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    96 to discuss them and other data A high powered group convened around the table the CIA and other military and intelligence agencies were represented but not the NTSB We took a vote and almost everyone said the plane was shot down the expert says Only the CIA remained silent The CIA was very quiet Someone asked if there was a warning prior to the disaster of a terrorist attack The CIA wouldn t say he recalls Asked about this meeting the FBI s Kallstrom says It never happened though he allows There might have been a meeting where underlings were speculating but I don t have any knowledge of it The CIA at the time was developing its theory that eyewitnesses to the crash saw not a missile but the burning plane itself as it reared up and climbed several thousand feet after the explosion The Voice missile expert source has no patience with the CIA s point of view He insists that the eyewitness accounts are information that cannot be denied And there was more the expert mentioned a videotape shot by a man on Long Island one night during the weeks preceding the crash which appeared to show a rocket trail rising skyward The FBI showed it to us as interesting evidence the expert says It looked like the trail of a missile he adds FBI assistant director Kallstrom now retired from the agency says he doesn t recall any such video Later in the investigation only a month or so before Kallstrom shut down the criminal investigation in late 97 for lack of evidence Bongardt called the missile expert and invited him to Calverton to view the wreckage What he saw there hardened his suspicions The left wing root near the center fuel tank was clearly a potential impact point since much of it was missing or badly damaged he wrote in an e mail In an interview he added that together with the left side wall of the center fuel tank and the left wing these areas exhibited a lot of damage which was not well explained as far as we were concerned The metal there looked like something very violent happened The NTSB s reports confirm the view that the damage on the left side of the plane was of a different order from the damage on the right side While the left wing upper skin for example was shattered into many small fragments most of the right wing was recovered in one large chunk that had to be cut up into several pieces before it would fit onto a flatbed truck for the journey from East Moriches to Calverton In its Sequencing Report the NTSB says that the left wing damage is consistent with extremely high strain energy release associated with water impact but does not suggest why the right wing should have escaped similar damage The missile expert interviewed by the Voice says that part of the problem was a lack of

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  • swissair9-19-99
    1 In the opposite direction SWR 127 Yes sir And the time was 2107 5 07 pm local time It was too fast to be an airplane Controller 1 OK Thank you Controller 1 US Air 986 Did you see anything like a missile in your area perhaps off to your right US Air I ll take a good look but if it s goin that fast I probably won t get a chance We just saw Swissair go by a minute ago Controller 1 OK Thanks SWR 127 Swissair 127 We had no T CAS collision avoidance warning It was way too fast I guess Controller 1 Swissair 127 Thank you Controller 1 Swissair 127 How far above you was it SWR 127 It was right over us right above opposite direction and I don t know two three four hundred feet above us Controller 1 OK Thank you SWR 127 All I can say 127 is that the three of us saw a white object it was white and very fast Controller 1 Swissair 127 Thank you Controller 1 Northwest 550 Did you see anything similar to a missile or a UFO in your vicinity maybe about three minutes ago NW 550 We heard that report but we haven t seen anything Northwest 550 Controller 1 USAir 1800 you didn t see anything either USAir We saw nothing Controller 1 Hey Chris Swissair 127 he had a UFO or a rocket or something almost hit him in my airspace Controller 2 A UFO or a rocket almost hit the Swissair 127 Controller 1 Yea it went right above him two or three hundred feet he says Some kind of white object They re checking into it here but if he says anything to you just to let you know Controller 2 OK Thank you The captain Bobet and the first officer Grunder were interviewed the following day in Boston by the FAA the FBI and the NTSB The FAA report quoted the captain as stating that the object appeared to be moving and the object did not appear to have an exhaust plume or resemble any characteristics of a rocket The captain denied that these were his statements when contacted by the staff of the UFO Research Coalition which conducted an investigation of the incident The UFO Research Coalition Report on Swissair 127 ISBN 1 928957 00 5 1999 Pages 7 8 Captain Bobet The object appeared to be moving is a wrong statement I insisted on the very high speed of the object at different occasions So the object did not appear to be moving it WAS moving In addition the object did not appear to have an exhaust plume or resemble any characteristics of a rocket I NEVER metntioned the word rocket or missile I would have done so only if I was sure that we encountered one Even though it was and still is very tempting to use the word I will never use it

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  • wp-2-8-01a
