and the ABC Annual Investigative Aggregation
Ten years ago this month, America was added anxious about summer vacation than anxiety attacks. The big cine at the capital was “American Pie II,” which had aloof taken over the box appointment advance from “Rush Hour II,” and Beyonce was cerebration about ditching her bandage for a abandoned career.
The big belief in the annual were about bluff attacks, wildfires and a missing Congressional intern alleged Chandra. A boyish baseball amateur became a hero, and again a villain, afterwards he pitched a absolute d at the Little Alliance World Series. There were additionally inklings that article ability be awry at an activity aggregation alleged Enron. By the summer of 2001, Americans had become all too accustomed with “hanging chads,” but few had anytime heard of al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden.
While the nation drifted through the dog days, however, a accumulation of terrorists was in the final stages of planning a alternation of attacks that would annihilate 3,000 bodies on September 11. Abundant of the federal government seemed to accept been in a summer befuddlement as well, missing the admonishing signs of what would become the deadliest act of agitation on U.S. soil. While some in the intelligence association aloft red flags, the White House had brushed off warnings of an approaching advance and the CIA was declining to allotment advice with the FBI about the terrorists’ travels.
On the afterward pages, the ABC Annual Investigative Team’s 9/11 timeline capacity what America was accomplishing and what the hijackers were doing, day-by-day, in August and September 2001. In circadian updates, we clue the hijackers as they go to flight school. We adumbration them as they buy dejected blazers — and airline tickets and knives. We additionally watch as CIA ysts and FBI agents try to complete the anxiety about the ascent threat, and are ignored. With beginning entries anniversary day from Aug. 11 to Sept. 10, “While America Slept” provides a maddening agenda of the accomplish and missteps that would change America forever. Click on the articulation at August 11, 2001 (below and to the right) to alpha afterward the trail.
Matthew Cole, Lindsay Lamont, Randy Kreider and Jordan Mazza contributed to this report.
Admiral Bush is on vacation in Crawford, Texas, breadth bristles canicule beforehand he had been warned by the CIA of a accessible advance in a cardboard titled: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” The affidavit said al Qaeda associates were believed to be in the U.S., and that a addition to the U.S. admiral in the United Arab Emirates said “a accumulation of bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.” According to “The One Percent Doctrine” by Ron Suskind, the admiral told the CIA conference officer, “All right. You’ve covered your ass now.”
All 19 hijackers are, in fact, already in the U.S. on visas acquired beneath their absolute names.
On August 11, Hamza al-Ghamdi, who will be one of the hijackers in the added even to hit the World Trade Center, buys a dejected blazer at a Florida men’s store.
Osama bin Laden has accustomed the targets and is alone apprehension final chat on which day the advance will occur.
The above belief of the summer absorb bluff attacks and a missing intern in Washington, D.C., alleged Chandra Levy.
“Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Adolescent is the cardinal one song on the Billboard Hot 100.
“American Pie II” is the top cine in box appointment receipts.
Al Qaeda recruit Zacarias Moussaoui has aloof accustomed in Eagan, Minnesota, breadth he has confused to arise flight training school.
Some 70 FBI “full acreage investigations” accompanying to Osama bin Laden are underway beyond the United States. None of them absorb any of the 19 men who will accroach commuter planes on September 11.
Aegis Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrives in Moscow for talks with Russian leaders on missile aegis issues.
The amplitude shuttle Discovery docks with the Alpha International Amplitude Station, carrying several bags of food, clothes and added supplies, as able-bodied as a new aggregation of three men.
Annex aggregation baton Mohamed Atta and two added annex pilots fly to Las Vegas for an credible planning session.
Marwan al-Shehhi, who will booty ascendancy of United Airlines flight 175 on September 11, purchases two atramentous four-inch abridged knives — the best acceptable knife breadth beneath FAA rules at the time — from a Sports Authority abundance in Florida.
Al Qaeda recruit Zacarias Moussaoui begins flight training on a flight actor at the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Eagan, Minnesota. He raises suspicions aback he tells advisers that while he wants to apprentice how to fly a 747 jet, he does not intend to acquire a pilot’s license.
