Bush details foiled 9/11-style attack planned for 2002
For the first time, President Bush has gone into detail regarding one of the terrorist attacks foiled since 9/11. Following is a summary of the 2002 plot:
Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks who was captured in 2003, had already begun planning the West Coast operation in October, just after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. One of Mohammed's key planners was Hambali, the alleged operations chief of the al-Qaida related terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah. Instead of recruiting Arab hijackers, Hambali found Southeast Asian men who would be less likely to arouse suspicion and who were sent to meet with Osama bin Laden, Bush said. Under the plot, the hijackers were to use shoe bombs to blow open the cockpit door of a commercial jetliner, take control of the plane and crash it into the Library Tower in Los Angeles, since renamed the US Bank Tower, Bush said. The president said the plot was derailed when a Southeast Asian nation arrested a key al-Qaida operative.Another plan that was busted up was to use hijacked planes to attack the East Coast in mid-2003. The world is still a very dangerous place despite no attacks on U.S. soil having been carried out since 2001.