continued lack of reliable information gathering and sharing in the intelligence community.
"The collection of intelligence, and even its analysis,
is not worth much if it's not able to be translated into a realistic threat assessment that provide guidance for the application of resources designed to prevent terrorism", Thornburgh said.
a closed culture in the intell community, in which only 'approved, recognized sources' were deemed 'credible',
counter-intelligence & counter-terrorist specialists were essentially window-dressing positions, understaffed and under-utilized, underfunded... ( 'X-Files' personified?)
There are plenty of instances, incl the 1995 tip letter to PhoenixFBI, telling of witnessing 6 young Arab men taking Flight School at N Scottsdale airpark
and reports of another group of young mid-eastern men taking flight school at Mesa airport......with a suggestion that many schools might be used for training 'zealot' pilots to be used for commandeering aircraft into targets!
evidently that 'tip' sat around for 6 years, until Agent Williams sent the 'Phoenix Memo', just right before the Sep 11th event!
the article & Quote
....behind all the razzle-dazzle, it's just more of the same old snafu....
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[edit on 25-6-2005 by DontTreadOnMe]