The top adventure on arrangement newscasts is wildfires on the West Coast.
Approaching hijackers Mohamed Atta, Nawaf al-Hamzi and Hani Hanjour leave Las Vegas afterwards an credible planning session.
Fayez Banihammad and Marwan al-Shehhi, who will annex United Airlines flight 175, abjure $2,000 from a Coffer of America ATM in Lantana, Florida.
Admiral Bush interrupts his Crawford, Texas vacation for a two-day cruise to Colorado and New Mexico, breadth he attends a above alliance baseball d and a Republican fundraiser.
Admiral Bush’s civic aegis advisor, Condoleeza Rice, continues to abort to booty activity on warnings from counter-terrorism official Richard Clarke of an al Qaeda threat.
Jeffrey Skilling announces his abandonment as CEO of Enron, a Houston-based activity company, afterwards accepting been in the position for alone six months. He cites claimed reasons.
FBI agents admit an “intelligence investigation” into Zacarias Moussaoui afterwards flight academy advisers abode apropos that he ability be a terrorist.
CIA counter-terrorism arch Cofer Atramentous tells a Aegis Administering convention, “We are activity to be addled soon, abounding Americans are activity to die, and it could be in the U.S.”
Approaching annex pilot Marwan al-Shehhi purchases a one-week gym associates in Lantana, Florida. He and best of the added hijackers-in-training backpack out concrete fettle routines.
The Pentagon announces that U.S. warplanes accept austere a alarm armpit in Iraq in an advance to attenuate the nation’s added able air defenses, the added such advance in a week.
The aggregation of hijackers that will booty ascendancy of American Airlines flight 77 and blast it into the Pentagon ysis in at the Valencia Cabin in Laurel, Maryland, a few afar from the abode of the Civic Aegis Administration, breadth operations are underway to ascertain doubtable terrorists.
Application his FAA flight certificate, Hani Hanjour, who will act as pilot of the hijacked American Airlines flight 77, takes 1.3 hours of flight training at Freeway Airport in Mitchellsville, Maryland.
Zacarias Moussaoui is arrested on clearing accuse as FBI agents in Minneapolis abound added apprehensive of why he enrolled in 747 flight training.
Ziad Jarrah completes a “check ride,” a ysis of his aerodynamics skills, with a flight adviser at Airborne Systems Flight Academy in Ft. Lauderdale. On September 11, he will act as annex pilot of United Airlines flight 93, which the hijackers will advance to alter to Washington. It will blast in a Pennsylvania acreage afterwards cartage defection adjoin the hijackers.
CIA administrator George Tenet visits Admiral Bush in Crawford, Texas but afterwards says he does not anamnesis any acknowledgment of the calm anxiety threat.
A displacement adjustment is active for Zacarias Moussaoui while FBI agents activate an accomplishment to access a cloister adjustment to chase his computer.
Bad acclimate armament American balloonist Steve Fossett to acreage on a beasts agronomical in Brazil, catastrophe his fifth advance to become the aboriginal man to circumnavigate the apple abandoned in a balloon.
The FBI requests affirmation of al Qaeda recruit Zacarias Moussaoui’s anxiety access from a U.S. acknowledged attaché in Paris to access a chase accreditation for Moussaoui’s lap-top computer.
Minneapolis FBI abettor Harry Samit (seen in accouterment at right) sends a announcement to abode in Washington that Zacarias Moussaoui is “conspiring to accomplish a agitator act.” The announcement goes benighted by FBI counter-terrorism arch Michael Rolince.
Danny Almonte of the Bronx in New York City becomes the aboriginal bullpen in 44 years to bandy a absolute d in the Little Alliance World Series. Two weeks later, reporters accepted that Almonte was absolutely 14 years old, two years beforehand than the acknowledged absolute for Little Alliance play.
“Fallin'” by Alicia Keys takes over the top distinct atom on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
The New York Times publishes a adventure about a confused attache that armament FBI advance al Qaeda able John O’Neill to resign.
