- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 13, 2001

U.S. intelligence agencies received a warning that terrorists were planning an attack timed to Nov. 11 but so far do not believe yesterday's airliner crash was part of an attack.
One intelligence official said a warning was sent to senior Bush administration officials last week stating that unidentified terrorists were planning to carry out some type of mass attack on Nov. 11 Veterans Day at 11 a.m. There was no attack Sunday at 11 a.m. or p.m.
The warning originated in a North African nation that in the past had been associated with international terrorism.
"The problem with the time is that no one could figure out whether it was 11 here or overseas," the intelligence official said.
Still, the intelligence report about the possible attack was specific enough to raise concerns, this official said.
A second U.S. official confirmed that there were "some reports that something might happen in connection" with Veterans Day.
However, the official said it was "something that was noted," but the information was not specific enough to be viewed as "actionable" intelligence information that would require taking additional security measures.
As for yesterday's airline crash, the official echoed other administration aides who said there is no evidence so far to indicate that the American Airlines flight was sabotaged or bombed.
The official said the intelligence reports did not prompt a heightened state of alert, as occurred last month when the Justice Department announced that the danger of terrorist strikes had increased.


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