports that the US
                                                                             has dropped hundreds of thousands of leaflets
                                                                             across Afghanistan offering $25 million for the
                                                                             capture of Taliban leader Mullah Omar and bin
                                                                             Laden. However, the picture of Omar is actually
                                                                             that of an Afghan villager named Mulvi Hafizullah,
                                                                             who is now afraid to leave his house for fear of
                                                                             being killed for the reward money. [ Newsweek,

                                                                                     October 6, 2002 (B): 60 Minutes airs a program on
                                                                                     the religious support for Bush's expansionist Middle
                                                                                     Eastern policies. [CBS, 10/6/02] A Guardian
                                                                                     editorial from around the same time suggests that
                                                                                     "Christian millenarians" who are "driven by visions
                                                                                     of messiahs and Armageddon" have formed an
 The r eal Mullah Omar on the left, and Mulvi Hafizullah on the r ight. Note Omar is alliance with "secular, neoconservative Jewish
                       blind in one eye and Hafizullah is not.
                                                                                     intellectuals, such as Richard Perle and Paul
Wolfowitz" and are strongly influencing Bush's foreign policy. [Guardian, 9/17/02] A later Washington Post article
also sees the support of evangelical Christians and right-wing Jewish groups as instrumental in defining US Middle
East policy. [Washington Post, 2/9/03]

October 8, 2002: Many in the US have the impression that
the war in Afghanistan is over, and US allied forces
conquered the country. However, the US ambassador says,
"The war is certainly not over. Military operations are
continuing, especially in the eastern part of the country and
they will continue until we win." Most of the country is
controlled by warlords, which the US has pacified with
weapons and money (see adjacent map). [Telegraph,

October 9, 2002: San Diego FBI agent Steven Butler
reportedly gives "explosive" testimony to the 9/11 inquiry.
Butler, recently retired, has been unable to speak to the
media, but accounts of his testimony say he was the agent
who managed Abdussattar Shaikh, an FBI informant who
rented a room to hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid             A year after the US conquest of Afghanistan began, most of the countr y
Almihdhar (see Septemb er-December 2000). Butler claims           is in the hands of loc al war lor ds. Only the small white ar ea mar ked
he might have uncovered a hint of the 9/11 plot if the CIA          Kar zai is under contr ol of the nation's pr esident. Click her e for a
                                                                                    complete key. [ABC News, 10/7/02]
had provided the FBI with more information earlier about
Alhazmi and A lmihdhar. [New York Times, 11/23/02] Butler discloses that he had been monitoring a flow of Saudi
Arabian money that wound up in the hands of two of the 9/11 hijackers, but his supervisors failed to take any
action on the warnings. It is not known when Butler started investigating the money flow, or warned his
supervisors. Some details of this Saudi money trail will cause headlines in November 2002 (see November 22,
2002). The FBI unsuccessfully tried to prevent Butler from testifying (see October 5, 2002). Despite the
knowledge about the Saudi money trail involving Osama Basnan and Omar al-Bayoumi revealed at this time, Basnan
is nonetheless deported to Saudi Arabia the next month, where he disappears (see August 22, 2002), and al-
Bayoumi, who is living in Britain, disappears as well (see Septemb er 22, 2001).

October 10, 2002: A tentative congressional deal to create an independent commission to investigate the 9/11
terrorist attacks falls apart hours after the White House objected to the plan (it appears Vice President Cheney
called Republican leaders and told them to renege on the agreement [ New York Times, 11/2/02]). Bush had
pledged to support such a commission a few weeks earlier (see September 20, 2002), but doubters who
questioned his sincerity appear to have been proved correct. Hours after top Republican leaders announced at a
press conference that an agreement had been reached, House Republican leaders said they wouldn't bring the
legislation to the full House for a vote unless the commission proposal was changed. There are worries that if the
White House can delay the legislation for a few more days until Congress adjourns, it could stop the creation of a
commission for months, if not permanently. [Washington Post, 10/11/02, New York Times, 10/11/02]
October 12, 2002: A car bomb detonates in front of a discotheque at Kuta Beach, on the Indonesian resort island
of Bali, starting a fire that rages through a dozen buildings, killing 202 people. No group claims responsibility, but
Jemmah Islamiyah, a radical Islamic organization in Indonesia, is suspected. [ New York Times, 10/13/02, New York
Times, 10/14/02, BBC, 2/19/03]

October 15, 2002: About 10 relatives of the 9/11 victims meet with lawmakers and two Bush administration
officials in an unsuccessful attempt to break a deadlock over the establishment of an independent 9/11
commission. The Bush administration says it supports such a commission, but wants its allies to have more control
over leadership and subpoena powers (see Septemb er 20, 2002 and October 10, 2002). [AP, 10/16/02] No
agreement is reached before the 107th Congress ends a few days later, but the committee is established one
month later (see Novemb er 15, 2002).

October 17, 2002: Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club again win a ruling against Vice President Cheney (see July
12, 2002), and a judge demands that Cheney turn over documents relating to his Energy Task Force (see May 20 01
(G)). [Reuters, 10/17/02] But the Bush Administration continues to fight the release of these documents. A similar
lawsuit by the General Accounting Office, the Congressional investigative body, is later dropped (see Dec emb er 9,
2002 (B) and February 7, 2003 (B)).

October 17, 2002 (B): NSA Director Michael Hayden testifies before a Congressional inquiry that the "NSA had no
[indications] that al-Qaeda was specifically targeting New York and Washington ... or even that it was planning an
attack on US soil.'' Before 9/11, the ''NSA had no knowledge . . . that any of the attackers were in the United
States.'' Supposedly, a post-9/11 NSA review found no intercepts of calls involving any of the 19 hijackers.
[Reuters, 10/17/02, USA Today, 10/18/02, NSA Director Hayden testimony, 10/17/02] Yet, in the summer of 2001,
the NSA intercepted communications between Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and
hijacker Atta, when he was in charge of operations in the US. What was said between the two has not bee n
revealed (see Summer 2001). The NSA also intercepted multiple phone calls from Abu Zubaida, bin Laden's chief
of operations, to the US in the days before 9/11. But who was called or what was said has not been revealed ( Ear ly
September 2001 (B)).

October 17, 2002 (C): The directors of the US's three most famous intelligence agencies, the CIA, FBI and NSA,
testify before a Congressional inquiry on 9/11 (CIA Director Tenet testimony, 10/17/02, NSA Director Hayden
testimony, 10/17/02). A ll three say no individual at their agencies has been punished or fired for any of missteps
connected to 9/11. This does not satisfy several on the inquiry, including Senator Carl Levin (D), who says "People
have to be held accountable." [Washington Post, 10/18/02]

October 18, 2002: Saudi Arabia announces that Turki al-Faisal will be its next ambassador to Britain. Turki is a
controversial figure because of his long-standing relationship to bin Laden. He has also been named in a lawsuit by
9/11 victims' relatives against Saudi Arabians for their support of al-Qaeda before 9/11 (see August 15, 2002). It is
later noted that his ambassador position could give him diplomatic immunity from the lawsuit. [New York Times,
12/30/02] Turki's predecessor as ambassador was recalled after it was revealed he had written poems pra ising
suicide bombers. [Observer, 3/2/03 (C)] Reports on his new posting suggest that Turki last met bin Laden in the
early 1990s before he became a wanted terrorist. [London Times, 10/18/02, Guardian, 10/19/02] However, these
reports fail to mention other contacts with bin Laden (for instance, see July 1998), including a possible secret
meeting in July 2001 (see July 4-14, 2001).

October 18, 2002 (B): "The massive mothballed Dabhol power project that bankrupt US energ y company Enron
Corp. built in western India could be running within a year, with a long-standing dispute over power charges close
to being renegotiated, a government official said." Dabhol is the largest foreign investment project in India's
history. Despite reorganizing from a bankruptcy, Enron still holds a contr olling 65 percent stake in the plant, while
General Electric Co. and Bechtel Corp. hold 10 percent each. The local Indian state electricity board holds the
remaining 15 percent (see also November 1993 and Jun e 2001 (J)). [AP, 10/18/02]

October 18, 2002 (C): FBI Director Mueller says in a speech, "There is a continuum between those who would
express dissent and those who would do a terrorist act. Somewhere along that continuum we have to begin to
investigate. If we do not, we are not doing our job. It is difficult for us to find a path between the two extremes.''
[San Jose Mercury News, 10/19/02] The comment receives little notice. Isn't legal dissent completely different
from terrorism?

October 21, 2002: The General A ccounting Office, the nonpartisan investigative arm of Congress, releases a report
asserting that at least 13 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were never interviewed by US consular officials before being
granted visas to enter the US. This contradicts previous assurances from the State Department that 12 of the
hijackers had been interviewed. It also found that, for 15 hijackers whose applications could be found, none had
filled in the documents properly. Records for four other hijackers, including Atta, could not be check ed because
they were accidentally destroyed (see October 23, 2002). [Washington Post, 10/22/02] The State Department
maintains that visa procedures were properly followed. In December 2002, Senators Jon Kyl (R) and Pat Roberts (R)
state in a report that "if State Department personnel had merely followed the law and not granted nonimmigrant
visas to 15 of the 19 hijackers in Saudi Arabia ... 9/11 would not have happened." [AP, 12/18/02]

October 22, 2002: The recent capture of would-be hijacker Ramzi bin al-Shibh (see S eptember 11, 2002) is
threatening the trials of Zacarias Moussaoui in the US and Atta associate Mounir El Motassadeq in Germany. Bin al -
Shibh is connected to both, and would normally be an extremely important witness in both cases. But the US does
not want bin al-Shibh to testify. Both Moussaoui and Motassadeq have a good chance to win their trials on the
argument that they cannot get a fair trial if they cannot call bin al-Shibh as a witness. As a result, there is talk that
the US may have to abandon Moussaoui's civilian court trial, and retry him in a military court. It appears a judge
has delayed the Moussaoui trial until June 2003 to give the US time to interrogate bin al-Shibh. But the US wants to
secretly interrogate him for a couple years, at least. [New York Times, 10/22/02, Washington Post, 10/23/02] Does
bin al-Shibh know secrets about 9/11 that would embarrass the US?

October 22, 2002 (B): Investigators say they are building a "growing circumstantial evidence case" against anthrax
suspect Steven Hatfill. Supposedly, "their secret weapon" is bloodhounds tying "scent extrac ted from anthrax
letters" to Hatfill's apartment. [A BC News, 10/22/02] But the bloodhound story has already been reported and
largely discredited (see August 8, 2002).

