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KDLarsen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-12-10 02:34 AM
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19. Since it's a lazy sunday morning and I'm bored..
A FBI informant lives with two hijackers in San Diego-- supposedly fails to learn of plot.
They were staying with him at the recommendation of Omar al-Bayoumi, who had helped Al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar settle in San Diego. It wasn't a matter of him actively pursuing them. Besides, I thought you were of the opinion that there were no hijackers in the first place?

Several hijackers go to flight schools in US, engage in dubious activities, FBI agents give warnings, they are completely shut down by higher ups, yet the the govt was completely caught by surprise.
Institutional problems, which have been acknowledged and (hopefully) corrected. Besides, I thought you were of the opinion that there were no hijackers in the first place?

One flight school attended by lead hijacker Atta had illegal drug and CIA connections, yet the the CIA was supposedly caught by surprise by 9/11.
Where's the connection? It's not like they were flaunting their plans, and I'm not exactly sure the terrorism and the drug divisions in the CIA are right next door. Besides, I thought you were of the opinion that there were no hijackers in the first place?

An incompetent, seemingly mentally challenged hijacker Hani Hanjour was able to obtain a commercial pilots license.
"seemingly mentally challenged", give me a break. The guy had language problems. Which he had corrected for, by taking intensive english lessons prior to attending flight school. Not to mention, he only passed with a "satisfactory" rating.

One hijacker was interviewed by the CIA before entering the US, yet the the CIA was supposedly caught by surprise by 9/11.
Who? This is the first time I've heard this claim.

Several govt officials stop flying commercial aircraft prior to 9/11, and some specifically were warned on 9/10 not to fly on 9/11, due to security concerns, yet the the govt was completely caught by surprise by 9/11.
Uh no. I know it's the John Ashcroft angle, and he was flying commercially for private travel.

US govt receives a large number of warnings from foreign countries of a major terrorist attack, plane hijackings, etc, and fails to enact policies to stop 9/11.
Richard Clarke went around the Bush White House in the summer of 2001 warning people there about an upcoming terror attack, but no one really paid attention to him enough to do anything to prevent the attacks.
The US recieves quite a number of warnings every day, but without specifics it is difficult to enact policies to counter them. What would you have them do? Lock down the country?

Dick Cheney was assigned to revise the country's anti-terror policies, but apparently didn't think it was important enough to do in the first nine months in office to prevent a terrorist attack.
Political failure. We all know he was busy cozing up to Big Oil anyway.

Bush was warned on August 6th, 2001 about bin Laden trying to strike the US mainland, but was apparently not particularly concerned enough to do anything to prevent the attacks.
Again, lack of specifics.

Hijackers did not act at all like devout Muslims prior to the attacks, yet supposedly they were on a holy "jihad" suicide mission.
The acts of the hijackers seems to depend on who you're asking. There's the alleged hard drinking at the Pink Pony in Florida the night before the attacks (which would be impressive, given that the hijackers at that time were in Virginia, New Jersey & Massachusetts). There's the story of Amanda Keller who alleged she was Atta's girlfriend, yet when her story was investigated, it was found lacking, and she subsequently admitted to have lied.
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