    believe that bin Laden was behind the Oct 12 bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole which killed 17 U S sailors in the Yemeni port of Aden Bin Laden s organization Tenet said is continuing to place emphasis on developing surrogates to carry out attacks in an effort to avoid detection blame and retaliation Thomas Fingar acting head of the State Department s Bureau of Intelligence and Research emphasized the elusive nature of al Qaeda He told the Senate committee that bin Laden was like the chief operating officer of a multinational corporation that provides guidance funding and logistical support to henchmen who like regional directors or affiliates have broad latitude and sometimes pursue their own agendas In discussing the spread of weapons of mass destruction Tenet said Russian defense firms last year supplied ballistic missile technology to Iran India China and Libya although he did not name the companies or specify what they sold He also said Russia provided assistance to Iran s civilian nuclear program that could be used to advance its weapons programs as well Under questioning from Sen Carl M Levin D Mich a critic of the Bush administration s national missile defense plan Tenet reiterated a U S intelligence estimate that the most likely way for an enemy to attack the United States with nuclear chemical or biological weapons would be with non missile delivery means such as a bomb contained in a truck shipping container or suitcase Asked by Sen Fred D Thompson R Tenn to assess China s military buildup and increasingly harsh rhetoric about what the future holds for U S Chinese relations Fingar said In some respects it s a mirror image of the testimony that all of us U S intelligence officials have prepared about China We re the

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    south of Johnstown Pennsylvania and now United 175 that plane the plane from Boston to Los Angeles a government source has confirmed that that was the second plane that went into one of the World Trade Towers in New York I m also being told by government sources and again these things change throughout the day Peter you know I want to caution the people but this is what we know now A government source tells me that on American Airlines Flight 11 again that was the flight from Boston to Los Angeles that went into the Trade Tower that a flight attendant on that plane was apparently able to call the American Airlines operation center to tell them that two flight attendants had been stabbed and that the perpetrators had broken into the flight deck We ve also been told that a passenger aboard one of the United flights United Flight 93 the one that crashed in Pennsylvania a passenger on that flight was able to call 911 apparently and let them know that the plane was being hijacked Again this information from government sources JENNINGS Right STARK and we don t know if it will hold up throughout the day but that s what we are told at this time JENNINGS I I very much appreciate you bringing us up to date There s one thing that I don t I m never quite clear on yet and that may be because of where I m sitting Do we know American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles was a 767 is that correct STARK Correct Yes JENNINGS United Airlines 175 which went into the World Trade Center STARK That was a 767 as well JENNINGS A 767 as well The American aircraft plane which we re a little uncertain about the crashing into the Pentagon was an American Was it Boeing 757 STARK Correct JENNINGS And the it was also a 757 that crashed near Johnstown STARK Exactly TEXT American Airlines Flight 11 Boston to LA CRASHED INTO WORLD TRADE CENTER Flight 77 Dulles to LA CRASHED INTO THE PENTAGON United Airlines Flight 175 Boston to LA CRASHED INTO WORLD TRADE CENTER Flight 93 Newark to San Francisco CRASHED SE OF PITTSBURGH PA JENNINGS So so we have two very popular and very widely used and very important aircraft in these two airlines being used Lisa thanks very much indeed On the phone from Washington with us now is the former Secretary of State James Baker Are you there Mr Baker Mr JAMES BAKER I m here Peter JENNINGS So what would you do TEXT North Tower 8 45 AM 1st Plane Crash South Tower 9 03 AM 2nd Plane Crash 9 58 AM 1st Collapse 10 28 AM 2nd Collapse Mr BAKER Well it s a pretty tough one Peter It s everybody of course is in is in deep sorrow and shock It seems to me that this is something we ve been worried about for a long time We ve been able fortunately to foreclose it up until now We may be entering a bit of a new era We may have to do a bit more to preempt these types of events We may need to get some better human intelligence to penetrate some of these groups before acts like this can be can be carried out We may need to do even more to beef up obviously I suppose we need to do even more to beef up our airport security There s a lot there s a lot along those lines I think that needs to be done and and mostly I think strengthen our intelligence capabilities JENNINGS You are the second person second senior former government official to say to us today to imply very clearly that human intelligence in those areas of the world which are to some extent breeding grounds of terrorism are plainly weak Mr BAKER Well they are weak Peter We took you know we we went on a real witch hunt with our CIA back in the early mid 70 s We had hearings I won t mention the name of the of the legislator who conducted those hearings but they in effect resulted in our eliminating a lot of our human intelligence capabilities It s a dirty business When you re you have human intelligence you re doing business with the pe the kinds of people that will that will commit these acts Sometimes the first test of a of a human intelligence agent the first test they send them out on is to go out and kill somebody So it s pretty tough for America to to to get into that and we got out of it But it may be we have to get into that kind of business JENNINGS Mr Secretary why don t you just name the legislator because you re just going to make cause more trouble for me to go to the file and look it up Who who held these hearings and what s the point you re trying to make That there s an ad Mr BAKER Well they were the Church Committee hearings and what I did what I think we did as a consequence of those hearings was to in effect unilaterally disarm in terms of our intelligence capabilities Now we have the