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9/11 panel blasts CIA's, FBI's lapses in coming report

More than a year before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, an FBI informant in San Diego had ”numerous” contacts with two of the suicide hijackers and gave their first names to his handler at the bureau, according to a congressional report on U.S. intelligence lapses that is scheduled to be released Thursday. Nevertheless, federal law enforcement officials said Monday that the FBI agent involved in the matter never pursued Khalid Al-Midhar and Nawaf Alhazmi or sought their full names because the pair did nothing to arouse suspicion. When a CIA warning to the FBI about a month before the attacks included the men’s full names and said they were suspected terrorists who could be in the USA, FBI officials in Washington sent the names only to the bureau’s counterterrorism offices in New York and Los Angeles. Full Story

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