According to Osama bin Laden, as revealed in a November 9, 2001 home
video released by the Pentagon
on December 13, 2001, only Osama bin Laden and a handful of others knew
of the impending September 11
attacks. In fact, most of the hijackers were unaware of their fate until
the morning of their "martyrdom."
Osama bin Laden knew of the timing on the previous Thursday, only five
days prior to the attack. This
confirms that al-Qaeda cells are extremely isolated and information is
very strictly withheld until the
latest possible moment.
There is no doubt that certain spy agencies were picking up rumblings of
a significant terrorist event,
but nothing on the scale of the September 11 devastation. Both Israeli
and Egyptian field intelligence
were noting that a possible threat was forthcoming against the United
States. (See more below.)
There were however other stories that do not fit in the category of a
buzz in the Middle East's spy world.
These non-spy stories cast a mystery over their origin. They are more
like premonitions. These stories
represent a few of the mysterious and ominous early signs of impending
terror in America. Many of the
stories have a common thread that include New York City or tall office
These stories are from American citizens, key U.S. leaders, the Arab
community, and even among some
of the unknowing al-Qaeda commanders.
Perhaps these stories are indicators of future events that can be sensed
by those in-tune, or perhaps these
forecasts are lucky guesses, or perhaps they simply represent a
coincidence. Whatever they truly are,
prior knowledge is what shapes these enigmas.
The Following Mysterious Stories and Events Were Reported After
the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks on America.
A calendar which was printed in Egypt for the month of September shows a
crashing passenger plane with Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty as a
backdrop. The calendar was printed in May, a full three months before
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, and has caused an uproar in the
town of Almere, Netherlands.
The calendar was distributed at an Islamic school long before the World
Center attacks. The Mayor was alerted to the calendar's existence in the
Islamic school in the town of Almere, and immediately notified the Dutch
internal security service (BVD) about the strange coincidence. The BVD
reportedly investigating the matter.
The Almere Town Council has "urgently advised" the management
Islamic School Foundation to "cooperate with the Dutch authorities
determine the calendar's origin."
The head of the Islamic school, allegedly had a large number of
her possession from the end of May to the beginning of June,
sources informed De Telegraaf. When confronted with the calendar images,
she responded in a shocked, startled manner, asking "How did you
before shrouding herself in silence when further questioned by
am supported by Allah, to
die for Allah" is quoted on the
September calendar above.
These are the same words
reportedly used by an Egypt
Air pilot who allegedly crashed
a jet in November of 1999.
The day before terrorists attacked New York and Washington, a
fifth-grader in a Dallas suburb told his teacher
World War III would begin the next day, school officials have told the
The boy was absent from school the day of the attacks, Sept. 11, and the
following day, but has been at school
since then, said Rhonda Lucich, a director of elementary education for
the Garland Independent School District.
Lucich said the boy approached his teacher on the afternoon of Sept. 10
and casually told her:
"Tomorrow, World War III will begin. It will begin in the United
States, and the United States will lose."
Lucich said the child's statements were passed along to the FBI. She
said she did not know whether the agency
had acted on the tip. An FBI spokesman could not be reached for comment.
"It is one of those things I sincerely want to believe was
coincidental," Lucich said.
Lucich declined to name the elementary school involved. She said she was
told about the boy's comment by
his teacher and the school's principal two days after the Sept. 11
Larry King Live
December 5, 2001
Less than an hour
the WTC attacks Donald
Rumsfeld told a congressional
delegation that a "shocking"
event would occur soon.
Larry King tells Donald
Rumsfeld he is "prophetic."
Editor's Note: The
conversation below is the transcript of the final few minutes of Larry
King's December 5, 2001 interview with U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald
is attempting to ask Rumsfeld where he was on the morning of September
11, 2001. The
segment was recorded in the Pentagon room where Rumsfeld was first told
of the attack,
only minutes after warning Congress that a "shocking" event was
KING: You were right here when the Pentagon...
RUMSFELD: I was.
