Posted on 08:23 by florin

On September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 out of Boston for Los Angeles, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York at 8:48 a.m. Eighteen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767, headed from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into the south tower. American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 from Washington's Dulles International Airport bound for Los Angeles, crashed into the western wall of the Pentagon at 9:40 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 flying from Newark to San Francisco, crashed near Pittsburgh.

Within days Osama Bin Laden was offered as the prime suspect, although Bin Laden himself denied this "in a stissued to the Arabic satellite channel Al Jazeera," and in anpublished in the Ummat -- a Pakistani paper, is reported to have said: "I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States."

Europol's director, Jurgen Storbeck (London, Telegraph, September 15, 2001), stated: "It's possible that he [bin Laden] was informed about the operation; it's even possible that he influenced it; but he's probably not the man who steered every action or controlled the detailed plan."

President Bush, however, ignored Europol's doubts, reneged on Secretary of State Colin Powell's pledge to provide evidence, and named Osama bin Laden, and Al Qaeda as the perpetrators.

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