2,186. 7/15/2001

“The United States ignored a clear warning in July last year [2001] from the emissary of a Taliban leader that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network was planning a major attack on U.S. soil… It said an emissary acting for then-Taliban Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil warned both the United States consul general in Pakistan, David Katz, and the United Nations in Kabul [Afghanistan] of the impending attack, but was ignored. …’We were hearing a lot of that kind of stuff,’ the newspaper quoted one diplomatic source as saying. ‘When people keep saying the sky’s going to fall in and it doesn’t, a kind of warning fatigue sets in.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – “Newspaper Says U.S. Ignored Terror Warning,” Reuters, Sep. 7, 2002

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