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WAR: Report cites FBI's pre-9/11 intelligence lapses

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posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 11:51 AM
Several failures within the FBI's counter-terrorism program, along with communication issues, are being attributed to the events leading up to 9/11. This announcement by the Justice Department's attorney general comes with the publication of a report regarding the matter. Its recent release was due to a court battle involving terrorist conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, and his attorneys.
The five missed opportunities in regard to the two hijackers stemmed from information sharing problems between the FBI and CIA and problems inside the FBI’s counterterrorism program.

“Shortly after the attacks, the FBI indicated that it did not have any information warning of the attacks,” the report said. “However, information was soon discovered that had been in the possession of the FBI and the intelligence community before Sept. 11 that related to the hijacking of airplanes by extremists or that involved the terrorists who committed the Sept. 11 attacks.”

The head of the San Diego FBI office responded that the report greatly exaggerates the possibility that local agents could have prevented the attacks.

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This story caught my eye because of how it may relate to the Patriot Act issue. I suspect this information may be used to justify the permanent existence of this act. The article also went on to say:

"The two Saudis, al Hazmi and al Mihdhar, rented a room in home of a longtime FBI terrorism informant, and they also befriended a fellow Saudi who had drawn FBI scrutiny in the past."

Could this actually support the theory of 9/11 being allowed to happen in order to justify war and expansion of law enforcement, or is it a simple matter of oversight?

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