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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
More Of The Same: CIA Inspector General Report on 9/11 Intelligence FailuresThe CIA's IG report on pre-9/11 intelligence failures has been released (in unclassified summary form). It's more of the same thing we've been hearing for the last six years -- no accountability, no individuals are to blame. It's a tired, old tune. When a pizza doesn't get delivered in 30 minutes or less, someone gets fired. Yet, six years on, no one has been fired for any single accountability in the September 11 fiasco. Some excerpts are below, and the full document is here.
The Review Team found that Agency officers from the top down worked hard against the al-Qa'ida and Usama Bin Ladin (UBL) targets. They did not always work effectively and cooperatively, however. The Team found neither a "single point of failure" nor a "silver bullet" that would have enabled the Intelligence Community (IC) to predict or prevent the 9/11 attacks. The Team did find, however, failures to implement and manage important processes, to follow through with operations, and to properly share and analyze critical data. If IC officers had been able to view and analyze the full range of information available before 11 September 2001, they could have developed a more informed context in which to assess the threat reporting of the spring and summer that year. (...)
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