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Ashcroft Said to Limit Counterterror Funds

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft denied extra funding to counter terrorism in 2001, the commission on the Sept. 11 attacks heard on Tuesday, as the panel leveled stinging criticism at the Justice Department and the FBI for failing to meet the growing threat from al Qaeda. Thomas Pickard, who was acting FBI director in the summer of 2001, said that on May 10 of that year, Ashcroft issued budget guidelines for the coming period. “The additional funds we were looking for on counterterrorism were denied,” Pickard said. He appealed the decision but added, “On September 12, (the day after the attacks) I read a denial of that appeal from the attorney general.” Full Story

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