best you know we have the best technological intelligence gathering operations and capabilities in the world But we need this human intelligence to penetrate groups like the group that must have carried out this these operations JENNINGS I have only a vague recollection of this But I think the point you re making is that there are some forces political and otherwise in the United States who believe that getting down and dirty with potential terrorists around the world is not something we should be doing We should do it technically therefore not put people at risk Mr BAKER That s correct That was the thinking and that s pretty much the pretty much the policy we ve followed since then And I think we need to get back into the down and dirty business so we can penetrate these groups and hopefully prevent these types of things from happening in the future JENNINGS Mr Baker I don t want to get ahead of things and I m sure you do not either But if there is and as somebody said earlier there re no good options out there at the moment but do you believe that the United States is if it finds out that a state is involved is going to have to go to war in an active way against that state Mr BAKER Well first of all I don t believe we re going to find out that a state is involved I cannot really frankly conceive of a state doing this There could be I suppose some indirect assistance from a state or groups within a state And I don t think that s going to be the case But if it were the case I think we need to do whatever whatever we reasonably and responsibly can to protect the American people whatever that involves JENNINGS Now this is always the toughest question for somebody who has been in office but is not currently How much easier is it to say what you d do now that you re not in government In other words were you still were you the man were you the secretary of state in the Bush administration at at the moment now would you not feel rather constrained by modern circumstances as to what you could do Mr BAKER Well I don t know I mean there you know we have we we frankly Peter we have some laws on our books that we ought to take a look at One of them is simply a presidential executive order that says the United States doesn t go out and assassinate people I think there was a very good reason behind that but I dare say that you would have about 99 percent if not 100 percent public support across the United States today if we found out that one terrorist group was responsible for this for these incidents you would have 100 percent support almost for for taking care of that of the person who leads that group JENNINGS One of the difficulties of course Mr Baker is that in a in a situation like this we end up fighting like the terrorists to some extent right Mr BAKER Well that that that is unfortunately the case That s true But but it may be that that s the only way we can really take care of the problem You know the president said today made a statement I think was absolutely the right statement he said he said America is under attack under a terrorist attack And he said We are going to hunt down and punish those we find responsible for this And that to my way of thinking means doing whatever is required JENNINGS Mr Baker thanks very much for the time Mr BAKER Thank you Peter JENNINGS James Baker the former secretary of state also widely known in the country as the man who did as much as he did to win Florida for George Bush at the last presidential election but a long time member of the American political and foreign policy establishment and who knows how complicated this is and who thinks a very openly you ll hear this a lot in the next few days Not enough human intelligence And we ll review who that legislator was Tony Cordesman our military analyst you re listening to Mr Baker is he making sense Mr TONY CORDESMAN ABC News Military Consultant He is Peter But I think we need to have an important caution here Human intelligence isn t as simple as it sounds The actual agents can take years to develop Historically they ve often been unreliable And the more hostile the ideology is the more uncertain the collection Human intelligence is also analysis Our analytic side is weak The CIA has had hiring freezes There is so little money for CIA and for DIA that most of the country analysts have never been to the countries they re actually analyzing much less talk to many of the elements within them And as Secretary Baker pointed out if you re going to go into operations that s different from human intelligence And our operations capability has been allowed to decline for nearly a decade JENNINGS Thank you Tony The game has changed a good deal today So let us get back yes John John MILLER Before Jerry Hauer leave us and he s promised to come back all of the discussions we ve had raise the question to me and I know Jerry s been more fully briefed on these national security agencies than an matters than any of us have How many of these attacks have we known about and been able to prevent How many that we ve heard about how many that we haven t heard about and have any of them been on this scale Mr HAUER That s difficult to answer John because a lot of that a lot of that material is classified a lot of that is kept classified But there clearly are a number of threats that occur in this country almost on a daily basis Some of them are are hoaxes Some of them are credible Some of them are qurite quite credible And the the spectrum varies And they ve they ve had and some we ve been very fortunate with as we were right before the millennium with the JENNINGS The intrusion from Canada Mr HAUER Yeah the MILLER But that but that was the one that was the work of an alert agent How many have had we actually prevented through intelligence which is is kind of what Mr Woolsey and Mr Baker have been talking about Mr HAUER Yeah I m I m not sure anybody has a good number on that That s something that I think