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Judith Miller: I Was Tipped Off About 9/11
News Max ^ | May 21, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 05/21/2006 7:50:06 AM PDT by yoe

Judith Miller, The New York Times reporter at the center of the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby case, reveals that she received advance word about a terrorist plot that turned out to be 9/11 - but the Times spiked the story.

Miller spent 85 days in jail before finally disclosing that Libby was the source who confirmed to her that Valerie Plame was a CIA operative.

Miller - who's no longer with the Times - never wrote a story about Plame. But she's more troubled by another story that didn't run - the one about 9/11.

Miller began investigating al-Qaida after the terrorist group's October 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole in the harbor of Aden, Yemen.

Over the weekend before July 4, 2001, there were strong indications that terrorists were planning to attack the U.S. or a major American target elsewhere, Miller said in an interview with Scott Malone and Rory O'Connor that appeared on the Web site NavySEALS.com.

The attack never materialized. But that weekend "I did manage to have a conversation with a source," she told the interviewers.

"The person told me that there was some concern about an intercept that had been picked up. The incident that had gotten everyone's attention was a conversation between two members of al-Qaida. And they had been talking to one another, supposedly expressing disappointment that the United States had not chosen to retaliate more seriously against what had happened to the Cole.

"One al-Qaida operative was overheard saying to the other, "Don't worry; we're planning something so big now that the U.S. will have to respond.'

"I was obviously floored by that information. I thought it was a very good story - the source was impeccable, the information was specific, tying al-Qaida operatives to, at least, knowledge of the attack on the Cole, and they were warning that something big was coming, to which the United States would have to respond. This struck me as a major Page 1-potential story."

However, when Miller met with her editor Stephen Engelberg, he was critical, noting that Miller didn't know who the operatives were, where they were overheard or what attack they were planning.

"At that point I realized I didn't have the whole story," Miller said. She continued to probe, but couldn't turn up enough information to satisfy Engelberg.

The story never ran. And two months later came al-Qaida's Sept. 11 attacks.

Engelberg, now managing editor of The Oregonian in Portland, told the Columbia Journalism Review: "More than once I've wondered what would have happened if we'd run the piece. A case can be made that it would have been alarmist and I just couldn't justify it, but you can't help but think maybe I made the wrong call."

Said Miller: "Sometimes in journalism you regret the stories you do; but most of the time you regret the ones that you didn't do."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; amerithrax; anthrax; engelberg; foreshadowing; jihadinamerica; journalism; judithmiller; newshacks; nytimes; prequel
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I cannot verify the veracity of this but it sure is interesting.

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1 posted on 05/21/2006 7:50:07 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

So it's Miller's fault, and not Bush's fault?


2 posted on 05/21/2006 7:52:07 AM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: yoe

Very interesting.


3 posted on 05/21/2006 7:52:37 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (History is soon Forgotten,)
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To: yoe
"One al-Qaida operative was overheard saying to the other, "Don't worry; we're planning something so big now that the U.S. will have to respond.'

And we are not finished responding yet either!

4 posted on 05/21/2006 7:53:45 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: yoe
Over the weekend before July 4, 2001, there were strong indications that terrorists were planning to attack the U.S. or a major American target elsewhere,

Uh...when hasn't there been an elevated risk of a terrorist attack prior to a national holiday? Especially the nations birthday on July 4th?

Seems she's just trying to sell books.

5 posted on 05/21/2006 7:54:27 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: yoe

Many people knew something was cooking and that airliners were going to be used. The Phoenix memos prove that. They just didn't take the simple precautions that would have prevented those acts of terror.


6 posted on 05/21/2006 7:54:56 AM PDT by Loud Mime (If you can't convert, it's YOUR failure to deliver the message......don't kill the audience)
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To: yoe

That would make it all Pinchy's fault (and his editorial board)


7 posted on 05/21/2006 7:55:13 AM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: DTogo

NYTimes fault...so much for "All The News That's Fit To Print".


8 posted on 05/21/2006 7:56:02 AM PDT by VOA
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To: DCPatriot

We had no color codes before 9-11.


9 posted on 05/21/2006 7:56:08 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Viva la Migra!)
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To: yoe
This would be a good time to have this story handy: 9/11: Debunking The Myths PM examines the evidence and consults the experts to refute the most persistent conspiracy theories of September 11.
10 posted on 05/21/2006 7:56:10 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/gasoline_and_government.htm)
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To: DTogo

This seems to say that if Clinton had responded to the USS Cole, then Al-Qaeda might not have brought down the World Trade Center towers.


11 posted on 05/21/2006 7:56:23 AM PDT by AZLiberty (America is the hope of all men who believe in the principle of freedom and justice. - A. Einstein)
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To: yoe

If this media whore Mrs. Miller said the sun rises in the east I'd check it first.
If she said the sky is blus and the sun yellow, I'd be skeptical.


12 posted on 05/21/2006 7:56:31 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: yoe

Gosh I love reporters who use unnamed sources for news reports with potentially huge ramifications. Especially with her track record of political favoritism.


13 posted on 05/21/2006 7:57:13 AM PDT by o_zarkman44 (ELECT SOME WORKERS AND REMOVE THE JERKERS!!)
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To: DCPatriot

It is nothing more than another of the 10,000 or so attempts of liberals to blame 9-11 on Bush.

The libs will probably run with this, Jon Stewart will make jokes about it, and yet another non-story will swell the heads of the Air America blame America first crowd.


14 posted on 05/21/2006 7:58:12 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous (Master of Sinanju (Emeritus))
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To: yoe

WHY DIDNT YOU GO TO THE COPS WOMAN


15 posted on 05/21/2006 7:58:30 AM PDT by skaterboy
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To: traviskicks

shoot, take the " out of that previous link.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/defense/1227842.html


16 posted on 05/21/2006 7:58:36 AM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/gasoline_and_government.htm)
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To: yoe
I once knew where Jimmie Hoffa's body was buried, but I didn't say anything either.
17 posted on 05/21/2006 7:58:43 AM PDT by Drango (No electrons were harmed in this posting. Several however, were inconvenienced.)
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To: yoe

Did she predict the Burst of the Bubble as well?????

This chick has about 0 crediblity.


18 posted on 05/21/2006 7:59:00 AM PDT by Danae (Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: yoe
I think Al Queda declared war on the U.S. in 1996 and before that was the '93 WTC attack. Looking back, it wasn't like it was a secret that they were planning to do it again. I doubt if they planned something SMALL
19 posted on 05/21/2006 7:59:42 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: BenLurkin
Carlos Mencia - Japan Calls Osama
20 posted on 05/21/2006 8:00:53 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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