October 23, 2002: Visa applications for the 15 Saudi Arabian hijackers are made public, and six separate experts
agree: "All of them should have been denied entry [into the US]." Joel Mowbray, who first breaks the story for the
conservative National Review, says he is shocked by what he saw: "I really was expecting al-Qaeda to have trained
their operatives well, to beat th e system. They didn't have to beat the system, the system was rigged in their favor
from the get-go." A former US consular officer says the visas show a pattern of criminal negligence. Some
examples: "Abdulaziz A lomari claimed to be a student but didn't name a school; claimed to be married but didn't
name a spouse; under nationality and gender, he didn't list anything." "Khalid A lmihdhar ... simply listed 'Hotel' as
his US destination — no name, no city, no state — but no problem getting a visa." Only one actually gave a US
destination, and one stated his destination as "no." Only Hani Hanjour had a s light delay in acquiring his visa. His
first application was flagged because he wrote he wanted to visit for three years when the legal limit is two. When
he returned two weeks later, he simply changed the form to read "one year" and was accepted. The experts agree
that even allowing for chance, incompetence and human error, the odds were that only a few should have been
approved (see Octob er 21, 2002). [New York Post, 10/9/02, ABC News, 10/23/02] Could Michael Springman, a
former visa official at the same US consulate w here the 15 hijackers got their visas, be correct that the US is
purposely letting terrorists get visas (see 1987-1989)? Click here to see visa applications for Hani Hanjour 1, 2
and 3, Waleed Alshehri, Wail Alshehri, and Abdulaziz Alomari, all taken from the National Review. [National
Review, 10/9/02]

October 25, 2002: "[German authorities] say they're not getting the cooperation they need from the authorities in
the USA, and they're worried that a po litical dispute between Washington and Berlin is hampering their ability to
protect the public... In Hamburg, the police say that breakdown in communications between the US and German
governments has also led to a dramatic reduction in the amount of investigative help they're getting from the US A."
The Bush administration has not spoken to the German government since it won reelection four months earlier
while openly opposing Bush's planned war on Iraq. Germans say existing prosecutions of 9/11 suspects are now
threatened by the information break down. [Online Newshour, 10/25/02] The Germans helped capture terrorist
Mohamed Heidar Zammar and turned him over to a third country, yet now they're learning very little from his
interrogations, even though he has admitted to being involved in a plot to attack a consulate in Germany. A US
State Department official denies there is any problem, aside from a few "bumps in the road." [New York Times,

October 27, 2002: The Observer reports, "America's most controversial writer Gore Vidal has launched the most
scathing attack to date on George W. Bush's Presidency, calling for an investigation into the events of 9/11 to
discover whether the Bush administration deliberately chose not to act on warnings of al-Qaeda's plans. Vidal's
highly controversial 7,000 word polemic tit led 'The Enemy Within' ... argues that what he calls a 'Bush junta' used
the terrorist attacks as a pretext to enact a preexisting agenda to invade Afghanistan and crack down on civil
liberties at home. Vidal states, "Apparently, 'conspiracy stuff' is now shorthand for unspeakable truth" (read a
summary here [Observer, 10/27/02], or Vidal's entire essay here [Observer, 10/27/02], and an interview here
[Salon, 4/24/02]).
October 28, 2002: Four prisoners are freed from Guantanamo Bay, the first of the
600 or so prisoners there to be released (see January 11, 2002 and April 30, 2002
(B)). The four, mostly elderly Afghan men, are released because they were
determined not to be involved in al-Qaeda and posed no security threat. [BBC,
10/29/02] 19 more are released in March 2003. [BBC, 3/24/03] The prisoners are
supposedly being kept there to be interrogated about what they know of al-Qaeda
and the Taliban. But it is reported that virtually none of the prisoners in
Guantanamo have any useful information. One US official says, "[Guantanamo] is a
dead end" for fresh intelligence information. A ccording to the Washington Post,
"Officials realize many of them had little intelligence value to begin with...."
[Washington Post, 10/29/02] US officials privately concede that "perhaps as many as        Camp X-Ray pr isoner s. They wear
100 other captives" are innocent of any connections to al-Qaeda or the Taliban, but           sensor y depr ivation masks.
most of these still have not been released. Furthermore, not a single prisoner has
been brought before a US military tribunal. Apparently this is to hide "a sorry fact: the US mostly netted Taliban
and al-Qaeda fighters of only low to middling importance, bagging few of the r eal bad guys." [Time, 10/27/02] At
least 59 were deemed to have no intelligence even before being sent to Cuba, but were nonetheless sent there,
apparently because of bureaucratic inertia. [Los Angeles Times, 12/22/02 (B)]

October 28, 2002 (B): The Washington Post reports, "A significant number of scientists and biological warfare
experts are expressing skepticism about the FBI's view that a single disgruntled American scientist prepared the
spores and mailed the deadly anthrax letters that killed five people last year." More than a dozen experts suggest
investigators should "reexamine the possibility of state-sponsored terrorism, or try to determine whether
weaponized spores may have been stolen by the attacker from an existing, but secret, biodefense program or
perhaps given to the attacker by an accomplice." These experts suggest that making the type of anthrax used could
take a team of ex perts and millions of dollars. The article focuses on the possibility that Iraq could be to blame.
[Washington Post, 10/28/02] Why would Iraq have targeted Democratic Senators Leahy and Daschle? Why is the
possibility of a team of anthrax attackers from within the US continually brushed aside?

November 2002: Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef blames Zionists and Jews for the 9/11 attacks. He tells
journalists, "Who has benefited from Sept. 11 attacks? I think [the Jews] were the protagonists of such attacks."
Nayef is in charge of the Saudi inves tigation into the attacks, and some US congresspeople respond to the
comments by questioning how strongly Saudi Arabia is investigating the involvement of the 15 Saudi 9/11 hijackers.
[AP, 12/5/02]

November 1, 2002: Some of the 9/11 victims' relatives hold a rally at the US Capitol to protest what they fear are
plans by the Bush administration to delay or block their lawsuit against prominent Saudi individuals for an alleged
role in financing al-Qaeda (see August 15, 2002). [Washington Post, 11/1/02] US officials say they have not
decided whether to submit a motion seeking to block or restrict the lawsuit, but they are considered about the
"diplomatic sensitivities" of the suit. Saudis have withdrawn hundreds of billions of dollars from the US in response
to the suit (see August 20, 2002). The Guardian previously reported that "some plaintiffs in the case say the Bush
administration is pressuring them to pull out of the lawsuit in order to avoid damaging US -Saudi relations,
threatening them with the prospect of being denied any money from the government's own compensation scheme if
they continue to pursue it. Bereaved relatives who apply to the federal compensation scheme must, in any case,
sign away their rights to sue the government, air carriers in the US, and other domestic bodies - a condition that
has prompted some of them to call the government compensation "hush money." The fund is expected, in the end,
to pay out $4 billion. They remain, however, free to sue those they accuse of being directly responsible for the
attacks, such as Osama bin Laden, an d - so they thought - the alleged financers of
terrorism." [Guardian, 9/20/02]

November 3, 2002: A CIA-operated Predator drone fires a missile that destroys a carload of
suspected al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen. The target of the attack is Qaed Senyan al-
Harethi, a top al-Qaeda operative, but five others are also killed, including American citizen
Kamal Derwish. [Washington Post, 11/4/02, AP, 12/3/02] US officials say the CIA has the
legal authority to target and kill American citizens it believes are working for al-Qaeda (see
July 22, 2002). [AP, 12/3/02] Bush administration officials say Derwish was the ring leader
of a terrorist cell in Lackawanna, New York. [Washington Post, 11/9/02] The CIA also has a
"high-value target list" of about two dozen terrorist leaders it is authorized to assassinate,
including bin Laden. [ New York Times, 12/15/02] Many international lawyers and some
foreign governments question the legality of the assassination. [Guardian, 11/6/02] Noting              Qaed Senyan al-Har ethi.
that in its battle against al-Qaeda, the US has effectively deemed the entire planet a                           [AP]
combat zone, Scott Silliman, director of Duke University's Center on Law, Ethics and
National Security says: "Could you put a Hellfire missile into a car in Washington, DC? ... The ans wer is yes, you
could." But National Security A dviser Rice says, "No constitutional questions are raised here." [ABC, 12/3/02,
Chicago Tribune, 11/24/02] A former high-level intelligence officer complains that Rumsfeld wants "to take guys
out for political effect." Al-Harethi's was being tracked for weeks through his cell phone. [New Yorker, 12/16/02]
The attack happens one day before mid-term elections in the US. Was the timing of this assassination done for its
political effect?

                            November 5, 2002: David Shayler, a member of the British intelligence agency MI5, is
                            convicted of divulging British intelligence secrets. Shayler claims that British intelligence
                            paid an al-Qaeda agent to assassinate Libyan leader Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (see
                            1996). Under strict secrecy laws, the British press is not allowed to report Shayler's
                            claims. The press is not even allowed to report that the government won a gag order on
                            the press. [The Age, 10/10/02] Shayler is not allowed to argue that he acted in the public
                            interest, and the veracity of his claims is not challenged in court. [Guardian, 11/6/02 (B)]
                            Shayler is sentenced to six months in prison, but only serves seven weeks then is released
                            on parole. [ BBC, 12/23/02]

                         November 5, 2002 (B): The New York Times reports that the official Pentagon study
    David Shayler . [BBC]
                         assessing the structural effect of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon was completed in July
2002 but has not been released, and may never be released. The report "was specifically intended to consider
Pentagon security in the light of new terrorist threats... Some, confused over what could be considered sensitive in
the report, have expressed outrage that the lessons it may hold for other buildings could be squandered." Engineers
outside the investigation say the implications are considerable, since the design of the Pentagon is much more
similar to other major buildings elsewhere than the design of the WTC. If the report were released, it is likely
building codes would be changed and many lives saved in the long term. [ New York Times, 11/5/02]

November 6 and 22, 2002: The US tightens immigration restrictions for 18 countries. All males over age 16 coming
to the US from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, North Korea, Oman,
Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates or Yemen must register with the US government
and be photographed and fingerprinted at their local INS office. [Washington Post, 11/7/02, AP, 11/23/02] Two
countries are not included: Pakistan (the home country of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and many other al-Qaeda
terrorists) and Saudi Arabia (the home country of bin Laden and 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers). These two countries
are added to the list on December 13, 2002, after criticism that they were not included. [New York Times,

November 9, 2002: The New York Times exposes the existence of John
Poindexter's Total Information A wareness data collection program, begun in
early 2002 (see Mid-January 2002 and March 2002 (B)). [New York Times,
11/9/02 (C)] Conservative columnist William Safire writes, "If the Homeland
Security A ct is not amended before passage, here is what will happen to
you: Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine
subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you
visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive,
every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you
attend - all these transactions and communications will go into what the
Defense Department describes as 'a virtual, centralized grand database.' To
this computerized dossier on your private life from commercial sources,
add every piece of information that government has about you — passport
application, driver's license and bridge toll records, judicial and divorce
records, complaints from nosy neighbors to the FBI, your lifetime paper       The logo f or Poindexter 's new depar tment wor ries
trail plus the latest hidden camera surveillance — and you have the           some. An eye fr om a Masonic pyr amid appear s to
supersnoop's dream: a 'Total Information Awareness' about every US             cast a beam ov er the wor ld, with Muslim r egions
                                                                               highlight ed. [San Fr ancisco Chr onicle, 11/20/02,
citizen." [New York Times, 11/14/02] Poindexter says it will take years to       Guar dian, 11/23/02] The mott o, Scientia Est
realize his vision, but his office has already begun providing some           Potentia, means "knowledge is power ." The logo is
technology to government agencies. [Washington Post, 11/12/02] The              lat er r emoved fr om the depar tment's website.
                                                                                             [Baltimor e Sun, 1/5/03]
existence of this program, and the fact that Poindexter is running it, causes
concern for many on both the left and right. [USA Today, 1/16/03] It is regularly called Orwellian, conjuring visions
of 1984's Big Brother, and even supporters admit it sounds Orwellian. [News week, 11/15/02, Los Angeles Times,
11/17/02 (B), Guardian, 11/23/02, Newsday, 12/1/02, New Yorker, 12/9/02, BBC, 12/12/02, Dallas Morning News,
12/16/02, Baltimore Sun, 1/5/03] The New York Times suggests, "Congress should shut down the program pending
a thorough investigation." [New York Times, 11/18/02] Experts question not only its civil liberties implications, but
also if it is even feasible. If it does work, would its database be swapped with errors that could not be removed?
(See such problems in a much smaller database in March 2002.) [San Jose Mercury News, 12/26/02] However,
many newspapers fail to report on the program at all, and A BC is the only network to report the story on prime
time television. [ABC News, 11/25/02 (B), ABC News, 11/16/02] Despite so many objections, the program is
included in the Homeland Security bill (see November 25, 2002), and only later somewhat curbed by Congress
(see January 23, 2003).

