how the us government knew about the twin towers plot

the following quotation is how the us government knew september 11, 2001, was going to happen and why they began unconstitutionally wiretapping the entire country on february 27, 2001. the reason the government allowed it to happen was explained by counter-terrorism chief (before bush fired him) richard clarke during the “911 hearings:” he said that the will was not present in the congress nor in the american public to militarize the fight against terrorism — “they needed body bags.”
raed hijazi was one of the two “sleeper agents” in boston who coordinated the planning of the entire operation. note especially “where he has since been cooperating with authorities.” quotation follows:

Raed Mohamed Hassan Hijazi

aka “Abu Ahmed the American”
aka “Abu Ahmed the Mortarman”
aka “Raed Hejazi”

Associate: al-Qaida **RF1**

An American citizen born in 1969 in California, Hijazi graduated from California State University in Sacramento. He grew up in Jordan and Saudi Arabia and converted to Islam. From early 1997 to late 1998 he lived in Boston and was a taxi driver. He supposedly contributed some $13,000 of his savings from driving a taxi to the Jordan millennium bomb plot. Trained in 1999 in Afghanistan in explosives and mortars, Hijazi traveled extensively in many countries including Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. He was involved in recruiting new members for al-Qaida and purchased materials such as sulfuric and nitric acid for explosives to be used in the Jordan plot. Hijazi was linked to Abu Hoshar in the conspiracy and was sentenced to death in absentia by a Jordanian military court in September 2000. **RF2** Later that month, he was arrested by Syrian authorities in Damascus and extradited to Jordan where he has since been cooperating with the authorities. **RF3**

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REFERENCES:

**RF1** United States v. Usama bin Laden et al., S (7) 98 Cr. 1023 (LBS), p. 34.

**RF2** James Risen, “Foiled Terror Plot on Tourists Linked to bin Laden Aide,” New York Times, February 29, 2000, p. A1; and Judith Miller, “Dissecting a Terror Plot from Boston to Amman,” New York Times, January 15, 2001, pp. A1 and A7.

**RF3** “Syria Said to Deport Convicted Muslim Militant,” Gulf News (Dubai), December 4, 2000.

SOURCE:

Excerpted from Usama Bin Laden’s al-Qaida: Profile of a Terrorist Network, by Yonah Alexander and Michael S. Swetnam. NY: Transnational Publishers, 2001.

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