Steve Watson
Monday, Feb 25, 2008

The former Mayor of San Francisco has made comments that contradict his own previous claims regarding a warning he received on September 10th 2001 not to fly the following day.

Willie Brown, the incumbent mayor of San Francisco at the time, was questioned earlier this month by members of the Philadelphia 9/11 Truth group during a public engagement.

Brown famously hit the headlines the day after 9/11 when he informed the San Francisco Chronicle of the early warning he received a full eight hours before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington began.

Realizing the importance of this evidence of prior knowledge, we saved and archived the original article here.

Also see below for scans of the article in the Chronicle from September 2001.

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Brown, who was scheduled on a morning flight to New York where he was to attend a state retirement board meeting, had originally stated that the warning came from his “security people at the airport", without elaborating further.

In the months and years that followed, researchers demanded to know where this warning came from and why it was not subsequently addressed.

Philly 9/11 truth writes:

On February 12, 2008, Willie Brown spoke about his new book, “Basic Brown: My Life & Our Times” at the Free Library of Philadelphia. After speaking, Brown took questions from the audience and emphasized, “no subject was off-limits.” Little did Brown know, but he was about to be on the receiving end of some salient questions regarding his activities related to the events of 9/11/01. The Philly 9/11 Truth-squad unleashed a fury of questions pertaining to Brown’s early warning, backing up their claims with reports from mainstream media publications. Brown, while attempting to controvert the issue, contradicted previous statements he made to the San Francisco Chronicle in the September 12, 2001 article titled “Willie Brown got a low-key early warning about air travel.”

Upon receiving the 9/11 group’s first question about the warning, Willie Brown denied the existence of the Chronicle article altogether declaring "some jerk on the internet started that nonsense and it has taken on it’s own life."

A separate audience member then told the former mayor that he was holding the original article in his hand and began to read from it!

Brown then confirmed that despite his admissions to the Chronicle in 2001, he was not asked to testify before the 9/11 Commission, encouraging the questioner to "drop it".

When informing Mr Brown that several victims’ family members interviewed on MSNBC brought up the issue, Brown became agitated and shot back "They’re wrong, they’re wrong, they’re wrong, that is the end of it, they’re wrong"

"Why don’t you go to a library and read the 9/11 report… read the damn report" Brown continued, declaring that it "speaks for itself" despite the fact there is no mention of the prior warning.

Later on at a book signing the Philly group approached Brown again with the Chronicle article. Brown responded "it means nothing, move on, move on friend, it didn’t happen".

Watch the video:


Philly 9/11 truth points out the contradictions in Willie Brown’s comments that directly conflict with his original statements. Of course given that he now denies the existence of those statements altogether he obviously doesn’t see them:

As Brown narrated his experience of the morning of 9/11, he created a sequence of events contrary to existing accounts. Brown stated that he received a call from “one of his people” – noting the caller as a female by referring to the person as “her” – that alerted him to the events happening in New York City. This statement stands in stark contradiction to what Brown said to the San Francisco Chronicle because he reportedly did not receive any calls that morning until the District Attorney Terence Hallinan contacted him.

"You know, you’re the first call I’ve gotten on this," Brown said to Hallinan, as they were signing off. – San Francisco Chronicle 9/12/2001

Furthermore Brown replied to questions about the 8-hour advance warning by stating that the aforementioned warning was “a reference to the standard report that comes out of Washington, everyday of our lives. There are always those kinds of notices floating around…period and they did that regularly” and told the questioner to “drop it!” Prima-facie this claim is false because Brown stated in 2001 that he received a call from his “security people at the airport” which regarded Americans being cautious about their air travel. Moreover, the call could not have been a general warning because the deputy director at the San Francisco International Airport details that there were no warnings made by the FAA in the days leading up to 9/11 in the following abstract:

Mike McCarron, assistant deputy director at SFO, said the Federal Aviation Administration "routinely" issues security notices about possible threats. He said two or three such notices have been received in the past couple of months, but none in recent days. – San Francisco Chronicle 9/12/2001

As we can see, Brown’s statements as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle on 9/12/2001 undoubtedly conflict the narrative he delivered on 2/12/07 in Philadelphia. Only one question remains, who warned Willie Brown?

Willie Brown’s prior warning of the attacks was just one among scores of others that have been poured over by independent researchers but simply ignored by all official sources including the 9/11 Commission.

Read more here.

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