Questions about Al Qaeda and State Sponsored Terrorism

July, 2003

1) What connections did our government have with the terrorists prior to 9/11?

· State department negotiations with Taliban re: pipeline through Afghanistan

· interaction with the Taliban and/or Bin Laden

· CIA training and arming of terrorists 

2) What is the state of the Afghan pipeline now?

· When was the deal to construct it finalized?

· Who was involved?

· How is the pipeline being protected?

· Who profits from the connections as the pipeline passes through each country?

· Who has rights to the pipeline? 

3) Why isn’t Saudi Arabia on the list of countries sponsoring terrorism? 

4)  Why are the FBI and CIA seeking to exclude evidence about Saudi involvement with terrorists (See Exclusive: CIA and FBI press Congress to exclude intelligence on the Saudi role with 9/11 terrorists by Linda Robinson and Edward T. Pound: )

5) In what ways might our government’s policies toward Saudi Arabia have
contributed to September 11th?

6)  Why was Saudi Arabia given preferential treatment above all other
          nations in immigration? (Visa Express)

· What was the reason for creating the Visa Express?

· Prior to Sept. 11, Visa Express permitted approximately 97 percent of Saudi applicants to obtain visas without face-to-face interviews,2933,73485,00.html

7) Why were the Saudi relatives whisked out of America so quickly when
          other planes were grounded after the attacks?

· Who gave permission for them to leave? 

8)  On September 9th the president had a war plan on his desk to go into

· What was the origin of this plan?

· Why was this plan drawn up even before the September 11th attacks? 

9) Intelligence was told in March of 2001 to back off investigating terrorists.

· Who gave the order?

· Why?

10)  Why did Donald Rumsfeld, immediately after the September 11 th attack, say that Saddam Hussein was involved? 

11)  Does the FBI have proof that it was in fact Al Qaeda that perpetrated 9/11?

· Do they know if the names the hijackers used were their real names?

12) Did Atif Ahmad have a connection to Atta as well as to Moussaoui?

· Is Atif Ahmed a British double agent?

13) What is the truth about the arrest of El Atriss who sold fake IDs to two 9/11 terrorists?  There are discrepancies between the NY Times and Washington Post accounts of his arrest and release. 

· Atriss is an Egyptian national who committed a crime. Why hasn’t he been deported?

14) Who were the terrorist informants working with the FBI?
     a.) What did the FBI learn from them?
     b.) What were the 9/11 warnings provided by these informants?
     c.) What was done with these warnings to protect the American public? 

15)  How did and do US energy policies play into Islamic terrorism?

· the Caspian Sea pipeline?

· Dick Cheney’s energy task force? 

16) How do corporate and big business interests play into foreign policy

· Enron pre 9/11; Halliburton, Bechtel pre and post 9/11?

· what are the names of the companies which are getting contracts in foreign countries and how do they influence our foreign policy? 

17) What role did American think tanks, which make policy recommendations to the
administration, play in American foreign policy decisions and the proliferation of Al Qaeda? 

18)  Regarding sharing of intelligence pre and post 9/11:

· Did U.S. intelligence agencies share information about Al Qaeda with foreign governments?

· Did foreign governments share information with our government about Al Qaeda?

· If so, what information was shared about threats within the U.S. and from which countries did it come?

· Who received this information and what did they do with it?

· What changes have been made in sharing intelligence?

19) Why did President Bush specifically request a briefing on Al Qaeda in August 2001? 

20) What is the connection between the Bush family and Bin Laden? 

21)  Regarding the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which is a collaboration between the FBI and NYPD, also at times NYS Police, NY/NJ Port Authority PD and the US Secret Service:

· Was the JTTF aware of 20 warnings of an impending terrorist which were mentioned in Joint Intelligence Inquiry testimony?

· What did the JTTF know prior to 9/11 regarding potential terrorist attacks in NYC and specifically, the WTC?

· Was the JTTF informed of any warnings regarding the impending attacks from agencies of foreign governments?

· What was the nature of the warnings?

· What if any security precautions were taken as a result of the warnings?

· What information did the JTTF pass up the chain of command? 

22)  On the issue of state sponsored terrorism:

· Why did Mahmood Ahmed, Director of Pakistan’s secret service, the (ISI) order Saeed Sheikh to wire $100,000 to hijacker Mohamed Atta?

· What was Mahmood Ahmed’s relationship with Al Qaeda?

· Where did the money come from?

· Did officials in Pakistan know in advance about the terrorist attack?

· On September 11 th , Mahmood Ahmed had a breakfast meeting in Washington, D.C., with House and Senate Intelligence Committee chairmen, Rep. Porter Goss and Senator Bob Graham.  What were they discussing? 

23) To combat terrorism

· What sanctions can the U.S. place on individuals of non-terrorist states who aided and abetted terrorists through funding or other means?

·  If there is no recourse, will the CIA continue to monitor their activities in the future?

· Will the State Department and other allied countries seek to ban their entry into the U.S. and their nations? 

· How long does an individual remain a terrorist threat according to our policies?

· Will those individuals be banned from doing business with the U.S.?

· Since September 11 th , has our government developed specific policies regarding individual sponsors of terrorism?  

24)  Were individuals with ties to terrorists or states which sponsor terrorism involved in shorting airline and other stocks which were impacted by the terrorist attacks on September 11th?