Skip to comments.Judith Miller: I Was Tipped Off About 9/11
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."
So it's Miller's fault, and not Bush's fault?
And we are not finished responding yet either!
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.
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.
That would make it all Pinchy's fault (and his editorial board)
NYTimes fault...so much for "All The News That's Fit To Print".
We had no color codes before 9-11.
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.
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.
Gosh I love reporters who use unnamed sources for news reports with potentially huge ramifications. Especially with her track record of political favoritism.
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.
WHY DIDNT YOU GO TO THE COPS WOMAN
shoot, take the " out of that previous link.
Did she predict the Burst of the Bubble as well?????
This chick has about 0 crediblity.
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