August 26, 2007

‘Systemic breakdown’ at CIA before 9/11

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bart @ 7:51 pm

 LA Times

“The CIA never developed an overall strategy for confronting Al Qaeda and let precious resources and capabilities go unused in the years leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an internal investigation that the agency had fought to keep secret for the last two years. The report from the agency’s inspector general, declassified Tuesday, adds disturbing new details to an already extensive public record of Sept. 11-related failures.

Among them was the revelation that long before the attacks, as many as 60 officers in the CIA had seen cables indicating that two Al Qaeda operatives — who went on to reside in San Diego — had entered the United States or possessed travel documents that would let them do so. The report, which was completed in 2005, also made the case that George Tenet and other top officials should face further scrutiny within the agency to determine whether they should be reprimanded for having any roles in the breakdowns.”

Bart says: Reprimanded? Bush gave him a medal for doing such a great job!

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