According to the Chicago Tribune, several phone calls from the 9/11 hijackers were placed to Saudi Arabia and Syria prior to the attack. (h/t – In the Bullpen)
The Sept. 11 hijackers made dozens of telephone calls to Saudi Arabia and Syria in the months before the attacks, according to a classified report from the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to the report, 206 international telephone calls were known to have been made by the leaders of the hijacking plot after they arrived in the United States—including 29 to Germany, 32 to Saudi Arabia and 66 to Syria.
The German report contains no information about the timing or recipients of the calls, except that the majority of them were made from a cell phone registered to al-Shehhi, a native of the United Arab Emirates. It said the telephone records were obtained by German intelligence agencies from the FBI.
Anyone with half a brain could have figured this would have happened. It wasn’t like the 19 hijackers just arrived here and never received instructions from overseas.
So President Bush’s authorizing the NSA to conduct overseas wiretapping of suspected terrorists, had it been in place during the Clinton years, may well have prevented the 9/11 attacks.
Let’s hope Congress doesn’t do something stupid and take this vital tool away from the Commander In Chief.