Report: French knew of al-Qaida plot

UPDATE: A modified version of this Reuters story now carried by Washington Post and The New York Times.

Report: French knew of al-Qaida plot

PARIS - A French intelligence service learned as early as January 2001 that al-Qaida was working on a plot to hijack U.S. airliners, and it passed the information on to the CIA, a news report said Monday.

France's Le Monde newspaper said it had obtained 328 pages of classified documents on Osama bin Laden's terror network that were drawn up by the French foreign intelligence service, the DGSE, between July 2000 and October 2001.

The Defense Ministry didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

Le Monde reported that the documents included a note dated Jan. 5, 2001, which said al-Qaida had been working on a hijacking plot for months. The intelligence note reported that bin Laden had attended a meeting in Afghanistan in October 2000, where a final decision to carry out the plot was taken, the newspaper said.

French intelligence officials apparently had no idea that al-Qaida was plotting to crash hijacked planes into buildings, as happened in the Sept. 11 attacks.

Le Monde quoted Pierre-Antoine Lorenzi, a former chief of staff for the intelligence agency's director, as saying, "You have to remember that up until 2001, hijacking an airplane did not have the same meaning as after Sept. 11. At the time, that meant forcing an airplane to land in an airport to carry out negotiations. We were used to handling that."

The newspaper said the DGSE report was passed on to the CIA chief in Paris, as was all information about possible threats to American interests.


"You have to remember that up until 2001, hijacking an airplane did not have the same meaning as after Sept. 11. At the time, that meant forcing an airplane to land in an airport to carry out negotiations. We were used to handling that."

Just because they never had to deal with it, doesn't mean they hadn't thought of it/planned for it.

"So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies."

Richard Cheney - Chief Executive Of Halliburton

How ironic that the only

How ironic that the only planes forced to land on 9/11 were all the "non-hijacked " ones.
"Hope doesn't come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It's simply a choice to take action."
- Anna Lappe

Total BS

This article sounds to me like total BS. Just more dis-info from the media trying to push LIHOP.


what is wrong w/ LIHOP? It sounds like they're trying to push the incompetence theory if you ask me.

Take this LIHOP and run with it

Any current mention of 911 works to our advantage. In this case it should be possible to take this instance of LIHOP a step further -- for instance, by mentioning and asking about the NORAD "failures". Again and again. Over and over.

I hope we can get that one talked about in the media. Please mention it whenever you write comments to anything, such as to LIHOP articles like this.

Exactly Tiguhs

The 9/11 truth noose is tightening around their necks and the are desperate to find a way out. Why not let Bush and the neocons take the fall for them. That way the "Shadow Government" as Tarpley calls them, is left untouched. Makes perfect sense to me. They don't give a rats ass about Bush and his thugs. They are just puppets to be used by the NWO boys.

Mainstream Media: A little late to the story

Why is this news now? Why didn't the MSM ever follow up on all these warnings:

Would they be more open to do so now? Well, at least people are going to hear about this finally. I hope it doesn't disappear into the ether like every other damning 9/11 story that has been reported...

International Truth Movement

great point

6 years too late msm

"I will not withdraw from this war even if Laura and Barney are the only ones supporting me." -George W. Bush

Mind Control Inc.

"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed. He who molds public opinion is greater than he who enacts laws." President Abraham Lincoln

“it is possible to fool all the people all the time—when government and press cooperate.” George Seldes - "legendary investigative reporter"

George W. Bush from about 15

George W. Bush from about 15 seconds ago while speaking about the Iraq war-"they know who attacked us on September the 11th.........."

kind of speaks for itself.

yep, looks like that scary

yep, looks like that scary "dirty bomb" charge is missing. funny huh? served its purpose.......

Can someone...

Please grab the video of John Feal's debate from this morning?

It's available here...

The "Sicko" Debate.


"So where is the oil going to come from?... The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world's oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies."

Richard Cheney - Chief Executive Of Halliburton

I believe that "Towers of Deception--the Media Cover-up of 9/11"

by Barrie Zwicker, is the best book about 9/11 to date!!!

Here is a brief description:

A dozen carefully researched books have exposed the official story of 9/11 to be a terror fraud. Yet the mainstream media have monolithically failed to ask elementary questions about anomalies in this story. So-called alternative media have been little better. Towers of Deception explains why and prescribes actions to break out the truth.

Authored by a lifelong journalist who was for thirty-five years a media critic, Towers of Deception provides twenty-six "exhibits" of evidence proving "beyond a reasonable doubt" that 9/11 was an inside job. It then presents case histories of de facto censorship by mainstream media and examines the psychological phenomenon of denial. "False flag" operations and psychological warfare are dealt with in detail, as is the "invisible government"-the powers pulling strings behind the scenes. Following a profile of Dr. David Ray Griffin as an authentic prophet of the 9/11 truth movement, Towers of Deception urges people to speak truth to power and challenge all media.