KING: And someone told me that you had spoken to a congressional
RUMSFELD: Right here in this room.
KING: ... in this room about terrorism that morning. RUMSFELD: I had
said at -- I had an 8 o'clock
breakfast -- that sometime in the next two, four, six, eight, 10, 12
months, there would be an event that
would occur in the world that would be sufficiently shocking that it
would remind people, again, how important
it is to have a strong, healthy Defense Department that contributes --
that underpins peace and stability in our
world. And that is what underpins peace and stability. It's the fact --
we can't have healthy economies and
active lives unless we live in a peaceful, stabile world. And I said
that to these people.
And someone walked in and handed a note that said that a plane had just
hit the World Trade Center. And
we adjourned the meeting. And I went in to get my CIA briefing right
next door here, and the whole building
shook within 15 minutes. And it was a jarring thing.
KING: And you ran toward the smoke?
RUMSFELD: Oh, goodness, who knows? I wanted to see what had happened. I
wanted to see if people
needed help. And went downstairs and helped for a bit with some people
on stretchers. And then I came
back up here and started to realize I had to get back up here and get at
KING: I know we're out of the allotted time, but Gary Hart has said that
he expects -- his commission
previously said this would happen. You were pretty prophetic that
morning. But it's going to happen again.
RUMSFELD: Well, we have to recognize that it's a dangerous and untidy
world. There's a lot of very powerful,
lethal weapons that exist and ways that people can impose enormous
damage. And we have to be vigilant.
We have to be willing to invest to see that we have the kinds of
capabilities that we can deter and defend
and, where necessary, preempt.
KING: But it's an every-minute job.
RUMSFELD: It is. It is.
KING: Thank you, as always.
RUMSFELD: Thank you. Appreciate it.
KING: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
November 9, 2001 Osama bin Laden Tells a Saudi Sheik That Unknowing
al-Qaeda Members Had Dreams & Visions Forecasting the September 11
Editor's Note: The
following conversation segment is taken from the Pentagon videotape
released on December 13, 2001, apparently recorded on November 9, 2001
The text picks up where Osama (Usama) bin Laden (UBL) talks about dreams
group then shares stories of visions and dreams that occurred prior to
Translation by the U.S.
UBL: Abdallah Azzam, Allah bless his soul, told me not to record
anything (...inaudible...) so I thought that
was a good omen, and Allah will bless us (...inaudible...). Abu-Al-Hasan
Al-((Masri)), who appeared on
Al-Jazeera TV a couple of days ago and addressed the Americans saying:
“If you are true men, come down
here and face us.” (...inaudible...) He told me a year ago: “I saw
in a dream, we were playing a soccer game
against the Americans. When our team showed up in the field, they were
all pilots!” He said: “So I wondered if
that was a soccer game or a pilot game? Our players were pilots.” He
(Abu-Al-Hasan) didn’t know anything
about the operation until he heard it on the radio. He said the game
went on and we defeated them. That was
a good omen for us.
Shaykh: May Allah be blessed.
Unidentified Man Off Camera: Abd Al Rahman Al-(Ghamri) said he saw a
vision, before the operation, a
plane crashed into a tall building. He knew nothing about it.
Shaykh: May Allah be blessed!
Sulayman ((Abu Guaith)): I was sitting with the Shaykh in a room, then I
left to go to another room where
there was a TV set. The TV broadcasted the big event. The scene was
showing an Egyptian family sitting in
their living room, they exploded with joy. Do you know when there is a
soccer game and your team wins, it
was the same expression of joy. There was a subtitle that read: “In
revenge for the children of Al Aqsa’,
Usama Bin Laden executes an operation against America.” So I went back
to the Shaykh (meaning UBL) who
was sitting in a room with 50 to 60 people. I tried to tell him about
what I saw, but he made gesture with his
hands, meaning: “I know, I know…”
UBL: He did not know about the operation. Not everybody knew
(...inaudible...). Muhammad ((Atta)) from
the Egyptian family (meaning the Al Qa'eda Egyptian group), was in
charge of the group.
