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Ten years after September 11, many questions remain. What about efforts to warn the Bush Administration about al Qaeda? Why did President Bush accuse Saddam Hussein? Has US intelligence strategy been improved? Also, gridlock returns to Capitol Hill, and Europe's economic crisis gets worse.

Banner image: Cover of the National Security Preparedness Group's 'Tenth Anniversary Report Card'

Producers:
Andrea Brody
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner

Reporter's Notebook Markets Plunge Anew on Existential Worries about the Eurozone 6 MIN, 39 SEC

Are the leaders of Europe refusing to do the only things that might save the Euro and the European economy? As markets plunged again today, one finance blogger called for a "plain-English explanation of what the root of the problem is." Felix Salmon is financial blogger for Reuters.

Guests:
Felix Salmon, Reuters (@felixsalmon)

Counterstrike

Eric Schmitt

Making News Congress Comes Back to Fight with the President 7 MIN, 28 SEC

Congress was back in Washington today after a month-long recess. As the House and Senate returned, so did political gridlock. David Lightman is national correspondent for the McClatchy Newspapers.

Guests:
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers (@LightmanDavid)

Circle in the Sand

Christian Alfonsi

Main Topic September 11: Advance Warnings and the War in Iraq 36 MIN, 24 SEC

The co-chairs of the 9/11 Commission claim in a "Report Card" that the nation is still not as secure as it should be, partly because intelligence lacks coordination. Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean say first responders couldn't find each other on radios; Congressional oversight of homeland security and intelligence is "dysfunctional;" privacy, civil rights and the treatment of prisoners need further attention; and transportation security is a major concern. What about intelligence prior to 9/11? What did President George W. Bush know and when did he know it? Why did he insist that Saddam Hussein was involved? We talk with a former 9/11 Commission member, a former FBI agent who turned whistle-blower and a historian of two Bush Presidencies involved with Iraq, and hear how US intelligence has been updated since September 11.

Guests:
Jamie Gorelick, former 9/11 Commissioner
Coleen Rowley, former FBI special agent
Christian Alfonsi, political scientist
Eric Schmitt, New York Times (@ericschmittNYT)

Against All Enemies

Richard A. Clarke

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