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New Info. Released on Bin Laden's Plans to Attack U.S.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - New information about Osama Bin Laden's plans to attack the U.S., even before he organized the 9/11 terror attack. It now has Americans wondering why the U.S. did not go after the Al Qaeda leader earlier. FOX17 National Correspondent Kristine Frazao and our media partners at the Washington Times tackle the subject in a new investigation. It was revealed in a 2011 employment discrimination lawsuit. FBI Agent Bassem Youssef sued his employer, saying he was passed over for promotions time and time again, despite a long list of achievements including cultivating strong ties with those behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, of warning of Al Qaeda years before they had been treated as a serious threat, and of thwarting specific terror attacks including one on a British cruise line  and another on a target in Los Angeles. Stephen Kohn was Bassem Youssef's attorney and says an untold history came out in the testimony.

Now some are asking if it wouldn't have been essential information to have leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. For years, members of Congress worked with the intelligence community and others to put together a history of what led to the attacks.

Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra was on the House Intelligence Committee at the time and says it would have been important information to have in putting together the 9/11 Commission Report. He says these questions should be explored, especially if information was hidden to prevent an embarrassment.

As for Youssef, he continues to work at FBI, but questions remain. The FBI sent us a statement defending the information they provided to the 9/11 Commission and joint intelligence community inquiry looking into the attacks.

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