9/11 Terrorists, Terrorism Investigations, Al Qaeda & Jihad History

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Admissions of responsibility for the 9/11 attacks, martyrdom videos

Al Qaeda confirms it carried out the September 11 attacks - US Department of State

Mike W. of 911myths.com on Osama bin Laden confessions, al Qaeda responsibility

2006: Aljazeera airs pre-9/11 tape of bin Laden meeting with some hijackers

Aljazeera.Net - Full transcript of bin Ladin's 2004 "Security" speech/threat

September 11 mastermind 'confesses' (KSM, March 15, 2007)

KSM Enemy Combatant Tribunal Transcript (PDF)
KSM Enemy Combatant Tribunal Recording (MP3)
KSM Enemy Combatant Tribunal Summary of Evidence (PDF)

Ramzi Binalshibh's confession (audio)

al Qaeda names 20th Hijacker: Turki bin Fheid al-Muteiri -- Fawaz al-Nashmi

The 19 Martyrs Video stills

Atta & Jarrah martyrdom videos

The Usual Suspects: Bin Laden & Hijacker video confessions.

Saudi officials: 15 of 19 hijackers were Saudi

Masterminds of Terror: The Truth Behind the Most Devastating Terrorist Attack the World Has Ever Seen by Yosri Fouda
When star Al-Jazeera TV reporter Yosri Fouda received an anonymous call summoning him to a secret interview in Pakistan with al-Qaeda, he knew he could be walking into a deadly trap, as Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl had done only months before. But he took the risk and hit pay dirt. For 48 hours, Fouda listened as two of the world's most wanted men, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, head of al-Qaeda's military committee, and Ramzi Binalshibh, the link between Mohammed Atta and the senior al-Qaeda leadership, proudly claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon – the first time al-Qaeda took direct responsibility. During the course of the in-depth interview, they detailed exactly how, over a two-year period, the plot was conceived, planned, and executed. Based on that interview and hours of follow-up investigation, MASTERMINDS OF TERROR also contains dramatic accounts of the subsequent seizure of both Binalshibh and Mohammed and analyzes al-Qaeda's attempts to justify its actions on what it calls 'Holy Tuesday.'

The International Response

JREF: stateofgrace on Interpol international response to terrorism

Indictments for 9/11 attacks internationally

U.S.Government & Intelligence Publications

2008: Annual Threat Assessment of the Director of National Intelligence (PDF): “Al-Qa’ida is improving the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S.: the identification, training, and positioning of operatives for an attack in the homeland"

Congressional Research Service: al Qaeda: Statements and Evolving Ideology (Jan., 2006)

U.S. Department of Defense Combatant Status Review Tribunals Transcripts – GTMO, KSM

U.S. Department of Justice Examples of Terrorism Convictions Since Sept. 11, 2001 (June 23, 2006)

JICI Report Regarding Bin Laden's intentions to strike inside the U.S. ("Summer of Threat")

Congressional Hearing: Dismantling the Financial Infrastructure of Global TerrorismDiscussion of Hawala money exchange system, and wire transfer of funds to hijackers, begins on page 29. October, 2001. (PDF, 206 pages.)

Congressional Research Service: Saudia Arabia: Terrorist Financing Issues

Pentagon Report on Able Danger

Conspiracies R Not Us: excellent blog post on Able Danger

Annotated Bibliography of Government Documents Related to the Threat of Terrorism and the Attacks of September 11, 2001

Al Qaeda History and Ideology

Highly recommended book:"The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright

Aljazeera.com Origins of Al Qaeda

Tracking the Threat: Al Qaeda knowledgebase

al-Qa'ida (The Base) / Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK - Services Office) / International Islamic Front for Jihad

A Global Jihadi Umbrella for Strategy and Ideology (Jan. 2007)

Links to information about al Qaeda & bin Laden (2000)

2006: Al-Zawahiri urges attacks against Israel

Five men have been convicted of an al-Qaeda-linked bomb plot in Britain which could have killed hundreds.

