Friday, February 4, 2011

What Was Going on in Los Angeles Before 9-11 and What Did the Government Know About It?

Wikileaks has just released a document detailing suspicious activity near Los Angeles International Airport in the days and weeks before 9-11. The Daily Telegragh reports:
Secret documents reveal that the three Qatari men conducted surveillance on the targets, provided “support” to the plotters and had tickets for a flight to Washington on the eve of the atrocities.

The suspected terrorists flew from London to New York on a British Airways flight three weeks before the attacks.

They allegedly carried out surveillance at the World Trade Centre, the White House and in Virginia, the US state where the Pentagon and CIA headquarters are located...

Ten days later they flew to Los Angeles, where they stationed themselves in a hotel near the airport which the FBI has now established was paid for by a “convicted terrorist”, who also paid for their airline tickets
The period of their stay in Los Angeles coincides with suspicious activity by Los Angeles police at LAX that I personally witnessed roughly a week before 9-11. I have written about the activity a number of times, most recently here at EPJ in September 2010:
My attempt to get another odd event surrounding 9-11 investigated resulted in a shrug.

The week before 9-11, I happened to be in LA. I was taking a flight up to San Francisco, when I arrived at LAX, the area was filled with police cars. Inside the airport, police were everywhere. At the escalators leading to the gates, an airline employee stood with a police officer at her side and checked everyone's ID. Pre-9-11, this was highly unusual. Given that it occurred the week before 9-11, , it has, ever since the attack, heightened my level of curiosity about all those police and unusual ID checking procedures that day. Were they tipped off and got the date wrong?
I even thought I once had a chance to get this oddity investigated.
Some years ago, at an event in Los Angeles, I ended up sitting at dinner with Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and his wife.

Never one to let an opportunity pass by, I told my pre-9-11 tale to the DA and his wife.

Cooley's wife reacted the way I was hoping Cooley would. She looked shocked and surprised. I clearly got the impression that she thought it was something that should be looked into. We both looked at Cooley for his reaction. He shrugged and said, "It was probably a training exercise."

Nothing to look at there, I guess. Just keep moving.
Given this new development via a Wikileaks dumped cable, it really is about time that someone investigate why police presence was so heavy at LAX roughly one week before 9-11, and why the unusual ID checks that day.

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