- BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak says he warned the United States that "something
would happen" 12 days before the September 11 terror attacks on New
York and Washington.
- In an interview published Friday by the left-wing Lebanese
newspaper As-Safir, Mubarak also said it would be a grave mistake if Israeli
forces were to kill Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
- Mubarak did not reveal how he learned in late August
of a possible terror attack on the United States. He said he was taken
aback by the scale of the Sept. 11 attacks, when hijackers seized four
U.S. airliners and crashed two into New York's World Trade Center and one
into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed into the Pennsylvania countryside
during an apparent struggle in the cockpit.
- "We expected that something was going to happen
and informed the Americans. We told them," Mubarak said. He did not
mention a U.S. response.
- "But nobody expected the event would be of such
enormity. We did not know that they would hit this target or that, and
we were all surprised when planes with passengers on board hit the twin
towers," Mubarak said.
- Washington has said that in the weeks before the Sept.
11 attacks, the CIA issued a warning that bin Laden was pressing for terrorist
action against Americans. The warning was based on new intelligence but
did not have specific information on the type of attack, a date or a location.
- Mubarak also commented on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Recent Israeli airstrikes have hit targets within 100 yards of Arafat's
- Mubarak said that if Israel were to kill Arafat, it would
create a vacuum in the Palestinian leadership that none of the "six
to eight contenders" would be able to fill.
- "Leaderships would emerge that would vie for popularity
and compete in staging violent operations, internally and externally, against
Israel, plunging (the region) into chaos. They (Israel) should understand
this and know that it is dangerous," Mubarak said.
- "And what would happen after Arafat? Who would Israel
hold responsible for (acts of violence) - the leaders of Hamas or the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Palestine?" Mubarak said, referring to
two militant Palestinian factions.
- Hamas has claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings
that killed 25 people and wounded scores in Jerusalem and Haifa last weekend.
The PFLP claimed responsibility for the assassination of the Israeli tourism
minister in October.
- Copyright AP 2001 Original Publication Date: 12-7-01
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The Big Picture
- We now have PROOF that the Bush Administration - AT THE
VERY LEAST - had PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of an imminent terrorist attack.
- Twelve days before 9.11, Egypt's President Mubarak warned
- But Bush DID NOTHING!
- Why not? Because it was ALREADY known about and was SUPPOSED
to happen, that's why!
- From The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, 12-8-01:
- "WHAT DID HE KNOW? Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
told a Lebanese newspaper that he warned the United States 12 days before
the Sept. 11 attacks that "something would happen." He said the
"enormity" of the attack was a surprise....."