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Originally posted by wizzosis
I was told by a man who used to work with Yassir Arafat that Osama Bin Landen actually used to work for the CIA
bet most of you did not know that
Originally posted by gottago
reply to post by wizzosis
Um, actually pretty much all of us do.
This is 9/11 101, actually, along with Atta's $100,000 payment from Pakistan's ISI shortly before the attacks.
Another fun fact to go along with jackinthebox's post: the bin Ladens were allowed to leave without being interrogated by the FBI; they were called off that particular nicety by higher-ups.
Another fun fact: Al Qaeda in Arabic means "the network," which refers to the dedicated, secure internet-like communications network between various international secret services, and which AQ/OBL was given use of when doing its insurgency work against the Russians in Afghanistan.
Bonus fun fact: the bin Ladens are major investors in the Carlyle Group, which is a Reagan/Bush crony-infested defense/armaments contractor; IIRC correctly Osama's brother was actually with Pres. GHW Bush and his partners in crime at a Carlyle Group meeting when the attacks took place.
Originally posted by deltaboy
reply to post by gottago
Let me ask you this...does Al Qaeda translates The Base or The Network?
Because I asked my professor who teaches the subject on terrorism of various organizations around the world and she says its The Base for this particular group.
Those two files were kept in one file called in Arabic 'Q eidat ilmu'ti'aat' which is the exact translation of the English word database. But the Arabs commonly used the short word Al Qaida which is the Arabic word for "base." The military air base of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is called 'q eidat 'riyadh al 'askariya.' Q eida means "a base" and "Al Qaida" means "the base." [ex/]
These flights were screened by law enforcement officials, primarily the FBI. For example, one flight, the so-called Bin Laden flight, departed the United States on September 20 with 26 passengers, most of them relatives of Usama Bin Ladin. Screening of this flight was directed by an FBI agent in the Baltimore Field Office who was also a pilot. This agent, coordinating with FBI headquarters, sent an electionic commmunication to each of the field offices through which the Bin Ladin flight was scheduled to pass, including the proposed flight manifest and directing what screening should occur. He also monitored the flight as it moved around the country –from St Louis to Los Angelos to Orlando to Washington Dulles and to Boston Logan --- correcting for any changes in itinerary to make sure there was no lapse in FBI screening at these locations