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TERROR REPORT SLAMS CIA
Sky News ^ | 5-11-2004

Posted on 05/11/2004 4:01:15 PM PDT by Prince Charles

TERROR REPORT SLAMS CIA

The CIA failed to pass on warnings to the FBI about two of the terrorists who went on to become September 11 hijackers, it has been claimed.

An FBI agent who was working with the CIA more than a year before the attacks on New York and Washington said he wanted to warn FBI bosses about al Qaeda suspects Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaq Alhamzi.

They had been spotted at a gathering of terror suspects in Malaysia and were understood to be headed to America, it was reported.

US officials told ABC News the agent was denied permission by the CIA to warn his superiors at the FBI, who could have put airports on alert.

The CIA has claimed the FBI was alerted by email. But FBI sources told ABC they had no record of such warnings.

The episode reinforces claims that the US spy and security agencies badly mishandled intelligence in the months before September 11.

"The failure to communicate that info to the FBI, which would have been potentially able to act on it, is a very serious failure," said Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department inspector general.

The two terrorists first went to the US in January 2000 and enrolled in a flight school in San Diego, California.

They eventually ended up on American Airlines Flight 77, the Boeing 757 which was flown into the Pentagon.

Former FBI agent and al Qaeda expert Jack Cloonan told ABC: "If that information disseminated, would it have had an impact on the events of 9/11?. I'm telling you that it would have."

Al-Midhar left the US and returned two months before the September 11 attacks.

His name, and that of his accomplice Alhamzi, were not put on law-enforcement watch lists until August 2001.

Mr Bromwich said: "I think the failure of our government to work in the way we hoped it would is a deep setback in our confidence that our government can protect us."

Last Updated: 16:59 UK, Tuesday May 11, 2004


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; 911hijackers; alhamzi; almidhar; bromwich; cia; clintonfailures; fbi; gorelick; gorelickmemo; missedopportunity; sept11

1 posted on 05/11/2004 4:01:16 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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To: Prince Charles
A search of this article fails to turn up the word "clinton" or any clear statement that this happened during his term of office. Also, that Jamie Gorelick was responsible for it happening.
2 posted on 05/11/2004 4:11:24 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Prince Charles
This is obviously an easy time to pile on to the C.I.A. and or the F.B.I., but by GOD we sure aren't nor have been getting our moneys worth out of these two pathetic agencies.
And I thought the dept of education was a worthless financial drain.
3 posted on 05/11/2004 5:32:28 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (G.W. Bush in 2004)
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To: Cicero
Exactly. The Gorelick directive tied the hands of the very people described in the story.
4 posted on 05/11/2004 7:11:39 PM PDT by Prince Charles
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