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Report: Capitol Was Sept. 11 Attackers Fourth Goal

The U.S. Capitol Building, not the White House, was the fourth target of the Sept. 11 attackers, a German magazine reported Sunday citing results of interrogations of suspected al Qaeda leaders. Der Spiegel said also planning for the attacks on New York and Washington in 2001 began as early as 1996, but plans hatched in 1999 to use four planes in the attacks were temporarily halted because only two pilots could then obtain U.S. visas. The operation, code-named “Porsche 911” by its perpetrators, was finalized in July 2001, the magazine said. “The Porsche is ready to start,” it cited Mohamed Atta, the Egyptian-born student who piloted one of the two hijacked planes that destroyed the World Trade Center, as saying. Another hijacked plane hit the Pentagon, while a fourth crashed in Pennsylvania before it could reach its target in Washington. Around 3,000 people died in the attacks. Full Story

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