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PDB 12/4/1998, Subject: Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks
The 9/11 Commission Report | 7/22/04 | CIA

Posted on 07/24/2004 7:14:52 PM PDT by True Capitalist

The following is the text of an item from the Presidential Daily Brief received by President William J. Clinton on December 4, 1998. Redacted material is indicated in brackets.

SUBJECT: Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks

1. Reporting [—] suggests Bin Ladin and his allies are preparing for attacks in the US, including an aircraft hijacking to obtain the release of Shaykh ‘Umar ‘Abd al-Rahman, Ramzi Yousef, and Muhammad Sadiq ‘Awda. One source quoted a senior member of the Gama’at al-Islamiyya (IG) saying that, as of late October, the IG had completed planning for an operation in the US on behalf of Bin Ladin, but that the operation was on hold.A senior Bin Ladin operative from Saudi Arabia was to visit IG counterparts in the US soon thereafter to discuss options—perhaps including an aircraft hijacking.

• IG leader Islambuli in late September was planning to hijack a US airliner during the “next couple of weeks” to free ‘Abd al- Rahman and the other prisoners, according to what may be a different source.

• The same source late last month said that Bin Ladin might implement plans to hijack US aircraft before the beginning of Ramadan on 20 December and that two members of the operational team had evaded security checks during a recent trial run at an unidentified New York airport. [—]

2. Some members of the Bin Ladin network have received hijack training, according to various sources,but no group directly tied to Bin Ladin’s al-Qa’ida organization has ever carried out an aircraft hijacking.Bin Ladin could be weighing other types of operations against US aircraft.According to [—] the IG in October obtained SA-7 missiles and intended to move them from Yemen into Saudi Arabia to shoot down an Egyptian plane or, if unsuccessful, a US military or civilian aircraft.

• A [—] in October told us that unspecified “extremist elements” in Yemen had acquired SA-7s. [—]

3. [—] indicate the Bin Ladin organization or its allies are moving closer to implementing anti-US attacks at unspecified locations, but we do not know whether they are related to attacks on aircraft. A Bin Ladin associate in Sudan late last month told a colleague in Kandahar that he had shipped a group of containers to Afghanistan. Bin Ladin associates also talked about the movement of containers to Afghanistan before the East Africa bombings.

• In other [—] Bin Ladin associates last month discussed picking up a package in Malaysia. One told his colleague in Malaysia that “they”were in the “ninth month [of pregnancy].” • An alleged Bin Ladin supporter in Yemen late last month remarked to his mother that he planned to work in “commerce” from abroad and said his impending “marriage,” which would take place soon,would be a “surprise.”“Commerce” and “marriage” often are codewords for terrorist attacks. [—]


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 911; 911report; berger; binladen; clintonfailures; clintonknew; gorelick; lauriemylroie; pdb; ramziyousef; sept11; soxgateberger; williamjclinton; x42
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The December 4, 1998 Presidential Daily Briefing delivered to President William J. Clinton, "SUBJECT: Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks", can be found on page 128 of The 9/11 Commission Report.
1 posted on 07/24/2004 7:15:01 PM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: prairiebreeze; onyx; Texasforever; CyberAnt; BigSkyFreeper; Tamsey; mrs tiggywinkle; EllaMinnow; ...

FYI


2 posted on 07/24/2004 7:22:41 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: True Capitalist

The media sure raised hell over that. I remember it well.


3 posted on 07/24/2004 7:23:16 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Havoc be upon them!)
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To: True Capitalist

Funny, but I don't remember Richard Ben-Veniste demanding National Security Adviser Samuel "Sandy" R. Berger read the title of this Presidential Daily Briefing aloud during the 9/11 Commission hearings.


4 posted on 07/24/2004 7:25:35 PM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

bump


5 posted on 07/24/2004 7:25:56 PM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: True Capitalist

it wasn't Ben Veniste's job to do so - that's what the people on our side of the aisle should have done. but we all know the story there.


6 posted on 07/24/2004 7:29:01 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: True Capitalist



Can the Dems do anything but lie, mislead, cheat, fornicate, steal, and desecrate?! How can they even look in the mirror?