that would difficult be difficult to put your finger on at this point you know and I would be interested to get that from the FBI I m not sure that I ve ever heard a number on how many we ve actually thwarted JENNINGS Have you ever picked up the phone in your emergency management center and had someone on the other end who said we re going to blow up something Mr HAUER We actually did receive a number of threats JENNINGS What was it like What did what did Mr HAUER We had letters come in And we turn them over to the FBI By and large we felt that the majority of them were hoaxes But we relied on the FBI for their their intelligence for their analysis of threats We relied on the police department intelligence division And by and large with the exception of one or two that were more credible than others most of them were pretty lame hoaxes MILLER I remember two of those that were quite serious In 94 and 95 when I was with the police department we received information from the FBI that there was going to be a truck bomb attack within 48 hours on the New York Stock Exchange We responded by surrounding it literally with sanitation sand trucks and blocking the street and eventually set up a cordon which has still not come down The other was a planned attack on the Israeli mission to the United Nations which has been surrounded by cement blocks first the sand trucks and and ever since again JENNINGS Ever since Ever since Our thanks to Jerry Hauer the former head of the New York Mayor s Office of Emergency Management and Operations And as we said at the beginning it s an office which is not operating in the place that Jerry Hauer set it up which was right adjacent to the World Trade Center And it has been blocked off put out of commission in one way or another by the horrendous horrendous devastation which has occurred in that part of town today And we don t want to lose sight of it for a second in all this discussion about about intelligence and terrorism So I want to go back to George Stephanopoulos on the who s who s closer to the building than anybody else and then Bill Blakemore They are both watching the search and rescue operations and and both report now George GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS reporting Well Peter we still don t know that it is a search and rescue operation yet Just a little while ago one of the volunteers who tried to go down there and help reported back and said when you actually got to the scene and you see it behind me that cloud of black smoke when you got to the scene at the World Trade Center what was most remarkable what was most amazing what was most horrifying is that basically nothing was happening They couldn t go into the building and actually perform any real rescue operations And he also described the scene very close to the World Trade Center soot and silt up to his waist He said it was hell We have also talked to some firefighters who ve gotten fairly close to the scene They ve now set up a special command center over here at Manhattan Borough Community College here on the west side where they re relieving each other One fireman said that he was buried underneath all the dirt and debris He said he had to dig himself out but still didn t know what happened to his six partners JENNINGS George STEPHANOPOULOS who had who had gone into the building and near the building JENNINGS George can I just interrupt you for a sec I ll come right back to you But Ann Compton who s been with the president all day is on on the phone from Nebraska And we don t want to lose her if we can have her Annie can you hear me ANN COMPTON reporting Yes Peter I can And JENNINGS What are you doing in Nebraska COMPTON Well we didn t know where we were until we landed President Bush is here at the home of the Strategic Command This is the air this is the base where those big doomsday aircraft are kept And he has disappeared down the rabbit hole Peter Down through a red brick small building he and what skeleton staff are with him down into an underground bunker where Ari Fleischer tells me the president is going to chair a National Security Counsel meeting by teleconference We re also told that the president has been on the phone several times to the vice president who is able to work out of a command center at the White House itself in one of the secure areas below in the White House JENNINGS Annie your description of the president going down the rabbit hole going into a very secure compound bunker in in in Nebraska Offutt Air Force Base suggests that people in his entourage believe there has been a threat today or a potential threat to the highest political leadership in the country Is that correct COMPTON Well and I asked exactly that question They say there was no hint of any warning of the attacks that came on the East Coast today As you know they always take the precaution especially once the Pentagon was hit that the president might be a target as well And that is why he has come to as secure a place as he could where he is trying to marshal the forces He s also talking to some of the civilian leaders on the ground including Mayor Giuliani and Governor Pataki But we were told there was no direct threat to him and no advanced warning And that in itself Peter is distressing to the very small number of staff with the president here at Offutt JENNINGS So so the procedures are in place and and they do what they do right COMPTON Well you know in in 27 years of covering presidents in crises we have never played the kind of hunted game that was played today Where we would take off in the plane and not know where we were going to land and then once we landed in Louisiana where we were literally told not to use cell phones so our location couldn t be pinpointed To take off again and head to the unintelligible It does feel like a cat and mouse game Ari Fleischer when I asked him if the president feels in jeopardy or hunted he said the president