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2001+ : Denial & Devastation - Part 1

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Why We Should Expect Another 9/11

                        Article #16 –

2001+ : Denial & Devastation - Part 1


                                       Chris Cobar

9/11 struck.  Since brighter people have written better articles, I will not attempt to rehash what we already know.  We all know exactly where and what we were doing when it happened. 

          For me, I was just finishing my first cup of coffee.  Being an hour behind NYC, I was still waking up and hadn’t turned on the telly.  At 7:49AM my time, my CNN Producer friend called.  With no formalities, he said:

          “Was it a terrorist attack?”

          Without a moment’s hesitation, despite not having seen the event, I responded:


          Five minutes later we received our confirmation when the second plane struck the second tower.  It was a no brainer.  We knew it was coming, but…

          Like all of America, I was in shock.  I shouldn’t have been; I knew better but…

          Not surprisingly, the following day found the FBI on my doorstep.  Due to the invocation of their ‘zip code law,’ my “case” had been transferred locally.  After 10+ years, I had a new handler.  I really liked Duke.  He happened to be from my home state but for obvious reasons, counterterrorism was not his forte.  In his neck of the woods, it was meth labs, bomb makers and bank robberies.  He was the only Special Agent I ever knew who lived in a flak jacket and could personally arm an entire battalion from his car trunk.

          After 10+ years of sending faxes directly to my people, I was no longer allowed to walk three feet and stuff my report into the machine.  It was now deemed too “sensitive.”  Instead, Duke now had to drive 40 miles to meet me, review and pick up the report, then drive another 40 miles to send it by encrypted fax and then drive 40 miles back home.  It was like the pizza delivery boy’s schedule from hell.

          I remember one week in particular.  It had been one helluva busy week.  Stuff was happening daily and I was reporting daily.  I called Duke; we had already met on the previous day.  He was in the middle of a bank robbery and said that he would have to call back later.  I did not argue.  As it turned out the bank robber had stuffed his stash in his pants.  The money was loaded with a permanent red dye explosive.

It went off; he was coated in red dye.  Somehow, he still managed to escape. How can you possibly miss a man waddling down the street with red-streaked pants?  Oh, well.

Anyway, Duke showed up bright and early on 9/12.  I had been instructed to bring my pertinent files.  We headed off to Mickey D’s.  Business could not be conducted “on premise.”  Duke knew exactly what he was looking for and immediately went to one of my 2000 reports in which I had listed the White House, Pentagon, US Capitol Building, World Trade Center, Sears Tower and TransAmerica Building as targets.  We adjourned to make copies and off they went.

Later in the day, I spoke with the Prince Datu.  We assumed that America had finally gotten the message.  The issue of Abu Sayyaf would now come to the fore; eight year late but what the hell.  Taking innocence (and/or stupidity) to an art form, we once again waited to hear from Uncle Sam.  Not surprisingly, nothing was forthcoming.

Later on, I learned that all my files had been sent to the 9/11 Commission in DC in a 40 foot truck under cover of darkness.

America was in shock.  Shock turned to anger.  As Admiral Yamamoto of Imperial Japan noted during World War II:

“Do not awaken the sleeping giant.”

Pearl Harbour did it and so did 9/11.

As is customary, America invoked their isolationistic tendencies and withdrew within their own borders.  That is not to say that we did not lash out and take out the Taliban in Afghanistan within three months, but our focus was internal, we were working on healing a nation.  Therefore, we tend to forget what Al-Qaeda did outside our borders at this time.  They did not slow down; they were on a roll.  I will not recount them all; it would take too much time and be downright depressing.  A brief recap:

11 April 2002      Al-Qaeda detonated a truck bomb in Tunisia – 19 dead
8 May 2002        AQ detonated a bomb in Karachi – 8 French dead
14 June 2002      AQ bombed US Consulate in Karachi – 12 dead - 24 hurt
28 Nov. 2002     Suicide bombs in Kenya – 12 dead
12 May 2003       2nd Riyadh Compound bombings – 35 dead – 160+ hurt
16 May 2003       Casablanca multiple bombings – 45 dead
8 Nov. 2003        3rd Riyadh Compound bombings – 17 dead – 12 hurt
15 Nov. 2003      1st Istanbul Twin Synagogue bombings – 25 dead
20 No. 2003       2nd Istanbul bombings – 26 dead – 400+ hurt
6 Feb. 2004        Russian commuter car bombing – 39 dead – 130+ hurt
11 March 2004   3/11 Madrid bombings – 191 dead – 1750+ hurt

          While sometimes during the aftermath of 9/11 we tend to focus on America and forget what happened outside our borders.  It is important for us to always remember that Al-Qaeda did not pause or stop their activities.  They escalated.  They haven’t gotten out of the biz, nor do they have any intention of doing so.

          They’re just waiting for an opportunity and we do know that they have a lot of patience.  As previously noted, they only have to be lucky once.  We have to be correct 100% of the time.

          Until next time.

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P.S. For those of you who want more than a snappy synopsis of the whys and wherefores of 9/11, I refer you to It is managed by a good friend, John Berger.  He is a certified terrorist consultant, who documents his colons and commas.  If it's there, you can take it to the bank.

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Chris Cobar Articles
Article 1 Why we should expect another 9/11
Article 2 The FBI - Part 1
Article 3 The FBI - Part 2
Article 4 The FBI - Part 3
Article 5 The Origins of 9/11 – the Early Years(Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Soviet-Afghan War)
Article 6 The Origins of 9/11 –The First World Trade Center Bombing – 1993
Article 7 Bojinka, Part 1 - The Killing of a Pope & 4,000+ Passengers
Article 8 Bojinka, Part 2 - Aftermath of an Almost Massacre
Article 9 Bojinka, Part 3 - After the Aftermath – Confusion & Craziness
Article 10 Oklahoma City Bombing - Homegrown Terrorism or ?
Article 11

Bin Laden on a Silver Platter - Why We Refused

Article 12 1995–1998 – Escalation to Disaster
Article 13 1999 - Pre-2001– Escalation to Disaster
Article 14 1999 - Pre-2001 – Assaults on America & Americans
Article 15 2001 – Prelude to Mass Murder
Article 16 2001 + : Denial & Devastation - Part 1
Article 17 2001-2004 : Denial & Devastation - Part 2
Article 18 Iran – Mecca of Mayhem & Murder - Part 1
Article 19 Iran – Mecca of Mayhem & Murder - Part 2
Article 20 Federal Fixits - Part 1
Article 21 Federal Fixits - Part 2 - Shackled & Shorted
Article 22 Federal Fixits - Part 3 - Agents & Assets
Article 23 Federal Fixits - Part 4 - Babel
Article 24 Political Correctness vs. Profiling
Article 25 Department of Homeland Security - To Be or not To Be
Article 26 Diplomats vs. Dips
Article 27 "Pats" vs. "Pros"
Article 28 Anniversaries & Addenda
Article 29 Middle East Melee
Article 30 Bin Laden’s Dead: Good News/Bad News