JREF al Qaeda leaders & hijackers education, Mujahideen info

Origin of the name "Al Qaeda," first use in U.S. media & law enforcement, use of name by bin Laden

Germany: 9/11 hijackers' friend guilty of aiding murder - CNN.com

USS Cole /African Embassy bombing suspect 'admits guilt' (March, 2007)

An Assessment Of The Threat From Al Qaeda in 2003 by Rohan Gunaratna
Rohan Gunaratna, an expert on Al Qaeda, recently debriefed the New York Police Department on the continuing terrorist threat, his summary of which appears below. Gunaratna, who is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at Scotland's University of St. Andrew, is also the author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002). "Kindly note," he says, "that Al Qaeda cannot conduct large scale coordinated simultaneous operations on multiple targets (of the scale of 9/11) anymore, especially in the U.S. I base this on my own debriefing of Al Qaeda detainees."

1998: bin Laden reiterates threats, says civilians may be targeted

February, 1998: second fatwa against the Jews and crusaders

Copy of indictment against OBL & al Qaeda

Fatwa / World Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders

Against the Jews and Crusaders / Usama Ibn Ladin / Osama bin Laden

Bin Laden comes home to roost

OBL's Reasons and Intentions - JREF Forum Bin Laden fatwa

The rhetoric of Bush and bin Laden (Bruce Lincoln)

Promises Not Kept ($ NYT Paul Krugman Op-Ed Sept. 11, 2006)
"Five years ago, the nation rallied around a president who promised vengeance against those responsible for the atrocity of 9/11. Yet Osama bin Laden is still alive and at large. His trail, The Washington Post reports, has gone ''stone cold.'' Osama and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are evidently secure enough in their hideaway that they can taunt us with professional-quality videos.

They certainly don't lack for places to stay. Pakistan's government has signed a truce with Islamic militants in North Waziristan, the province where bin Laden is presumed to be hiding. Although the Pakistanis say that this doesn't mean that bin Laden is immune from arrest, their claims aren't very credible."

Full Text: Bin Laden's "Letter to America" –November, 2002

Bin Laden 9/07/07 speech transcript

JREF GreNME on bin Laden's motives

"His mentor turns on bin Laden" - International Herald Tribune

JREF Dave Rogers on claims that Taliban were ready to hand over bin Laden

The Other 9/11 Terrorists

911myths.com Hijacker articles

Wikipedia: Organizers of the Sept. 11, 2001 Attacks (double-check before citing)

9/11 Commission Staff monographs on 9/11 Terrorist Travel & Finance

9/11 Terrorist Funding: graphic

Hijacker passport found before tower collapses

FBI Press Releases 9/27/01 with Hijacker Photos

FBI's 9/11 Team Still hard at Work (June, 2004)

Atta's "Lover" Amanda Keller

Witnesses to Atta & Keller relationship?

Mike W on hijacker Waleed M. Alsheri confused with pilot with similar name.

Intelligence screw-ups re: the San Diego terrorists (al Hamzi & Mindhar)

Interview with brother of two hijackers Waleed Dateline NBC

Moussaoui Trial Chronology of hijacker activities Part A (PDF)

Moussaoui Trial Chronology of hijacker activities Part B (PDF)

Chilling videos of 9/11 pilots revealed (Yosri Fouda)

Hani Hanjour takes practice flights near the Pentagon

Unraveling 9-11 was in the bags -- Newsday.com

Atta Ticket Agent -- Amazing, But True: Michael Tuohey's Brush with Evil

Mike W on Atta's "Will" found in luggage

The only two brothers who died at the Pentagon on 9/11 were hijackers Nawaf and Salem al-Hamzi. Remains of two brothers were identified by DNA: "The DNA results strengthened the hypothesis that two of the terrorists were brothers, as indicated by other evidence. Two of the terrorist STR profiles aboard the AA Flight 77 gave a sibling index greater than 500. To further test the hypothesis of maternal relatedness, AFDIL sequenced the HVI and HVII regions of mtDNA for these individuals. The sequences generated did match in HVI and HVII, which is consistent with a maternal relationship between the two men."http://www.cstl.nist.gov/div831/strbase/pub_pres/Edson2004.pdf (p. 83)

