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FBI informant revealed 9-11 plot in April 2001
World Net Daily ^ | March 28, 2K4 | Paul Sperry

Posted on 03/28/2004 12:13:59 AM PST by rdb3

9-11 plot in April 2001

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Sunday, March 28, 2004



HOMELAND INSECURITY
FBI informant revealed
9-11 plot in April 2001

Two D.C. agents filed report that al-Qaida planned suicide attacks involving planes


Posted: March 28, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Paul Sperry


© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

WASHINGTON -- A former FBI employee recently briefed the 9-11 Commission about a tip he says he and two agents got from an intelligence asset outlining the 9-11 attacks -- four months before they happened -- WorldNetDaily has learned.

In April 2001, the long-time FBI source is said to have told two counterterrorism agents from the Washington field office that al-Qaida planned to carry out terrorist attacks in major U.S. cities, including New York, using planes and suicide operatives. The other cities named were Chicago and Los Angeles. The tip apparently got lost in the FBI bureaucracy.

The asset, a veteran Iranian intelligence officer stationed in Afghanistan under the shah, did not know details of how or when the attacks would be carried out, sources familiar with the briefings say. At no time did he intimate that planes would be used as missiles.

However, he did relay that the al-Qaida terrorists were already in place in the U.S., and that they would strike very soon, possibly within the next few months.

The two agents took the tip seriously because the asset, who has lived in the U.S. since fleeing Iran in the early '80s, was considered very reliable and had been on the FBI payroll for a decade, working in the Washington area. Also, he had Afghan contacts close to al-Qaida's inner circle. Sources say the case agent filed a report with his squad supervisor, Thomas Frields, but it's not clear if the information was sent by teletype to headquarters, the standard operating procedure.

The intelligence asset is said to have pressed his FBI handlers to follow-up on his tip in the months leading up to 9-11.

"He told them, 'Did you pass the information on? Have you done anything about this information?'" said a source familiar with the briefings.

Attempts to reach Frields, now retired, were unsuccessful. A spokeswoman for the Washington field office did not return phone calls.

The commission is scheduled to hold hearings next month on the FBI's efforts to counter the al-Qaida threat before 9-11.

The bureau failed to act on other clues that al-Qaida was planning aviation-related terrorism inside America. In July 2001, for example, an FBI agent in Phoenix warned headquarters that an "inordinate number" of Middle Eastern men under surveillance in the area were taking flying lessons.

And in August, a Minneapolis supervising agent told headquarters that he worried a flight student they had in custody on visa violations, Zacarias Moussaoui, might be part of a plot to "take control of a plane and fly it into the World Trade Center."

Last month, the former FBI employee, who acted as the Iranian asset's interpreter and had Top Secret clearance, also gave a classified briefing to the Justice Department's inspector general, as well as an unclassified briefing to Senate Judiciary Committee staffers and a senior aide to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley, a Judiciary member, has long been a critic of FBI management.

The former FBI employee -- Behrooz Sarshar, a Farsi linguist -- met Feb. 13 with John Drake, the Grassley aide, and Tara Magner, a Judiciary lawyer for Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., ranking committee member, among others.

"There was a meeting with him," confirmed a Judiciary committee aide.

Earlier that week, several sources say, Sarshar had briefed three investigators with the bipartisan 9-11 Commission in a so-called SCIF, or secure room, at offices here on K Street.

A commission spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the briefing. "It's our policy that we cannot talk about people we interview," Al Felzenberg said.

But the Judiciary aide, who asked not to be identified, says the committee followed up to be sure the commission heard the classified details of Sarshar's account.

"We were able to confirm that he met with the commission," the aide said.

Sarshar, who left the FBI in 2002 as a level GS-12 employee after eight years of service, is an Iranian immigrant.

An FBI insider cautions that the 66-year-old Sarshar may be a disgruntled former employee. He was placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons before he resigned. It's not clear if he was allowed to keep his Top Secret security clearance.

Sarshar, contacted at his northern Virginia home, declined comment.

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Paul Sperry is Washington bureau chief for WorldNetDaily and author of "Crude Politics."



TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2001; 911commission; conspiracy; counterterrorism; fbi; paulsperry

Have at this one.


Show 'em my motto!

1 posted on 03/28/2004 12:13:59 AM PST by rdb3
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To: rdb3
*yawn*
2 posted on 03/28/2004 12:20:06 AM PST by GeronL (gobble, gobble, gobble.)
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To: rdb3
The FBI was forbidden by Democrat law from talkng to the CIA. Thats the real scandal and that will probably never get much press ink.

