Evidence: Foreknowledge of the Attack
Actions by government and industry insiders prior to the attack indicate foreknowledge of the time, place, and nature of the attack of September 11, 2001.
- Anomalous financial transactions
- Foreknowledge of WTC destruction events
- Avoidance of attack targets
- Organizational changes suggesting foreknowledge
- Compilations of foreknowledge evidence
Anomalous financial transactions
Large, anomalous financial transactions in the days and hours before the attack indicate foreknowledge of specific aspects of the attack by individuals other than the Islamic extremists blamed for the attack.
Evidence of Insider Trading
Examination of options trading in the 10 days prior to the attack reveals a striking pattern. Large volumes of put options were purchased for companies that would be crippled by the attack, such as American Airlines and United Airlines, Merrill Lynch & Co., and Morgan Stanley.
Insider Trading Apparently Based on Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks
Profiting From Disaster?
Conversely, large volumes of call options were purchased for Raytheon, a company whose stock would soar in the wake of the attack.
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These and other articles published within two weeks of the attack suggest a genuine curiousity by mainstream press reporters about how the transactions were connected to the attack's perpetrators. That curiosity seemed to vanish when it it became apparent that the transactions could not be tied to Osama bin Laden. The topic received little mainstream press coverage until the 9/11 Commission addressed the subject in its Report.
The Report's assertion that the "apparently suspicious consistently proved innocuous" fails to address at least two points raised by 9/11 Family Steering Committee member Mindy Kleinberg in a statement to the Commission: that millions of dollars that remained unclaimed, and that the identities of the investors remain hidden:
Never before on the Chicago Exchange were such large amounts of United and American Airlines options traded. These investors netted a profit of at least $5 million after the September 11th attacks. Interestingly, the names of the investors remain undisclosed and the $5 million remains unclaimed in the Chicago Exchange account.
-- Statement of Mindy Kleinberg to the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States; March 31, 2003
Pre-Attack Transactions on WTC Computers
Reuters reported that credit card transactions which may have amounted to more than $100 million were processed by computers in the Twin Towers in the minutes before the planes crashed on 9/11/01.
Foreknowledge of WTC Destruction Events
The attack of 9/11/2001 resulted in the total destruction of three skyscrapers: 110-story WTC 1 and 2 (the Twin Towers) and 47-story WTC 7. Since no skyscraper has ever collapsed before or since 9/11/2001 for any reason, it is difficult to imagine how anyone could have anticipated that WTC 2 would collapse, much less at what time it would collapse, unless its destruction at 9:59 AM was engineered. Yet there are reports of high-level officials receiving warnings of the imminent collapse of WTC 2. Warnings of the collapse of WTC 1 after 9:59 would not be particularly remarkable, since the two towers were damaged in a similar ways, but warnings of the collapse of WTC 7 would, since it was not hit by an airplane.
Foreknowledge of WTC 2's Collapse
Then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told ABC News that he received a warning that World Trade Center was "gonna' collapse" a short time before it did.
I .. I went down to the scene and we set up a headquarters at 75 Barkley Street, which was right there with the Police Commissioner, the Fire Commissioner, the Head of Emergency Management, and we were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was gonna' to collapse. And it did collapse before we could actually get out of the building, so we were trapped in the building for 10, 15 minutes, and finally found an exit, got out, walked north, and took a lot of people with us.
-- ABC News [wmv video]
In an interview published in 2005, EMT Richard Zarillo describes delivering a message from the OEM (Office of Emergency Management) to Fire Marshal Steven Mosiello and Department Chief Peter Ganci:
As I was walking towards the Fire command post, I found Steve Mosiello. I said, Steve, where's the boss? I have to give him a message. He said, well, what's the message? I said the buildings are going to collapse; we need to evac everybody out. With a very confused look he said who told you that? I said I was just with John at OEM. OEM says the buildings are going to collapse; we need to get out.
He escorted me over to Chief Ganci. He said, hey, Pete, we got a message that the buildings are going to collapse. His reply was who the f___ told you that? Then Steve brought me in and with Chief Ganci, Commissioner Feehan, Steve, I believe Chief Turi was initially there, I said, listen, I was just at OEM. The message I was given was that the buildings are going to collapse; we need to get our people out. At that moment, this thunderous, rolling roar came down and that's when the building came down, the first tower came down.
-- Interview, New York Times
Fire Marshal Steven Mosiello describes receiving the warning from Zarillo:
A. At that point I don't know exactly when the Commissioner and Mayor had left. It was pretty soon after they had left that Richie Zarillo, who works with EMS -- I believe he's an OEM liaison -- came running up to me. I was not on the ramp at this time. I was like almost at the sidewalk location.
He said Steve, where's the Chief? I have to tell him, you know -- I said tell him what, Richie? These buildings are in imminent danger of collapse. I said how do you know that, you know? So he ran with me. I ran over and grabbed Chief Ganci and said Chief, these buildings are in imminent danger of collapse. He looked up at me.
-- Interview, New York Times
Foreknowledge of WTC 7's Collapse
Numerous emergency responders recall either having advanced knowledge or receiving warnings that WTC 7 would collapse. At least 26 such accounts can be found in the 'oral histories' -- transcripts of interviews with F.D.N.Y. and E.M.S. responders recorded within 5 months of the attack.
WTC 7 Collapse Foreknowledge
More than one television network prematurely reported the collapse of WTC 7. The BBC unequivocally reported the collapse starting about 23 minutes before it occurred.
A review of archived footage of television stations in the Washington D.C. area shows that, of five stations including affiliates of ABC, NBC, and CBS, only the BBC and CNN made premature announcements of the collapse, and those were separated by 35 minutes. This weighs against suggestions that the premature announcements reflect pre-written reports of the collapse posted on wire services.
Avoidance of Attack Targets
Several high-level government and industry officials appeared to make special plans to avoid the targets of the 9/11/01 attacks. These actions are suggestive, if not indicative, of foreknowledge of the attack.
A group of "top Pentagon officials" cancelled travel plans on September 10:
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Billionare Warren Buffet held a September 11 breakfast meeting at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska (one of the stops of Air Force One that day). Attendees included Anne Tatlock, CEO of Fiduciary Trust Inc., a company which occupied floors above the crash zone in the South Tower:
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60 Minutes/CBS News
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San Francisco Business Times
San Franscisco Mayor Willie Brown recieved a warning not to travel on the eve of the attack:
Willie Brown got low-key early warning about air travel
San Francisco Chronicle
Author Salman Rushdie was grounded by Scotland Yard:
Rushdie's air ban
President Bush's cousin, Jim Pierce, moved a business confernce on the morning of 9/11/01 from the scheduled location of the 105th floor of the South Tower to the Millennium Hotel:
Organizational Changes Suggesting Foreknowledge
The World Trade Center, whose construction began in the 1960s, was managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey through mid-2001. Then, just six weeks before the attack, control was transferred to a consortium of private companies led by Silverstein Properties, which secured insurance polices specifically covering terrorst attacks.
Compilations of Foreknowledge Evidence
The complex subject of foreknowledge of the attack of 9/11/2001 is covered in greater detail elsewhere. Following are some complations of foreknowledge evidence.
No George Monbiot, These Are The Facts of September 11th 2001
Crimes of the State
Complete 911 Timeline: Insider Trading and Other Foreknowledge