"Lying for Islam"

Lying for Islam: Al Takfir Wal Hijra
Islam Review: Lying in Islam
9/11 Terrorists didn't follow rules of Islam
Lying for Islam: Taqfir (ketman)

Major terrorist attacks foiled and successful since 2001

Source Watch: Able Danger

FBI Director Freeh testifies May 2001 on Terrorism danger to U.S.

Incredibly Inconvenient Question for 9-11 Conspiracy theorists

Richard Clarke on John O'Neill

PBS Frontline: The Man Who Knew: a chronology of John O'Neill's life and FBI career

John O'Neill WTC/ FBI

Snopes on "Saudis flown out of U.S. early" myth

Pakistan ISI General Hamid Gul says Israel responsible for 9/11

Saudi Arabia: Current Issues and U.S. Relations (2006)

Wally Hilliard of Huffman Aviation had no connection to terrorists/heroin

Rise of the Taliban

Sadaam Hussein a CIA asset?

Sept. 11 Panel Wasn't Told Of Meeting, Members Say (Tenet warned Rice of imminent attack in July, 2001, according to Woodward book. $ NYT Oct. 2, 2006)
"In interviews Saturday and Sunday, commission members said they were never told about the meeting despite hours of public and private questioning with Ms. Rice, Mr. Tenet and Mr. Black, much of it focused specifically on how the White House dealt with terrorist threats in the summer of 2001.

''None of this was shared with us in hours of private interviews, including interviews under oath, nor do we have any paper on this,'' said Timothy J. Roemer, a Democratic member of the commission and a former congressman from Indiana. ''I'm deeply disturbed by this. I'm furious.''

Another Democratic commissioner, the former Watergate prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste, said the staff of the Sept. 11 commission was polled in recent days on the disclosures in Mr. Woodward's book and agreed that the meeting ''was never mentioned to us.''

''This is certainly something we would have wanted to know about,'' he said, referring to the meeting. ''We asked broad questions which should have elicited this information.''
Saudi nationals flew out of U.S. before airspace was reopened? No.

Muslim Conference speaker on Steven Jones, Loose Change Dr. Naik in Bombay

Iranian President Ahmadinejad Reiterates Proposal for 'Zionist State' in Canada or Alaska, reexamination the Holocaust and 9/11

Documents Detail Years of Pakistani Support for Taliban, Extremists

General Terrorism Resources

Chronology of major terrorist attacks against U.S. targets

Time Magazine: The New Breed of Terrorist

Fathom.com (Columbia U.) Sept. 11 Learning center on terrorism, political violence, and religious extremism

RAND/ISE/MIPT Terrorism Databases

Good U. Michigan Terrorism links portal, pre- and post-9/11

MIP Terrorism Knowledge Base

The effectiveness of counterterrorism strategies

Testing a rational choice model of airline hijackings 1931-2003

Ease of terrorist operation in the U.S. "open society"

McCauley, Clark R. 2006. "More than Smart Bombs: The Psychology of Suicide Terrorism." (Powerpoint)

Crenshaw, Martha. 2006. "Sources of Innovation in Terrorist Behavior." (Powerpoint)

The Apocalypse Will Be Blogged (Jihadi websites on 9/11/06. $ NYT Sept 12, 2006)

Aircraft suicide terrorist bombings and the use of aircraft as murder/suicide weapons

Worldwide Civil Aviation Hijackings: 1970–2000

Books & Videos

Highly recommended: The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 by Lawrence Wright

Highly recommended:Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

Bob Graham Book: Intelligence Matters: ...the Failure of America's War on Terror

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke

Book Review: The Perfect Soldiers – The Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It

