By Steve Weinstein
By Devon Maloney
By Tessa Stuart
By Alison Flowers
By Albert Samaha
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By Eric Tsetsi
By Raillan Brooks
It may take a long time for a thorough history of the events leading up to 9-11 to be written, but since the attacks on Manhattan and D.C.,
some intriguing information has dribbled out of governments around the world. Much of it has been reported in mainstream news outlets, but rarely has it been collated and categorized and chronologized in the way Paul Thompson has done it. More importantly, not all of it can be dismissed as Monday-morning quarterbacking. Some examples, again from Thompson's timelines:
This information may have come from the Milan Al Qaeda cell, which forged documents for the organization's operations. Wiretaps indicated that its members were aware of a plot very much like 9-11a year before the attacks. For instance, in August 2000, one terrorist in Milan was recorded as saying to another, "I'm studying airplanes. I hope, God willing, that I can bring you a window or a piece of an airplane the next time we see each other." The comment was followed by laughter, according to a Los Angeles Times account on May 29, 2002.
Other startling details of events in Italy emerged last May. In January 2001, a terrorist asked if certain forged documents were for "the brothers going to the United States"and was angrily rebuked by another, who told him not to talk about that "very, very secret" plan. (The Los Angeles Times reported that on May 29, 2002.) And in March 2001, the Italian government gave the U.S. a warning based on these wiretaps, Fox News reported on May 17, 2002.
Additional reporting: Alicia Ng