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Panel Probes Tip on Sept. 11 Hijacker

The federal commission reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks is examining whether the United States failed to aggressively track one of the hijackers after obtaining his first name and phone number more than two years before the attacks. The tip, received in March 1999, appears to be one of the earliest signs that U.S. officials had about one of the 2001 hijackers. It also may have represented a missed chance for U.S. intelligence to uncover a terror cell in Germany that was a key element of the hijacking plot. “The commission has been actively investigating the issue for some time,” Philip Zelikow, executive director of the Sept. 11 commission, said Monday. “I’m not going to comment on the progress of our investigation, but the Hamburg cell and what was known about the plotters” is an important part of the review, he said. Full Story

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