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9/11 Panel: CIA Could Have Unveiled Plot

The CIA missed the big-picture significance of “tell-tale indicators” of impending terrorist attacks, partly because of its culture of a piecemeal approach to intelligence analysis, a federal panel probing the Sept. 11 attacks said Wednesday. With the commission holding a second day of hearings on U.S. intelligence leading up to the 2001 hijackings, preliminary findings from the panel’s latest report concluded that a more detailed look at clues prior to Sept. 11 could have unveiled the plot behind the attacks. A more strategic analysis could have identified that the plot might require suicide hijackers who would take flight courses, the commission said. Establishing such “tell-tale indicators” could have raised red flags following a July 2001 FBI report of terrorist interest in aircraft training in Arizona, and the August 2001 arrest of terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui because of suspicious behavior in a Minnesota flight school, it said. Full Story

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