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Monday, 28 November 2005

Plans For Iraq Attack Began Before 9/11

Plans For Iraq Attack Began Before 9/11

 


Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, with Saddam Hussein in background. (CBS/AP)
Quote:
"Go massive ... Sweep it all up. Things related and not."
Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
hours after 9/11 attack



CBS News has learned that barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq — even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks.

That's according to notes taken by aides who were with Rumsfeld in the National Military Command Center on Sept. 11 – notes that show exactly where the road toward war with Iraq began, reports CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin.

At 9:53 a.m., just 15 minutes after the hijacked plane had hit the Pentagon, and while Rumsfeld was still outside helping with the injured, the National Security Agency, which monitors communications worldwide, intercepted a phone call from one of Osama bin Laden's operatives in Afghanistan to a phone number in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

The caller said he had "heard good news" and that another target was still to come; an indication he knew another airliner, the one that eventually crashed in Pennsylvania, was at that very moment zeroing in on Washington.

It was 12:05 p.m. when the director of Central Intelligence told Rumsfeld about the intercepted conversation.

Rumsfeld felt it was "vague," that it "might not mean something," and that there was "no good basis for hanging hat." In other words, the evidence was not clear-cut enough to justify military action against bin Laden.

But later that afternoon, the CIA reported the passenger manifests for the hijacked airliners showed three of the hijackers were suspected al Qaeda operatives.

"One guy is associate of Cole bomber," the notes say, a reference to the October 2000 suicide boat attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, which had also been the work of bin Laden.

With the intelligence all pointing toward bin Laden, Rumsfeld ordered the military to begin working on strike plans. And at 2:40 p.m., the notes quote Rumsfeld as saying he wanted "best info fast. Judge whether good enough hit S.H." – meaning Saddam Hussein – "at same time. Not only UBL" – the initials used to identify Osama bin Laden.

Now, nearly one year later, there is still very little evidence Iraq was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. But if these notes are accurate, that didn't matter to Rumsfeld.

"Go massive," the notes quote him as saying. "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."

© MMII, CBS Worldwide Inc. All Rights Reserved. WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2002

see http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/09/04/september11/main520830.shtml

[The cult of 'intelligence' controls your worldview and runs the world by mass hypnosis. Most media is overt and subliminal advertising for the corporation view of life - kill or be killed, own or be owned. The New World Order is a millennial notion enacted by ruthless tyrant tycoons, based around the 'burning of the Reichstag' premise of a staged 'Muslim' attack. Naturally the decision to invade the Middle East was made long before this, when the neocons were planning the events of 9/11.The decision to invade Afghanistan had been made before Bush II stole the 2000 election and the Patriot Act had been prepared in full long before the false flag attacks of September 11th.


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