understands that this is kind of the precaution that is necessary at a time like this and that he s anxious to get back to Washington JENNINGS And and for example when you phoned us just a moment ago thank goodness you did did you have to ask permission to do it COMPTON No because it it is hard to hide a great big airplane like Air Force One And when we were coming and I could tell we were over a flat area a fairly urban area and I guess it was Nebraska Knowing that we hadn t been that far out of Louisiana and indeed as we came down over the field I saw a satellite a TV satellite truck out on the highway and sure enough on our screens inside the plane we watched ourselves land The local media was already here figuring this is where the president of the United States the commander in chief would land JENNINGS Because it s part of the old strategic air defense command COMPTON Exactly right It has the facilities the secure facilities here where the president can still be what Ari tells me is seamlessly in touch with the command structure in Washington JENNINGS And which we remind ourselves and I m going to involve George Stephanopoulos in this conversation Just think about how the world has changed and yet in some respects hasn t The president has gone to Nebraska to a facility which was designed during the Cold War where the president might retreat or go in the case of a thermonuclear exchange or atomic thermonuclear exchange between the United States and Soviet Union That s really something to think about COMPTON It it s is an amazing comment on where we are in the 21st century You know we have been checked our bags over and over again today We take that kind of security routinely on Air Force One but it s been double that today And just the thought of Americans who are stranded in airports all across the country trying to to get home today or tomorrow the kind of security they will then then face Certainly the White House sees the ramifications and the impact of this extending through American life as far as you can see JENNINGS Annie thank you very much I hope you ll stay in fact I know you ll stay in touch COMPTON Thank you There are five of us who have been allowed to stay with the president but we are not allowed in the underground bunker with him JENNINGS Now say that again COMPTON There are only five of us reporters have been allowed to stay with him Everyone else was left in Louisiana There are four staff members five five of us from the press and a very small Secret Service contingent It was an almost an empty Air Force One that brought us here We don t know how long we ll be here or when the president will find it safe to go back to Washington JENNINGS But you re not in the bunker COMPTON No they would not let us in the bunker We are above ground looking at the bunker between between him and us JENNINGS OK Annie thank you very much Ann Compton Just to bring you up to date very quickly on the rest of of of the of the first family Ari Fleischer the president s press secretary did say that Barbara of the two 19 year old girls Barbara at Yale and and and Janet at the University of Texas were moved to secure locations Mrs Bush is with a group of friends and they were in in in an undisclosed location but she s had a chance to talk with the president and everything is pretty cool there But everything we hear and everything we report to you hour after hour after hour is a reminder of how seriously people have taken this And I want to go to George Stephanopoulos not so much in his position as a reporter today but calling on his experience in the White House George I to be honest I would plead naivete maybe here today but I m surprised at the lengths to which whomever has gone to keep the president on the move from Florida to Louisiana to Nebraska rather than going back to Washington What is the thinking behind that and would it have occurred in the previous administration STEPHANOPOULOS Well my my guess is first of all we ve never seen anything like this before so it s hard to answer your second question This is a testimony to the seriousness of of the situation and make sure number one this means that the Secret Service I think is in charge JENNINGS Right STEPHANOPOULOS Their number one and really only job is to protect the body of the president and they re going to all lengths to do that right now Peter there are also some some small indications that that the broader evacuation of the senior staff of the White House that is always planned for in emergencies as you hinted at from a relic from the Cold War days has also gone into effect I ve spoken with the spouse of the senior White House JENNINGS Hang on George hang on George I apologize I m only interrupting you because you re so OK you don t have those sirens behind you Go ahead STEPHANOPOULOS The sirens behind me sorry I spoke earlier just a little while ago to the spouse of a senior White House official who received a call simply from the Secret Service saying your spouse is safe is in a secure location right now I remember from my early days Peter in the White House several senior White House staff are given cards that have evacuation plans for places to go in cases of a national emergency And as I said it does seem to be there there does seem to be some indication that that may have been put into effect I would just add one more note you Ann was talking about the possibility of the president now doing a teleconference with his his senior national security officials JENNINGS Right STEPHANOPOULOS There are facilities in the White House not the normal situation room which everyone has seen in the past has seen pictures of but there is a second situation room behind the the primary situation room which has video conferencing capabilities The the director of the Pentagon the defense chief can speak from a national military command center at the Pentagon The secre secretary of state can speak from the State