This document was transcribed from the Vol 9 No 1 issue (December 2001 - January 2002) of Nexus New Times Magazine

Timeline to the terror before and after September 11
By Michael C. Ruppert (c) 2001

1998 and 2000
Former president George H.W. Bush travels to Saudi Arabia on behalf of
the privately owned Carlyle Group, the 11th largest defence contractor
in the U.S. While there, he meets privately with the Saudi royal family
and the Bin Laden family. [source: Wall St Journal, Sept 27 2001 and]

February 13, 2001
UPI terrorism correspondent Richard Sale, while covering a trail of Bin
Laden's Al-qaeda followers, reports that the US National Security Agency
has broken Bin Laden's encrypted communications. Even if this indicates
that Bin Laden changed systems in February, it does not mesh with the
fact that the government insists that the attacks had been planned for

May 2001
U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell gives U.S$43 million in aid to the
Taliban regime, purportedly to assist farmers who are starving following
the destruction of their opium crop in January on the orders of the
Taliban regime. [source: Los Angeles Times, May 22, 2001]

May 2001
Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, a career covert operative
and former navy seal, travels to India on a publicised tour, while CIA
Director George Tenet makes a quiet visit to Pakistan to meet with
leader General Pervez Musharraf. Armitage has long and deep Pakistani
intelligence connections and is the recipient of the highest civil
decoration awarded by Pakistan. Tenet, in what was described as an
"unusually long meeting", also met with his Pakistani counterpart
Lt-General Mahmud Ahmad, head of the ISI. [source: SAPRA news agency,
India, May 22, 2001]

June 2001
German intelligence, the BND, warns the CIA and Israel that Middle
Eastern terrorists are "planning to hijack commercial aircraft to use as
weapons to attack important symbols of American and Israeli culture".
[source: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 14, 2001]

July 2001
Three American officials - Tom Simmons (former US Ambassador to
Pakistan), Karl Inderfurth (former Assistant Secretary of State for
South Asian Affairs) and Lee Coldren (former State Department expert on
South Asia) - meet with Taliban representatives in Berlin and tell them
that the US is planning military strikes against Afganistan in October.
Also present are Russian and German intelligence officers who confirm
the threat. [sources: Guardian, September 22, 2001; BBC, September 18,

Summer 2001
According to a September 26 story in Britain's Guardian, correspondent
David Leigh reported that: "US Department of Defence official Dr Jeffrey
Starr visited Tajikistan in January. The Guardian's Felicity Lawrence
established that US Rangers were also training special troops in
Kyrgyzstan. There were unconfirmed reports that Tajik and Uzbek special
troops were training in Alaska and Montana."

Summer 2001 (approx)
Pakistan's ISI chief General Mahmud orders an aide to wire transfer
US$100,00 to Mohammed Atta, who according to the FBI, was the lead
terrorist in the suicide highjackings. Mahmud recently resigned after
the transfer was disclosed in India and confirmed by the FBI. [source:
Times of India, October 11, 2001]

Summer 2001
An Iranian man phones the US law enforcement to warn of an imminent
attack on the World Trade Centre in the week of September 9. German
police confirm the calls but state that the US Secret Service would not
reveal any further information. [source: German news agency "",
September 14, 2001]

Summer 2001
Russian intelligence notifies the CIA that 25 terrorist pilots have been
specifically training for suicide missions. This is reported in the
Russian press, and news stories are translated for FTW by a retired CIA

July 4 - 14, 2001 
Osama bin Laden receives treatment for kidney disease at the American
Hospital in Dubai and meets with a CIA official in his suite at the
hospital, at a time when he was a wanted fugitive for the bombings of
two US embassies and the USS Cole. Yet on July 14th, bin Laden was
allowed to leave Dubai on a private jet, and the CIA official returned
to CIA headquarters on July 15th. [source: Le Figaro, Paris, October 31,

August 2001
The FBI arrests an Islamic militant linked to bin Laden in Boston.
French Intelligence sources confirm that the man is a key member of bin
Ladens network, and the man is in possession of technical information on
Boeing aircraft as well as flying mannuals. [source: Reuters, September
13, 2001]

August 2001
Russian President Vladimir Putin orders Russian Intelligence to warn the
US Government "in the strongest possible terms" of imminent attacks on
airports and government buildings. [source: MS-NBC interview with Putin,
September 15, 2001]

August - September 2001
The Dow Jones industrial average drops nearly 900 points in the 3 weeks
prior to the attacks. A major stock market crash is imminent.