A flight adviser at the Palm Beach, Florida canton airport overhears Mohamed Atta on a even radio bark in Arabic, “God is Great!” Atta’s name can be apparent at appropriate in an airport log for August 19.
Three abstracted bluff attacks in Florida boss television newscasts, as the division is dubbed “The Summer of the Shark.”
American golfer David Toms wins the PGA championship, breaking the almanac for a above clash with a annual of 265.
Hani Hanjour, approaching annex pilot of American Airlines flight 77, takes a flight assignment from an adviser who thinks Hanjour allegation accept been accomplished by the aggressive because he is able to cross a even afterwards radar, application its breadth acceptance system.
Hanjour shops Travelocity for flights on September 5, 2001 from Dulles airport in Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles.
Attorneys at FBI abode about-face bottomward a appeal by FBI agents in Minnesota for a accreditation to chase the computer of doubtable agitator Zacarias Moussaoui.
Rehearsals activate on Broadway for “Mamma Mia.”
About $5,000 is deposited in the United Arab Emirates blockage annual of brigand Fayez Banihammad. The annual is afterwards acclimated to buy tickets for Banihammad and addition brigand for United Airlines flight 175 on September 11.
A Jordanian in bastille for doubtable agitator ties tells FBI agents of an approaching advance adjoin barrio in New York and Washington, D.C., saying, “Something big is activity to happen.” His believability is questioned as he cannot accommodate capacity of time and place.
FBI abettor Margaret Gillespie learns for the aboriginal time that two accepted al Qaeda agents accept been tracked to the United States from Malaysia by the CIA, which kept the advice abstruse from calm law administering agencies.
FBI agents at the “Alec Station,” a collective FBI-CIA operation accustomed to coursing Osama bin Laden, appeal to apperceive why the FBI was not notified by the CIA of the accession in the U.S. of two accepted al Qaeda operatives, Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi, in January 2000.
United Airlines flight 93 annex pilot Ziad Jarrah purchases a ample blush diagram of a 757 pit ascendancy arrangement and a Garmin III Pilot GPS arrangement for use on September 11.
Admiral George W. Bush, on vacation in Texas, receives a 57 percent job approval appraisement in a Gallup poll.
Senator Jesse Helms of Arctic Carolina, a arch conservative, announces that he will retire at the end of his appellation in 2003.
Anchor Connie Chung’s annual with Congressman Gary Condit of California, who had been romantically affiliated to missing intern Chandra Levy, affectedness on ABC’s “Primetime” to an estimated admirers of 24 actor people, authoritative it the most-watched appearance of the summer.
CIA administrator George Tenet receives a conference about Zacarias Moussaoui blue-blooded “Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly,” but no affiliation is fabricated with the blackmail of an al Qaeda advance in the U.S.
The FBI begins an “unhurried search” for two al Qaeda agents arise to be the U.S., Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi.
Florida suspends the driver’s authorization of annex baton Mohamed Atta for abortion to arise in cartage court.
Hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi are assuredly put on the FBI’s anxiety watchlist, 19 months afterwards the CIA aboriginal tracked them to the United States.
The advance date is set as the aboriginal 9/11 aeroplane tickets are purchased by brigand Fayez Banihammad for United Airlines flight 175 from Boston to San Francisco.
A CIA cable describes Zacarias Moussaoui as a abeyant “suicide hijacker” complex in “suspicious 747 flight training.”
Mormon fundamentalist Tom Green of Utah is bedevilled to bristles years in bastille for bigamy and abortion to pay adolescent support.
Annex aggregation baton Mohamed Atta establishes an American Airlines contour and an Advantage common flier affairs number.
One day afterwards his name is added to the FBI’s anxiety watchlist, brigand Khalid al-Mihdhar uses his Yahoo email annual to book a bench on American Airlines flight 77 for September11.
Pop accompanist Aaliyah dies in a even blast at the age of 22.
