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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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To: AZLiberty
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.

It wouldn't have done any good. The people preparing for Sept. 11th were already here. Clinton should have attacked Al-Qaeda in the mid 1990's before they had the strength and organization to carry out a massive attack on U.S. soil.

21 posted on 05/21/2006 8:00:54 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Real Leaders Base Their Decisions on Their Convictions. Wannabes Base Decisions on the Latest Poll.)
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To: yoe

She should have connected the dots!

/sarc


22 posted on 05/21/2006 8:01:42 AM PDT by KoRn
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To: yoe
MILLER KNEW!

23 posted on 05/21/2006 8:02:20 AM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: Joe Boucher

A 'buy-my book'... exclusive! I wonder if she sent a copy to Jamie GORElick?


24 posted on 05/21/2006 8:02:34 AM PDT by johnny7 (“Nah, I ain’t Jewish, I just don’t dig on swine, that’s all.”)
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To: yoe

What did the New York Times know and when did they know it?


25 posted on 05/21/2006 8:02:43 AM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Enhance Capitol security: Censure Cynthia!)
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To: yoe
Is this Reporter or Any of her Bosses to be Believed???


26 posted on 05/21/2006 8:03:23 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SouthTexas
I wasn't necessarily alluding to color codes enacted since 9-11.

Since the 1st WTC bombing in 1993, this country has higher alert status on both the mainland AND foreign embassies and military bases at certain times.

Surely one of those times is prior to a birthdate of the nation.

27 posted on 05/21/2006 8:03:41 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

We know she didn't write the story, but did she at least contact someone like the FBI about it?


28 posted on 05/21/2006 8:04:21 AM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: AZLiberty

"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."

Sounds to me like a thinly veiled attempt to legitimize Clinton's total lack of response to the Cole attack. "See? They WANTED us to attack them. Bill sure understood those terrorists."


29 posted on 05/21/2006 8:04:28 AM PDT by Right Angler
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To: DCPatriot

Sorry, I was being sarcastic. :)


30 posted on 05/21/2006 8:04:56 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Viva la Migra!)
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To: Loud Mime
I think it's because nobody believed it could happen, let alone would happen. To this day, I'm not sure people understand this particular enemy. They are not civilized. They might have high-tech gadgets, but they are still in the dark ages.
31 posted on 05/21/2006 8:06:07 AM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: yoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

32 posted on 05/21/2006 8:08:11 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ISLAM: The Other Psychosis)
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To: AZLiberty

Oh, it goes back much further than that. We should have turned Iran into a burnt crisp when they took the hostages, but Jimmah preferred to treat those early terrorists as if they were actually legitimate.


33 posted on 05/21/2006 8:08:12 AM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Loud Mime
They just didn't take the simple precautions that would have prevented those acts of terror.

Well, thank God we've learned from our mistakes and we now strip search granny at the airport while allowing anyone to stroll across the southern border. /s

34 posted on 05/21/2006 8:08:39 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: yoe

If I had known something like that, you couldn't have kept my mouth shut with a staples. It wouldn't have done much good coming from a nobody like me but Miller is "respected". I guess her big money salary was more important than thousands of lies.

Or, she's lying. Which is it Judith?


35 posted on 05/21/2006 8:08:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: skaterboy
Yep, her sources were so "impeccable" that she ran full speed ahead to her editor rather than the FBI.

Now, her story is so "impeccable" she's running to her publisher.

Run, Spot, run!

Leni

36 posted on 05/21/2006 8:08:45 AM PDT by MinuteGal (FReeps Ahoy 4 cruisers are on the way home! Check the cruise thread for great photos in a few days.)
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To: MinuteGal

She still should have gone to the cops.


37 posted on 05/21/2006 8:10:02 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: SouthTexas
Sorry, I was being sarcastic. :)

Well then you're too good at it on a SUnday morning.

38 posted on 05/21/2006 8:10:26 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

LOL, I was tipped of too! OBL had been threatening us publicly for years.


39 posted on 05/21/2006 8:10:35 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: SandRat

And even if you did believe her, you have to ask why she didn't take this information to the proper authorities.


40 posted on 05/21/2006 8:10:35 AM PDT by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: yoe
"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.

So they couldn't connect the dots.

41 posted on 05/21/2006 8:10:38 AM PDT by Michael.SF. ("I don't think Pat Kennedy is crazy, he's just a drunk" -- G. Gordon Liddy (5-10-06))
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To: Loud Mime
They just didn't take the simple precautions that would have prevented those acts of terror.

Our government had just come off the Clinton Rock Star train where all security departments were in an state of the noncompliant Gorlick/Clinton/Reno/Albright WALL - no one would take the fall - certainly not Sandy Berger. Gore's refusal to give up and admit defeat left the country in limbo for far too long. The Bush administration was not up and running and when it did take over, too many Clinton people were left in key positions and continued to obstruct to save their sorry rears. America took last place as Al Gore would have them do anyway had he won.

42 posted on 05/21/2006 8:10:43 AM PDT by yoe (Proud member of Coop’s GCA !– ( Gruntled Conservatives of America))
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To: cripplecreek

thousands of lies should be lives.

freudian slip?


43 posted on 05/21/2006 8:11:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: BallyBill
The shot that was heard around the Muslim world was the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane on November 5, 1990.

On November 29, 1990, a package was mailed to a Pakistani at Iowa State University, but it arrived in someone else's mailbox because the mailer had transposed the numbers of the address from 116 to 161. The woman who sat across the table from me in class had the 161 address. She opened the package without looking at the label. One week later she and her husband had anthrax-like sores.

I say this was the theft of the anthrax. It is known that ISU had genotype 62 and were the ones that sent it on to USAMRIID.

It goes much farther back than people are willing to admit. Read Steven Emerson's books.
44 posted on 05/21/2006 8:16:04 AM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent for the coming of the Lord is nigh!)
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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.'

Interesting. After all, it wasn't the attack that did major damage to the United States -- it has been the response.

45 posted on 05/21/2006 8:16:04 AM PDT by Lessismore
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Islamic nutjobs are planning? or have planned? or will plan? "something big" against America?

Well hell- I'm shocked!

(I'm not shocked...)


46 posted on 05/21/2006 8:16:46 AM PDT by 13Sisters76
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To: yoe

It seems to imply that if we had only responded to the Cole, we might not have had 9/11.


47 posted on 05/21/2006 8:17:07 AM PDT by sportutegrl (People who say, "All I know is . . ." really mean, "All I want you to focus on is . . .")
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To: yoe
Makes no sense at all. The terrorists were upset that X42 didn't react to the attack on the USS Cole?

They wanted to be attacked?

Miller is seeking another five minutes of attention. IMO

48 posted on 05/21/2006 8:18:34 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: yoe
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.

Oy vey. Alarmist. Wouldn't want to look anything other than cynically detached now would we.?

49 posted on 05/21/2006 8:21:42 AM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: yoe

what a loopy video... just because they don't find any remains at the Pa crash site ... a plane crashes nose first into the ground at several hundred mph, you're NOT going to find remains... so where are the passengers from flight 93 anyway since they landed in cleveland ... good grief! there's always some pud out there who is going to be irresponsible and lead grieving people to false hope


50 posted on 05/21/2006 8:22:23 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Tolerance is the last virtue of a depraved society.)
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