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(Looks like Hayden really wants to keep his post! And what about that Al Qaeda base in Yemen that they know about and extract intel from but apparently can't shut down? This is beyond ridiculous.)
DEBKAfile Updates DEBKA-Net-Weekly Exclusive
November 16, 2008, 5:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources report that US president-elect Barack Obama, European and Russian heads of state in Washington for the G20 conference over the weekend were briefed about a probable early al Qaeda attack.
Obama and his team have been advised that a new al Qaeda strike is highly probable in the United States or against a key US target in Europe, North Africa or the Middle East.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 372 of Nov. 14 disclosed that al Qaeda’s Yemen base, a reliable barometer for Osama bin Laden’s schemes, issued a Directive to All Fighters in Arabia on Nov. 9 presaging a major operation in the United States that will “change the political and economic world” and be “far bigger than 9/11.”
The 9-11 Commission statement on Al Qaeda financing has become notorious for its disingenuity and is well known to all. I'll quote it here again, just to contrast with another statement below:
Page 172 of the report:
To date, the U.S. government has not been able to determine the origin of the money used for the 9/11 attacks. Ultimately the question is of little practical significance.Al Qaeda had many avenues of funding. If a particular funding source had dried up, al Qaeda could have easily tapped a different source or diverted funds from another project to fund an operation that cost $400,000-$500,000 over nearly two years.
While this is of course brazenly, breathtakingly stupid and false, one might presume that this is also the official position of US government, barely if ever challenged in the media. So now check out the following comment from a recent Washington Post story regarding Eliot Spitzer, titled "Spitzer Fall Began With Bank Reports" and describing how a bank's diligent monitoring of "suspicious" transactions became Spitzer's undoing:
Robin Hordon and David Ray Griffin appeared on Carol Brouillet's show last night. Griffin was on air for just a few minutes, plugging his new book; most of the show was Hordon's. For those who are not familiar with Robin Hordon, he is an ex-pilot and ex-flight controller (fired when he went on strike during the Reagan years). Robin Hordon is very level-headed and it seems to me he brings a number of valid points to the debate. He explains in detail how the scramble protocols used to work, how they were changed in June 2001 and exactly what effect it had on the morning of 9-11. He also discusses what the FAA would normally do in the case of a hijacking, and what they were doing on 9-11.
Hordon also discusses the wargames, and how they would affect procedures that day (according to Hordon, they wouldn't). Plenty of other interesting stuff from a guy who knows first-hand how air traffic control works.
The show is already available as a podcast:
(7 megs each)