- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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U.S. officials began piecing together a case linking Osama bin Laden to the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, aided by an intercept of communications between his supporters and harrowing cell phone calls from victims aboard the jetliners before they crashed today.
U.S. intelligence intercepted communications between bin Laden supporters discussing the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, according to Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“They have an intercept of some information that included people associated with bin Laden who acknowledged a couple of targets were hit,'' Mr. Hatch said in an interview with The Associated Press. He declined to be more specific.
Mr. Hatch also said law enforcement has data possibly linking one person on one of the four ill-fated flights to bin Laden's organization.
Government and industry officials said at least one flight attendant and two passengers called from three of the planes as they were being forced down in New York and Washington each describing similar circumstances.
The callers indicated hijackers armed with knives, in some cases stabbing flight attendants, took control of the plane and were forcing them down toward the ground, officials said.


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