7/13/2011 New Book on Intelligence 'Failures' before 9/11 Published
9/11 Timeline contributor Kevin Fenton has recently published an investigation into the intelligence failures before 9/11. Disconnecting the Dots is the most detailed examination of actions taken by the CIA, FBI and NSA in the run-up to the attacks yet published.
The book shows that a small group of people centered on the CIA’s bin Laden unit, Alec …
4/12/2010 Miscellaneous New Entries - Updates as of April 12, 2010
Several miscellaneous new entries have been added to the 9/11 Timeline over the past few weeks. In the period before 9/11, we have a 1989 Rand Corporation paper that said the possibility of suicide plane hijackings was a “nightmare,” military claims that the number of alert air bases was inadequate to protect against terrorism from around 1997, …
3/16/2010 War Games, Blackwater, KSM - Updates as of March 16, 2010
The largest group of entries added to the 9/11 Timeline over the last couple of weeks concerns military exercises and the day of 9/11. FAA training exercises in December 2000 included scenarios “close to the 9/11 plot,” and there was a Boeing 767 FAA hijack exercise in the summer of 2001, as well as a simulated suicide terrorist attack against New York …
3/2/2010 Miscellaneous - Updates as of March 2, 2010
Several miscellaneous entries have been published in the 9/11 Timeline over the last couple of weeks. In the late 1990s, Air Force General Richard Myers thought NORAD’s radar system and control software inadequate, whereas Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Technology Joseph Eash was concerned about the use of a plane as a weapon over the same …
2/15/2010 Al-Zawahiri's Tapes, Air Security - Updates as of February 15, 2010
Most of the entries published over the last couple of weeks are about video and audio messages released by al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri. We have a call for jihad in Somalia from January 2007, a request for media questions from December of that year, and a call for revenge for Israeli attacks in Gaza the following March. This was followed by his answers …
2/3/2010 DC Air National Guard on 9/11, The Many Deaths of Osama bin Laden - Updates as of February 3, 2010
After a hiatus of a couple of weeks, dozens of new entries have been published in the 9/11 Timeline over the last few days. The largest chunk of them covers events at the DC Air National Guard, based at Andrews Air Force Base, on the day of the attacks. Initially, officers assumed that the first crash into the WTC was an accident. However, after the second crash, …
1/4/2010 Bin Laden and More of His Messages - Additions as of January 5, 2009
The vast majority of entries published by the 9/11 Timeline over the past couple of weeks concern the elusive Osama bin Laden. First, there are entries about audio recordings he has reportedly released over the last couple of years, about the Muhammad cartoons, Palestine, Palestine again, Gaza, Israel, the badness of Barack Obama, US policy, and Afghanistan.
12/15/2009 Pre-9/11 Movies - Additions to the 9/11 Timeline as of December 15, 2009
Three entries recently published in the 9/11 Timeline cover films with 9/11-style themes made before the attacks. 1977’s Black Sunday had terrorists crashing an explosive-laden blimp into the Superbowl stadium, 1996’s Executive Decision featured a planned suicide attack with a commercial jet, and a late 2001 Chuck Norris vehicle originally entitled …
12/12/2009 Minor Reorganisation of 9/11 Timeline
There has been a minor reorganization of the 9/11 Timeline, which is explained at the contributors’ blog, here.
11/30/2009 Mounir El Motassadeq, Robert Fuller and Others - Additions as of December 1, 2009
The entries recently published in the 9/11 Timeline are something of a grab bag. For example, they cover the conviction and sentencing of Mounir El Motassadeq, an associate of some of the hijackers, in Germany in 2007, as well as a pair of events around noon on the day of the attacks: a statement by the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency that al-Qaeda …