USING PLANES AS BOMBS
The Pentagon commissioned an expert panel in 1993 to investigate the possibility of an airplane being used to bomb national landmarks. Retired Air
Force Col. Doug Menarchik, who organized the $150,000 study for the Defense Department's Office of Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict,
recalled: "It was considered radical thinking, a little too scary for the times. After I left, it met a quiet death."
Other participants have noted that the decision not to publish detailed scenarios issued to some extent from fear that this may give terrorists
Nevertheless, a draft document detailing the results of the investigation was circulated through the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Federal
Emergency Management Agency. Senior agency officials decided against a public release. 
The veracity of the Pentagon's "radical thinking" was confirmed in 1994 when there occurred three attempted attacks on buildings using airplanes.
The first, in April of that year, involved a Federal Express flight engineer facing dismissal.
Having boarded a DC-10 as a passenger, he invaded the cockpit, planning to crash the plane into a company building in Memphis. Fortunately, he was
overpowered by the crew.
The second attempt occurred in September. A lone pilot crashed a small plane into a tree on the White House grounds, just short of the president's
The third incident occurred in December. An Air France flight in Algiers was hijacked by members of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) – who are linked to
Al Qaeda - aiming to crash it into the Eiffel Tower. French Special Forces stormed the plane on the ground. 
AL QAEDA'S PROJECT BOJINKA
Western intelligence had been aware of plans for such terrorist attacks on U.S. soil as early as 1995. Both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had detailed information about the possible use of hijack/suicide attacks by terrorists connected to
Osama Bin Laden. The New York Times reported that:
"In 1994, two jetliners were hijacked by people who wanted to crash them into buildings, one of them by an Islamic militant group. And the 2000
edition of the FAA's annual report on Criminal Acts Against Aviation, published this year, said that although Osama Bin Laden 'is not known to have
attacked civil aviation, he has both the motivation and the wherewithal to do so,' adding, 'Bin Laden's anti-Western and anti-American attitudes
make him and his followers a significant threat to civil aviation, particularly to U.S. civil aviation'." 
Moreover, the U.S. intelligence community was aware of Bin Laden's specific intentions to use hijacked civilian planes as weapons. In this regard,
the Chicago Sun-Times reported that:
"The FBI had advance indications of plans to hijack U.S. airliners and use them as weapons, but neither acted on them nor distributed the
intelligence to local police agencies.
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