2,232. 8/6/2001

“[C]oncerned about a U.S. strike, President Bush asked the CIA to prepare a report on the domestic threat posed by al Qaeda. On August 6 [2001], the agency briefed him at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.” The report “said that bin Laden’s organization had plans to hijack a plane and use the hostages to spring Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman from U.S. federal prison. …as of the summer of 2001, that interest hadn’t translated into any significant changes in the government’s counterterrorism policy.”

 – John Miller, Michael Stone, and Chris Mitchell, The Cell, Page 296

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