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Agencies failed to grasp pre-Sept. 11 terrorist threat, lawmakers find

U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and FBI, share the blame for failing to “disrupt” the Sept. 11 attacks by keeping would-be terrorists out of the country or trying to unravel their plot, according a congressional report released Thursday. Those agencies possessed a wealth of information stretching back years about terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, his associates and their activities. Still, none of the intelligence indicated the exact time, location and method of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to the nearly 900-page joint House-Senate document, which is the most exhaustive account to date about what the government knew and when about bin Laden and his plans to attack the United States. But the congressional investigators concluded that the intelligence agencies, including the FBI, “too often failed to focus on that information and consider and appreciate its collective significance in terms of a probable terrorist attack.” Full Story

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