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CIA needs five more years to develop the capability to take on al-Qa'ida, says Tenet

The head of the CIA said yesterday it would be at least five years before the United States developed the sort of intelligence capabilities to take on terrorists such as al-Qa’ida and admitted that his agents had flatly failed to penetrate the 11 September plot. George Tenet, whose agency was criticised by the independent commission investigating the 11 September 2001 attacks, said he and his colleagues had failed those people who died in the strikes in New York and Washington. “We all understood [Osama] bin Laden’s attempt to strike the homeland. We never translated this knowledge into an effective defence of the country,” Mr Tenet testified before the commission. “No matter how hard we worked, or how desperately we tried, it was not enough. The victims and the families of 9/11 deserved better.”Full Story

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