1,541. 8/4/1999

“In early August [4] 1999, the FAA’s [Federal Aviation Administration’s] Civil Aviation Security intelligence office summarized the Bin Ladin hijacking threat. After a solid recitation of all the information available on this topic, the paper identified a few principal scenarios, one of which was a ‘suicide hijacking operation.’ The FAA analysts judged such an operation unlikely, because ‘it does not offer an opportunity for dialogue to achieve the key goal of obtaining [the release of militant Islamist Sheikh Omar Abdel] Rahman and other key captive extremists…A suicide hijacking is assessed to be an option of last resort.’ ”

 – 9/11 Commission, The 9/11 Commission Report, Page 345

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