THE COMPLETE 9/11 TIMELINE: INTRODUCTION, CREDITS AND LINKS

By Paul Thompson
Mirror courtesy of Bill St. Clair

Other Sections of the Timeline:

The Complete Timeline parts 1 and 2 (excluding Day of 9/11)
The Abridged Timeline (a good place to start)
Introduction and credits, help needed, and links
The latest update

Articles
The Two Ziad Jarrahs
Sept. 11's Smoking Gun: The Many Faces of Saeed Sheikh
Alhazmi & Almihdhar: The Hijackers Who Should Have Been Caught
They Tried to Warn Us
Is There More to the Capture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Than Meets the Eye?
An Interesting Day: George Bush Jr. on 9/11
The Failure to Defend the Skies on 9/11

Summaries

9/11 Paymaster Saeed Sheikh
9/11 Mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
ISI Director Mahmood Ahmed
Nabil al-Marabh
Would Be Hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui
Hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar
Escape from Afghanistan
Foreign Intelligence Warnings
Randy Glass

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Subdivisions
Part 1: 1979 - 2000
Part 2: Jan. 2001 - 9/11
Part 3: Day of 9/11
Part 4: 9/11 - Dec. 2001
Part 5: Jan. 2002 - present
Day of 9/11
Flight 11
Flight 175
Flight 77
Flight 93
Bush on 9/11

This story is so complicated and long, I've tried to break it into threads of different colors to make it easier to digest. I've made separate pages for each thread, in addition to webpages with all the threads together.

Central Asian oil, Enron and the Afghanistan pipelines. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Information that should have shown what kind of attack al-Qaeda would make. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
US preparing for a war with Afghanistan before 9/11, increasing control of Asia before and since. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Incompetence, bad luck, and/or obstruction of justice. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Suggestions of advanced knowledge that an attack would take place on or around 9/11. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Cover-up, lies, and/or contradictions. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Israeli "art student" spy ring, Israeli foreknowledge evidence. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Anthrax attacks and microbiologist deaths. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Pakistani ISI and/or opium drug connections. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Bin Laden family, Saudi Arabia corruption and support of terrorists, connections to Bush. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.
Erosion of civil liberties and erection of a police state. For a separate page of these entries only, click here.

Updates
Because the timeline is so extensive, people who've already seen it may find it hard to locate recent entries. So all new entries since the last version are collected here: April 9, 2003.

NOTES ON THE LATEST UPDATE
I was so upset at the media's lack of coverage about the Independent Commission recent hearings on air defense, that I wrote my own essay on the topic: The Failure to Defend the Skies on 9/11. Like my other essays, this one is long, but I think to truly understand the enormity of the US military's failure on 9/11, one needs to understand the detail. The essay starts out by looking at many of the warnings that should have led to strengthened defenses, and then analyzes the failure of fighters to catch up to each hijacked plane.

Articles
I'm writing articles to help clarify some aspects of 9/11. I make no claim to have an overall theory of what happened on 9/11, but I do have some ideas on certain things. Also, hopefully these essays can help make some complicated aspects of the timeline easier to understand. These are very in-depth essays, with lots of pictures.

The Two Ziad Jarrahs
Ziad Jarrah was in the two different places at the same time on more than one occasion (August 24, 2002)

Sept. 11's Smoking Gun: The Many Faces of Saeed Sheikh
His actions prove the involvement of Pakistan's secret service in the September 11 attacks, and suggest a possible CIA role as well. (September 4, 2002)

Alhazmi and Almihdhar: The 9/11 Hijackers Who Should Have Been Caught
Recent Congressional inquiries into these two failed to expose the whole story, including such details as unexplained late night limousine rides. (September 30, 2002)

They Tried to Warn Us: Foreign Intelligence Warnings Before 9/11
Putting together all the missed foreign intelligence warnings, one can see a pattern. (January 30, 2003)

Is There More to the Capture of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed Than Meets the Eye?
The official story of his arrest is a mass of lies, cover-ups and contradictions. It is highly likely Mohammed was not arrested on the day officials say he was.
(March 4, 2003)

An Interesting Day: George Bush Jr. on 9/11
The press has failed to ask questions about what Bush did on 9/11 and why. His strange behavior and the obvious cover-up stories demands an explanation. (May 9, 2003, written by Allan Wood and Paul Thompson)

The Failure to Defend the Skies on 9/11
Had the US's air defenses been properly managed on 9/11, all of the trajedies of that day except for the crash of Flight 11 could have been averted. (May 29, 2003)

Summaries
As the timeline grows ever longer, its becoming harder and harder to keep track of certain patterns of information. The "Categories" can help with this, but some stories cut across categories. So the below gather all the entries that make up a particular interesting story or pattern. There will be more of these coming soon.

9/11 Paymaster Saeed Sheikh
9/11 Mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
ISI Director Mahmood Ahmed
Nabil al-Marabh
Would Be Hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui
Hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar
Escape from Afghanistan
Foreign Intelligence Warnings


What is this timeline about?

