Friday, November 29, 2002

Sebastian Junger, in two interviews on CNN (referring to his article in Vanity Fair which does not appear to be on the internet), presents further examples of foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks coming out of an area in South America called the Triple Border (where Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil meet). Junger depicts this area as a hotbed of terrorist activity including al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Irish Republican Army, the Spanish ETA, and even right-wing American extremists. Seven months before September 11, a former Argentinian intelligence officer wrote a letter to the American Ambassador in Argentina warning that in the next half-year or so suicide pilots would fly planes into buildings (i. e., exactly what Condoleezza Rice said was not predictable). He said some possible targets were the White House, Congress, the WTC and the Pentagon. He thought the planes would have explosives in them. A Moroccan who was an al-Qaeda operative in Brazil named Abdel Fatah (or Abdel Fattah or Gadan Abdel Fattah) had a change of heart and went to the authorities, where he was arrested on other charges. He wrote a letter to the United States embassy warning about attacks, specifically attacks to occur on September 11. He gave that letter to his lawyer a week before September 11 (this story is eerily similar to that of Delmart Vreeland). Fatah was questioned by Brazilian, US consular, and US law enforcement officials who all apparently concluded that there was no (or here) corroborating evidence that he had any real knowledge of any terrorist attacks (to put that into common sense terms, it means they couldn't prove that he didn't know, but they weren't clever enough to find any corroboration - you'd think that merely being able to predict the future, including the specific day of the attacks, would be corroboration enough). The sheer volume of instances of specific foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks, not to mention the diversity of the sources of this foreknowledge, means that it was one of the worst kept secrets in the world. It appears that the Bush White House was one of the few places that was clueless.