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Future of FBI at stake as it faces 9/11 inquiry

The future of the FBI will be at stake today when its past and present directors are expected to face stiff questioning by a national commission of inquiry into a string of blunders in the effort to track down al-Qaida cells in the US before September 11 2001. The hearings come amid suggestions from some commission members that it might recommend transferring counter-terrorism duties from the FBI to a new domestic intelligence agency modelled on MI5. The attorney-general, John Ashcroft, will be asked why he cut $58m (£32m) from the FBI’s counter-terrorism budget on September 10 2001, and why he did not include counter-terrorism on a list of justice department priorities that he drew up after he took office. Full Story

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