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.
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
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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
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
"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.