Shaykh: A plane crashing into a tall building was out of anyone's
imagination. This was a great job. He was
one of the pious men in the organization. He became a martyr. Allah
bless his soul.
Shaykh (Referring to dreams and visions): The plane that he saw crashing
into the building was seen before
by more than one person. One of the good religious people has left
everything and come here. He told me,
“I saw a vision, I was in a huge plane, long and wide. I was carrying
it on my shoulders and I walked from the
road to the desert for half a kilometer. I was dragging the plane.” I
listened to him and I prayed to Allah to
help him. Another person told me that last year he saw, but I didn't
understand and I told him I don't
understand. He said, “I saw people who left for jihad...and they found
themselves in New York...in Washington
and New York.” I said, “What is this?” He told me the plane hit
the building. That was last year. We haven't
thought much about it. But, when the incidents happened he came to me
and said, “Did you see...this is
strange.” I have another man...my god...he said and swore by Allah
that his wife had seen the incident a
She saw the plane crashing into a building...that was unbelievable, my
UBL: The brothers, who conducted the operation, all they knew was that
they have a martyrdom operation and
we asked each of them to go to America but they didn’t know anything
about the operation, not even one letter.
But they were trained and we did not reveal the operation to them until
they are there and just before they
boarded the planes.
UBL: (...inaudible...) then he said: Those who were trained to fly
didn’t know the others. One group of people
did not know the other group. (...inaudible...) (Someone in the crowd
asks UBL to tell the Shaykh about the
dream of ((Abu-Da’ud)).
UBL: We were at a camp of one of the brother’s guards in Qandahar.
This brother belonged to the majority of
the group. He came close and told me that he saw, in a dream, a tall
building in America, and in the same
dream he saw Mukhtar teaching them how to play karate. At that point, I
was worried that maybe the secret
would be revealed if everyone starts seeing it in their dream. So I
closed the subject. I told him if he sees
another dream, not to tell anybody, because people will be upset with
him. (Another person’s voice can be
heard recounting his dream about two planes hitting a big building).
UBL: They were overjoyed when the first plane hit the building, so I
said to them: be patient.
The Following Art Depicts an Eerie Early Awareness of the 9/11
Attacks at the World Trade Center Towers in New York.
"I added the two large columns
with the monster atop the one,
doing something dreadful. Also
added at that time was the bay,
the falling window panes and the
ghostly gray people walking across
the lower foreground in front of
the buildings. I have not touched
it since September 2000, one
year before the WTC attack."
Charles Wm. Burwell III
Charles Wm. Burwell III painted an ominous art image in the spring of
2000 that was never completed; the last work done on it was in September
2000. It was to be an image of calamity of some sort, but he didn't have
clear idea of where to take it. The artist said, "I have not
touched it since
September 2000, one year before the WTC attack. I pretend no psychic
abilities or gift of prophesy. Art is my gift, and this is the only
experience I have had that appears to portend an actual event. Although
I had generalized emotions and concerns about our safety as a nation
and was thinking of something ominous (thus, the rat/monster image),
it bothered me to paint a scene so destructive and menacing. I
to pursue it no further, and hung the unfinished work, an oddity,
porte cocher outside my studio."
Click on the
art image for a larger image.
Cover Depicts WTC in Flames Months Before Attacks Source: Internet
The Oakland based band, Coup, released their
new album on
July 19, 1991. The front cover eerily depicts the World Trade
Center Towers exploding in smoke. The album has been pulled
and the album cover replaced.
Click on the
cover image for a larger image.
Emergency Response to Terrorism Manual Depicts WTC
Towers as Targets on Cover Before Attacks
September 2001 The Department of Justice has been training civic officials
and law enforcement officers terrorism response techniques
with a manual depicting twin towers as targets. These manuals
were in use prior to the September 11 attacks on the WTC.
Click on the cover
image for a larger image.
Leaders in Israel and Egypt Know the Attacks Were Imminent?
