France’s Advance Warning to US About 9/11

French intelligence warned their American counterparts, eight months before the September 11, 2001 attacks, that Al Qaeda planned to hijack a US-bound plane, according to documents seen by AFP, reports Khaleej Times.

“Details of the plot by Osama bin Laden’s group was passed to the Central Intelligence Agency’s Paris bureau chief eight months before the attacks on New York and Washington, Le Monde newspaper reported in its account on the report.

“A 2004 report on the September 11 attacks by the US Congress highlighted failures by US intelligence services to gather and share information that might have helped prevent the attacks…”

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Author: SWARAAJ CHAUHAN, International Columnist

Swaraaj Chauhan describes his two-decade-long stint as a full-time journalist as eventful, purposeful, and full of joy and excitement. In 1993 he could foresee a different work culture appearing on the horizon, and decided to devote full time to teaching journalism (also, partly, with a desire to give back to the community from where he had enriched himself so much.) Alongside, he worked for about a year in 1993 for the US State Department's SPAN magazine, a nearly five-decade-old art and culture monthly magazine promoting US-India relations. It gave him an excellent opportunity to learn about things American, plus the pleasure of playing tennis in the lavish American embassy compound in the heart of New Delhi. In !995 he joined WWF-India as a full-time media and environment education consultant and worked there for five years travelling a great deal, including to Husum in Germany as a part of the international team to formulate WWF's Eco-tourism policy. He taught journalism to honors students in a college affiliated to the University of Delhi, as also at the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication where he lectured on "Development Journalism" to mid-career journalists/Information officers from the SAARC, African, East European and Latin American countries, for eight years. In 2004 the BBC World Service Trust (BBC WST) selected him as a Trainer/Mentor for India under a European Union project. In 2008/09 He completed another European Union-funded project for the BBC WST related to Disaster Management and media coverage in two eastern States in India --- West Bengal and Orissa. Last year, he spent a couple of months in Australia and enjoyed trekking, and also taught for a while at the University of South Australia. Recently, he was appointed as a Member of the Board of Studies at Chitkara University in Chandigarh, a beautiful city in North India designed by the famous Swiss/French architect Le Corbusier. He also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students there. He loves trekking, especially in the hills, and never misses an opportunity to play a game of tennis. The Western and Indian classical music are always within his reach for instant relaxation. And last, but not least, is his firm belief in the power of the positive thought to heal oneself and others.

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  1. I read about that Swaraaj. Unfortunately the French didn’t translate it into redneck. I’m sure Bush just look at it confused, then threw it in the trash.

  2. I was interested to see the context of why the Khaleej Times is reporting this now but the link doesn’t work so I couldn’t read the rest of the article.

  3. I was never a Bush did 9/11 infowars NWO type conspiracy kind of guy.

    But I am coming more and more to believe that PNAC fanatics new something was coming. They just didn’t think it would be as bad as it was. But they were quite ready to capitalize on it.

    I do believe they did the Anthrax attack against Daschle to cow the Democrats.

    Worked like a charm too.

  4. I read the article in Le Monde. While it may reflect poorly on the U. S. intelligence apparatus, I don’t see how it’s a criticism of the Bush Administration. Check the calendar.

  5. The plan was to hijack a US-bound plane flying from Frankfurt in Germany and take it to Kandahar in Afghanistan, according to the file by the DGSE external intelligence service.

    This was from the article. Terrorist had been hijacking planes for years. Why would the USA or Bush or Clinton or anyone stop the presses on this one. Secondly I suspect that given this information that the planes were probably watched much closer in Frankfurt for quite some time.

  6. This seems to have nothing at all to do with 9/11.

  7. Thanks, Swaraaj, I’ll check it out.

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