posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 04:53 PM
WASHINGTON - Five years before the worst terror attack in American history, a U.S.-educated Kuwaiti pitched an outlandish idea to Osama bin Laden.
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, now a U.S. captive, concedes his apocalyptic vision of 10 planes steered into nuclear power plants, skyscrapers and other
American targets received only a lukewarm response from the al-Qaida kingpin.
The meeting in Afghanistan in mid-1996, however, apparently was the genesis of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001. Three
reports issued this week by the Sept. 11 commission provide the fullest picture yet of how Mohammed's idea evolved from wild scheme to unfathomable
reality — and the government's chaotic response.
Mohammed had targeted U.S. airliners before. He was indicted in the United States earlier in 1996 for plotting to bomb 12 flights over the Pacific
Ocean, but he wasn't captured. Mohammed, born in Kuwait and a 1986 graduate from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, also
wanted to crash a plane into CIA headquarters.
His new plan needed bin Laden's money and his muscle.
Between May 1996, when bin Laden moved to Afghanistan from Sudan, and the Sept. 11 attacks, more than 20,000 men trained at his terror camps. They
learned to be soldiers and, the Sept. 11 commission said, "to think creatively about ways to commit mass murder."
yep the Al Qaeda hatched a very good conspiracy to make 9/11 worked, they knew Americans are very soft and very incompetent in defending our own
country and they took advatage of it. tsk tsk. its pretty simplistic, hide yer box cutters, walk to the cockpit, assure the passengers that this is
just a hostage takeover that u have seen in the past and nothing will happen. steering the planes into the towers is probably the easiest of all in
the plan. they aint that hard to miss thanks to the size of the buildings.