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  • FBI found direct ties between 9/11 hijackers and Saudis living in Florida; Congress kept in dark

    Disclosing the existence of a decade-old FBI investigation into the abrupt departure of a Saudi family from the luxury home in a gated community near Sarasota, FL. two weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Law enforcement later used gatehouse security records to determine the home was visited by vehicles used by the hijackers. Despite FBI claims that Congress has been briefed, no documentation proving that statement has been provided.
  • Ties to Terrorism

    ABC 7 News Chicago tells the story of Nabil Al-Marabh, a native of Syria who was arrested in Chicago after 9/11 on suspicion of having strong ties to terrorists. ABC 7 found that "Al-Marabh's movements frequently intersected with bin Laden's top operatives," including some of the September 11 hijackers.
  • FAA Whistleblower, American Gun, and Atta and the Mechanic

    The three stories deal with aviation security up to 9/11. The first story, FAA Whistleblower, is about the first FAA official to go on the record blaming senior officials in the agency for contributing to the situation that allowed the hijackings of 9/11. The second story, American Gun, is about an FAA memo which describes one of the hijackers aboard American Airlines flight 11 shooting another passengers. The third story, Atta and the Mechanic, is about Mohammed Atta and an American Airlines mechanic encounter several months before 9/11.
  • Series on 9-11 intelligence failures: The 9/11 terrorists the CIA should have caught (The hijackers we let escape); The informant who lived with the hijackers; The Saudi money trail; Charity and Terror

    Newsweek investigates whether the CIA and FBI ignored critical clues that might have helped prevent the attacks. The first story looks at a case where the CIA tracked two suspected terrorists to an Al-Qaeda summit in Malaysia in 2000. These same two men later came to the U.S., lived in California and went on to hijack the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The report questions why the CIA didn't do more to stop these men, based on the information they had. The second story reports although one FBI informant was the hijackers' roommate, intelligence agencies still failed to recognize the threat. The third story reveals how an Saudi student in the U.S., Omar Al-Bayoumi, provided critical assistance to the two hijackers. The fourth story reports on how Saudi-based Islamic charities have been used to fund terrorist organizations around the world.
  • Enemies at the gate; Root of evil

    CBS News reports on the search for those responsible for the September 11 tragedy. The two-part investigation focuses mostly on the possible role of the French citizen Zacarias Moussaoui suspected to be the "missing" 20th hijacker. The first segment attempts to answer general questions about the terrorist attacks, while the second part examines how the "quiet French student became a fanatic."
  • From the Tower, Voices From the Sky

    A two-part ABC News investigation attempts to find a fresh angle to the story of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The first report tells what happened through the eyes of the air traffic controllers at Dulles International Airport. One of the findings is that American 11 that crashed into the Pentagon had most probably targeted the White House at first but the terrorists could not see it well because the sun was in their eyes. The second part broadcasts "the actual sound of hijackers storming the cockpit" of United 93 which crashed into a Pennsylvania field.
  • Identity Crisis

    Dateline investigates the ease with which fake identities can be obtained. In the course of a year-long investigation, a Dateline producer was able to obtain a fake driver's license, two birth certificates, and two temporary driver's permits. Even with increased security measures that verified social security numbers, fake documents were readily procured. The investigation probed some of the same loopholes that the September 11th hijackers were able to exploit.
  • The Insider

    In the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks in Washington D.C., and New York, ABC News broadcast an interview with one of the first men to leave Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. Identified as "Max" to protect his identity, "Max" was able to offer insight into the Al Qaeda training process and was able to identify two if the 19 hijackers responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks. ABC News, with the cooperation of the CIA, was able to extract "Max" from Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he believed he was in serious risk if he provided information.
  • ABC News Investigative Reporting On 9/11 Attacks And Terrorism

    ABC News investigative reporting linked to the 9/11 attacks: identification and role of hijacking ring-leader Mohammed Atta; FBI handling of the Zacarias Moussaoui case; training of hijackers at American flight schools; hijackers' efforts to obtain crop dusters; Mafia profiteering in World Trade Center clean up.
  • Explaining Terrorism

    The Los Angeles Times provides explanations and warnings of the terror threat to the United States published before September 11, and further explanations and insights after the attacks about the methods and nature of the terror networks behind the attacks. Major findings include: the Millennium bomb plot aroused fears of sleeping terrorism cells in the U.S.; two months before the attacks reporters documents the high level of threat from sleeper cells throughout the West; after the attack the Times identified Mohammed Atta as the leader of the plot; a major terrorist threat was exposed in Western Europe and Bosnia; tied September 11 hijackers to the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole; foretold problems for Islamic charities; detailed the warnings authorities missed prior to September 11; discovered bin Laden's extensive use of aircraft and secret U.S. fears as early as 1996 that terrorists might use crop dusters as weapons.