This webpage is meant to be a comprehensive resource for anyone attempting to understand 9/11, the anthrax attacks, and the "war on terrorism." Once you start reading, I think it will become clear that there is much more going on than the "official story" claims. The mainstream media is the one that's failed to "connect the dots". There are an amazing amount of intriguing news stories that have squeaked into the media but not reached a wide audience, and/or have not been properly followed up or placed into context.

You might call some or all of this "conspiracy theory." The term "conspiracy theory" is bandied about to discredit ideas that run counter to what is widely believed. But sometimes the official story turns out to be a lie - look at what the Nixon Administration was claiming and the press generally reporting when the Watergate story was in its early stages, for instance. The alternative to conspiracy is "coincidence theory." At some point, when enough "dots" line up, the thought that everything is just coincidence becomes the wildest theory of all.

I don't know exactly what happened on 9/11. I have my theories and hunches, but it's an extremely complicated plot, and there are a number of plausible explanations for part or all of the story's aspects. Also, I don't want to force my ideas down your throat. I'm using the timeline to draw attention to interesting stories that you may not have read. I have tried to let the stories speak for themselves, and reduce my voice as much as possible. When I do add my own comments, they are usually at the end of a summary and in italics. Plus they are almost always phrased as a question. I hope you come to your own conclusions.

This timeline is veeeeery, very long. It's chock-full of information and may be difficult to get through. You may want to tackle a bit at a time (and if you're impatient, start from around July 2001 to get to the "good stuff"). But 9/11 was possibly one of the most pivotal events in world history, and it's impact will be felt on everyone for years to come. You owe it to yourself to go beyond the sound bites and the simplified official story. This is an extremely complicated story with numerous players and motives. Not everything makes sense or fits neatly together. It's a story full of espionage, deceit, and brazen lies. But if there are forces out there tricking us, they can only succeed if we, the general public, remain ignorant and passive.

Credits and sources

This timeline started when I saw the excellent timeline at the From the Wilderness website and began adding to it. I found that timeline to be a great resource, but it wasn't as comprehensive as I wanted. My version has since grown into something of a monster, but the inspiration still lies with From the Wilderness. I've credited all the original items I took with permission from From the Wilderness with FTW, which links back to their timeline.

I also have a slightly different approach to this timeline than they do. I am limiting my sources to only those one might call "mainstream." Why? It's not because I believe one can only trust the mainstream media. In fact, I feel the opposite is true - much of the best reporting today is coming from alternative media. But many people are initially very skeptical when they see an article by From the Wilderness or a similar source. A lot of material I found looking around the web seemed very hard to believe when I first saw it. The numerous media reports of an "Art student spy ring"? Come on, how weird is that! But if even, say, the Washington Post or CNN reports a particular fact, then might there be something to it? So my goal is to use mainstream sources to generally open eyes to new possibilities. Then, at the bottom of this document, I've provided a list of so called "alternative" or "conspiracy" websites you can access to learn more.

By the way, what do I mean by "mainstream"? My goal was to use sources that are not generally considered blatantly partisan (regardless of how correct they might be). Most people would call Rush Limbaugh or Greenpeace partisan; a newspaper like The Los Angeles Times is presumably at least trying to be "neutral". I've used a large amount of foreign sources, especially since these stories have often received much more attention in Europe than in the US. But I've tried to use common sense. For instance, a story in a Pakistani newspaper that reflects poorly on Pakistan would be much less likely to be propaganda than the same story coming from an Indian newspaper (and vice versa). In a few cases I've used partisan sources to add more detail to some stories; information or comments from partisan sources (including myself) is italicized.

Of course, a mainstream source doesn't guarantee the story will be all or partly true. Everyone these days knows how politicians and others "spin" events, and there can be many accidental errors too. But with so many entries, even though there may be red herrings, there still should be enough material to allow you to see overall patterns. Click on any of the links to read the source articles to judge for yourself and learn more. I have tried to include direct links to the original websites wherever I can but oftentimes this isn't possible, since webpage addresses frequently change or expire, and some have never been on the web in the first place.

Mirrors

Speaking of credits, big credit must go to Derek Mitchell for being the primary web host of this timeline. I don't know where this timeline would be without his help. Also thanks to Miles Thompson for mirroring the timeline at Unanswered Questions, and Bill St. Clair for mirroring the site as well. Please let me know if you'd like to mirror all or part of this webpage, as long as you properly credit and link back here (we'd especially like to have mirrors outside the US).

How you can help

This timeline is a work in progress. If you have additional articles from "mainstream" sources (preferably with weblinks), I'd be happy to consider including them. Links and/or corrections to existing articles or statements that need supporting would be great too. But please only send new articles that fit into the below categories. There are many interesting events I could include, such as post-9/11 and post-anthrax terrorist attacks and warnings, the coming war with Iraq, the Afghanistan war details and so on, but the timeline is already way too big to handle a wider scope. There are certain articles I'm looking for and haven't been able to find. If you can find these, you help is greatly appreciated.

I welcome constructive suggestions and comments. You can send feedback to paulthompson22b@ yahoo.com (remove the space). Even better is if you post articles or comments at the People's Investigation of 9/11 forums. It has a special section on this timeline. There is a growing team of concerned individuals meeting at those forums and helping to further develop this timeline, and further 9/11 research generally. Please spread the word!