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9/11 Panel Faults U.S. For Letting Hijackers In

The U.S. government fumbled repeated opportunities to stop many of the men responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks from entering the country, missing fraudulent passports and other warning signs that should have attracted greater scrutiny, according to a preliminary report released yesterday. The new findings by the independent commission investigating the terrorist strikes stand in marked contrast to the contentions of many senior U.S. officials, who for more than two years have portrayed the 19 hijackers as law-abiding travelers who did little to attract government suspicion and who, in nearly all cases, entered or resided in the country legally. Yesterday’s report disclosed that as many as eight of the hijackers carried passports that “showed evidence of fraudulent manipulation,” while as many as five of the passports had “suspicious indicators.” The report did not identify the details missed by authorities. Full Story

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