The Cell: Inside the 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It by John Miller and Michael Stone

Salon.com's 2001 list of recommended books about al Qaeda, terrorism, Islam, Middle East conflict

Gilles Kepel speaks at Columbia U. about his book The Road to Jihad (video)

Book review "Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism" by Timothy Naftali

PBS's Inside the Terror Network


PBS Frontline: Hunting Bin Laden

Book Review: 'Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden' (Free NYT Feb 12, 2006)
Excerpt: "Bin Laden's "legal" innovations are not minor. Following some other radicals, he frequently speaks of the war against Christians and Jews as an individual duty of every Muslim. But according to Islamic law, only defensive jihad is an individual duty; offensive jihad is a collective duty of the Muslim community, to be prosecuted only under the command of a responsible leader.

As classically understood, the law of jihad prohibits the killing of innocents. In 1996, bin Laden denied having targeted civilians, and in 1997 he condemned the United States government's hypocrisy in not calling the bombing of Hiroshima terrorism. Over time, though, bin Laden has come to endorse the targeting of civilians. In November 2001, for example, when asked in an interview whether the killing of civilians (including Muslims) on Sept. 11 was justified, he argued that revenge killings of Americans were justified, and pointed out that Islamic law allows believers to attack invaders even when the enemy uses human shields. But this classical position was originally intended as a legal justification for the accidental killing of civilians under very limited circumstances — not a basis for intentionally targeting noncombatants. Later, in an open letter to Americans posted on the Internet in 2002, bin Laden appears to have abandoned this pseudoscholarly argument in favor of the perverse claim that since the United States is a democracy, all citizens bear responsibility for its government's actions, and civilians are therefore fair targets.

The shift in authority away from the scholars and to the individual is sometimes seen as a feature of an Islamic reformation. If so, its harmful consequences need to be recognized alongside whatever promise it may hold. The individual duty of jihad and the targeting of innocents are the two indispensable pillars of the jihadi movement as it exists today. Bin Laden's move to supplant the scholarly tradition, arrogate authority to himself and embrace violence on a grand scale represents a power grab of historic significance. When bin Laden says he is engaged in a war of religion, he is doing more than trying to mobilize Muslims — he is trying to make himself their legitimate decision maker, and thus their leader.

Ultimately, bin Laden's innovations matter because they point the way to defeating his arguments. Attacks on Muslim civilians in Iraq and Jordan have begun to create some backlash, and the targeting of civilians is once again an issue among jihadis and other Muslims in a way it has not been since 9/11. In the long run, the only way to cut off the international jihadi movement at the root is for Muslims to conclude that their own religious tradition does not countenance the deviations of recent years.

Putting bin Laden's words on paper helps show him for what he is — a Muslim out of the mainstream, distorting the faith to justify murder. In the end, the most constructive thing one can do with a book like this one is to use it against itself, as a tool in the fight against terrorism."


National Commission on Terrorism (Bremer Report, recommendations, 1999)

Amalgam Virgo Counterrorism training June 2001

1995 Oklahoma City Bombing Links

Extraditions and Renditions of Terrorists to the United States, 1993-99

JREF gumboot on "9/11 Press for Truth" conclusions, accountability, funding, "witch hunt"

1993 WTC Bombing US Fire Administration Analysis

Who is Ramzi Yousef? And Why it Matters (1995)

Building security after 9/11 & OKC

Thwarted Saudi militant plot mirrored 9/11 attacks (Note: I believe confirmation is needed for this story)
RIYADH: Al Qaeda-linked plotters hoped to reproduce the Sept 11, 2001 attacks by planning to dispatch suicide pilots to military bases and launching attacks on the oil refineries that drive the economy of Osama bin Laden's homeland, Saudi Arabian officials said Saturday. Revealing new details of the purported plot, a government spokesman said some of the 172 attackers trained as pilots in an unidentified 'troubled country' nearby, hoping to use the planes to carry out suicide attacks.