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Friday, May 26

the story the NY Times sat on before 9/11

"The NSA had been listening in on a conversation between two members of Osama bin Laden's terror network. One was overheard saying to the other, "Don't worry, we're planning something so big now that the U.S. will have to respond."


Ultimately one can't help but wonder - if only… If only the Times had put something, anything, in the paper about the threat of an impending Al Qaeda attack "so big now that the U.S. will have to respond," perhaps the attack might have been averted. Or perhaps the people in the second World Trade Center tower would have known that the first plane to hit was a terrorist attack, and evacuated the building, saving hundreds of lives. Passengers on the hijacked planes that hit the WTC and the Pentagon might have reacted like those on United Flight 93." Rory O'Connor, AlterNet
Judith Miller didn't have all the details except that the NSA heard something big was going to happen. She said she "tried" to find out more and would have written something for the paper, but ya know, she was also trying to write a book at the time. Sooooo.... the rest is history.

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