CIA Warned of Attack 6 Years Before 9/11

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  1. 5stringJeff

    5stringJeff Senior Member

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    Let's see... six years before 9/11 was 1995. So if "Bush Knew," as claims, does that mean that Clinton knew as well?

    CIA Warned of Attack 6 Years Before 9/11
    By JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON - Six years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the CIA (news - web sites) warned in a classified report that Islamic extremists likely would strike on U.S. soil at landmarks in Washington or New York, or through the airline industry, according to intelligence officials.

    Though hauntingly prescient, the CIA's 1995 National Intelligence Estimate did not yet name Osama bin Laden (news - web sites) as a terrorist threat.

    But within months the intelligence agency developed enough concern about the wealthy, Saudi-born militant to create a specific unit to track him and his followers, the officials told The Associated Press.

    And in 1997, the CIA updated its intelligence estimate to ensure bin Laden appeared on its very first page as an emerging threat, cautioning that his growing movement might translate into attacks on U.S. soil, the officials said, divulging new details about the CIA's 1990s response to the terrorist threat.
  2. NewGuy

    NewGuy Guest

    I DO seem to remember talk about this when Clinton was in office. People laughed it off.

    I guess they aren't laughing now.

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