American Airlines flight 77 annex pilot Hani Hanjour practices flight patterns with a rental even from Congressional Air Charters in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Brigand Waleed al-Shehri uses his VISA debit agenda to book a capital bench on American Airlines flight 11 for September 11.
Chicago Cubs appropriate fielder Sammy Sosa hits his 50th home run of the season, acceptable the third amateur in above alliance baseball history to accept four 50-home-run seasons; the added two are Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire.
American Airlines flight 77 brigand Nawaf al-Hazmi purchases a Leatherman Wave folding apparatus knife at a Target abundance in Maryland.
Annex baton Mohamed Atta has a final planning affair with the -to-be American Airlines flight 77 annex aggregation in allowance 343 of the Valencia Cabin in Laurel, Maryland.
Afterward the FBI’s inquiry, the Clearing and Naturalization Service revokes the acceptance of approaching brigand Khalid al-Mihdhar, but no appeal is fabricated on an “urgent, emergency basis” to run the names of al-Mihdhar and adolescent brigand Nawaf al-Hazmi through INS databases, which admiral say “might accept been able to locate them.”
Samsung announces that it will activate affairs flat-screen claret TVs afterwards in the year.
Mohamed Atta buys tickets online for himself and addition hijacker, Abdulaziz al-Omari, on American Airlines flight 11, which will be the aboriginal even to hit the World Trade Centermost on 9/11.
Marwan al-Shehhi, the brigand of United Airlines flight 175, buys his admission for 9/11 from the United admission adverse at Miami International Airport.
Intelligence advice leads the FAA in Washington to affair a admonishing about accessible abandon adjoin U.S. air carriers, but alone those aerial in and out of Israel — annihilation domestic.
1991 badge assault victim Rodney King is arrested in Claremont, California on biologic charges.
United Airlines flight 93 brigand Ahmed al-Haznawi affluence his admission for September 11 on Travelocity.com, while brothers Hamza and Ahmed al-Ghamdi assets their tickets for United flight 175.
United flight 93 brigand Ziad Jarrah obtains a Virginia driver’s authorization from the DMV in Springfield, Virginia, application the abode of actionable immigrant Luis Martinez-Flores. Flores had already accustomed two added hijackers to affirmation they lived at his address.
It is the aftermost abounding day of Admiral George W. Bush’s about month-long vacation in Crawford, Texas.
Sen. John McCain undergoes accessory prostate anaplasty at the Mayo Clinic centermost in Phoenix, Arizona.
Brigand Ziad Jarrah books his admission for United Airlines flight 93. He additionally attends kickboxing and street-fighting classes at a gym in Hollywood, Florida — abilities he will afterwards use to storm the flight’s pit.
Mohamed Atta purchases a annual apparatus kit absolute a ample knife from Lowe’s. On September 11, Atta and the added hijackers will aperture the throats of cartage and berth aggregation associates on American Airlines flight 11.
Rookie FBI abettor Rob Fuller is assigned to the bin Laden unit. It is his aboriginal intelligence investigation.
The State Administering announces that American embassies in Bulgaria and Romania will be briefly bankrupt because of an bearding anxiety threat.
The NFL locks out its referees and replaces them with alternating crews afterwards talks breach bottomward amid the alliance and the NFL Referees Association over their pay.
American Airlines flight 77 brigand Hani Hanjour makes his t for 9/11, the aftermost of the hijackers to do so. He pays in banknote aback the admission costs $1,842 — too abundant to allegation on his debit card.
Hanjour and Nawaf al-Hazmi aing anniversary of their Hudson United Coffer accounts, while Hamza al-Ghamdi (right) and Ziad Jarrah end their leases in Florida. The hijackers will absorb their actual nights in hotels and motels.
The last-ever new adventure of the alternation “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” affectedness on PBS.
Waleed Al-Shehri purchases a cottony shirt and biscuit pants at Burdines administering abundance in Pompano Beach, Florida. The hijackers will all be dressed in Western accouterment on September 11.
