Presidential Daily Brief August 6, 2001: Bin Laden determined to attack in US.
Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate Bin Ladin since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Ladin implied in US television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and “bring the fighting to America.”
We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a [deleted] service in 1998 saying that Bin Ladin wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of “Blind Shaykh” Umar ‘Abd al-Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.
Obviously, no one could have predicted, especially since the World Trade Center is mentioned in the first paragraph, both Yousef and al-Rahman were involved in the first bombing of the Twin Towers, and Bin Laden had only publicly stated his intentions of using aircraft 3 years previously. No one could have predicted, which no doubt explains Bush’s response to the CIA briefer who read him the PDB:
All right. You’ve covered your ass, now