The Complete 911 Timeline, managed by Paul Thompson [Update(s) added November 14, 2006]

Snippet(s) taken from "The Complete 911 Timeline", an online cooperative research project that evaluates mainstream press and other "credible" news and information sources. Its regular updates are mirrored in this blog to give it more overall exposure as well as provide an opportunity to discuss these research results.
      Update(s) published: Nov 14, 2006

(Mid-June-Mid-July 2000): Almihdhar Stays in Yemen House Monitored by US Intelligence

When he leaves the US in June (see June 10, 2000), hijacker Khalid Almihdhar flies to Frankfurt, Germany, and then to Oman in the Middle East. [US Congress, 7/24/2003, pp. 135 pdf file] From there he returns to his family’s home in Sana’a, Yemen. [9/11 Commission, 7/24/2004, pp. 237] His wife and children live at an al-Qaeda communications hub that is run by his father in law, Ahmed al-Hada. The hub is being monitored by the NSA and CIA. Phone calls to and from the hub, including ones made by Almihdhar and other hijackers, are intercepted, rooms in the building are bugged, and spy satellites record visitors (see Late August 1998, Late 1998-Early 2002, and Early 2000-Summer 2001). Based on information gained from monitoring this house, the CIA and local intelligence services mounted a major operation against Almihdhar, other hijackers, and several more al-Qaeda operatives in December 1999 and January 2000, when they were followed around the Middle East and South Asia and monitored during an al-Qaeda planning meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (see December 29, 1999, January 2-5, 2000, and January 5-8, 2000). So presumably US intelligence should have been aware of this visit to the hub and who Almihdhar was, but what exactly was known and who may have known it is not clear.

Entity Tags: Khalid Almihdhar, Ahmed al-Hada, National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency

Mid-July 2000: Almihdhar Reports to KSM; Claims He and Alhazmi Were Followed to US

According to a post-9/11 confession obtained from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM), al-Qaeda operative Khallad bin Attash persuades hijacker Khalid Almihdhar to return to Afghanistan to meet with KSM. At the meeting, Almihdhar complains about life in the US but says he is confident he will be able to obtain another visa, as he left the US before his first one expired. He also tells Mohammed about the problems he and Nawaf Alhazmi have had enrolling in language schools and says they believe they were monitored when they flew from Bangkok to the US in January 2000 (see January 15, 2000) (it is not clear who may have monitored them). Supposedly, KSM is angry that Almihdhar left the US without permission and wishes to exclude Almihdhar from the mission, but bin Laden himself intervenes and keeps Almihdhar involved. [9/11 Commission, 7/24/2004, pp. 237, 269; US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, 7/3/2006, pp. 20-21 pdf file] Doubts have been raised about the reliability of KSM’s confession, as it was obtained using torture (see June 16, 2004). According to author Ron Suskind, at one point interrogators even threaten to hurt KSM’s children, a seven-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl, unless he provides more information. [Suskind, 2006, pp. 230]

Entity Tags: Osama bin Laden, Tawifiq ("Khallad") bin Attash, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Khalid Almihdhar, Nawaf Alhazmi

Summer 2000: NSA Continues to Intercept Calls between Hijackers and Yemen Communications Hub

After hijacker Khaled Almihdhar returns to the Middle East (see June 10, 2000 and (Mid-June-Mid-July 2000)), the NSA continues to intercept his telephone calls to and from an al-Qaeda communications hub in Sana’a, Yemen, where his wife and children live. US intelligence understands that this is one of the most important al-Qaeda hot spots, and has been closely monitoring it since at least late 1998 (see August 5-25, 1998 and Late 1998-Early 2002). It also intercepts calls between hijacker Salem Alhazmi and the hub, as well as conversations between his brother, hijacker Nawaf Alhazmi, in the US and the hub (see Mid-October 2000-Summer 2001). [US Congress, 7/24/2003, pp. 157 pdf file; Wright, 2006, pp. 343; 9/11 Commission, 7/24/2004, pp. 222] The NSA had previously intercepted calls made by the hijackers to and from the communications hub, both when they were in the US and outside it (see Early 2000-Summer 2001).

Entity Tags: National Security Agency, Nawaf Alhazmi, Salem Alhazmi, Khalid Almihdhar

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Ali Muhammed!!

I am watching the Propoganda Storm on National Geographic right now.... they are really pouring it on.

but they were talking about the FBI's #1 corroborator.... Ali Muhammed.... it was just funny how they tell their story..... If you really pay attention... It just doesn't make any sense.

Ali Muhammed spilled the beans about Bin Laden and his roles in training terrorists and carrying out all these terrorist acts. He then pleaded guilty and then the best part.... he refused a trial by jury.... so the American People would not get his story....not see the evidence.... not get the press coverage.

His file was thus sealed and classified and he was imprisoned in an undisclosed location....they then said most likely under a witness protection program.... so prisons have witness protection programs??... who are they protecting him from?

He then continued to assist the FBI by diagraming how terrorists might strike us ..... he has been convicted and imprisoned and he continues to actively assist the FBI to determine weaknesses in our defenses and security??.... come on!... are we not smart enough to realize our weaknesses and address them? Do we really need an alleged terrorist to hold our best and brightest's hands?

then.... when his "Freinds" were put on trial for the African Embassy bombings.... the FBI didn't allow Muhammed to testify against the accused.... because they feared that he would double cross them on the stand??????????????

WHAT!!!.... this guy has spilled the beans already.... he is assisting the FBI in all their terrorist preperations which they use without question I'm sure.... but they can not trust this guy to testify against the terrorists that he aleady implicated??

Does this guy even exist?... Is he even in jail? Is he really assisting the FBI? or is this all a grand fabrication? If he does exist... they certainly don't want him to be heard... probably becauise if this guy is put on the stand... they will find that this entire thing is fabricated....and they feared that this guy's story would be discovered to be full of holes.

This guy is the Kalid Sheik Muhammed before there was a KSM!!!

by the way.... the Prosecuting Attourney on this thing was Patrick Fitzgerald.... sound familiar.

this stinks to high heaven...... they play the same games over and over.....

can we get the testimony of KSM?.... guessing his story was whatever the FBI needed it to be... and a great deal of the 9/11 Commission Report relied on the testimony of KSM

we must contin ue to read between the lines....

anyways friends.... I must return to the National Geographic Channel to discover how Bin Laden escaped capture....

you take the high road..... and we'll bomb the low road