November 11, 2002: It is revealed that while the government didn't ban box cutters, the airlines' own rules did. It
had been widely reported the hijackers used box cutters because they were legal. It now appears pepper spray was
also banned, and like box cutters, should have been confiscated. There is evidence the hijackers used pepper spray
as well (see July 18, 2002). It has been reported that nine of the hijackers were given special security screening s
on 9/11, and six of those had their bags check ed for weapons (see March 2, 2002 (B)). How did the hijackers get
their weapons on board the airplanes?

November 12, 2002: A new audio tape purportedly made by bin Laden, in which he praises recent terrorist attacks
in Bali, Kuwait, Yemen and Moscow, is broadcast by A l Jazeera. [ BBC, 11/13/02, BBC, 11/18/02] US officials
believe the voice is "almost certainly" bin Laden, but the Dalle Molle Institute for Perceptual Artificial Intelligence
in Switzerland, one of the world's leading voice-recognition institutes, is 95% certain the tape is a forgery. [BBC,
11/18/02, BBC, 11/29/02, Toronto Star, 12/16/02] Two weeks later, a British newspaper publis hes the complete
text of a "letter to the American people," purportedly written by bin Laden. [ Observer, 11/25/02] However,
"diplomats were skeptical about the authenticit y of the document..." [Guardian, 10/15/02]

November 15, 2002: Congress approves legislation creating an independent commission - the National Commission
on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States - to "examine and report on the facts and causes relating to the
September 11th terrorist attacks" and "make a full and complete accounting of the circumstances surrounding the
attacks." President Bush signs it into law November 27, 2002. [ US Department of State, 11/28/02] Bush originally
opposed an independent commission, but he changes his mind over the summer after political pressure (see
January 24, 2002, May 23, 2002, and October 10, 2002). The Democrats concede several important aspects of
the commission (such as subpoena approval) after the White House threatens to create a commission by executive
order, over which it would have more control. Bush will appoint the Commission chairman (see N ovember 27,
2002) and he sets a strict time frame (18 months) for the investigation. [CNN, 11/15/02] The commission will only
have a $3 million budget. Senator Jon Corzine (D) and others have wondered how the commission can accomplish
much with such a small budget. [AP, 1/20/03]

November 17, 2002: A Toronto Star editorial entitled "Pursue the Truth About Sept. 11" strongly criticizes the
government and media regarding 9/11: "Getting the truth about 9/11 has seemed impossible. The evasions, the
obfuscations, the contradictions and, let's not put too fine a point on it, the lies have been overwhelming. ... The
questions are endless. But most are not being asked -still - by most of the media most of the time. ... There are
many people, and more by the minute, persuaded that, if the Bushies didn't cause 9/11, they did nothing to stop
it." The article also mentions the Complete 9/11 Timeline website, calling it one of several "carefully considered,
well crafted and very compelling" websites to look at for more information about 9/11. [ Toronto Star, 11/17/02]

November 20, 2002: The US claims that captured would-be hijacker Ramzi bin al-Shibh says Zacarias Moussaoui
met 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in Afghanistan during the winter of 2000 -01 and Mohammed gave
him names of US contacts. [Washington Post, 11/20/02] Bin al-Shibh and Mohammed agreed Moussaoui should be
nothing more than a backup figure in the 9/11 plot because he could not keep a secret and was too volatile and
untrustworthy. Supposedly, bin al-Shibh wired Moussaoui money intended for other terrorist activities, not 9/11.
[USA Today, 11/20/02] The Washington Post has suggested this may cause Moussaoui to not want to call bin al-
Shibh as a witness in his trial, but it appears Moussaoui still wants him as a witness. [ Washington Post, 11/20/02]
There have been suggestions that the US may move Moussaoui's case from a civilian court to a military tribunal,
which would prevent bin al-Shibh from testifying, but the issue remains undecided (see Octob er 22, 2002). [USA
Today, 11/20/02]

November 22, 2002: News week reports that 9/11 hijackers Khalid A lmidhar and Nawaf A lhazmi ma y have receiv ed
money from Saudi Arabia's royal family through two Saudis, Omar al-Bayoumi and Osama Basnan (see November
1999 (B) and Dec ember 4, 1999), based on information leaked from the Congressional 9/11 inquiry last month
(see October 9, 2002). [News week, 11/22/02, MSNBC, 11/23/02, Washington Post, 11/24/02, New York Times,
11/23/02] Al-Bayoumi's whereabouts are unknown; Basnan was deported to Saudi Arabia on November 17 (see
August 22, 2002 and Septemb er 22, 2001). Saudi officials and Princess Haifa immediately deny any terrorist
connections. [Los Angeles Times, 11/24/02] Newsweek reports that while the money trail "could be perfectly
innocent ... it is nonetheless intriguing - and could ultimately expose the Saudi government to some of the blame
for 9/11 ..." Newsweek reports that Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Bob Graham (D) says, "'This one stinks
of people using classified information' for political purposes." [Newsweek, 11/22/02] Some Saudi newspapers which
usually reflect government thinking claim the leak is blackmail to pressure Saudi Arabia into supporting war with
Iraq. [MSNBC, 11/25/02] Senior government officials claim the FBI and CIA failed to aggressively pursue leads that
might have linked the two hijackers to Saudi Arabia. This has caused a bitter dispute between FBI and CIA officials
and the intelligence panel investigating the 9/11 attacks (see December 11, 2002 (B)). [New York Times,
11/23/02]A number of senators, including Richard Shelby (R), John McCain (R), Mitch O'Connell (R), Joe Lieberman
(D), Bob Graham (D), Joe Biden (D) and Charles Schumer (D) express concern about the Bush administration's action
(or non-action) regarding the Saudi royal family and its possible role in funding terrorists. [ New York Times,
11/25/02, Reuters, 11/24/02] Lieberman says, "I think it's time for the president to blow the whistle and
remember what he said after September 11 - you're either with us or you're with the
terrorists." [ABC, 11/25/02]

November 22, 2002 (B): 9/11 victims' relatives add 50 defendants to the 100 defendants
previously named in their $1 trillion la wsuit against Saudi citizens and organizations (see
August 15, 2002). New defendants include Saudi Interior Minister Prince Naif and the
Saudi American Bank, that nation's second largest financial institution. A lso named is
Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, a billionaire Saudi businessman (see August 13, 1996 and
Early December 2001 (B)). He is alleged to have directed the Kenya branch of al-
Haramain Islamic Foundation, which was banned in Kenya after the bombing of the US
embassy there in 1998 (see August 7, 1998). The Bosnia and Somalia branches of the
charity have been designated terrorist entities by the US. [Wall Street Journal, 11/22/02]
Al-Amoudi is also on a secret United Nations list of al-Qaeda financiers (see Novemb er 26,
2002). In 1999 it was reported that US and British officials are investigating if a bank he  Mohammed Hussei n al-Amoudi
heads, the Capitol Trust Bank in New York and London, has transferred money to bin
Laden. He is also seen as the financial successor to Khalid bin Mahfouz in some respects (see 1988, December 4,
2001 (B)), since Mahfouz was placed under house arrest (see April 1999). [USA Today, 10/29/99]

November 24, 2002: The Los Angeles Times reports that Defense Secretary Rumsfeld is creating new agencies to
make "information warfare" a central element of any US war. For instance, Rumsfeld created a new position of
deputy undersecretary for "special plans" - a euphemism for deception operations. "Increasingly, the
administration's new policy -- along with the steps senior commanders are taking to implement it -- blurs or even
erases the boundaries between factual information and news, on the one hand, and public relations, propaganda
and psychological warfare, on the other. And, while the policy ostensibly targets foreign enemies, i ts most likely
victim will be the American electorate" (see also February 20, 2002 and October 2002). [Los Angeles Times,
11/24/02] Authorities have arrested and jailed at least 44 people as potential grand jury witnesses in the 14
months of the nationwide terrorism investigation, but nearly half have never been called to testify before a grand
jury, according to defense lawyers and others involved in the cases.

November 24, 2002 (B): The Washington Post reports that the US is using an obscure statute to detain and
investigate terrorism suspects without having to charge them with a crime. At least 44 people, some of them US
citizens, have been held as "material witnesses." Some have been held for months, and some have been held in
maximum-security conditions. Most in fact have never testified, even though that is supposedly why they were
held. [Washington Post, 11/24/02]

                                  November 25, 2002: President Bush signs legislation creating the Department of
                                  Homeland Security. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge is promoted to Secretary of
                                  Homeland Security (see S eptember 20, 2001). The Department will consolidate nearly
                                  170,000 workers from 22 agencies, including the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, the
                                  federal security guards in airports, and the Customs Service. [New York Times,
                                  11/26/02, Los Angeles Times, 11/26/02] However, the FBI and CIA, the two most
                                  prominent anti-terrorism agencies, will not be part of Homeland Security. [ New York
                                  Times, 11/20/02] The department wants to be active by March 1, 2003, but "it's going to
                                  take years to integrate all these different entities into an efficient and effective
   The new Homeland Sec ur ity    organization." [New York Times 11/20/02, Los Angeles Times, 11/26/02] Some 9/11
 depar tment has a logo of an eye victims' relatives are angry over sections inserted into the legislation at the last minute.
    peeking thr ough a key hole   Airport screening companies will be protected from lawsuits filed by family members of
                                  9/11 victims. Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband died in the WTC, says, "We were down
there lobbying last week and trying to make the case that this will hurt us, but they di d it anyway. It's just a slap in
the face to the victims." [New York Times, 11/26/02] The bill also allows the controversial Total Information
Awareness program to move forward with its funding. [San Francisco Chronicle, 11/20/02 (B)] It also gives a
Freedom of Information A ct exemption for information submitted by private industry to government agencies. Such
information given will be automatically classified, protecting the private sector from public scrutiny and lawsuits.
Robert Leger, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, says, "This bill sacrifices, in the name of
homeland security, the long-standing American principle of open government." [San Francisco Chronicle, 11/19/02]

November 26, 2002: In the wake of news that two Saudis living in San Diego, California may have helped two of
the 9/11 hijackers (see November 22, 2002), reports surface that the US has a secret, short list of wealthy
individuals who are the key financiers of al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. The Washington Post claims there are
nine names on the list: seven Saudi, plus one from Eg ypt and one from Pakistan. [ Washington Post, 11/26/02] ABC
News claims the list consists of 12 names, all Saudis, and says they were financing al-Qaeda through accounts in
Cyprus, Switzerland and Malaysia, among other countries. [ABC, 11/25/02] They also claim the Saudi government
has a copy of the list. US officials privately say all the people listed have close personal and business ties with the
Saudi royal family. [ABC, 11/26/02] A secret report to the United Nations by French investigator Jean-Charles
Brisard names seven prominent Saudi financiers of terror; the number matches the seven Saudis mentioned in the
Post article, though it's not known if all the names are the same. The Saudis mentioned by Brisard are: Khalid bin
Mahfouz (see for instance 1988 and April 1999); Yassin al-Qadi (see Octob er 1998, October 12, 2001, and
Dec emb er 5, 2002); Saleh Abdullah Kamel (see Jun e 1998 (D)); Abdullah Suleiman al-Rajhi; Adel Abdul Jalil
Batterjee; Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi (see August 13, 1996, Early December 2001 (B), and Novemb er 22,
2002 (B)); and Wa'el Hamza Julaidan (who has had his assets frozen by the US [State Department, 9/6/02]). Brisard
says al-Qaeda has received between $300 million and $500 million over the last 10 years from wealthy businessmen
and bankers. He claims that the combined fortunes of these men equal about 20% of Saudi Arabia's GDP (gross
domestic product). [Los Angeles Times, 12/24/02, UN report, 12/19/02 or here] It is also reported that a National
Security Council task force recommends the US demand that Saudi Arabia crack down on terrorist financiers within
90 days of receiving evidence of misdeeds and if they don't, the US should take unilateral action to bring the
suspects to justice. [Washington Post, 11/26/02] However, the US denies this, calling Saudi Arabia a "good partner
in the war on terrorism." [Washington Post, 11/25/02] Press Secretary Ari Fleischer says: "I think the fact that many
of the hijackers came from that nation [Saudi Arabia] cannot and should not be read as an indictment of the
country." [Radio Free Europe, 11/27/02]

