After the September 11 attacks, a small circle of al Qaeda operatives looked for ways to follow-up with new attacks, according to classified Guantánamo files released by WikiLeaks to the New York Times. More than 700 classified documents give new details of the terrorist organization’s efforts to make 9/11 the first in a series of attacks aimed at the United States, although these plans collapsed after the Central Intelligence Agency captured Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the 9/11 planner, and other leaders of al Qaeda. Mohammed and others reportedly discussed plots that weren’t acted upon, including a wave of aircraft attacks against the West Coast, filling an apartment with leaked natural gas and exploding it, blowing up gas stations and even cutting the cables that hold up the Brooklyn Bridge.
Dossier illustrates push for terrorist attacks post-9/11
Over 700 classified documents give details of al Qaeda’s efforts
FILED UNDER: Guantanamo Files