Thank goodness thats been changed.

3 posted on 03/28/2004 12:21:25 AM PST by GeronL (gobble, gobble, gobble.)
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To: GeronL
"The FBI was forbidden by Democrat law from talkng to the CIA. Thats the real scandal and that will probably never get much press ink."

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I was shocked, when I heard Gertz mention this on FoxNews the other day. Gertz said that Clinton and Reno established this on their own, without discussing it with anybody. Also that the FBI was actually forbidden to follow up on intel reports, they were supposed to focus on getting evidence in law enforcement cases. E.g. they would be allowed to pay attention to a 9-11 terrorist attack AFTER it happened, but NOT to follow up intelligence info that it may happen in the future. MOre thanks to Clinton.

The Bush team is reluctant to look back and affix blame, they changed a lot of things for the better and are moving forward, but the Dems keep trying to find something, anything, which they can use to blame Bush.
4 posted on 03/28/2004 12:28:26 AM PST by FairOpinion (Zell Miller (D):"Im on George Bushs side because hes on the side of the American people.")
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To: FairOpinion
I think Congress first put up a barrier between the two agencies after the Church Commission. Clintons rules were much stricter from what your posting.
5 posted on 03/28/2004 12:32:19 AM PST by GeronL (gobble, gobble, gobble.)
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To: GeronL
I think Gertz may have some of these mentioned in his book "Breakdown".

But a few days ago, when I heard him on FoxNews, was the first time I heard that things were that bad.


The FBI and CIA were made virtually impotent by Clinton.
6 posted on 03/28/2004 12:39:34 AM PST by FairOpinion (Zell Miller (D):"Im on George Bushs side because hes on the side of the American people.")
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To: FairOpinion
and the media will say its Bushes fault.
7 posted on 03/28/2004 12:40:20 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: GeronL
The FBI agent must be a Democrat.
8 posted on 03/28/2004 1:37:49 AM PST by jraven
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To: jraven
sure sounds like it
9 posted on 03/28/2004 2:00:46 AM PST by GeronL (www.armorforcongress.com..... put a FReeper in Congress)
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To: rdb3
US anti-terror intelligence:

2+2=5 or 3 or sometimes 6....

Look at Operation Mountain Storm and the IMU's Yo'ldosh, ...it fell right off the map...run your own search on both and find the truth to another pre- 9-11 warning.

10 posted on 03/28/2004 3:34:25 AM PST by endthematrix (To enter my lane you must use your turn signal!)
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To: rdb3
Related story, but I couldn't post it because it's from the independent.

Did the Oklahoma bomber have help from al-Qa'ida's explosives expert?

11 posted on 03/28/2004 4:31:06 AM PST by ovrtaxt (Proud member of the Offensive Banned Tagline club.)
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To: GeronL
Even now, after 9/11 and all the hysterical ranting about not connecting the dots, there are those decrying the Patrio Act.

There are those demanding the release of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

There are those screaming about surveillance and there are those on the left and the far right screaming about civil rights, despite the fact that none have been taken away.

12 posted on 03/28/2004 4:37:28 AM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: rdb3
...did not know details of how or when the attacks would be carried out, sources familiar with the briefings say. At no time did he intimate that planes would be used as missiles.

Well, that's helpful.

13 posted on 03/28/2004 4:37:44 AM PST by New Horizon
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To: rdb3
This story has been floating around for a few years and is likely true. But without more specificity it became just more background chatter
14 posted on 03/28/2004 4:41:26 AM PST by dennisw (We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way. - Toby Keith)
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To: dennisw
This story has been floating around for a few years and is likely true.

Here's another.

I got into a DC-metro cab in June 2001, driven by a mid-50ish Arabic guy.

He refused to get out to put my luggage in the trunk, explaining that he didn't want anyone to see that he was driving a cab. (Huh? OK.)

And then for the next 5 to 10 minutes he oddly kept exclaiming that the highrise building I'd just exited was "a very strong building, yes, very strong." It was a bizarre non sequiter, I couldn't understand why this was of interest to him or anyone else. Not your normal cabbie conversation. Yet he kept talking about this "strong building" until I finally changed the subject.

He did mention that he lived in Herndon, which was where all of the Islamic charity fronts were closed down after 9/11.

When I recalled this incident sometime after 9/11 - months really - it gave me the chills. Did he know something?

15 posted on 03/28/2004 4:58:11 AM PST by angkor
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To: rdb3
Didn't an FBI agent in Arizona warn his superiors about 9.11 and they ignored it?
16 posted on 03/28/2004 9:21:07 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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