Hani Hanjour moves out of his Paterson, New Jersey apartment. His freeholder allotment the abounding drop in banknote afterwards ytical for damage, because, as he afterwards tells the New York Times, Hanjour “was a gentleman.”
American Airlines issues an centralized announcement admonishing that some aggregation associates had had their uniforms baseborn in Rome, Italy in April 2001, and to beware of imposters.
Millions band up to see “Jeepers Creepers,” allowance it accomplish a almanac admission for a blur aperture over Labor Day weekend.
Hani Hanjour allotment to Laurel, Maryland, breadth he and the added American Airlines flight 77 hijackers will abide until the day of the attack.
Three of those American flight 77 hijackers access annual bedfellow passes at Gold’s Gym in Greenbelt, Maryland, advantageous in cash.
The Saudi Interior Ministry announces that three Chechen rebels who hijacked a Russian Jet with 174 cartage aboard in March 2001 will be approved in Saudi Arabia, beneath Sharia law.
Ten-year-old David Peltier dies afterwards actuality attacked by a bluff in four-foot-deep baptize off the coffer of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Ten years ago today, it’s Labor Day 2001. The hijackings are eight canicule away, and the hijackers abide undetected.
The four hijackers who will absolutely fly the planes have, by this day, accomplished a abounding annular of ysis flights at baby airports and all accept FAA pilots’ licenses.
In Germany, Mohamed Atta’s adolescent annex artist and acquaintance Ramzi bin al-Shibh receives $1,500 via wire from an al Qaeda coffer annual in the Mideast. He allegedly uses the money to abandon Germany, but is afterwards arrested in Pakistan.
Intelligence admiral in Egypt say they warned the U.S. on this day of approaching al Qaeda attack. Admiral Hosni Mubarak says the admonishing complex an aeroplane or an Embassy.
Hewlett-Packard announces that it has accomplished an acceding with Compaq to absorb the two companies.
A U.S. appointment storms out of the U.N. Conference on Racism after, as Congressman Tom Lantos says, it is “hijacked” by those adverse to Israel.
Annex baton Mohamed Atta sends a Federal Express amalgamation to an abettor in the United Arab Emirates, abiding several thousand dollars in bare cash.
Senior aegis admiral at the Federal Aviation Administering are assuredly told by the FBI that a doubtable agitator by the name of Zacarias Moussaoui may accept been training to annex a 747 aircraft at Kennedy airport in New York. The FAA does not affair any added aegis alerts.
Afterwards requesting an actual affair months earlier, Richard Clarke assuredly meets with Civic Aegis Adviser Condoleeza Rice and added administering admiral to altercate the al Qaeda blackmail adjoin the United States. That aforementioned day, Clarke issues a announcement advancement admiral to brainstorm hundreds dying because of the government’s abhorrence to accompany al Qaeda.
Afterwards resigning from the FBI, al Qaeda able John O’Neill begins his new job at the World Trade Center. He will die on 9/11.
Disney opens its ninth affair park, Tokyo DisneySea, an amphibian esplanade at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan.
Google is awarded a U.S. apparent for the PageRank chase algorithm acclimated in its chase engine.
American Airlines flight 77 hijackers Hani Hanjour and Majed Moqed are photographed application an ATM at the Aboriginal Union Civic Coffer in Laurel, Maryland.
At the Sun Trust Coffer in Florida, breadth several of the hijackers accept accounts, Fayez Banihammad affairs added than $8,000 to an al-Qaeda annual in the Middle East, abiding money he no best needs.
Rookie FBI Abettor Robert Fuller tries contacting Marriott hotels in the New York area, alive that al Qaeda doubtable Khalid al-Mihdhar listed Marriott as his destination in his community form. His chase turns up no records.
In Paris, FBI and CIA admiral arise an emergency affair at the French Ministry of the Interior. The Americans are accustomed advice on the bin Laden ties of Zacarias Moussaoui, but his case charcoal on the FBI aback burner.
In Washington, Congress allotment from its summer recess, and the Senate Intelligence Committee holds a audition about agitation at which bin Laden is discussed.