7 posted on 07/24/2004 8:06:47 PM PDT by bust (A biased media is the biggest threat to our democracy...)
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To: True Capitalist
Details of Project Bojinka (blow up 10 USA-bound airliners) was published in 1996 by the Ny Times and others. A plot variation was to plow a plane into the CIA HQ in Langley, VA.
Given this knowledge did Algore as head of an airline security committee strengthen our airline security? What did the CIA, NSA, FBI, etc do? Nothing. I am sorry but SOMEBODY should have lost their cushy little intel job over this - maybe most upper management at these agencies? Time to do some serious re-organizing but in a federal bureacracy? The chances of that are slim and none and slim has left town to quote Dan Blather? :-(
8 posted on 07/24/2004 8:29:22 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA!)
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To: True Capitalist
"Funny, but I don't remember Richard Ben-Veniste demanding National Security Adviser Samuel "Sandy" R. Berger read the title of this Presidential Daily Briefing aloud during the 9/11 Commission hearings."

That's because Sandy "DeepSox" Burgler had already removed the evidence.
9 posted on 07/24/2004 8:38:46 PM PDT by Skywarner (Enjoying freedom? Thank a Veteran!)
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To: bust
How can they even look in the mirror?

I don't believe the undead show up in mirrors. ;-)

10 posted on 07/24/2004 8:39:13 PM PDT by StriperSniper ("Ronald Reagan, the Founding Father of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy." - Mark Levin 6/8/04)
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To: True Capitalist

the 9/11 Report is really selling well. I was in my local Borders today and only one copy,which I bought,was left. At the checkout counter,I asked the clerk how it was doing since I had the last copy. She said that it has sold out.And this after it being out for only 5(?)days.


11 posted on 07/24/2004 8:44:05 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (On Election Day,President Bush: "WIN ONE FOR THE GIPPER!")
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To: True Capitalist

If I'm not mistaken this is big news isn't it? Is this the first time this PDB has been released to the public?

12 posted on 07/24/2004 8:45:09 PM PDT by yellowhammer
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To: True Capitalist

In his meeting with Tenet, Berger focused most, however, on the question
of what was to be done with Bin Ladin if he were actually captured. He worried
that the hard evidence against Bin Ladin was still skimpy and that there
was a danger of snatching him and bringing him to the United States only to
see him acquitted.24

page 113


13 posted on 07/24/2004 8:49:02 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: True Capitalist

bump


14 posted on 07/24/2004 8:49:56 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: bust

How can they look in the mirror? Easy..the devil has no reflection.


15 posted on 07/24/2004 8:52:38 PM PDT by Hildy ( If you don't stand up for what's RIGHT, you'll settle for what's LEFT.)
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To: True Capitalist

THANKS.

Sent to email list


16 posted on 07/24/2004 8:53:34 PM PDT by Quix (PRAYER WARRIORS, DO YOUR STUFF! LIVES, SOULS AND NATIONS DEPEND ON IT)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham
The media sure raised hell over that. I remember it well.

? The media raised hell about the Aug 6, 2001 PDB not the Dec 4, 1998 PDB. I wonder what the Jersey girls have to say about this?

Good pickup True Capitalist. AQ with SA-7s . Hmmm, I wonder if that could be connected to TWA 800.

17 posted on 07/24/2004 9:13:57 PM PDT by kabar
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To: True Capitalist

And you never will!


18 posted on 07/24/2004 9:27:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kabar
The media raised hell about the Aug 6, 2001 PDB not the Dec 4, 1998 PDB.

Yep. Sorry, I forgot to include the obligatory .

19 posted on 07/24/2004 9:46:00 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Havoc be upon them!)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Maybe they will discuss this PDB on the Sunday Morning Political Shows!!


20 posted on 07/24/2004 11:15:30 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (New Linux SUSE Pro 9.1 user here.)
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To: True Capitalist

I listened to the 911 Commission press conference.

My feeling is the FACTS (like this one) defuse and refute most of the infantile rants of the left. (I plan to read the full report.)

As such, the FACTS contained therein are more useful to Bush, than to Kerry.

What goes around comes around.