Department the president from wherever he is and they ll have this capability to video conference throughout this crisis and my time at the White House was used in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing In the aftermath of the TWA Flight 800 bombing and and that would be the way they would stay in contact through the afternoon JENNINGS Now just a couple of of of of short questions Given where the president has gone from Florida to Louisiana to Nebraska and given that we hear from the political staff that he d they d like him to come back to Washington does the president have any say at the moment basically if the Secret Service says go left or go right or go here or go there STEPHANOPOULOS Well the president has the ability to overrule them if he wants but I think in this situation Peter he would he would follow their directions Obviously pushing them to try to get back as soon as soon as he could if that was really what his political advisors wanted But but he would he would take their direction on this one Sometimes you can fight the Secret Service on you know how long you re going to spend in a rope line but I don t think you d do it on this JENNINGS Okey dokey And the other question is in terms of Dick Cheney the vice president is in the White House now Just from a purely operational point of view if you were trying to run things at the moment would you like to be in the White House or in a bunker in Nebraska or would it make any difference STEPHANOPOULOS I think right now Peter it doesn t make any difference Air Force One and this bunker in Nebraska has complete communications all across the board And as I said my guess is that Vice President Cheney is in that second situation room A camera is trained on him he can see the president the president can see him they can see Secretary Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Powell It s as if they re meeting in one room JENNINGS Now tell me let s let s return to the the media business at hand I I every time I check in with you or we check in with you I hear sirens virtually right underneath you What s going on right underneath you STEPHANOPOULOS Well right underneath I m at Canal Street and the Avenue of the Americas which is about 20 blocks away from the World Trade Center there Every once in a while right outside my window right now there are four police vans and a police car They they re but the police seem to be stationing there almost resting right now The area right around us is quite quiet About an hour ago two hours ago there were hoards of people walking uptown That s pretty much stopped Now Peter I ve got to tell you it s very strange You look on the sidewalk and you just have people strolling in their summer clothes up in this neighborhood right here But again from what we ve heard of that situation down by the World Trade Center it s horrific it s kind of eerily silent The the firemen are are relieving each other every 15 minutes or so they come out they get showered down with firehouses to get all the soot off and then they go right back in and get to work JENNINGS And and and just remind me one more time George that you know the layman s notion of a bunker is one thing out in Nebraska and I see the White House has another notion of bunker What does it mean down the rabbit hole and into the bunker STEPHANOPOULOS Well in the bunker it would just be certainly underground a secure situation room But but the important point Peter is that wherever that bunker is and it s reinforced by guards and concrete and all that the president is in full communication with his entire national security team and he can direct them at a moment s notice And I think the big question that they re going to have to address now as they gather the facts as they try and figure out who is responsible for this even though they want to get the president back to Washington as soon as possible and I m sure they ll do that they don t want him to go before the country again until he has more to say and probably until he can say what actions he s going to take in response to this JENNINGS OK Thanks George Stephanopoulos who as he pointed out was somewhat isolated from the violence there because he s as close as they ll let you broadcast at this point But you can still see the smoke coming up It s felt all over the country A number of newspapers around the country are now putting out special editions of the day I remember when the Challenger exploded We were on the television for many many many hours And which does to some extent isolate you from what is happening You become a conveyor belt for information going back to the hotel and realizing that the New York Times and the Washington Post had then put out 30 some odd page editions in terms of the Challenger disaster John And it just it just reminds you that you can be isolated from something that is so overwhelming And and George Stephanopoulos acknowledges he is not as close to the violence and tragedy like ABC s Bill Blakemore is somewhat closer Bill can you hear me Bill Blakemore OK we ll come back to Bill Blakemore But Bill Blakemore has you know we want to be as close as we can and not get in anybody s way And I was pointing out that newspapers across the country publishing these these special editions There s not been a special edition of this magnitude probably since the Challenger disaster before that Neil Armstrong walking on the moon Or in some cases newspapers are putting out the first major special edition they ve done since John F Kennedy was assassinated Many of the papers will clear clearly use terror in their banner headlines Certainly the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was one that did that with with a sub heading saying Attacks rip Trade Center Pentagon America s soul I think a great many people in the country feel that is precisely what has happened today That the that the Trade towers as we ve said many times these these