November 27, 2002: President Bush names Henry Kissinger as Chairman of the National
Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. Congressional Democrats appoint
George Mitchell, former Senate majority leader and peace envoy to Northern Ireland and
the Middle East, as Vice Chairman. Their replacements and the other eight members of the
commission are chosen by mid-December (see December 16, 2002). Kissinger served as
Secretary of State and National Security A dvisor for Presidents Nixon and Ford. [ New York
Times, 11/28/02] Kissinger's ability to remain independent is met with skepticism (for
instance, see Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 12/3/02, Washington Post, 12/1/02, Chicago Sun-
Times, 12/13/02, CNN, 11/30/02, Sydney Morning Herald, 11/29/02]. He has a very
controversial past - for instance, "Documents recently released by the CIA, strengthen
previously-held suspicions that Kissinger was actively involved in the establishment of
Operation Condor, a covert plan involving six Latin American countries including Chile, to            Geor ge Mitchell
assassinate thousands of political opponents." He is also famous for an "obsession with
secrecy." [BBC, 4/26/02] Its even difficult for Kissinger to travel outside the US. Investigative judges in Spain,
France, Chile and Argentina seek to question him in several legal actions related to his possible involvement in war
crimes particularly in Latin America, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Chile and East Timor. [ BBC, 4/18/02, Village
Voice, 8/15-21/01, Chicago Tribune, 12/1/02] "Indeed, it is tempting to wonder if the choi ce of Mr. Kissinger is not
a clever maneuver by the White House to contain an investigation it long opposed." [ New York Times, 11/29/02]
The Chicago Tribune notes that "the president who appointed him originally opposed this whole undertaking" (see
January 24, 2002, May 23, 2002, and October 10, 2002). Kissinger is "known more for keeping secrets from the
American people than for telling the truth" and asking him "to deliver a critique that may ruin friends and
associates is asking a great deal." [Chicago Tribune, 12/5/02] Both he and Mitchell resign a short time later rather
than reveal the clients they work with (see Decemb er 11, 2002 and Dec emb er 13, 2002).

November 28, 2002: Three suicide bombers detonate their explosives outside a resort hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.
Terrorists also fire shoulder-launched missiles unsuccessfully at a passenger jet. [New York Times, 11/30/02] The
death toll reaches 16. [CNN, 12/1/02] Al-Qaeda purportedly claims responsibility a few days later. [CNN, 12/2/02]

Dec emb er 4, 2002: Marion (Spike) Bowman, head of the FBI's National Security Law Unit and the person who
refused to seek a special warrant for a search of Zacarias Moussaoui's belo ngings before the 9/11 attacks (see
August 23-27, 2001 and August 28, 2001 (D)) is among nine recipients of bureau awards for "exceptional
performance." FBI Director Mueller says the honorees "are strongly linked to our counter-terrorism efforts" and
"have gone out on a limb to improve our administrative practices [and] our legal tools." The awards include cash
bonuses of up to 35% of each recipient's base salary. The award came shortly after a 9/11 Congressional inquiry
report that said Bowman's unit gave Minneapolis FBI agents "inexcusably confused a nd inaccurate information" that
was ''patently false'." [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 12/22/02] Bowman's unit also blocked an urgent request by FBI
agents to begin searching for Khalid A lmihdhar after his name was put on a watch list (see August 29, 2001). In
early 2000, the FBI acknowledged serious blunders in surveillance Bowman's unit conducted during sensitive
terrorism and espionage investigations, including agents who illegally videotaped suspects, intercepted e -mails
without court permission, and recorded the wrong phone conversations. [AP, 1/10/03] Mueller also promotes
Pasquale D'Amuro, the FBI's counter-terrorism chief in New York City before 9/11, to the bureau's top
counterterrorism post. A former Justice Department official says Mueller has "promoted the exact same people who
have presided over the ... failure." [Time, 12/30/02]

Dec emb er 4, 2002 (B): A federal judge in New York rules that Jose Padilla, a US citizen who has been accused of
being an al-Qaeda "dirty bomber," has the right to meet with a lawyer (see Jun e 10, 2002). The judge agrees with
the government that Padilla can be held indefinitely as an "enemy combatant" even though he is a US citizen. But
he says such enemy combatants can meet with a lawyer to contest their status. However, the ruling makes it ve ry
difficult to overturn such a status. The government only need show that "some evidence" supports its claims.
[Washington Post, 12/5/02, Washington Post, 12/11/02] In Padilla's case, many of the allegations against Padilla
given to the judge, such as Padilla taking his orders from al-Qaeda leader Abu Zubaida, have been widely dismissed
in the media. [Washington Post, 9/1/02] As one newspaper puts it, Padilla "appears to be little more than a
disoriented thug with grandiose ideas." [Guardian, 10/10/02 (B)] However, the government continues to challeng e
this ruling, and Padilla still has not had access to a lawyer (see March 11, 2003).

Dec emb er 5, 2002: Federal agents search the offices of Ptech, Inc., a computer
software company in Quincy, Massachusetts, looking for evidence of links to bi n
Laden. A senior Ptech official confirms that Yassin al-Qadi, one of 12 Saudi
businessmen on a secret CIA list suspected of funneling millions of dollars to al-
Qaeda, was an investor in the company, beginning in 1994 (see October 1998 and
November 26, 2002). [Newsweek, 12/6/02, WBZ4, 12/9/02] Some of Ptech's
customers include the White House, Congress, Army, Navy, Air Force, NATO, FAA,
FBI and the IRS. [Boston Globe, 12/7/02] A former FBI counter-terrorism official
states, "For someone like [al-Qadi] to be involved in a capacity, in an organization,
a company that has access to classified information, that has access to government
open or classified computer systems, would be of grave concern." Yacub Mirza - "a       FBI agents r aid Ptech offices [ABC and
senior official of major radical Islamic organizations that have been linked by the
US government to terrorism" - has recently been on Ptech's board of directors. Hussein Ibrahim, the Vice President
and Chief Scientist of Ptech, was vice chairman of a now defunct investment group called BMI. An FBI affidavit
names BMI as a conduit to launder money from al-Qadi to Hamas terrorists. [WBZ4, 12/9/02] The search into Ptech
is part of Operation Green Quest, which has served 114 search warrants in the past 14 months involvi ng suspected
terrorist financing. Fifty arrests have been made and $27.4 million seized. [ Forbes, 12/6/02] Al-Qadi's assets were
frozen by the FBI in October 2001 (see Octob er 12, 2001). [Arab News, 9/26/02] That same month, a number of
Ptech employees told the Boston FBI that Ptech was financially backed by al-Qadi, but the FBI did little more than
take their statements. A high level government source claims the FBI did not convey the information to a treasury
department investigation of al-Qadi, and none of the government agencies using Ptech software were warned.
Indira Singh, a second whistleblower, spoke with the FBI in June 2002 and was "shocked" and "frustrated" when she
learned the agency had done nothing. [Boston Globe 12/7/02, WBZ4, 12/9/02] Beginning in mid-June 2002, WBZ-
TV Boston had prepared an lengthy investigative report on Ptech, but withheld it for more than three months after
receiving "calls from federal law enforcement agencies, some at the highest levels." The station claims the
government launched its Ptech probe in August 2002, after they "got wind of our investigati on" and "asked us to
hold the story so they could come out and do their raid and look like they're ahead of the game." [ Boston Globe,
12/7/02 (B) , WBZ4, 12/9/02]

Dec emb er 9, 2002: US commanders have rejected as too risky many special operations missions to attack Taliban
and al-Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan. After Army Green Beret A-Teams received good intelligence on the
whereabouts of former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, commanders turned down the missions as too
dangerous. Soldiers traced the timidity to an incident in June 2002 called Operation Full Throttle, which resulted
in the death of 34 civilians. [Washington Times, 12/9/02]

Dec emb er 9, 2002 (B): A federal judge rules against the General A ccounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of
Congress, in its attempt to force Vice President Cheney to disclose his Energy Task Force documents (see May 2001
(G)). The judge writes, "This case, in which neither a House of Congress nor any congressional committee has
issued a subpoena for the disputed information or authorized this suit, is not the setting for such unprecedented
judicial action.'' [AP, 12/9/02] The GAO later declines to appeal the ruling (see February 7, 2003 (B)). In a similar
suit being filed by Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club, the Bush Administration has successfully delayed deadlines
forcing these documents to be turned over. That case continues, with another deadline avoided on December 6.
[AP, 12/6/02]

Dec emb er 11, 2002: George Mitchell resigns as Vice Chairman of the recently-
created 9/11 investigative commission (see Novemb er 27, 2002). Lee Hamilton, an
Indiana congressman for more than 30 years and chairman of the committee which
investigated Iran-Contra, is named as his replacement. [CNN, 12/11/02] Mitchell cites
time constraints as his reason for stepping down, but he also does not want to sever
ties with his lawyer-lobbying firm, Piper Rudnick, or reveal his list of clients. Recent
clients include two Mideast governments - Yemen and the United Arab Emirates - and
a firm owned by Mohammed Hussain Al-Amoudi, a Saudi magnate under scrutiny from
US anti-terror investigators (see Novemb er 26, 2002). [Newsweek, 12/15/02]
Committee Chairman Henry Kissinger resigns two days later (see Dec emb er 13,                   Lee Hami lton [PBS]

Dec emb er 11, 2002 (B): A Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigating the performance of government
agencies before the 9/11 attacks releases its final report. A 450-page report was written, but only nine pages of
findings and 15 pages of recommendations are released, and thos e have blacked out sections. It is unclear if any
more will be released. [Los Angeles Times, 12/12/02] The committee accuses the Bush administration of refusing
to declassify information about possible Saudi Arabian financial links to US -based terrorists, criticizes the FBI for
not adapting into a domestic intelligence bureau after the attacks and says the CIA lacked an effective system for
holding its officials accountable for their actions. Asked if 9/11 could have been prevented, Senator Bob Graham
(D), the committee chairman, gives "a conditional yes." Graham says the Bush administration has given Americans
an "incomplete and distorted picture" of the foreign assistance the hijackers may have received." [ABC, 12/10/02 ]
Graham further says, "There are many more findings to be disclosed" that Americans would find "more than
interesting," and he and others express frustration that information that should be released is being kept classified
by the Bush administration. [St. Petersburg Times, 12/12/02] Sen. Richard Shelby (R), the vice chairman, singles
out six people as having "failed in significant ways to ensure that this country was as prepared as it could have
been": CIA Director Tenet; Tenet's predecessor, John Deutch; former FBI Director Louis Freeh; NSA Director Michael
Hayden; Hayden's predecessor, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minihan; and former Deputy Director Barbara McNamara.
[Washington Post, 12/11/02; Committee Findings, 12/11/02, Committee Recommendations, 12/11/02] Shelby says
that Tenet should resign. "There have been more failures on his watch as far as massive intelligence failures than
any CIA director in history. Yet he's still there. It's inexplicable to me." [Reuters, 12/10/02, PBS Newshour,
12/11/02] "A list of 19 recommendations consists largely of recycled proposals and tepid calls for further study of
thorny issues members themselves could not resolve." [Los Angeles Times, 12/12/02]

