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Disclosures Put F.B.I.'s Actions Under Scrutiny

New disclosures about the warnings President Bush received before Sept. 11, 2001, are fueling a central question for the commission investigating the attacks on that date: What exactly was the F.B.I. doing that summer to deter an attack by Al Qaeda on American soil? The answer, Mr. Bush said on Sunday, was that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating known links to Osama bin Laden in the United States, with 70 active cases reported that summer. “That’s great, that’s what we expect the F.B.I. to do,” he told reporters. Critics of the F.B.I., however, say the bureau missed numerous opportunities to head off the attacks. Agents that summer were tracking tantalizing leads that included a suspicious flight student in Minneapolis, an ominous warning in Phoenix and a phone call to a United States embassy in the Middle East. Full Story

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