absolute symbols of the United States in so many ways right there at the edge of Manhattan first city in the new world the the great advertisement to the rest of the world of commerce and success and upward mobility and all that stuff And those two Trade towers are simply no longer there And then the attack on the Pentagon at the very heart of the of the establishment the military government establishment today And the deep psychological damage that this or wound if not long term damage this is going to do to the country Then we learned just a short while ago that that that United Airlines jet that was carrying 45 people which crashed near Johnstown in Pennsylvania today was at least according to one congressman James Moran Democrat from Virginia who had had a marine corps briefing in Washington He believes that that aircraft was intended originally intending by it s hijackers to go to Camp David the presidential retreat in the mountains of Maryland And the crash site actually turns out to be about 85 miles northwest of Camp David So no one should be surprised perhaps no one is at the at the ripple effect at every level of government not to mention in everybody s soul today from this initial attack on the Trade towers One of our reporters Ellen Davis reports by the way from the American Red Cross in New York City They ve actually had so many volunteers for blood that about 1200 people showed up at the at the blood donation center in New York City And they actually have enough blood for now except for people with type O and RH negative blood because they have a shortage of those But in terms of all other types of blood they seem to be in pretty good shape John Miller what are you finding on the telephone MILLER Basically still that they are just beginning to try and mount a rescue operation in the Trade Center That they are still trying to assess how many people are trapped inside And they re still trying to collate the number of people that they removed to so many different hospitals in two states and and and now because our burn centers here in New York of which there are only three have been overwhelmed even in Canada So they re really just beginning what s going to be an operation that s going to take not days but weeks more likely months JENNINGS Let s go thank you John Let s go to ABC s Bill Blakemore who I said is in lower Manhattan and closer even than George Stephanopoulos was able to get Bill do you hear me BILL BLAKEMORE reporting I do Peter JENNINGS Go ahead BLAKEMORE There s an enormous search and rescue operation being mounted here for what s clearly going to be many days of grim work We re just north of the wreckage and the smoke is still coming out On the West Side Highway right next to the Hudson River hundreds of firemen are reassembling and restaging here after their first partial defeat this morning And they know that many of their colleagues are missing with the civilians in the wreckage I ve talked to several of them who were in one of the towers when the other

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    One of our indications suggested that Imad Mughniyeh met with some of his dormant agents on secret trips to Germany We believe that the operational brains behind the New York attack were Mughniyeh and Zawahiri who were probably financed and got some logistical support from the Iraqi Intelligence Service SSO Mughniyeh was the only one believed to have tried it before On April 12th 1997 he was reported to be only two hours away from achieving the highest goal of any terrorist organisation until last week blowing up an Israeli El Al airliner above Tel Aviv A man carrying a forged British passport with the name Andrew Jonathan Neumann was in a Jerusalem hotel preparing a bomb he was supposed to take on board an El Al flight leaving Israel when it accidentally went off Andrew Jonathan Neumann was very badly injured but strong enough to reveal later to the Israelis that he was not British but Lebanese and that his operation was supposed to be a special gift to Israel from Imad Mughniyeh A psychopath Bin Laden is a schoolboy in comparison with Mughniyeh says an Israeli who knows Mughniyeh The guy is a genius someone who refined the art of terrorism to its utmost level We studied him and reached the conclusion that he is a clinical psychopath motivated by uncontrollable psychological reasons which we have given up trying to understand The killing of his two brothers by the Americans only inflamed his strong motivation Experts on Iraq and Saddam Hussein also believe that Iraq was the state behind the two terror masterminds In recent months there was a change and Iraq decided to get into the terror business On July 7th they tried for the first time to send a suicide bomber trained in Baghdad to blow up Tel Aviv airport Foreign Report No 2651 Our sources believe that it will be very difficult to get to the bottom of this unprecedented terror operation However they believe the chief of the Iraqi SSO is Qusai Hussein the dictator s son and his organisation is the most likely to have been involved Mughniyeh 48 is a sick man says an intelligence officer who was in charge of his file He is considered by Western intelligence agencies as the most dangerous active terrorist today He is wanted by several governments and the Americans have put a 2m reward on his head Detailed list of Mughniyeh operations removed for Non Subscriber Extract It was the assassination of one man in March 1984 that is said to have made Mughniyeh the CIA s most wanted terrorist Mughniyeh allegedly kidnapped the head of the CIA station in Beirut William Buckley The kidnapping triggered what later became known as Irangate when the Americans tried to exchange Buckley and others with arms for Iran However the attempt ended in a fiasco By one unconfirmed account Mughniyeh tortured and killed Buckley with his own hands A year later in a combined CIA Mossad operation a

