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BBC News March 15, 2002:

According to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to keep the girls inside ... One witness said he saw three policemen "beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya.

"Secrets of the Kingdom," pg 34:

"According to a Saudi newspaper, al-Eqtisadiah, firemen confronted police as they tried to keep the girls inside. One witness saw three policemen "beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya."

Salon September 13, 2001:

"The national media didn't pay attention," Hart says. One senior reporter from a well-known publication told one of Hart's fellow commissioners, "This isn't important, none of this is ever going to happen," Hart says.

Why America Slept pg 153:

"The national media just didn't pay attention," Hart says. One senior reporter from a well-known publication told one of Hart's fellow commissioners, "This isn't important, none of this is ever going to happen," Hart recalls.

New York Times, October 21 2001:

And while the nation was having a good laugh at the expense of Florida's hanging chads and butterfly ballots, Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi were there, in Florida, learning to drive commercial jetliners.

"Why America Slept," pg 149:

And while the country enjoyed a good laugh at the expense of Florida's butterfly ballots and hanging chads, Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi remained in Florida learning to fly jetliners.

Human Events, September 30 2002:

On April 10, 1993, agents of the Iraqi Intelligence Service handed the keys of this death mobile to a team of specially recruited operatives. On April 13, under cover of darkness, some of these operatives started up the vehicle and began a secret trek across the southern Iraqi desert toward the Kuwaiti frontier. Their intended target: George Herbert Walker Bush, just-retired President of the United States.

"Why America Slept," pg 61:

On April 10, 1993, agents of the Iraqi Intelligence Service handed the keys of a Toyota Land Cruiser that was packed with plastic explosives to a specially recruited team. On April 13, under cover of darkness, these operatives began a secret trek across the southern Iraqi desert toward the Kuwaiti frontier. Their target was the just retired ex- president, George Bush ..."

And from the same article:

The Clinton Administration later briefly balked at Kuwait's claim that Saddam had tried to assassinate Bush. But a thorough probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, bolstered by detailed confessions from two key Iraqi operatives, sealed the case.

"Why America Slept," pg 61:

The Clinton administration later briefly balked at Kuwait's claim that Iraq was behind the assassination attempt. But a thorough probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency, confirmed by detailed confessions from two key Iraqi operatives, sealed the case.

AP June 20 2002:

The marshal's warning explained that Islamic extremists had issued a fatwa ... because of an episode at the end of the World Trade Center bombing trial in which deputy marshals accidentally stepped on a copy of the Koran during a scuffle. "Allegedly, the fatwa is being disseminated to persons in the United States who have the capability to carry it out,'' the memo said. The terrorists could be suicide bombers who may ``target as many victims as possible and draw as much media coverage as possible,'' it added. ``Once the press is on the scene the new plans call for blowing up everyone.

"Why America Slept," pg 82:

The Marshals Service concluded that Islamic extremists had issued their fatwa because of an episode at the end of the World Trade Center bombing trial in which some deputy marshals stepped on a copy of the Koran during a scuffle. ... "Allegedly, the fatwa is being disseminated to persons in the United States who have the capability to carry it out," the memo continued. "The terrorists could be suicide bombers who may target as many victims as possible and draw as much media coverage as possible. Once the press is on the scene the new plans call for blowing up everyone.

From the same story:

U.S. intelligence monitored a series of meetings and conferences between senior officials of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and other terror organizations in mid-February 1995 in which the subject of killing Americans on U.S. soil came up, officials said. During these conferences, known terrorists made specific mention of Congress and the White House as ``institutions that are great enemies of the Islamist movement,''

"Why America Slept," pg 82:

U.S. intelligence had monitored a several-day conference between senior terrorists from Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah in mid-February 1995 in which the subject of killing Americans on U.S. soil was discussed. During these meetings, known terrorists specifically mentioned Congress and the White House as "institutions that are great enemies of the Islamist movement."

From that story again:

John Gannon, former deputy CIA director for intelligence under President Clinton, said spring 1995 was one of a handful of periods in the 1990s when intelligence on terror threats peaked ...

"Why America Slept," pg 82:

John Gannon, former deputy CIA director for intelligence under President Clinton, recalled that that spring of 1995 was one of a handful of periods in the decade when intelligence on terror threats peaked ...

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