The Following Stories Were Reported Following the
September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks.
This suspicion continues to be expressed, several weeks after the
attacks, particularly by Arabic news agencies.
Many people in Pakistan and other Muslim countries believe that the
attacks were part of an Israeli conspiracy.
There is little doubt that Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network are
responsible for the attacks. However,
Israeli intelligence is the best connected intelligence agency in the
Middle East, and they likely were receiving
several significant signals from the field that a
"spectacular" event was forthcoming.
On December 8, 2001 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said Egypt told the
Americans "something would
happen" almost two weeks prior to the September 11th attacks.
Officials at an instant-messaging firm Odigo confirmed today that two
employees received text messages
warning of an attack on the World Trade Center two hours before
terrorists crashed planes into the
New York landmarks.
Citing a pending investigation by law enforcement, the company declined
to reveal the exact contents of the
message or to identify the sender.
But Alex Diamandis, vice president of sales and marketing, confirmed
that workers in Odigo's research and
development and international sales office in Israel received a warning
from another Odigo user
approximately two hours prior to the first attack.
Diamandis said the sender of the instant message was not personally
known to the Odigo employees. Even
though the company usually protects the privacy of users, the employees
recorded the Internet protocol
address of the message's sender to facilitate his or her identification.
Soon after the terrorist attacks on New York, the Odigo employees
notified their management, who contacted
Israeli security services. In turn, the FBI was informed of the instant
message warning. FBI officials were not
immediately available for comment today.
The Odigo service includes a feature called People Finder that allows
users to seek out and contact others
based on certain interests or demographics. Diamandis said it was
possible that the attack warning was
broadcast to other Odigo members, but the company has not received
reports of other recipients of the
ISRAEL'S military intelligence service, Aman, issued an urgent warning
of an impending terrorist "spectacular"
against America, several days before the suicide bombers flew passenger
airliners into New York's Trade
Towers and the Pentagon on September 11.
Aman had no details of the targets, but picked up enough indicators of
major terrorist activity from a
combination of informants and electronic eavesdropping to send out an
alert, which also covered US interests
in Britain, France and Germany.
Much of the Israeli intelligence centered on Imad Mughniyeh, head of the
Iranian-backed Hizbollah movement's
foreign operations section, and on Dr Ayman Al Zawahiri, the
Egyptian-born terrorist mastermind reputed to
be Osama bin Laden's chosen successor.
The Israelis say they have evidence linking both men to agents
representing SSO, Iraq's foreign intelligence
service, and believe Baghdad has provided finance and logistical support
Links between the terrorist network and Iraq have been established by
Pakistan's shadowy ISI agency and by
the Czech Republic's counter-intelligence service.
Salah Suleiman, an Iraqi SSO agent, was detained on the Pakistan border
last October after a series of trips
into Taliban-controlled territory to meet bin Laden. After
interrogation, he was deported.
Iraqi agent, Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir Al-Ani, has been expelled by the
Czechs for "conduct incompatible
with his diplomatic status". They had been monitoring his
activities after a tip-off from Israel that he was
planning to bomb Radio Free Europe, a station financed by the CIA that
broadcasts to Iraq and Iran.
Baghdad regards the broadcasts as "an act of aggression".
During the surveillance, they photographed Al-Ani with Mohammed Atta,
the al Qaeda agent believed to have
flown the first plane into the World Trade Center.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he warned the United States that
"something would happen" 12 days
before the Sept.11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
Mubarak did not reveal how he learned in late August of a possible
terror attack on the U.S.
He said he was taken aback by the scale of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We expected that something was going to
happen and informed the Americans. We told them," Mubarak said. He
did not mention a U.S. response.
Washington has said that in the weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks, the
CIA issued a warning that suspected
terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden was pressing for terror action
The warning was based on new intelligence but did not have specific information on
the type of attack.
are found in the WTC ruins,
and mysterious images are seen
in the smoke of the WTC Towers.
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and theologians believe The Star of
Bethlehem was seen on Sept.11, 3 B.C.
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