Dec emb er 11, 2002 (C): In discussing the report of the Senate Select Committee on
Intelligence on 9/11 (see December 11, 2002 (B)), Senator Bob Graham (D), the committee
chairman, says he is "surprised at the evidence that there were foreign gov ernments involved
in facilitating the activities of at least some of the [9/11] terrorists in the United States.... To
me that is an extremely significant issue and most of that information is classified, I think
overly-classified. I believe the American people should know the extent of the challenge that
we face in terms of foreign government involvement. I think there is very compelling evidence
that at least some of the terrorists were assisted not just in financing - although that was part
of it - by a sovereign foreign government and that we have been derelict in our duty to track
that down.... It will become public at some point when it's turned over to the archives, but
that's 20 or 30 years from now." [PBS Newshour, 12/11/02] In March 2003, Newsweek says its           Bob Gr aham.

sources indicate Graham is speaking about Saudi Arabia, and that leads pointing in this
direction have been pursued. Graham also says that the report contains far more miscues than have been publicly
revealed. "There’s been a cover-up of this," he says. [Newsweek, 3/1/03 (B)] Could Graham also be referring to
evidence showing Pakistan's ISI foreknowledge of 9/11 that was given to his office before 9/11 (see Early August

Dec emb er 11, 2002 (D): The Justice Department announces that only six of the 765 people detained on
immigration charges after 9/11 are still in US custody (see also Novemb er 5, 2001 (B) and July 3, 2002). Almost
500 of them were released to their home countries; the remainder are still in the US. 134 others were arrested on
criminal charges and 99 were convicted. Another group of more than 300 were taken into custody by state and
local law enforcement and so statistics are unknown about them. A dditionally, more were arrested on material
witness warrants, but the government won't say how many. The Washington Post has determined there are at least
44 in this category (see Novemb er 24, 2002 (B)). [Washington Post, 12/12/02] The names of all those secretly
arrested still have not been released (see August 2, 2002 (C)). None in any of the categories have been charged
with any terrorist acts.

Dec emb er 12, 2002: The vast majority of the more than 900 people the federal government acknowledges
detaining after the 9/11 attacks have been deported, released or convicted of minor crimes unrelated to terrorism,
according to government documents (see Octob er 20, 2001). An undisclosed number - most likely in the dozens -
are or were held as material witnesses. The Justice Department reports that only six of the 765 people arrested for
immigration violations are still held by the I NS. An additional 134 people were charged with criminal offenses, with
99 found guilty through pleas or trials. [Chicago Sun-Times, 12/12/02] MSNBC reports that of the "more than 800
people" rounded up since 9/11, "only 10 have been linked in any way to the hijackings" and "probably will turn out
to be innocent." [Newsweek, 10/29/02]

Dec emb er 12-17, 2002: At least 15 FBI investigators conduct a six-day search of Gambrill State Park (outside
Frederick, Maryland) and Frederick Municipal Forest in connection with the anthrax investigation. Frederick
Municipal Forest is located about four miles northwest of USAMRIID, the Army's principal biodefense lab. In addition
to a ground search and ex cavation of some areas, teams of divers search small lakes and ponds in the park. The
search is based on information that former USAMRIID government scientist Steven Hatfill may have disposed of
laboratory equipment in one of the ponds near his former Maryland home (see February 1999, September 1999
(B), August 1, 2002, and August 8, 2002). [ABC, 12/12/02, CNN, 12/13/02, Washington Post, 12/13/02, Baltimore
Sun, 12/13/02] The FBI search turns up nothing. [ABC News, 1/9/03] Afterwards, Hatfill alleges that a virtual
caravan of unmarked vans and cars are keeping him under constant surveillance, following him on errands and to
restaurants and driving past his house with a video camera pointed out the window. He also believes that his
telephone is wiretapped. [UPI, 11/23/02]

                                  Dec emb er 13, 2002: Henry Kissinger resigns as head of the new 9/11 investigation
                                  (see Novemb er 27, 2002). [AP, 12/13/02, ABC, 12/13/02, copy of resignation
                                  letter] T wo days earlier, the Bush Administration argued that Kissinger was not
                                  required to disclose his private business clients. [New York Times, 12/12/02]
                                  However, the Congressional R esearch Service insists that he does, and Kissinger
                                  resigns rather than reveal his clients. [MSNBC, 12/13/02, Seattle Times, 12/14/02]
                                  It is reported that Kissinger is (or has been) a consultant for Unocal, the oi l
                                  corporation, and was involved in plans to build pipelines through Afghanistan (see
                                  October 21, 1995, and August 9, 1998). [Washington Post, 10/5/98, Salon,
                                  12/3/02] Kissinger claimed he did no current work for any oil companies or Mideast
                                  clients, but several corporations with heavy investments in Saudi Arabia, such as
                                  ABB Group, a Swiss-Swedish engineering firm, and Boeing Corp., pay him consulting
                                  fees of at least $250,000 a year. A Boeing spokesman said its "long-standing"
        Henr y Kissinger [AP]     relationship with Kissinger involved advice on deals in East Asia, not Saudi Arabia.
                                  Boeing sold $7.2 billion worth of aircraft to Saudi Arabia in 1995. [ News week,
12/15/02] In a surprising break from usual procedures regarding high-profile presidential appointments, White
House lawyers never vetted Kissinger for conflicts of interest. [News week, 12/15/02] The Washington Post says
that after the resignations of Kissinger and Mitchell, the commission "has lost time" and "is in disarray, which is no
small trick given that it has yet to meet." [Washington Post, 12/14/02]

Dec emb er 14, 2002: A Pakistani court ruling frees Maulana Masood Azhar, leader of
the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad, from prison. [Christian Science Monitor,
12/16/02] Two weeks later, he is freed from house arrest. He was held for exactly one
year without charge, the maximum allowed in Pakistan. [AP, 12/29/02] He was
arrested shortly after an attack on the Indian Parliament that was blamed on his
terrorist group (see December 13, 2001). In 1999 he and Saeed Sheikh were rescued
by al-Qaeda from an Indian prison (see Dec emb er 24-31, 1999), and he has ties to al-
Qaeda and possibly the 9/11 attacks (see January 5, 2002). Pakistan frees several
other top terrorist leaders in the same month. It is believed they are doing this so
these terrorists can fight in a secret proxy war with India over Kashmir. US officials
have remained silent about the release of Azhar and others Pakistani terrorist leaders.
[Christian Science Monitor, 12/16/02] The US froze the funds of Jaish-e-Mohammad in         Maulana Masood Azhar .
October 2001 (see October 12, 2001), but the group simply changed its name to al-
Furqan, and the US has not frozen the funds of the "new" group. [Financial Times, 2/8/03, Washington Post,
                       Dec emb er 16, 2002: President Bush names former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean as the
                       Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, after his
                       original choice, Henry Kissinger, resigned (see November 27, 2002 and December 13, 2002).
                       [Washington Post, 12/17/02] In an appearance on NBC, Kean promises an aggressive
                       investigation. "It's really a remarkably broad mandate, so I don't think we'll have any problem
                       looking under every rock. I've got no problems in going as far as we have to in finding out the
                       facts." [AP, 12/17/02] However, Kean plans to remain President of Drew University and
                       devote only one day a week to the commission. He also claims he would have no conflicts of
                       interest, stating: "I have no clients except the university." [Washington Post, 12/17/02]
                       However, he has a history of such conflict. Multinational Monitor has previously stated:
                       "Perhaps no individual more clearly illustrates the dangers of university presidents maintaining
     Thomas Kean       corporate ties than Thomas Kean," citing the fact that he is on the Board of Directors of
                       Aramark (which received a large contract with his university after he became president), Bell
Atlantic, United Health Care, Beneficial Corporation, Fiduciary Trust Company International, and others.
[Multinational Monitor, 11/97] Most disturbing is his Board of Director and Executive Committee positions at
Amerada Hess, an oil company with extensive investments in Central Asia. [ Amerada Hess, 2002] Fortune magazine
points out that through this investment, "Kean appears to have a bizarre link to the very terror network he's
investigating - al-Qaeda." [Fortune, 1/22/03] In 1998, Amerada Hess created an alliance with the Saudi oi l company
Delta Oil, calling it Delta Hess. [Azerbaijan International, 2002] Delta Hess is invested in a number of oil field and
pipeline projects in Central Asia (see for instance [Azerbaijan International, 1998]). Delta Oil has been one of the
main financial partners in a controversial oil pipeline designed to go through Afghanistan. The company has been
financially controlled by Khalid bin Mahfouz, and is connected to Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi (see August 13,
1996). Both men are on a secret United Nations list of al-Qaeda financers (see November 26, 2002), and bin
Mahfouz is bin Laden's brother-in-law (see 1988). Fortune calls it an "interesting coinci dence" that three weeks
before his appointment onto the 9/11 commission, Amerada Hess quietly severed its ties with Delta Oil. [ Fortune,
1/22/03] George Mitchell resigned from the commission a few days earlier in part because of ties with al-Amoudi
(see Dec ember 11, 2002), yet Kean's conflict of interest with Amerada Hess and ties with al-Amoudi and bin
Mahfouz have only been mentioned in a short Fortune article and briefly at the end of an A P article. [ AP, 1/20/03,
Fortune, 1/22/03]

Dec emb er 16, 2002 (B): The ten members of the new 9/11 Commission (see
November 15, 2002) are appointed by this date, and are: Republicans Thomas Kean
(Chairman), Slade Gorto n, James Thompson, Fred Fielding, and John Lehman, and
Democrats Lee Hamilton (Vice Chairman), Max Cleland, Tim Roemer, Richard Ben-
Veniste, and Jamie Gorelick. [New York Times, 12/17/02, Washington Post, 12/15/02,
AP, 12/16/02, Chicago Tribune, 12/12/02] Senators Richard Shelby (R) and John
McCain (R) had a say in the choice of one of the Republican positions. They and many
9/11 victims' relatives wanted former Senator Warren Rudman (R), who cowrote an
acclaimed report about terrorism before 9/11 (see January 31, 2001). But Senate                 Richar d Ben-V eniste [PBS]
Republican leader Trent Lott blocks Rudman's appointment and chooses John L ehman
instead. [St. Petersburg Times, 12/12/02, AP, 12/13/02, Reuters, 12/16/02] It slowly emerges over the next
several months that at least six of the ten commissioners have ties to the airline industry. [CBS, 3/5/03] Every
commissioner has at least one potential conflict of interest.
Republican commissioners:
1) For Chairman Thomas Kean's conflicts of interests, see December 16, 2002.
2) Fred Fielding also works for a law firm lobbying for Spirit Airlines and United Airlines. [AP, 2/14/03, CBS,
3) Slade Gorton has close ties to Boeing, which built all the planes destroyed on 9/11, and his law firm represents
several major airlines, including Delta Airlines. [AP, 12/12/02, CBS, 3/5/03]
4) John Lehman, former secretary of the Navy, has large investments in Ball Corp., which has many US military
contracts. [AP, 3/27/03 (B)]
5) James Thompson, former I llinois governor, is the head of a law firm that lobbies for American Airlines, and he
has previously represented United Airlines. [AP, 1/31/03, CBS, 3/5/03]
Democratic commissioners:
6) Richard Ben-Veniste represents Boeing and United Airlines. [CBS, 3/5/03] His law firm also represents Deutsche
Bank, which have many connections to 9/11. [AP, 3/27/03 (B)] Ben-Veniste also has other curious connections,
according to a 2001 book on CIA ties to drug running written by Daniel Hopsicker, which has an entire chapter
called "Who is Richard Ben-Veniste?" Lawyer Ben-Veniste, Hopsicker says, "has made a career of defending political
crooks, specializing in cases that involve drugs and politics." Ben-Veniste has been referred to in print as a "Mob
lawyer," and was a long-time lawyer for Barry Seal, one of the most famous drug dealers in US history who also is
alleged to have had CIA connections. [Barry and the Boys, Daniel Hopsicker, 9/01, pp. 325-330, link to the chapter
on Ben-Veniste]
7) Max Cleland, former US senator, has received $300,000 from the airline industry. [CBS, 3/5/03]
8) James Gorelick is a director of United Technologies, one of the Pentagon's big gest defense contractors and a
supplier of engines to airline manufacturers. [AP, 3/27/03 (B)]
9) Lee Hamilton sits on many advisory boards, including those to the CIA, the president's Homeland Security
Advisory Council, and the US Army. [AP, 3/27/03 (B)]
10) Tim Roemer represents Boeing and Lockheed Martin. [CBS, 3/5/03]

