“We should have had orange or red-type of alert in June or July of 2001”

“We should have had orange or red-type of alert in June or July of 2001”

March 26, 2004 | A for­mer FBI wire­tap trans­la­tor with top-secret secu­ri­ty clear­ance, who has been called “very cred­i­ble” by Sen. Charles Grass­ley, R‑Iowa, has told Salon she recent­ly tes­ti­fied to the Nation­al Com­mis­sion on Ter­ror­ist Attacks Upon the Unit­ed States that the FBI had detailed infor­ma­tion pri­or to Sept. 11, 2001, that a ter­ror­ist attack involv­ing air­planes was being plotted.

Refer­ring to the Home­land Secu­ri­ty Depart­men­t’s col­or-cod­ed warn­ings insti­tut­ed in the wake of 9/11, the for­mer trans­la­tor, Sibel Edmonds, told Salon, “We should have had orange or red-type of alert in June or July of 2001. There was that much infor­ma­tion avail­able.” Edmonds is offend­ed by the Bush White House claim that it lacked fore­knowl­edge of the kind of attacks made by al-Qai­da on 9/11. “Espe­cial­ly after read­ing Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Advi­sor Con­doleez­za Rice [Wash­ing­ton Post Op-Ed on March 22] where she said, we had no spe­cif­ic infor­ma­tion what­so­ev­er of domes­tic threat or that they might use air­planes. That’s an out­ra­geous lie. And doc­u­ments can prove it’s a lie.”

Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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