Two American Airlines flight 11 hijackers, Abdulaziz al-Omari and Satam al-Suqami, fly from Florida to Boston and ysis in at the Esplanade Inn.
In Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden receives chat the hijackings are appointed for the afterward Tuesday, September 11.
United Airlines flight 175 brigand Mohand al-Shehri calls United Airlines to acquaint them that his aboriginal name was spelled afield on his t for 9/11.
The U.S. announces that it will no best aim to breach up Microsoft as allotment of an antitrust activity adjoin the software maker.
Two American Airlines flight 11 hijackers, Abdulaziz al-Omari and Satam al-Suqami, now at the Esplanade Inn in Boston, appoint two changeable escorts.
The hijackers of United Airlines flight 93 fly from Florida to Newark, New Jersey, breadth they’ll absorb their actual nights at the Marriott Hotel at Newark International Airport afore boarding their planned flight to San Francisco on the morning of the 11th.
Admiral George W. Bush’s now-infamous cruise to a Sarasota, Florida elementary academy is about appear on this day.
The U.S. government letters a acceleration in the unemployment amount to 4.9 percent, the accomplished in about four years.
Several of the American Airlines flight 77 hijackers abandoned their coffer accounts, giving the money to American Airlines flight 11 brigand Mohamed Atta.
Atta affairs $7,860 to the Wall Street Exchange Centermost in Dubai from the Giant and Safeway food in Laurel, Maryland.
Several of the annex ringleaders, including Ziad Jarrah and Mohamed Atta, go to banquet at one of their admired restaurants, the Aliment Factory in Laurel, Maryland.
Venus Williams defeats her adolescent sister Serena at the U.S. Open women’s tennis finals to acquire her added afterwards U.S. Open championship.
“I’m Real” by Jennifer Lopez featuring rapper Ja Rule becomes the new top distinct on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mohamed Atta flies from Baltimore to Boston, breadth he meets up with United Airlines flight 175 brigand Marwan al-Shehhi. The two absorb the night at the Milner Hotel in city Boston.
In the aboriginal hours of the morning, afterwards abrogation banquet in Laurel, Maryland, United Airlines flight 93 brigand Ziad Jarrah receives a dispatch admission in Maryland as he active arctic on I-95 at 90 afar per hour.
Ahmad Shah Massoud is assassinated by two doubtable al Qaeda bombers assuming as journalists, who acclimated abstracts artificial by Osama bin Laden’s arch lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahiri. FBI abettor Ali Soufan says, “Bin Laden is appeasing the Taliban. Now the big one is coming.”
The bristles American Airlines flight 77 hijackers baker and eat a meal in the kitchenette of their Laurel, Maryland motel.
The ten-part World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers,” accounting by historian Stephen E. Ambrose and produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, premieres on HBO.
Mohamed Atta, acceptable aggravating to alternate the hijackers’ accession to Boston’s Logan Airport on the day of the attacks, makes a last-minute accommodation to drive to Portland, Maine with Abdulaziz al-Omari, breadth they will t a aing flight to Boston at 6 a.m. on September 11. They are captured on a surveillance camera with an inaccurate time and date brand at a South Portland, Maine gas base (right), and are additionally apparent at a Pizza Hut.
Ziad Jarrah sends a four-page adieu letter in German to his adherent Aysel Sengun, with whom he already fabricated affairs to marry. He acknowledgment her for afraid with him through bristles “difficult” years, says he is her prince, and ends with “Aufwiedersehen.”
Outside Washington at the abode of the Civic Aegis Agency, cyberbanking intercepts aces up conversations amid two doubtable Al Qaeda leaders. One reads, “The bout begins tomorrow”; the other, “Tomorrow is aught day.” The conversations will not be translated and transcribed until September 12th.
Charles Ingram wins one actor pounds on the U.K. adaptation of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?,” alone to accept the payout abeyant afterwards aback he is accused of cheating by accepting his wife and an abettor ahem anniversary time he apprehend the actual best aloud.
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