CIA Director George Tenet Testifies before 9-11 Commission

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CIA Director George Tenet made a reluctant concession to the 9-11 Commission today, saying -we made mistakes.- He admitted that failure to penetrate al Qaeda-s plot to attack the United States left the country, -in effect unprotected,- and admitted that the victims deserved better. Tenet said it-ll take five years to develop the intelligence service America needs, and although the Commissioners had mostly kind words for Tenet himself today, they described their staff report as an indictment of the intelligence establishment. As the Commission looks to the future, what threats will the nation face-and what will it take to meet them? Warren Olney speaks with experts in national security, religious extremism, foreign policy, and terrorism, including former Bush advisors and the official credited with creating the Justice Department's Terrorism Unit.
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President Bush Commends Israeli Prime Minister Sharon's Plan

Today's 9-11 Commission hearings

August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB)

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

USA Patriot Act of 2001

AP feature on South African elections

African National Congress

South African Independent Electoral Commission



Warren Olney