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    Our most sweeping recommendation was to treat aviation security as a national security issue not just an airport problem We called for greatly increased collaboration among the CIA FBI FAA INS and airport and airline security officials to provide timely information about suspected terrorists Two of the terrorists in the Sept 11 attacks were on the FBI s watch list The attacks may have been prevented had this information been disseminated to the FAA and aviation security officials when it went to the FBI None of the agencies has implemented this recommendation We recommended that the FAA deploy a rigorous and thorough system of passenger profiling to detect possible terrorists Some airlines use modest profiling systems but an integrated industry wide profiling system that respects the ethnic and national origins of passengers yet sends warning signals when anomalies occur has not been put into use Several of the terrorists bought one way tickets and paid for them in cash to travel to their destinations The profiling system we envisioned would have raised red flags in these cases requiring the terrorists to face additional questions when they arrived at the airports Most likely other actions and movements of the terrorists in the months prior to the attacks would have triggered adverse profiles Again the FAA failed to put in place a profiling system that could have prevented these attacks We urged that all airline airport and screening personnel having access to an airport s secure area undergo criminal background checks There are suggestions that accomplices who had jobs in airports and airlines may have assisted the terrorists They might have been weeded out with background checks Yet again the FAA failed to implement this recommendation We further recommended that the FAA work with industry to develop a national program to increase

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    various criminal trials and followed the paper trail right back to Iraq Her reasoning and her documentation are difficult to refute Curious as to why she avoided the subject of TWA Flight 800 I called Ms Mylroie As I told her I did not expect her to commit to a theory on the crash based on my five minute phone explanation but I would appreciate her insight on a few key points One was on the question of whether it was indeed the Islamic Change Movement that had sent a specific threat the morning of the flight No she answered cagily They actually sent it the night before A second point of interest was the date of the plane s destruction Mylroie mentions frequently as have others that terrorists in the Islamic world have a fixation with dates She argues for instance that the first World Trade Center bombing took place on the second anniversary of the final day of the Gulf War a correlation she sees as significant She does not explore the Oklahoma City bombing despite the fact that its modus operandi is eerily similar to the bombing of the World Trade Center and that it took place on the second anniversary of the final day of another siege the one on Waco The most significant day on the Iraqi revolutionary calendar marks the coup that brought Hussein s Ba th party to power in the ill starred year of 1969 Mylroie makes several references to this date July 17 but curiously she makes no reference to the most violent terrorist event that tracks with that date namely the destruction of TWA Flight 800 Again Mylroie was aware of the connection but chose not to pursue it A third point of interest is the man responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing Ramzi Yousef Mylroie makes a compelling case that Yousef was an Iraqi agent Indeed the Arabs with whom he conspired in the New York area knew him as Rashid the Iraqi On July 17 1996 Yousef was standing trial in New York for his role in a plot known as Bojinka the Serbian word for explosive Yousef had been planning to blow up 11 American airliners over the Pacific more or less simultaneously The scary thing is that he was capable of doing it One element of Bojinka planning mirrored Yousef s most successful crime the truck bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 If one could stuff a thousand pounds of explosives into a van reasoned Yousef on the laptop seized from the Manila apartment he shared with Abdul Hakim Murad a Pakistani pilot why not stuff a comparable amount in a small plane and strike real terror into the belly of the beast The one speculative target cited was the CIA building But more important was the methodology The following excerpt from a classified Republic of the Philippines intelligence report shows that al Qaida had plans to use small planes as flying

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    from various types of computers It will require that you have Acrobat Reader which can be downloaded for free from Adobe at Adobe Acrobat Free Reader The report has been updated several times and is now 124 pages It is provided as a complete document and also broken up into a number of files for ease of downloading In addition to the report we have been adding other material related to the investigation and related press reports We will continue to add relevant information on an on going basis so check back from time to time At a press conference on July 20 1998 where Cmdr Donaldson s report was explained Dr Vernon L Grose former Board Member of the NTSB and former commentator for CNN stood up and declared that he could no longer support the Center Fuel Tank being the cause of the crash and that there was sufficient new evidence that a missile could have shot down TWA Flight 800 He joined Cmdr Donaldson in calling for full Congressional Hearings Interim Report to the Aviation Subcommittee Updated 11 16 98 2 576 k Zip Version of Report Updated 11 16 98 2 487 k Contents Contents Updated

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