Dec emb er 18, 2002 (B): Four brothers in Texas - Ghassan Elashi, Bayan Elashi, Hazim Elashi and Basman Elashi -
are arrested on charges of conspiracy, money laundering, dealing in the property of a designated terrorist, illegal
export and making false statements. [AP, 12/18/02 (B), Washington Post, 12/19/02] Ghassan Elashi is the vice
president of InfoCom Corporation, which was raided on September 5, 2001 by 80 members of a Joint Terrorism
Task Force (see September 5-8, 2001). [Guardian, 9/10/01] He is also chairman of Holy Land Foundation for Relief
and Development, which had its assets frozen by the FBI in December 2001 (see Dec emb er 4, 2001 (B)). [New York
Times, 12/20/02] The 33-count indictment names a fifth brother, Ihsan Elashi, who is already in custody, as well as
Mousa Abu Marzook, whom the US deported in 1997, and his wife Nadia Elashi (both believed to be in the Middle
East). [BBC, 12/18/01] On December 20, a judge rules Bayan and Hazim Elashi should remain in federal detention,
but frees Basman Elashi on $15,000 bail. [New York Times, 12/20/02] Ghassan Elashi is released without bond, but
will wear an electronic monitor. [AP, 12/23/02]

Dec emb er 19, 2002: European security chiefs still regard Britain as a safe haven for al-Qaeda units. Since
September 11 Britain has had only three minor prosecutions for terrorist offenses, all for being members of groups
that are banned in the country. A senior French security source says that Britain’s record since the attacks is
abysmal. [London Times, 12/19/02] Reportedly, hundreds of British recruits trained in al-Qaeda camps in
Afghanistan. The French are furious for Britain's lax treatment of terrorism suspects, including key al-Qaeda leader
Abu Qatada (see Early December 2001 (C)). [Observer, 2/24/02]

Dec emb er 27, 2002: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan sign an agreement for the
building of the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, a US$3.2 billion project that has been
delayed for many years. [AP, 12/26/02, BBC, 12/27/02] A study by the Asian
Development Bank stated that the pipeline would move natural gas from Turkmenistan's
huge Dauletabad-Donmez fields to the Pakistani port city of Gwadar. The pipeline was
originally launched in 1996 (see August 13, 1996), but was abandoned when a
consortium led by Unocal withdrew over fears of being seen as supporting the Taliban
and because the US launched missile attacks on Afghanistan in 1998 (see December 5,
1998). The Afghan, Pakistani and Turkmen leaders relaunched the project in May 2002
(see May 30, 2002 (B)). Unocal has denied it is interested in returning to Afghanistan.
Skeptics say the project would require an indefinite foreign military presence in
Afghanistan. [AP, 12/26/02, BBC, 5/30/02]
                                                                                               Leader s sign the pipeli ne
                                                                                                   agr eement [AP]
January 12, 2003: As the Bush Administration talks of war with Iraq, a nationwide
Knight-Ridder poll shows that 50% of respondents say that one or more of the 9/11 hijackers came from Iraq. Only
17% say none came from Iraq. No government or major newspaper has ever suggested that even one of the 9/11
hijackers came from Iraq. Additionally, "Nearly 1 in 4 respondents thinks the Bush administration has publicly
released evidence tying Iraq to the planning and funding of the Sept. 11 attacks, and more than 1 in 3 respondents
didn't know or refused to ans wer. No such evidence has been released." [Knight-Ridder, 1/12/03]

January 12, 2003 (B): It is reported that 22 cities representing 3.5 million residents have passed resolutions
criticizing the Patriot and Homeland Security A cts (see October 26, 2001). Another 70 cities have such resolutions
in the works. [AP, 1/12/03] Many of the resolutions provide some legal justification for local authorities to resist
cooperating in the federal war on terrorism when they deem civil liberties and Constitutional rights are being
compromised. [New York Times, 12/23/02]

January 13, 2003: The Guardian reports on the state of journalism in the US: "The worldwide turmoi l caused by
President Bush's policies goes not exactly unreported, but entirely de-emphasized. Guardian writers are inundated
by e-mails from Americans asking plaintively why their own papers never print what is in these columns... If there
is a Watergate scandal lurking in [the Bush] administration, it is unlikely to be [Washington Post journalist Bob]
Woodward or his colleagues who will tell us about it. If it emerges, it will probably come out on the web. That is a
devastating indictment of the state of American newspapers." [Guardian, 1/13/03]

January 18, 2003: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf warns of an "impending danger" that Pakistan will become
a target of war for "Western forces" after the Iraq crisis. "We will have to work on our own to stave off the danger.
Nobody will come to our rescue, not even the Islamic world. We will have to depend on our muscle." [ Press Trust of
India, 1/19/03, Financial Times, 2/8/03] Pointing to "a number of recent 'background briefings' and 'leaks'" from
the US government, "Pakistani officials fear the Bush administration is planning to change its tune dramatically
once the war against Iraq is out of the way." [Financial Times, 2/8/03] Despite evidence that the head of Pakistan's
intelligence agency, the ISI, ordered money given to the hijackers (see October 7, 2001), so far only one partisan
newspaper has suggested Pakistan was involved in 9/11. [WorldNetDaily, 1/3/02] But could Musharraf be worried
about evidence suggesting involvement of the ISI in the 9/11 attacks?

January 22, 2003: One year after reporter Daniel Pearl's kidnapping and murder (see January 23, 2002 and
January 31, 2002), the investigation is mired in controversy. "Mysteries still abound. ... Suspects disappear or are
found dead. Crucial dates are confused. Confessions are offered and then recanted. ... Nobody who physically
carried out the killing has been convicted. None of the four men sentenced is even believed to have ever been at
the shed where Pearl was held" and killed. The government arrested three suspects in May 2002 but hasn't charged
them and still won't admit to holding them, because acknowledging their testimony would ruin the case against
Saeed Sheikh. [AP, 8/18/02, AP, 1/22/03] Two of the three claim that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
cut Pearl's throat with a knife. [MSNBC, 9/17/02, Time, 1/26/03]

January 22, 2003 (B): CIA Deputy Director for Operations James Pavitt says he is convinced all the intelligence the
CIA had on Sept. 11, 2001, could not have prevented the 9/11 attacks. "It was not as some have suggested, a
simple matter of connecting the dots," he claims. [Reuters, 1/23/03]

January 22, 2003 (C): The FBI conducts a very public search of a Miami, Florida, house belonging to Mohammed
Almasri and his Saudi family. Having lived in Miami since July 2000, on September 9, 2001 they said they were
returning to Saudi Arabia, hurriedly put their luggage in a van, and sped away, according to neighbors. A son
named Turki A lmasri was enrolled at Huffman Aviation in Venice, Florida, where hijackers At ta and Marwan
Alshehhi also studied. [Washington Post, 1/23/03, Palm Beach Post, 1/23/03] Neighbors repeatedly called the FBI
after 9/11 to report their suspicions, but the FBI only began to search the house in October 2002. The house had
remained abandoned, but not sold, since they left just before 9/11. [Washington Post, 1/23/03, Palm Beach Post,
1/22/03, Palm Beach Post, 1/23/03, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 1/22/03] The FBI returned for more thorough
searches in January 2003, with some agents dressed in white biohazard suits. [ Washington Post, 1/23/03] US
Representative Robert Wexler (D), later says, "This scenario is screaming out one question: Where was the FBI for
15 months?" The FBI determines there is no terrorism connection, and apologizes to the family. [UPI, 1/24/03] An
editorial notes the "ineptitude" of the FBI in not reaching family members over the telephone, as reporters were
easily able to do. [Palm Beach Post, 2/1/03]

January 23, 2003: Congress imposes some limitations on the notorious Total Information Awareness program (see
March 2002 (B) and November 9, 2002). Research and development of the program would have to halt within 90
days of enactment of the bill unless the Defense Department submits a detailed report about the program. The
research can also continue if Bush certifies that the report cannot be provided. Congress also okays use of the
program internationally, but it cannot be used inside the US unless Congress passes new legislation specifically
authorizing such use. [New York Times, 1/24/03, Los Angeles Times, 2/19/03] However, a bill to completely stop
the program has yet to pass. [San Jose Mercury News, 1/17/03, Los Angeles Times, 2/19/03] Several days earlier,
Senator Charles Grassley (R) alleged that the Justice Department and FBI are more extensively exploring the use of
the Total Information A wareness program than they have previously acknowledged. [ AP, 1/21/03, Washington Post,
1/22/03] Contracts worth tens of millions of dollars have been signed with private companies to develop pieces of
the program. [AP, 2/12/03] Salon also reports that the program "has now advanced to the point where it's much
more than a mere 'research project.'" [Salon, 1/29/03]

                                        January 24, 2003: Rudi Dekkers, owner of the flight school where hijackers
                                        Mohamed Atta and Marwan A lshehhi trained, is nearly killed in a helicopter accident.
                                        While piloting a helicopter, his engine dies, and the helicopter plunges into a river.
                                        But remarkably a nearby helicopter sees and rescues him. [AP, 1/24/03, NBC2,
                                        1/25/03, Sarasota Herald Tribune, 1/25/03] There may be no foul play in the
                                        accident, but it is eerily reminiscent of an crash six months earlier that nearly killed
                                        Arne Kruithof, the flight school owner where Ziad Jarrah trained (see Jun e 26,
                                        2002). Reporter Daniel Hopsicker has for months been reporting on Dekkers' strange
 Rudi Dekker s in the hospital shor tly ties to the CIA (see Hopsicker's website). Interestingly, Dekkers was on his way to a
       after his cr ash. [NBC]
                                        meeting to sell his flight school, Huffman Aviation, which he sells to a competitor the
next day. [Venice Gondolier, 1/25/03, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 1/28/03] Just the week before, the state
attorney's office filed criminal fraud charges against Dekkers. He is accused of a third-degree felony security
interest fraud against business partner Wally Hilliard. [ Venice Gondolier, 1/18/03, Sarasota Herald-Tribune,
1/22/03] Hilliard has agreed to drop the charges because of the flight school sale, but the state hasn't dropped
them. [Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 1/28/03]