21 posted on 07/25/2004 12:08:49 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: True Capitalist

Bump


22 posted on 07/25/2004 1:14:47 AM PDT by AnimalLover ((Are there special rules and regulations for the big guys?))
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To: Tunehead54
Given this knowledge did Algore as head of an airline security committee strengthen our airline security?

Don't forget the generous airline industry contributions to the DNC after the committee issued its findings.

23 posted on 07/25/2004 2:30:16 AM PDT by Djarum
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To: True Capitalist

This is long before the timely "documents" that old Sandy the Burglar purged.


24 posted on 07/25/2004 2:32:20 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: True Capitalist

Read this and you understand why a US President's hair goes white before departure of office. Bush reads (briefed) one of these daily. Imagine what is in those that would demand a heightened terror alert! We pray for Bush to have divine guidance in those important matters.


25 posted on 07/25/2004 3:00:49 AM PDT by endthematrix (To enter my lane you must use your turn signal!)
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To: Tunehead54
"Time to do some serious re-organizing but in a federal bureacracy? "

That's what HS is SUPPOSED to do.

26 posted on 07/25/2004 3:03:46 AM PDT by endthematrix (To enter my lane you must use your turn signal!)
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To: True Capitalist

Bump


27 posted on 07/25/2004 3:15:32 AM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (A Fireman in the NAVY was promoted more times than Lieutenant junior grade John F'n Kerry.)
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To: Lady In Blue
the 9/11 Report is really selling well.

It was sold out already in the three book stores I went to in NYC on the day it was released. Each store had new shipments arriving the next day and by noon one store had sold out of all their copies again. It took me five trips to secure a copy, but that may be a NYC thing.

28 posted on 07/25/2004 3:50:13 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: Tunehead54
Details of Project Bojinka (blow up 10 USA-bound airliners) was published in 1996 by the Ny Times and others. A plot variation was to plow a plane into the CIA HQ in Langley, VA. Given this knowledge did Algore as head of an airline security committee strengthen our airline security?

According to the 9/11 Commission Report on page 83, The Gore Commission Report issued in 1997 regarding aviation safety and security "did not discuss the possibility of suicide hijackings."

29 posted on 07/25/2004 3:56:58 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: True Capitalist

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30 posted on 07/25/2004 4:06:55 AM PDT by yellowhammer
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To: yellowhammer
If I'm not mistaken this is big news isn't it? Is this the first time this PDB has been released to the public?

Yes. The final 9/11 Commission Report is the first time the text of this PDB has been seen in public. Last weekend the Washington Post got a heads up on the content of the PDB:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58615-2004Jul17.html

Susan Schmidt of The Washington Post was read the text of the brief over the phone by an anonymous government official.A Bush White House official told the Post there is "no record or recollection of the new White House team having been briefed on that threat information."

31 posted on 07/25/2004 4:12:42 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: Mo1
I picked up my copy of the 9-11 report yesterday.

Along w/ Brent Bozell's 'Weapons of Mass Distortion:The coming meltdown of the liberal media' & Steven Hayes's 'The Connection'


I've got some reading to do..................
32 posted on 07/25/2004 4:25:10 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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If you want to see something really SCARY....turn to page 148..


33 posted on 07/25/2004 4:48:34 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA
If you want to see something really SCARY....turn to page 148..

You and I see a filthy animal who should be interrogated by any means necessary. The left on the other hand, see a man in need of a hot meal and good attorney.

34 posted on 07/25/2004 5:12:34 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: Mo1

Got it, Forwarded it, thanks.

Prairie


35 posted on 07/25/2004 5:17:20 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (The RATS are throwing a big party in Boston! Big deal...)
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To: True Capitalist
Some members of the Bin Ladin network have received hijack training,

I don't suppose there is any indication of where the training was received. Solmon Pak airfield maybe?

36 posted on 07/25/2004 6:22:31 AM PDT by The_Victor
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ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my infrequent ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

37 posted on 07/25/2004 6:23:01 AM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Comrade Hillary - 6/28/04)
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To: OXENinFLA

What was on page 148?


38 posted on 07/25/2004 7:01:24 AM PDT by Peach (The Clinton's pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
What was on page 148?

