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September 11th 2001 - The Disastrous Secret War For Intelligence

December 19, 2020

For years prior to the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had begun a campaign against Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Capture or kill the Saudi financier of terrorism. Meanwhile the National Security Agency (NSA) had began monitoring the Al Qaeda's connection hub in Sanaa Yemen, while foreign intelligence from Saudi Arabia and Israel were involved with monitoring Al Qaeda operatives inside the United States. All without the knowledge of those from the Justice Department, the State Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The CIA which led the operation under it's virtual station located in Langley, Virginia called the Bin Laden Issue Station (Alec Station), had amassed massive amounts of data from CIA stations in the Arab region, in which entailed important and sensitive data regarding certain members of the Hamburg Cell and two Saudi's, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi. Meanwhile the NSA also amassed 10 years worth of signals intelligence that started with the monitor of Bin Laden's satellite phone in 1992, and the tapping of the Yemen Hub in 1996. What was entailed in those cables at Alec Station? What was learned from the NSA regarding the Yemen Hub? Why was this information ignored altogether in 2 congressional inquiries and from the public at large?