US Gov’t Warned Saudis of Threat to Passenger Aircraft 3 Yrs Before 9/11

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on December 9, 2005

Press release: “More than three years before the 9/11 attack on the United States, U.S. officials warned Saudi Arabia that Osama bin Laden “might take the course of least resistance and turn to a civilian [aircraft] target,” according to a declassified cable released by the National Security Archive today. The warning was made by the U.S. regional security officer and a civil aviation official in Riyadh based on a public threat bin Laden made against “military passenger aircraft” and his statement that “we do not differentiate between those dressed in military uniforms and civilians.”

  • The National Security Archive also released a memo sent five days after 9/11, by CIA Director George Tenet, to his “top deputies.” Now declassified, the memo is titled, We’re at War.
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