September 11 2001
There are accusations that the American Intelligence community failed to protect the Americans against the September 11 2001 terror attacks. Senator Richard C. Shelby said "The FBI was either asleep or inept, or both,". This was in response to the FBI failing to aggressively follow up a pre September 11 2001 memo Phoenix-based agent, Kenneth Williams, that said followers of Bin Laden taking fly lessons for possible for possible hijacking or bombing assault(1 ).
A 14 year Veteran of the FAA's ( Federal Aviation Administration) Security Division Bogdan Dzakovic repeatedly warned the FAA to beef up security before the September 11 2001 attacks. A report that was blocked by president Bush for five months said before September 11 2001. The FAA reviewed intelligence report on Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, some of these report specifically discussed hijacking and suicide operations. Mr. Dzakovic served as a member of the FAA's "Red Team" that conducted uncover test on airport security by simulating terrorist attacks (2 ).
Sibel Edmonds worked for the FBI as a translator" more than four months prior to the September 11 terrorist attacks, in April 2001, a long-term FBI informant/asset who had been providing the bureau with information since 1990, provided two FBI agents and a translator with specific information regarding a terrorist attack being planned by Osama Bin Laden." It was believed at the time the attack would happen in a few months (3 ).
FBI Agent Kenneth Williams wrote a memo on July 10, 2001 that is now called the "Phoenix Memo" or the "Phoenix Electronic Communication". The Memo contained information about suspect terrorist taking flying lessons in Arizona. He noted an investigation into this activity started in 2000. the memo described a plan by Bin Laden "to send students to U.S. to attend civil aviation universities and colleges." The memo was distributed to agents working on to radical fundamentalism and Osama bin Laden(4 ).