Skip to comments.1999 Report Warned of Suicide Hijack
Posted on 05/17/2002 10:14:31 AM PDT by nutmegEdited on 09/03/2002 4:50:30 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
WASHINGTON –– Exactly two years before the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal report warned the executive branch that Osama bin Laden's terrorists might hijack an airliner and dive bomb it into the Pentagon or other government building.
"Suicide bomber(s) belonging to al-Qaida's Martyrdom Battalion could crash-land an aircraft packed with high explosives (C-4 and semtex) into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), or the White House," the September 1999 report said.
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Watch the story die on the vine....it just touched the dems holy grail....the Clinton's......hahahaha!
I understand that bombs on barrage ballons in the civil war were discussed and possibly used. Is it fair to blame Lincoln? I'm sure we can tie the War Between the States in here some where if we just work on it.
And of course the story comes out on a Friday afternoon... by Monday it will be ancient history.
Wait until the day after the election and charge all the dims (maybe a RINO or two) with treason, the evidence should not be hard to find if Ashcroft just surfs around here for a few days. ;-)
I totally agree. The left still managed to get their message out. The harried soccer-moms, etc. are only going to hear: "Bush Knew" or "Bush was warned about 9/11 attacks", which of course, is not true.
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