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  • August: Russian intelligence warned the U.S. last summer that as many as 25 suicide pilots were training for suicide missions involving the crashing of airliners into important targets. Premier Vladimir Putin told MSNBC that he had ordered Russian intelligence to warn the U.S. government "in the strongest possible terms" of imminent assaults on airports and government buildings before the attacks on Sept. 11. (From the Wilderness)
  • August: The FBI arrests an Islamic militant linked to bin Laden in Boston. French intelligence sources confirm that the man is a key member of bin Laden's network and the FBI learns that he has been taking flying lessons. At the time of his arrest the man is in possession of technical information on Boeing aircraft and flight manuals. (CCR)
  • August: Former CIA agent Robert Baer is advising a prince in a Persian Gulf royal family, when a military associate of this prince passes information to him about a "spectacular terrorist operation" that will take place shortly. He is also given a computer record of around 600 secret al-Qaeda operatives in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The list includes 10 names that will be placed on the FBI's most wanted terrorists list after 9/11. He is also given evidence that a Saudi merchant family had funded the USS Cole bombing, and that the Yemeni government is covering up information related to that bombing. At the military officer's request, he offers all this information to the Saudi Arabian government. But an aide to the Saudi defense minister, Prince Sultan, refuses to look at the list or to pass the names on. Baer also passes the information on to a senior CIA official and the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center, but there is no response or action. (CCR)
  • Early August: Randy Glass, a former con artist turned government informant, later claims that he contacts the staff of Senator Bob Graham and Representative Robert Wexler at this time and warns them of a plan to attack the WTC, but his warnings are ignored. Glass also tells the media at this time that his recently concluded informant work has "greater ramifications than have so far been revealed," and "potentially, thousands of lives [are] at risk." Glass was a key informant in a sting operation involving ISI agents trying to illegally purchase sophisticated US military weaponry in return for cash and heroin. He claims that in 1999, one ISI agent named Rajaa Gulum Abbas pointed to the WTC and said, "Those towers are coming down." Most details remain sealed, but Glass points out that his sentencing document dated June 15, 2001, lists threats against the World Trade Center and Americans. Senator Graham acknowledges that his office had contact with Glass before 9/11, and was told about a WTC attack: "I was concerned about that and a dozen other pieces of information which emanated from the summer of 2001." But Graham later says he personally was unaware of Glass's information until after 9/11. (CCR)
  • Early August: Britain gives the US another warning about an al-Qaeda attack. The previous British warning was vague as to method, but this warning specifies multiple airplane hijackings. This warning is included in Bush's briefing on August 6. (CCR)
  • August 1: Actor James Woods flies from Boston to Los Angeles and notices a group of four Middle Eastern men who do nothing for the entire flight except talk together in low tones. Woods believes they are acting as if they might be hijackers, informs the stewardesses and pilots, and when the plane lands, reports his concerns to the FAA. No follow-up on Woods's concerns is performed; the suspicious passengers are later identified as four of the 9/11 hijackers. (Boston Globe)
  • Bush begins longest vacation in presidential history
    Bush ignores specific warnings about impending terror attack
    Zacarias Moussaoui arrested
    Terror expert John O'Neill harassed out of FBI
    FBI warnings about Zacarias Moussaoui's knowledge of impending attacks are ignored
    Minnesota FBI request for search warrants for Moussaoui denied