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The official government account of the attacks on September 11, 2001 is a good story. It's just not good enough.
Read history as it happened, with interactive links to contemporaneous news sources, video archives, official transcripts and declassified government documents. More
On September 10, 2001:
NORAD was conducting multiple war games, including computer simulated hijack scenarios, above the northeastern corridor of the United States.
In testimony before Congress Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted that the Pentagon cannot account for more than $2.3 trillion in expenditures.
Six days earlier, on September 4th, senior White House officials signed off on plans to go to war in Afghanistan.
More than 70,000 American, British, and other NATO forces were positioned off the coasts of Pakistan, Oman and Egypt, in preparation for large scale naval exercises.
In the four trading days before 9/11, an unprecedented number of put options were placed on United and American Airlines, betting that their stock prices would soon fall.
Preparations were well underway for Operation Tripod, to be held in two days, on Pier 92, in New York City. A 92,000 sq. ft. command post was being setup by city officials, in cooperation with FEMA and the FBI, to test the city’s ability to react to a large scale bio-terrorism attack.
President George W. Bush flew to Florida, honoring two schools as part of his education initiative.
7000 miles away, in Rawalpindi Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was brought to a military hospital for kidney dialysis.
Former President George H. W. Bush arrived at the Washington D.C. Ritz-Carlton to attend an investor conference for the Carlyle Group. A key player in the military defense industry, the company honors Shafig bin Laden, a major Carlyle investor and half-brother of Osama bin Laden.
After resigning from the FBI, after a twenty-five-year career, counter-terrorism expert John O’Neill began his third week as head of security for the World Trade Center.