posted on Aug, 10 2005 @ 10:51 AM
Members of the independent investigation into the September 11 strikes have called on Congress to determine whether the Pentagon withheld intelligence
showing a secret US military unit had identified Mohammed Atta and three other hijackers as threats more than a year before the attacks.
The former commission members said the information, if true, could rewrite an important chapter of the history of the intelligence failures before
September 11, 2001.
"I think this is a big deal," said John Lehman, a Republican member of the commission who was navy secretary in the Reagan administration. "The
issue is whether there was in fact surveillance before 9/11 of Atta and, if so, why weren't we told about it? Who made the decision not to brief the
commission's staff or the commissioners?"