September 3 - 10, 2001
MS-NBC reports on September 16 that a caller to a Cayman Islands radio
talk show gave several warnings of an imminent attack on the US by bin
Laden in the week prior to September 11.
September 1 - 10, 2001
25,000 British troops and the largest British armada since the Falkland
Island War, part of Operation Essential Harvest, are pre-positioned in
and off Oman, the closest point on the Arabian Peninsula to Pakistan. At
the same time, some 17,000 US troops join more than 23,000 NATO troops
in Egypt for Operation Bright Star. All of these forces are in place
before the first plane hits the World Trade Centre. [sources: The
Guardian, CNN, Fox News, The Observer, Internatioal Law Professor
Francis Boyle, University of Illinois]

September 6 - 7, 2001
4,744 put options (speculation that the stock will go down) are
purchased on United Airlines stock, as opposed to only 396 call options
(speculation that the stock will go up). This is a dramatic and abnormal
increase in sales of put options. Many of the UAL puts are purchased
through Deutschebank, A.B. Brown, a firm managed until 1998 by the
current Executive Director of the CIA, A. B "Buzzy" Krongard. [source:
The Herzliyya International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism,
September 21, 2001,]

September 10, 2001
4,516 put options are purchased on American Airlines as compared to 748
call options. [source: ICT, as above,]

September 6 - 11, 2001
No other airlines show any similar trading patterns to those experienced
by United and American. The put option purchases on both airlines were
600% above normal. This at a time when Reuters issues a business report
on September 10, stating, "Airline stocks may be poised to take off".

September 6 - 10, 2001
Highly abnormal levels of put options are purchased in Merrill Lynch,
Morgan Stanley, AXA Re (insurance), which owns 25% of American Airlines
and Munich Re. All of these companies are directly impacted by the
September 11 attacks. [sources: ICT, as above; FTW, vol.iv, no.7,
October 18, 2001,]

September 11, 2001
General Mahmud of the ISI (see above), friend of Mohammed Atta, is
visiting Washington on behalf of the Taliban. [source: MS-NBC, October
7, 2001]

September 11, 2001
For 50 mins, from 8.15 to 9.05 am, with it widely known within the FAA
and the military that four planes have been simultaneously hijacked and
taken off course, no-one notifies the President of the United States. It
is not until 9.30 am that any Air Force planes are scrambled to

This means that The National Command Authority waited for 75 minutes
before scrambling aircraft, even though it was known that four
simultaneous hijackings had occurred - an event that has never happened
in history. [sources: CNN, ABC, MS-NBC, Los Angeles Times, New York

September 15, 2001
The New York Times reports that Mayo Shattuck III has resigned,
effective immediately, as head of the Alex (A.B.) Brown unit of

October 10, 2001
The Pakistani newspaper The Frontier Post reports that US Ambassador
Wendy Chaimberlain paid a call on Pakistan's Oil Minister. A previously
abandoned Unocal pipeline from Turkmenistan, across Afganistan to the
Pakistani coast, for the purpose of selling oil and gas to China, is now
back on the table "in view of recent geopolitical developments".

Mid - October 2001
The Dow Jones industrial average, after having suffered a precipitous
drop, has recovered most of it's pre-attack losses. Although still weak
and vulnerable to negative earnings reports, a crash has been averted by
a massive infusion of government spending on defence programs, subsidies
for "affected" industries and planned tax cuts for corporations.

(Source: Michael C. Ruppert copyright 2001, Editor/ Publisher, From The
Wilderness newsletter, P.O Box 6061 - 350, Sherman Oakes, CA 91413, USA)