Interspersed with photographs, diary entries, and inspiring profiles of those who see 9/11 truth as the Achilles' heel of the neocon agenda, Towers of Deception includes a professional-quality DVD produced by the author: The Great Conspiracy: The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw.

About the Author
Barrie Zwicker is an independent documentary producer, writer, and political activist. He directed the widely acknowledged 75-minute DVD, The Great Conspiracy: The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw. The first mainstream television journalist in the world to deeply question the official 9/11 story, he became a director of the International Citizens' Inquiry Into 9/11, Phase 2...

(BTW, why don't teachers/professors, book clubs, etc., assign/suggest books like this?)

i agree, i love that book. i

i agree, i love that book. i imagine that anyone who has any kind of role in the media and happens to read it must be overcome with crushing shame. Zwicker dismantles the coward media and devotes a whole chapter to that sacred cow Chomsky. brilliant stuff.

Towers of Deception is an amazing read!

But I must respectfully disagree, in my personal opinion Webster Tarpley's "Synthetic Terror: Made in the USA" has been the best volume on 9/11 to date.

Of course it's unfair to compare them so, in the end personal preference plays a big role and I think Barrie Zwicker accomplished exactly what he meant to do with that book. The 9/11 truth movement owes him so much, he's a great person. "Towers of Deception" is the best present you can give a new Truther confused about Noam Chomsky.

It is ironic that the path that has lead me to this point began when I read Chomsky's writings on intellectual responsibility and activism, but there you have it.

seems to me...

that everyday there is a news piece that includes al-Qaeda or some sort of 9/11 related news. this tells me the MSM is running scared. the bombing in Algeria last week was blamed on al-Qaeda. it seems that any attack is always first blamed on al-Qaeda or a network of al-Qaeda. we all know that al-Qaeda isnt what we are told it is. its most likely some sort of drug cartel.

"Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th;
malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists, themselves, away from the guilty."

-George W. Bush November 11, 2001

Lions and Tigers Al Queda uh oh!

Please protect me from fromt the bad people that want to steal my freedumb . . . . Oh please benevolent government . . . . wrap me in your warm arms.

French intelligence service

I believe there were warnings from eleven different foreign intelligence agencies. Always good to see it brought up again in the press.

Which Al Qaida plot?

All warning stories are pure disinfo.

If they were warnings, there was a (Al Qaeda) plot.
An Al Qaeda plot IS the official story.
Therefore warning "revelations" simply confirm the official story.

The official story (as well as LIHOP) is disproved beyond reasonable doubt by the evidence of controlled demolition of 3 buildings.
Therefore the warnings are disproved and are therefore disinfo.

why french intelligence "could imagine" 911

This "accidental declassification" from french intelligence is very interresting… French intelligence could easily imagine terrorists plans to crash jetliners on cities cause algerians islamists tried in France in 1994.

Check this out :

"No one could have imagined..."

French intelligence did not need a great imagination :

In december 1994, an Air France Flight 8969, bound for Paris from Algiers, was hijacked by the Algerian terrorist organization Armed Islamic Group (GIA).

The four hijackers boarded the aircraft disguised as Air Algerie security staff. Authorities delayed departure, but were intimidated into giving the go-ahead when the hijackers killed 2 of the 227 persons on board.

The French government decided not to allow the aircraft to approach Paris because its consulate in Oran, Algeria, had received an intelligence warning that the hijackers intended to blow up the aircraft over Paris.

The flight crew convinced the hijackers that refueling in Marseille was required. After the aircraft touched down hours of negotiations ensued, whereupon the terrorists demanded fuel. French police commandos (GIGN) stormed the aircraft and after a 20 minute gunfight successfully rescued the 161 remaining passengers (some had been released during negotiations) and 3 flight crew.

The origin of the release of the 326 pages is not clear, but I don't think that someone from la piscine ("the swimming-pool", french intelligence headquarters) just lost the complete file by driving home...

Also note that the 1994 Air France Flight 8969 Hijacking could have been a good inspiration source for people who wrote the 911 "screenplay"...

La Tour 7 - Red pills for French

I don't like any of the

I don't like any of the books. The US military did 911. The US military controls much of the media. The "shadow government" is headed by Peter Pace.

The french are floating this story to stop the USA interferring in some French business.

Quite likely to stop the US from playing dirty towards the socialist candidate in the elections. If this is only half correct ... then the truth on 911 will increasingly be used for blackmail.

What I don't understand is why Iran has not provided us with proof from their secret-service, why Saddam never said a word, why North-Korea is quiet on 911.