"NSA Tapped 9/11 Hijackers' Phone Calls for 2 Years -- Inside the U.S.
I've previously pointed out that the U.S. government heard the 9/11 plans from the hijackers' own mouth. Most of what I wrote about involved the NSA and other intelligence services tapping top Al Qaeda operatives' phone calls outside the U.S.
However, it turns out that the NSA was also tapping the hijackers' phone calls inside the U.S.
Specifically, hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi lived in San Diego, California, for 2 years before 9/11. Numerous phone calls between al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi in San Diego and a high-level Al Qaeda operations base in Yemen were made in those 2 years.
The NSA had been tapping and eavesdropping on all calls made from that Yemen phone for years. So NSA recorded all of these phone calls.Indeed, the CIA knew as far back as 1999 that al-Mihdhar was coming to the U.S. Specifically, in 1999, CIA operatives tailing al-Mihdha in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, obtained a copy of his passport. It contained visas for both Malaysia and the U.S., so they knew it was likely he would go from Kuala Lumpur to America.
The above information comes from James Bamford, the Washington Investigative Producer for ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings for almost a decade - where he won a number of journalism awards for his coverage national security issues - whose articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and is the only author to write any books (he wrote 3) on the NSA.
"So, either there was no indication in any of those phone calls that these men were planning 9-11, which means they are patsies, or the NSA knew of the plans, which means the US Government allowed 9-11 to happen." -- Webmaster of Wake the Flock Up
"Israel Companies Handle Sensitive U.S. Spying Data
You might take comfort in the assumption that - if the U.S. government is spying on Americans - at least patriotic Americans are handling our sensitive information.
However, at least two foreign companies play key roles in processing the information.
Specifically, an Israeli company called Narus processes all of the information tapped by AT &T (AT & T taps, and gives to the NSA, copies of all phone calls it processes), and an Israeli company called Verint processes information tapped by Verizon (Verizon also taps, and gives to the NSA, all of its calls).
Even worse, two top Verint executives have already pled guilty of fraud and various felonies. And the founder and CEO of Verint is on the run. He's literally a fugitive from justice hiding out in Namibia.