January 27, 2003: The 9/11 Independent Commission, officially titled the National
Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, holds its first meeting in Washi ngton.
The commission has $3 million and only until May 2004 to explore the causes of the attacks. By
comparison, a 1996 federal commission to study legalized gambling was given two years and $5
million. [AP, 1/27/03] The Bush Administration later grudgingly increases the funding to $12
million total (see March 26, 2003). Philip Zelikow, currently the director of the Miller Center
of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia and formerly in the National Security Council
during the first Bush administration, is also appointed executive director of the commission.
He is expected to resign to focus full time on the commission. [AP, 1/27/03] Zelikow cowrote
a book with National Security A dvisor Rice. [Independent Commission, 3/03] A few days later,
Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton says, "The focus of the commission will be on the future. We want           Philip Zelikow.
to make recommendations that will mak e the American people more secure.... We're not
interested in trying to assess blame, we do not consider that part of the commission's responsibility." [ UPI, 2/6/03]

                       January 30, 2003: Stephen Push, a 9/11 victim's relative, is putting 45,000 pages from the
                       recent German trial of Mounir El Motassadeq onto computer disks for the 9/11 Independent
                       Commission. He is one of about 20 victims' relatives who joined that case as co-plaintiffs and
                       got access to evidence that otherwise would be classified. [AP, 2/28/03] Push has quit his job
                       to devote all his time and $100,000 of his own money investigating 9/11. Originally a Bush
                       supporter, he now says, "Clearly the official government line [on 9/11] is a lie." [ Newsday,

                          February-March 20, 2003: With war against Iraq imminent,
                          numerous media outlets finally begin reporting on the Project
 Stephen Push. [Reuter s]
                          for the New American Century (PNAC) think tank and its role in
influencing Iraq policy and US foreign policy generally. PNAC's plans for global
domination had been noted before 9/11 (see for instance, [Washington Post,
8/21/01]), and PNAC's 2000 report recommending the conquest of Iraq even if
Saddam Hussein is not in power was first reported on in September 2002 (see
September 2000 and [Sunday Herald, 9/7/02]), but there were few follow-up
mentions until February (ex ceptions: [Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 9/29/02, Bangor
Daily News, 10/18/02, New Statesman, 12/16/02, Los Angeles Times, 1/12/03].
Many of these articles use PNAC to suggest that global and regional domination is the        Actr ess, comedienne and anti war
real reason for the Iraq war. Coverage increases as war gets nearer, but many media activist Janeane Gar ofalo attempts to
                                                                                           br ing up PNAC on CNN, the only time
outlets still have not done any reporting on this, and some of the reporting that has          it has been mentioned on t hat
been done is not prominently placed (for instance, a New York Times article on the                     networ k. [CNN]
topic is buried in the Arts section! See [New York Times, 3/11/03]). One Newsweek
editorial notes that "not until the last few days" before war have many reasons against the war been brought up. It
calls this "too little, too late" to make an impact. [News week, 3/18/03] (Articles that discuss PNAC: [Philadelphia
Daily News, 1/27/03, New York Times, 2/1/03, PBS Frontline, 2/20/03, Observer, 2/23/03, Bergen Record,
2/23/03, Guardian, 2/26/03, Mother Jones, 3/03, BBC, 3/2/03, Observer, 3/2/03, Der Spiegel, 3/4/03, ABC,
3/5/03 (B), Salon, 3/5/03, Independent, 3/8/03, Toronto Star, 3/9/03, ABC, 3/10/03, Australian Broadcasting
Corp., 3/10/03, CNN, 3/10/03, Guardian 3/11/03, New York Times, 3/11/03, American Prospect, 3/12/03, Chicago
Tribune, 3/12/03, Globe and Mail, 3/14/03, Japan Times, 3/14/03, Sydney Morning Herald, 3/15/03, Salt Lake
Tribune, 3/15/03, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 3/16/03, Observer, 3/16/03, Sunday Herald, 3/16/03, Toronto Star,
3/16/03, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., 3/17/03, Globe and Mail, 3/19/03, Asia Times, 3/20/03, The Age,
February 7, 2003: Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity reveals the leaked text of a
new anti-terrorism bill. Called the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003, it becomes
popularly known as the Patriot Act II. The text of the bill is dated January 9, 2003. [ NOW with
Bill Moyers, 2/7/03, Center for Public Integrity, 2/7/03, Patriot A ct II text] Before it was
leaked, the bill was being prepared in complete secrecy from the public and Congress. Only
House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Vice President Cheney were sent copies on January 10. [ San
Francisco Chronicle, 2/11/03] A week earlier, Attorney General Ashcroft said the Justice
Department was not working on any bill of this type, and when the text was released, they
said it was just a rough draft. But the text "has all the appearance of a document that has
been worked over and over." [ABC News, 3/12/03, Village Voice, 2/28/03] Some, including a
number of congresspeople, speculate that the government is waiting until a new terrorist act             Char les Lewis.
or war fever before formally introducing this bill. [NOW with Bill Moyers, 2/7/03, AP, 2/10/03
(B), UPI, 3/10/03, Village Voice, 3/26/03] Here are some of its provisions:
1) The attorney general is given the power to deport any foreign national, even people who are legal permanent
residents. No crime need be asserted, no proof offered, and the deportation can occur in complete secrecy. [ St.
Petersburg Times, 2/16/03]
2) It would authorize secret arrests in terrorism investigations, which would overturn a court order requiring the
release of names of their detainees. [St. Petersburg Times, 2/16/03] Not even an attorney or family need be
informed until the person is formally charged, if that ever happens. [ABC News, 3/12/03]
3) The citizenship of any US citizen can be revoked, if they are members of or have supported any group the
attorney general designates as terrorist. [St. Petersburg Times, 2/16/03] A person who gives money to a charity
that only later turns out to have some terrorist connection could then lose his or her citizenship. [ CNN, 3/6/03]
4) "Whole sections ... are devoted to removing judicial oversight." Federal agents investigating terrorism could
have access to credit reports, without judicial permission. [St. Petersburg Times, 2/16/03]
5) Federal investigators can conduct wiretaps without a court order for 15 days whenever Congress authorizes force
or in response to an attack on the United States. [UPI, 3/10/03]
6) It creates a DNA database of anyone the Justice Department determines to be a "suspect,'' without court order.
[San Jose Mercury News, 2/20/03]
7) It would be a crime for someone subpoenaed in connection with an investigation being carried out under the
Patriot A ct to alert Congress to any possible abuses committed by federal agents. [ABC News, 3/12/03]
8) Businesses and their personnel who provide information to anti-terrorism investigators are granted immunity
even if the information is fraudulent. [ABC News, 3/12/03]
9) The government would be allowed to carry out electronic searches of virtually all information avai lable about an
individual without having to show probable cause and without informing the individual that the investigation was
being carried out. Critics say this provision "would fundamentally change American society" because everyone
would be under suspicion at all times. [ABC News, 3/12/03]
10) Federal agents would be immune from prosecution when they engage in illegal surveillance acts. [ UPI,
11) Restrictions are eased on the use of secret evidence in the prosecution of terror cases. [ UPI, 3/10/03]
12) Existing judicial consent decrees preventing local police departments from spying on civil rights groups and
other organizations are canceled. [Salon, 3/24/03]
Initially the story generates little press coverage, but there is a slow stream of stories over the next weeks, all
expressing criticism. Of all the major newspapers, only the Washington Post puts the story on the front page, and
no television network has the story in prime time. [AP, 2/8/03, CBS, 2/8/03, Los Angeles Times, 2/8/03, New York
Times, 2/8/03, Washington Post, 2/8/03 (B), AP, 2/10/03 (B), San Francisco Chronicle, 2/11/03, Los Angeles
Times, 2/13/03, St. Petersburg Times, 2/16/03, Denver Post, 2/20/03, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2/20/03, San Jose
Mercury News, 2/20/03, Baltimore Sun, 2/21/03, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2/21/03, Village Voice, 2/28/03,
Houston Chronicle, 3/1/03, UPI, 3/10/03, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 3/19/03, Salon, 3/24/03, Village Voice,
3/26/03, CNN, 3/6/03, ABC News, 3/12/03, Tampa Tribune, 4/6/03] Representative Jerrold Nadler (D) says the bill
amounts to "little more than the institution of a police state." [San Francisco Chronicle, 2/11/03]

February 7, 2003 (B): The General Accounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, declines to appeal
a case attempting to force Vice President Cheney to disclose his Energy Task Force documents (see May 2001 (G)
and December 9, 2002 (B)). This ends a potentially historic showdown between the congressional watchdog
agency and the executive branch. [Los Angeles Times, 2/8/03 (B)] It is widely believed that the suit is dropped
because of pressure from the Republican Party - the suit was filed when the Democrats controlled the Senate, and
this decision comes shortly after the Republicans gained control of the Senate. [ Washington Post, 2/8/03 (C)] The
head of the GAO denies the lawsuit is dropped because of Republican threats to cut his office's budget, but US
Comptroller General David Walker, who led the case, says there was one such "thinly veiled threat" last year by a
lawmaker he wouldn't identify. [Reuters, 2/25/03] Another account has Senator Ted Stevens (R) and a number of
other congresspeople making the threat to Walker. [Hill, 2/19/03] The GAO has previous ly indicated that accepting
defeat in this case would cripple its ability to oversee the executive branch. [ Washington Post, 2/8/03 (C)] A
similar suit filed by Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club is still moving forward (see July 12, 2002 and October 17 ,
2002). [Washington Post, 2/8/03 (C)]

                        February 18, 2003: Mounir El Motassadeq, an alleged member of Mohamed Atta's Hamburg al-
                        Qaeda cell, is convicted in Germany of accessory to murder in the 9/11 attacks (see also
                        August 29, 2002). His is given the maximum sentence of 15 years. [AP, 2/19/03] Motassadeq,
                        admitted varying degrees of contact with Mohamed Atta, Marwan A lshehhi, Ramzi bin al-
                        Shibh, Said Bahaji, Ziad Jarrah and Zakariya Essabar, admitted he had been given power of
                        attorney over A lshehhi's bank account, and admitted attending an al-Qaeda training camp in
                        Afghanistan from May to August 2000, but he claimed he had nothing to do with 9/11 (see also
                        (see August 1998 and Mid-June 1999). [New York Times, 10/24/02] The conviction is the
                        first related to 9/11, but as the Independent puts it, "there are doubts whether there will
                        ever be a second." This is because intelligence agencies have been reluctant to turn over
  Mounir El Motassadeq.
                        evidence, or give access to requested witnesses. In Motassadeq's case, his lawyers tried
           [AP]         several times unsuccessfully to obtain testimony by two of his friends, Ramzi Binalshibh and
                        Mohammed Haydar Zammar - a lack of evidence that could be grounds for an appeal. German
intelligence also failed to turn over evidence on those two, again, making an appeal likely. [ Independent, 2/20/03]

February 25, 2003: The Chicago Tribune reveals that there appear to be many more members of Mohamed Atta's
Hamburg cell than previously realized. While many members of the cell died in the attacks or fled Germany just
prior to them (see S eptember 3-5, 2001), up to a dozen suspected of belonging to the Hamburg cell stayed
behind, apparently hoping to avoid government scrutiny. Many of their names have not yet been revea led. In some
cases, investigators still don't know the names. For instance, phone records show that someone using the alias Karl
Herweg was in close communication with the Hamburg cell and Zacarias Moussaoui, but Herweg's real identity is
not known. [Chicago Tribune, 2/25/03]

