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FBI Whistle-Blower Says Agency Still Ill-Prepared

The FBI whistle-blower who blamed the bureau for mishandling warning signs before the Sept. 11 attacks is now accusing the agency of being ill-prepared to deal with attacks sparked by a possible war with Iraq. In a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller, excerpts of which were published in The New York Times on Thursday, Coleen Rowley told the director he had a responsibility to warn the White House that the bureau would not be able to “stem the flood of terrorism” that could result from an attack on Iraq. Rowley shocked the bureau with a scathing 13-page letter to Mueller last May in which she questioned his handling of information. She also accused FBI headquarters of hampering field agents from fully investigating Zacarias Moussaoui, the man officials believe intended to be the 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “We should be deluding neither ourselves nor the American people that there is any way the FBI, despite the various improvements that you are implementing, will be able to stem the flood of terrorism that will likely head our way in the wake of an attack on Iraq,” Rowley, who is in the FBI’s Minneapolis field office but is not a counterterrorism specialist, said in her latest letter. Full Story

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