Should the FBI Take the Fall for 9-11?

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Former FBI Director Louis Freeh and former Attorney General Janet Reno got their turns to give sworn testimony to the 9-11 Commission today, as the Commission staff accused the FBI of failing for years to recognize and deal with the threat of terrorism. The toughest critique of the FBI is contained in the report of the 9-11 Commission staff. It talks about internal strife, outmoded computers and a communication system so weak, that -analysts didn-t know what they didn-t know.- Why did the Bureau fail to -connect the dots?- Did it lack resources and legal authority? Does the US need a new, domestic intelligence agency like Britain-s MI5? We hear how the former officials reacted to the charges, and get some informed comment from former FBI agents and agency critics.
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9-11 Commission

Former FBI Director Freeh's submitted testimony

Former AG Reno's submitted testimony

AG Ashcroft's submitted testimony

August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB)

Meyer's article on FBI's response to PDB

Annenberg Survey on affect of early TV adds on Bush, Kerry presidential campaigns

LA Times article on effectiveness of early political TV advertising



Warren Olney