February 26, 2003: Coleen Rowley, the FBI whistleblower who was proclaimed Time magazine's Person of the Year
in 2002, sends another public letter to FBI Director Mueller (see also August 28, 2001 (D) and May 21, 2002). She
believes the FBI is not prepared for new terrorist attacks likely to result from the upcoming Iraq war. She also says
counter-terrorism cases are being mishandled. She claims the FBI and the Justice Department have not questioned
captured al-Qaeda suspects Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard R eid about their al-Qaeda contacts, choosing instead to
focus entirely on prosecution. She writes, "Lack of follow-through with regard to Moussaoui and Reid gives a hollow
ring to our 'top priority' - i.e. preventing another terrorist attack. Moussaoui almost certainly would know of other
al-Qaeda contacts, possibly in the US, and would also be able to alert us to the motive behind his and Mohammed
Atta's interest in crop-dusting." Moussaoui's lawyer also says the government has not attempted to talk to Moussaoui
since 9/11. [New York Times, 3/5/03 (C), New York Times, 3/6/03 (B)]

Late F ebruary 2003: Medical examiners match human remains to the DNA of two of the hijackers that flew on
Flights 11 and/or 175 into the WTC. The names of the two hijackers are not released. The FBI gave the examiners
DNA profiles of all ten hijackers on those flights a few weeks earlier. Genetic profiles of five hijackers from Flight
77 and the four from Flight 83 that did not match any of the passengers' profiles have been given to the FBI, but
the FBI has not given any DNA profiles with which to match them. [CNN, 2/27/03]

                                        March 1, 2003: 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is reportedly
                                        arrested in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. [AP, 3/1/03] He is reported arrested in a
                                        late-night joint Pakistani and FBI raid that also captures Mustafa Ahmed A l-
                                        Hawsawi, said to be the main money man behind the 9/11 attacks. [MSNBC,
                                        3/3/03] However, there are serious doubts that Mohammed or A l-Hawsawi
                                        (who might not even exist) were at the house when it was raided. Mohammed
                                        has previously been reported arrested or killed (see Jun e 16, 2002 and
                                        September 11, 2002 and also this essay, Is There More to the Capture of
                                        Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Than Meets the Eye?, for a detailed analysis of his

                                                March 10, 2003: the ISI shows what they claim is a video of Mohammed's
                                                capture (see March 1, 2003). But the video only adds to doubts about that
 The US c laims t his is Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
        just after being captur ed. [AP]        capture, as it is openly questioned to be a forgery by the reporters who see
                                                it. [ABC, 3/11/03, Reuters, 3/11/03, PakNews, 3/11/03, Daily Times,
3/13/03] A Fox News reporter even says, "Foreign journalists looking at it laughed and said this is baloney, this is a
reconstruction." [Fox News, 3/10/03]
March 11, 2003: A judge reaffirms the right of Jose Padilla, a US
citizen being held as an "enemy combatant," to meet with a lawyer
(see June 10, 2002 and Dec emb er 4, 2002 (B)). The same judge ruled
that he could meet with a lawyer in December 2002, but the
government continues to challenge the ruling and continues to block
his access to a lawyer. [AP, 3/11/03] Later in the month, the
government tells the judge it is planning to ignore his order and will
appeal the case. [AP, 3/26/03] Why is the US fighting so hard to keep
Padilla in total isolation despite evidence that the "dirty bomb" plot
he is accused of is almost totally fictitious? While it may be completely Wanted poster for John Doe #2, left, and Jose Padilla,
coincidental, the Village Voice has noticed that Padilla is a "dead                       r ight. [Village V oice]
ringer" for the never found "John Doe #2" of the 1995 Ok lahoma City
bombing, and other evidence could tie him to it. [Village Voi ce, 6/13/02, Village Voi ce, 3/27/02]

March 14, 2003: The Afghani government warns that unless the international community hands over the aid it
promised, Afghanistan will s lip back into its role as the world's premier heroin producer. The country's Foreign
Minister warns Afghanistan could become a "narco-mafia state." [BBC, 3/17/03] A United Nations study later in the
month notes that Afghanistan is once again the world's number one heroin producer, producing 3,750 tons in 2002.
Farmers are growing more opium poppies than ever throughout the country, including areas previously free of the
crop. [A P, 3/27/03]

                                                 March 20, 2003: The US, Britain, Australia, and Poland send in troops to
                                                 conquer Iraq. [AP, 3/19/03] Bush sends a letter to Congress giving two
                                                 reasons for the war. The first is that he has determined that further
                                                 diplomacy will not protect the US. The second is that the US is
                                                 "continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists
                                                 and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or
                                                 persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist
                                                 attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001." [White House, 3/18/03]
                                                 This mimics language from a bill passed by Congress in October 2002
                                                 giving Bush the power to declare war against Iraq if a link with the 9/11
                                                 attacks is shown. [White House, 10/2/02] Yet on January 31, 2003, when
     A building in Baghdad is bombed. [Reuter s] a reporter asked both Bush and British Prime Minister Blair, "Do you
                                                 believe that there is a link between Saddam Hussein, a direct link, and
the men who attacked on September the 11th?" Bush rep lied, "I can't make that claim." Blair then replied, "That
answers your question." [White House, 1/31/03] A New York Times/ CBS poll from earlier in the month indi cates
that 45 percent of Americans believe Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was "personally involved" in the 9/11 attacks.
[New York Times, 3/11/03 (B)] The Christian Science Monitor notes, "Sources knowledgeable about US intelligence
say there is no evidence that Hussein played a role in the Sept. 11 attacks, nor that he has been or is currently
aiding al-Qaeda. Yet the White House appears to be encouraging this false impression...." [Christian Science
Monitor, 3/14/03] For instance, Bush claims Hussein has supported "al-Qaeda-type organizations," and "al-Qaeda
types." [New York Times, 3/9/03]

March 26, 2003: Time reports that the 9/11 Independent Commission has requested an additional $11 million to
add to the $3 million for the commission, and the Bush Administration has turned down the request. The request
will not be added to a supplemental spending bill. A Republican member of the commission says the decision will
make it "look like they have something to hide." Another commissioner notes that the recent commission on the
Columbia shuttle crash will have a $50 million budget. Stephen Push, a leader of the 9/11 victims' families, says
the decision "suggests to me that they see this as a convenient way for allowing the commission to fail. They've
never wanted the commission and I feel the White House has always been looking for a way to kill it without having
their finger on the murder weapon." The Administration has suggested it may grant the money later, but any delay
will further slow down the commission's work. Already, commission members are complaining that scant progress
has been made in the four months since the commission started, and they are operating under a deadline. [ Time,
3/26/03] Three days later, it is reported that the Bush Administration has agreed to extra funding, but only $9
million, not $11 million. The commission has agreed to the reduced amount. [ Washington Post, 3/29/03] The New
York Times criticizes such penny-pinching, saying, "Reasonable people might wonder if the White House, having
failed in its initial attempt to have Henry Kissinger steer the investigation, may be resorting to budgetary
starvation as a tactic to hobble any politically fearless inquiry." [New York Times, 3/31/03]

March 26, 2003 (B): Bush signs an executive order delaying the public release of millions of government
documents, citing the need to more thoroughly review them first. The government faced a April 17 deadline for
declassifying millions of documents 25 years or older. [Reuters, 3/26/03] The order also treats all material sent to
American officials from foreign governments, no matter how routine, as subject to classification. It expands the
ability of the CIA to shield documents from declassification. And for the first time, it gives the vice president the
power to classify information. The New York Times says, "Offering that power to Vice President Di ck Cheney, who
has shown indifference to the public's right to know what is going on inside the executive branch, seems a
particularly worrying development." [New York Times, 3/28/03]

March 27, 2003: It is reported that "most members" of the 9/11 Independent Commission still have not received
security clearances. [Washington Post, 3/27/03] For instance, Slade Gorton, picked in December 2002, is a former
senator with a long background in intelligence issues. Fellow commissioner Lee Hamilton says, "It's kind of
astounding that someone like Senator Gorton can't get immediate clearance. It's a matter we are concerned
about." The commission is said to be at a "standstill" because of the security clearance issue, and cannot even read
the classified findings of the previous 9/11 Congressional inquiry. [Seattle Times, 3/12/03] Already Hamilton has
said that, "We will be short of time. It will be very difficult" to meet the deadline of May 2004, when the
commission must complete its investigation. [UPI, 2/6/03] Are the security clearances being delayed to thwart the

March 28, 2003: An article highlights conflicts of interest amongst the commiss ioners on the 9/11 Independent
Commission. It had been previously reported that many of the commissioners had ties to the airline industry (see
Dec emb er 16, 2002 (B)), but a number have other ties. "At least three of the 10 commissioners serve as directors
of international financial or consulting firms, five work for law firms that represent airlines and three have ties to
the US military or defense contractors, according to personal financial disclosures they were required to submit."
Bryan Doyle, project manager for the watchdog group Aviation Integrity Project says, "It is simply a failure on the
part of the people making the selections to consider t he talented pool of non-conflicted individuals." Commission
chairman Thomas Kean says that members are expected to steer clear of discussions that might present even the
appearance of a conflict. [AP, 3/28/03] I t remains to see what will happen in

March 31, 2003: The 9/11 Independent Commission has its first public hearing. The
Miami Herald reports, "Several survivors of the attack and victims' relatives testified
that a number of agencies, from federal to local, are ducking responsibility for a
series of breakdowns before and during Sept. 11." [Miami Herald, 3/31/03] The New
York Times suggests that the Independent Commission would never have been
formed if it were not for the pressure of the 9/11 victims' relatives. [New York
Times, 4/1/03] Some of the relatives strongly disagreed with statements from some
commissioners that they would not place blame. For instance, Stephen Push states,
"I think this commission should point fingers.... Some of those people [who failed us]
are still in responsible positions in government. Perhaps they shouldn't be." [UPI,
3/31/03] The most critical testimony comes from 9/11 relative Mindy Kleinberg, but                Mindy Kleinber g.
her testimony is only briefly reported on by a few newspapers. [UPI, 3/31/03,
Newsday, 4/1/03, New York Times, 4/1/03, New York Post, 4/1/03, New Jersey Star-Ledger, 4/1/03] In her
testimony, Kleinberg says, "It has been said that the intelligence agencies have to be right 100% of the time and
the terrorists only have to get lucky once. This explanation for the devastating attacks of September 11th, simple
on its face, is wrong in its value. Because the 9/11 terrorists were not just luck y once: they were lucky over and
over again." She points out the inside trading based on 9/11 foreknowledge, the failure of fighters to catch the
hijacked planes in time, hijackers getting visas in violation of standard procedures, and other events, and asks how
the hijackers could have been lucky so many times. [Independent Commission, 3/31/03]

                      April 3, 2003: Former CIA Director James Woolsey says the US is engaged in a world war, and
                      that it could continue for years: "As we move toward a n ew Middle East, over the years and, I
                      think, over the decades to come ... we will make a lot of people very nervous." He calls it
                      World War IV (World War III being the Cold War according to neoconservatives like himself),
                      and says it will be fought against the religious rulers of Iran, the "fascists" of Iraq and Syria,
                      and Islamic extremists like al-Qaeda. He singles out the leaders of Egypt and Saudi Arabia,
                      saying, "We want you nervous." This echoes the rhetoric of the Project for the New American
                      Century, of which Woolsey is a supporter (see January 26, 1998), and the singling out of
                      Egypt and Saudi Arabia echoes the rhetoric of the Defense Policy Board, of which he is a
                      member. In July 2002, a presentation to that board concluded, "Grand strateg y for the
    James Woolsey.
                      Middle East: Iraq is the tactical pivot. Saudi Arabia the strategic pivot. Eg ypt the prize" (see
                      July 10, 2002). [CNN, 4/3/03, CNN, 4/3/03 (B)]