Wednesday, November 27, 2002

There are some odd stories about foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks. On September 7, 2001, while officiating at a wedding in Todi, Italy, a priest named Father Jean-Marie Benjamin told (or see here) a judge and several politicians that he had been told that a terrorist was preparing an attack, with hijacked passenger planes, on American and British population centers. Father Benjamin has not revealed to the press who told him these things. He has also learned that the attack on the British target failed at the last minute. He had some interesting things to say about the terrorist organization (I have removed some words inserted in the article from his quote and put some words in italics):

"In the past, these organizations had autonomous activity, without any links to other bodies. But now they have developed a very different apparatus. Bin Laden alone is linked to 70 of his organizations in some 30 countries. In turn, these groups are in touch with some 900 Muslim organizations, located in all the continents, and they have thousands of militants, some of whom are Westerners, who do not have an Arab surname and who don't even believe in Islam."

So much for racial profiling! Father Benjamin is an activist against the use of radioactive weapons in the Gulf War, the embargo against Iraq, and the horrors of the ongoing American-British bombing attacks against Iraq.