This is my review of Peter Lance’s latest book Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI—and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him. Peter Lance—a five-time Emmy award-winning investigative journalist—has, in Triple Cross, provided us with yet another eye-opening expose of the U. S. government’s multiple “failures” to prevent the terrorist attacks of 9/11. (This is Lance’s third book on this subject; his first two being: 1,000 Years for Revenge and Cover-Up.)
In Triple Cross, Lance chronicles the saga of a man whom you may, once or twice, have heard snippets about, in the media, but who, for all practical purposes, has never been mentioned in connection with 9/11 or with any of the other al Qaeda-related terror attacks (e.g., the U.S.S. Cole bombing and the U. S. embassy bombings in Africa).
I picked-up snippets about this guy on the news, once or twice, and, I must say, after hearing what little I did manage to hear about him, he certainly peaked my interest. This man was a former Egyptian military officer and a highly trained Egyptian military commando who would take leave from his active duty service with the U. S. Army, while assigned to the JFK Special Warfare Center in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, in order to travel to Afghanistan to help his Muslim brothers fight the Soviets, during the late 1980’s.
Have you ever heard of this guy? His name is Ali Mohamed, and Peter Lance has done one hell of a job digging up the truth about him, his terrorist activities, and his long-standing relationship with the FBI, which dates back to 1992, when Ali Mohamed began working for the FBI as a Foreign Counter Intelligence agent.
The question Lance asks (and answers) in Triple Cross is: "What did the FBI know before 9/11 and when did they know it?"
Here’s just a brief list of what the FBI knew and when they knew it:
They knew that Ali Mohamed was training al-Qaeda terrorists in New York in 1992.
They knew about, were monitoring, and had infiltrated the al Qaeda cell that planned and executed the first attack on the World Trade Center (i.e., the bombing of the WTC in 1993) before it happened.
They knew that Ali Mohamed traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, in 1993, in order to do surveillance on the U. S. embassy located there in preparation for a future al Qaeda terrorist attack (the bombing of which actually occurred in 1998, killing 213 people).
They knew Ali Mohamed traveled to Khartoum, Sudan, in 1993, in order to arrange a terror summit between (Sunni) al Qaeda (including Osama bin Laden) and (Shiite) Hezbollah leaders, which led to the Khobar Towers bombing (Saudi Arabia) in 1996, and facilitated the future Sunni-Shiite insurgency alliance in Iraq (2003).
They knew, in 1993, that Ali Mohamed was training al-Qaeda terrorists how to hijack commercial airliners.
They knew, in 1995, that terror mastermind Ramzi Yousef, and his uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, were planning to use airliners as missiles; plotting to hijack and then crash commercial airliners into buildings (e.g., the Transamerica building, the Sears Tower, the Pentagon, and the World Trade Center towers) in the U. S.
They knew, in 1995, that terror mastermind Ramzi Yousef, and his uncle, Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, were planning to blow up a dozen airliners over the Pacific by using small, easily concealed, liquid-based, time-activated bombs, which were to be placed near the center fuel tanks of Boeing 747’s, causing the airliners’ fuel (and the airliner itself) to explode.
They knew, in 1995, that Ali Mohamed had gotten Ayman al-Zawahiri (al Qaeda’s number-two man) into the U. S. for an al Qaeda fundraising tour; the purpose of which was to raise funds for the bombing of the Egyptian embassy in Pakistan.
They knew al Qaeda was planning to blow up a U. S. airliner, via a small, liquid-based, time-activated bomb, which was to be placed near the center fuel tank of a Boeing 747 (in order to cause a mistrial) during terror mastermind Ramzi Yousef’s federal trial in New York City, during July 1996. (This event actually did occur, when TWA flight 800 blew up in mid-air just after taking off (bound for Paris, France) from JFK International airport (Long Island, New York) on July 17, 1996, killing all 230 people on-board; including an entire high school French Club, from Pennsylvania, who were on their way to Paris; killing sixteen students and five adults).
They knew of, and were monitoring, the al Qaeda cell (in Africa) that was plotting to bomb, simultaneously, the U. S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1998 (killing 224 people and injuring thousands) before it happened.
They knew, during late 1999-early 2000, that al Qaeda held a meeting (in the Philippines) to plan the execution of terror mastermind Ramzi Yousef’s (9/11 style) airliners-as-missiles plot.
They knew, in 2000, that two of the 9/11 hijackers had entered the U. S. and that they were living in a room they had rented from an FBI informant in San Diego, California.
They knew of, and were monitoring, in 2000, at least four of the 9/11 hijackers who were then living in the U. S., including lead hijacker Mohamed Atta, whose picture was also included in a link chart, which was produced by Defense Intelligence Agency analysts (the results of a vast data-mining project which they had developed).
Suffice it to say that Peter Lance has done one hell of a job uncovering the truth concerning what the FBI knew about the 9/11 terror plot and exactly when they knew it.
Many people are simply unaware of the fact that government law-enforcement agencies, like the FBI, aren’t caught off-guard very often, especially when it comes to large-scale terrorist attacks. They are well aware of those groups who are plotting acts of terror—they monitor and infiltrate these groups in order to control them and to control the situation. Sadly, what many people fail to realize is that governments often have plans (or laws) that they wish to implement in order for them to be better able to control the general population, and that often they require an event—a crisis—to occur before these plans (laws) can be implemented.
The FBI and its handling of intelligence before 9/11 indicates, to me, that the U. S. government was seeking a crisis of epic proportion in order to implement its plans to invade the Middle East and to pass new, draconian laws (i.e., the USA Patriot Act) so that they might better control the general population.
I highly recommend this book, which is now Lance’s third book on this subject.
As Lance says, at the end of Triple Cross:
“For the sake of Ronnie Bucca, Louie Garcia’s good friend, and for the sake of every man, woman, and child who died that day, the cold case of 9/11 needs to be reopened, and investigated with tenacity and courage. There has never been a crime in the history of this nation that deserves clearance more than the mass murders of September 11, 2001 . . . I sincerely hope this is my last 9/11 book. I don’t want to have to write another one” (Peter Lance, Triple Cross, p 483).
You shouldn’t have to write another book Peter; you’ve already written three excellent books on the subject.
The American people simply need to care enough to read them.
(For an excellent overview of everything Lance describes, see the helpful timeline he includes in his book.)