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Thursday, March 13, 2008
9/12/2001: FBI Chicago, timeline of investigation, Sept. 11-12, 2001This fascinating eight-page document outlines the FBI Chicago field office's first impression of what constituted "significant" developments in the first 30 hours after the 9/11 attacks. starting at 8:45 a.m. on September 11, when the first hijacking was reported to the FBI.
A meeting of federal, state and local agencies was held out of the FBI's Chicago command post at 11:45 a.m., including representatives from the U.S. Marshals, Secret Service, ATF, INS, Customs, the post office and the Defense Department.
The FBI in Chicago obtained the flight manifests for United Flight 175 and Flight 93 at 10:59 a.m. The investigators noted: "5 Muslim names on UA fL 93 manifest, 6 Muslim
names on UA FL 175 manifest."
Much of the document describes a flurry of calls from Americans panicked over what they believed to be suspicious activity regarding Muslims, including some that are clearly meritless. Nevertheless, the document illustrates the difficulty faced by investigators in the first few hours, when information was flooding in and leads had to be processed in the midst of a crisis. Some examples:
unemployed, US citizen, from [Virginia]."
of the WTC on 9/1/01. She believes the timing of the move lends suspicion that the company may have had prior knowledge of terrorist incidents." A lead on this report was sent to the New York field office.
9/12/2001: FBI Chicago, timeline of investigation, Sept. 11-12, 2001
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