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FBI Official Calls 9/11 Views a 'Pile of Manure'

A top FBI official on Monday dismissed as a “pile of manure” the view that another huge attack like the one on Sept. 11, 2001, can be thwarted if only the FBI simply “reads the tea leaves” correctly. “Anybody who thinks that … some horrible event like that couldn’t happen again if the FBI just reads the tea leaves right, that is a pile of manure to me,” FBI Assistant Director Michael Mason said in a wide-ranging news briefing. Mason, who was named recently to head the FBI’s Washington field office, said key signs often did not become apparent until after an incident had been perpetrated and that the “dots are not self-evident” at the time. Congressional investigators have sharply criticized the FBI for failing “to connect the dots” by missing a number of possible clues that might have prevented the hijacked plane attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Full Story

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