9/11 Commission, Londonistan, and Day of 9/11 - Additions to the 9/11 Timeline as of October 19, 2008
Several of this week's new entries focus on the 9/11 Commission, in particular its Executive Director Philip Zelikow, who offered public+support for the invasion of Iraq in 2002, but did not want the commission to investigate false+claims of links between 9/11 and Iraq. After the commission's investigation started, one+staffer was sent to review CIA documents, and another, Warren Bass, was sent to review NSC material. Bass came+to+favor the account of events in the Bush Administration in the summer of 2001 given by counterterrorism "tsar" Richard Clarke over that given by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. However, Zelikow distrusted+Clarke and tried to protect his friend Rice; it was these ties to Rice which caused both Bass and Commissioner Bob+Kerrey to threaten to quit the commission, although neither of them made good on their threat.
In Londonistan, in the late 1990s British intelligence informer Abu Hamza established+militant+training+camps+in+Britian that were run by ex-soldiers and monitored+by+the+British+police. He also ran London's Finsbury Park mosque, where an Algerian+spy+was+unmasked+in+1998, and encouraged his followers to take+up+global+holy+war. Britain was a financial+base for the global Islamist movement and millions+were+raised+there, with a great deal of help from Abu Hamza, who told his followers it was OK+to+steal+from+non-Muslims and openly encouraged them to pledge+their+loyalty+to+Osama+bin+Laden. His assets were frozen in 2002, but this did not stop him from being involved in a property+transaction two years later.
A contributor to the 9/11 Timeline was recently successful with an FOIA request for FAA phone calls on the day of 9/11 and a couple of new entries have been added thanks to this. The military liaison at New York Center was informed of the hijacking of flight 175 about+a+minute+before+it+crashed+into+the+WTC and American Airlines and the FAA discussed the hijacking of Flight 77 for+a+third+time shortly after this. Regarding flight 93, the military liaisons at the FAA were reportedly+told+it+was+hijacked before 10:00 a.m., and the military liaison at Cleveland Center learned of the hijacking before+10:07. In addition, United Airlines later claimed to the FAA that the plane was over Maryland, although it is thought never to have reached that state.
Finally, computerization of Air National Guard operation centers in 1997 allowed simulations for training and exercises.