Michael Mukasey, Day of 9/11, Osama bin Laden – 9/11 Timeline Additions as of April 20, 2008
More material has been added covering the NSA's surveillance of Ahmed al-Hada, father-in-law of alleged Pentagon hijacker Khalid Almihdhar. Both President+Bush and Vice+President+Cheney used the non-exploitation of calls between his phone in Yemen and the hijackers in the US to justify the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program in January 2006. Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell attributed the failure to trace the calls to a 1981+executive+order earlier this year, and Mukasey bizarrely then claimed that one of the calls was between the US and Afghanistan,+rather+than+Yemen. This confused+the+media+somewhat, and a group+of+congressmen asked Mukasey for an explanation.
There are additional entries about the day of 9/11. A senior official later+disputed+Richard+Clarke's+account of the day's events, some Pentagon security cameras did+not+show+the+crash+site, and the fighters who later responded to the Pentagon attack attended+anti-terrorism+training earlier in the day. There is a dispute over which+gate+American+11+left+from at Boston airport, where suspicious+passengers arrived on September 10, when Larry Silverstein's publicist cancelled+an+appointment+at+the+WTC for 9/11. Other entries point out United+93's+autopilot+was+turned+off, top air force officials continued+with+a+meeting when they learned the WTC had been hit, and crew on United 93 had previously attended antiterrorism+training. Pilots on American+77, American+11 and United+93, were allocated to their flights shortly before 9/11.
Regarding the CIA and counterterrorism, the US declared Sudan a state sponsor of terrorism and placed+Osama+bin+Laden+on+its+watchlist in 1993, the CIA was aware of the term al-Qaeda by the time it set up its dedicated bin Laden unit, Alec+Station, in 1996, and President Clinton was criticised for using a missile strike after the 1998 embassy bombings as a distraction+from+the+Monica+Lewinsky scandal. The CIA realized+President+Bush+was+planning+to+invade+Iraq in the spring of 2002, but prevented the 9/11 Commission from naming an officer involved in a pre-9/11+failure. In addition, an al-Qaeda leader was arrested in Pakistan in 2007 and interrogated+at+a+secret+CIA+prison, a former Italian president said 9/11 was committed by the+CIA+and+Mossad, and Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell falsely claimed the+US+was+not+allowed+to+track+the+hijackers+inside+the+US.
Other entries about bin Laden say that the US realized he was an important+financier+of+militants in 1993, but missed an opportunity+to+capture+or+kill+him+in+February+1999, as well as another around the same time, allegedly due to a major+weapons+deal with Gulf royalty close to bin Laden. After 9/11, bin Laden issued a video in+which+he+did+not+claim+responsibility+for+9/11, and President Bush decided not+to+seal+the+Afghanistan-Pakistan+border, helping bin Laden to escape from Tora Bora.
Alleged hijacker Satam Al Suqami traveled+around+the+Middle+East between 1998 and 2000, then spent half+a+year+in+Turkey. After staying in the US for a few weeks, he took+a+trip+to+the+Bahamas, possibly a failed attempt to prevent+his+permission+to+stay+in+the+US+expiring.
Miscellaneous entries cover training exercises involving aircraft+hijackings, counterterrorism exercises with unlikely+WMD+scenarios, and an allegation by Vice President Cheney about co-operation between+Iraq+and+terrorism. A congressman recently argued against government financing for treating+first+responders, but then backed+away from this, and Attorney General Michael Mukasey failed to distinguish himself at Ali+Mohamed's+trial.