Human Events highlights some details from a new book that shows the intelligence acquired from Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and how it has helped prevent many additional attacks against the US and other western nations.
This is only an excerpt from their article but it shows the how serious the information from KSM is.
Years later, an observant CIA officer notices that the activities of a cell being followed by British authorities appear to match KSM’s description of his plans for a Bojinka-style attack.
In an operation that involves unprecedented intelligence cooperation between our countries, British officials proceed to unravel the plot. On the night of Aug.9, 2006 they launch a series of raids in a northeast London suburb that lead to the arrest of two dozen al Qaeda terrorist suspects. They find a USB thumb-drive in the pocket of one of the men with security details for Heathrow airport, and information on seven trans-Atlantic flights that were scheduled to take off within hours of each other:
United Airlines Flight 931 to San Francisco departing at 2:15 p.m.;Air Canada Flight 849 to Toronto departing at 3:00 p.m.;Air Canada Flight 865 to Montreal departing at 3:15 p.m.;United Airlines Flight 959 to Chicago departing at 3:40 p.m.;United Airlines Flight 925 to Washington departing at 4:20 p.m.;American Airlines Flight 131 to New York departing at 4:35 p.m; andAmerican Airlines Flight 91 to Chicago departing at 4:50 p.m.They seize bomb-making equipment and hydrogen peroxide to make liquid explosives. And they find the chilling martyrdom videos the suicide bombers had prepared.
Today, if you asked an average person on the street what they know about the 2006 airlines plot, most would not be able to tell you much. Few Americans are aware of the fact that al Qaeda had planned to mark the fifth anniversary of 9/11 with an attack of similar scope and magnitude….
….In addition to helping break up these specific terrorist cells and plots, CIA questioning provided our intelligence community with an unparalleled body of information about al Qaeda….…And in his first 48 hours in office, President Barack Obama shut the program down.
Read the whole article, it is a frightening account of our lack of intelligence to protect our country at the present time.