Skip to comments.PDB 12/4/1998, Subject: Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks
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 Gamaat 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 optionsperhaps 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 Ladins al-Qaida 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 theywere 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. 
The media sure raised hell over that. I remember it well.
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.
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.
Can the Dems do anything but lie, mislead, cheat, fornicate, steal, and desecrate?! How can they even look in the mirror?
I don't believe the undead show up in mirrors. ;-)
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.
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?
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
How can they look in the mirror? Easy..the devil has no reflection.
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? 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.
And you never will!
Yep. Sorry, I forgot to include the obligatory .
Maybe they will discuss this PDB on the Sunday Morning Political Shows!!
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