2,065. 6/15/2001

“It is clear that [American-born al Qaeda member John Walker] Lindh was able to acquire information on bin Laden’s future plots. At one point in June [2001], Walker Lindh was told by one of his instructors that ‘bin Laden had sent forth some fifty people to carry out twenty suicide terrorist operations against the United States and Israel.’ …Lindh also said he had heard that ‘fifteen more operations were pending.’ Lindh was also approached by one of the instructors, who inquired if anyone would be interested in taking up jihad in either the United States or Israel. Lindh turned down the offer, saying he had come to Afghanistan to help the Taliban against the Northern Alliance.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 234-235

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