Claim: Putin called George W. Bush to warn him about 9/11 two days before the attack
A former CIA analyst writes in a new book that Russian President Vladimir Putin called then-President George W. Bush to warn him about an imminent terrorist plot originating in Afghanistan two days before the Sept. 11, 2001 one attacks that brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center and destroyed a portion of the outer ring of the Pentagon.
According to Russia Today, the former analyst — George Beebe, Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for the National Interest — mentioned the phone call in his new tome, “The Russia Trap: How Our Shadow War with Russia Could Spiral into Nuclear Catastrophe.”
The revelation by Beebe is being touted by some skeptics of the official 9/11 narrative subsequently put out by the Bush administration that the government was warned repeatedly about planning for the attacks, if not the actual plot itself.
While the existence of a warning from Moscow has been public knowledge for years – senior Russian intelligence officials spoke about them shortly after the attacks – Beebe’s book suggests that it was not limited to exchange between the intelligence agencies, and that Bush was warned by Putin personally.
In addition to Russia, the US had been reportedly warned by the British spies, and the danger of impending attacks had been repeatedly highlighted by both the CIA and the FBI. Whether the White House actually heeded those warnings and did everything it could to protect its citizens still remains a mystery.
Specifically, President Putin had telephoned President Bush two days before the attacks to warn that Russian intelligence has detected signs of an incipient terrorist campaign, “something long in preparation,” was coming out of Afghanistan.
There is some insight into the minds of senior White House officials at the time that are contained in the memoirs of Condoleeza Rice, then-national security adviser to President Bush and later secretary of state.
In her book, “No Higher Honor,” she notes that she herself dismissed an earlier warning from President Putin pointing fingers at Saudi Arabia-funded extremists in Pakistan that he warned would, at some point, cause a “major catastrophe.”
Rice wrote that she discounted the warning and “chalked it up to Russian bitterness toward Pakistan for supporting the Afghan mujahideen” during the former Soviet Union’s decade-long war in Afghanistan.
On Sept. 10, 2012 — a day before Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on the 11-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — Kurt Eichenwald wrote in The New York Times:
On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.
On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief — and only that daily brief — in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack. Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack. While some critics considered that claim absurd, a close reading of the brief showed that the argument had some validity.
That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.
Meanwhile, The Associated Press boston.com/news/politics/2019/09/06/us-deciding-whether-to-disclose-name-in-9-11-saudi-suit Friday that the Justice Department is weighing whether to release the name of an individual “sought by the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that seeks to link the government of Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 attacks.”
“Attorney General William Barr faced a Friday deadline for deciding whether to release the name or to invoke a rarely used state secrets privilege and refuse to divulge the information,” the AP reported.