You'll have to go buy the book.

39 posted on 07/25/2004 7:04:44 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: OXENinFLA

Please post and flag us when you find something really good in your reading that is like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick for the liberal mediots.


40 posted on 07/25/2004 7:09:20 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Inability to recognize the serious crimes done by the Bergular are symptons of Mad Troll Disease!)
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To: Grampa Dave; OXENinFLA; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; ...
In addition to obtaining a hard copy to mark up, I highly recommend downloading a copy from http://www.9-11commission.gov/ and then saving as an adobe file.

The book version doesn't have an index, but in adobe you can run a SEARCH for specific words. For example the word "misspoken" only occurs once, in footnote 7 on page 480, when President Clinton told the Commission he had "misspoken" when he was videotaped describing how Sudan had offer to turn over Bin Ladin to the U.S. and he refused to accept their offer.

41 posted on 07/25/2004 7:30:36 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: True Capitalist
and then saving as an adobe file.

That was the first thing I did. :)

42 posted on 07/25/2004 7:33:09 AM PDT by StriperSniper ("Ronald Reagan, the Founding Father of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy." - Mark Levin 6/8/04)
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To: Peach

http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/911finalrpt/ch5.pdf


Page 148.......


43 posted on 07/25/2004 7:33:43 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: True Capitalist
Another good word to search in Adobe is "Berger". A noteworthy appearance is at footnote 46 on page 482: "We did not find documentation on the after-action review mentioned by Berger."

Also, worth underlining is footnote 11 on page 500: "In the margin next to Clarke's suggestion to attack al Qaeda facilities in the week before January 1, 2000, Berger wrote "no."

44 posted on 07/25/2004 7:37:55 AM PDT by True Capitalist
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HELLO!!

Another good word to search in Adobe is "Berger". A noteworthy appearance is at footnote 46 on page 482: "We did not find documentation on the after-action review mentioned by Berger."

45 posted on 07/25/2004 7:43:11 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: True Capitalist

Thanks for your posts!

Please do us a favor and some time in the next few weeks post a thread with your important findings.

Then we can have that thread for all of us and those who monitor Free Republic.

Good Work!


46 posted on 07/25/2004 7:44:13 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Inability to recognize the serious crimes done by the Bergular are symptons of Mad Troll Disease!)
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To: OXENinFLA
"We did not find documentation on the after-action review mentioned by Berger."

Some commentator on the day of release zeroed right in on that. Funny how the media hasn't played that up. :-/

47 posted on 07/25/2004 7:46:24 AM PDT by StriperSniper ("Ronald Reagan, the Founding Father of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy." - Mark Levin 6/8/04)
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To: StriperSniper

You have to go to p117 to read what after action report they're talking about.......It was after action report after an Aug. 20 air strike on UBL's camps..


48 posted on 07/25/2004 7:51:34 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: True Capitalist
Funny, but I don't remember Richard Ben-Veniste demanding National Security Adviser Samuel "Sandy" R. Berger read the title of this Presidential Daily Briefing aloud during the 9/11 Commission hearings.

Or then cryptically stating "Until today, that title was secret".

With Condi, he did that with the 2001 PDB. Problem is, the title had been publicized via a press briefing and then published on the front page of the Washington Post in 2002. Ben Veniste lied.

The 2001 PDB was leaked in 2002 to spur the formation of this commission. It was the foundation that led to the New York Post's infamous "Bush Knew" headline. It was then spoken of and described by Condi Rice and Ari Fleischer, yet during the commission everyone developed amnesia and acted like they just found out about its existance and then ben Veniste pulled that lie about the title being tightly kept under wraps.

49 posted on 07/25/2004 8:11:05 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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To: Just mythoughts
This is long before the timely "documents" that old Sandy the Burglar purged.

We know that some documents Berger took were 1999. We also know he had notes from "the nineties" about ME peace talks. God knows what else, but items from 1998 surely would have been reviewed by him and perhaps "cleaned up". There has not been full disclosure or accounting of what's missing.

50 posted on 07/25/2004 8:16:14 AM PDT by cyncooper ("We will fear no evil...And we will prevail")
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