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9/11 Panel Points to Missed Chances

Publicizing Threat Might Have Halted ‘Jumpy’ Hijackers. The commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has concluded that the hijackers would probably have postponed their strike if the U.S. government had announced the arrest of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 or had publicized fears that he intended to hijack jetliners. A report on the case released this week noted that “publicity about the threat” posed by Moussaoui “might have disrupted the plot.” Commission Chairman Thomas H. Kean (R) said the conclusion is based in part on extensive psychological profiles of the Sept. 11 hijackers, who were “very careful and very jumpy.” “Everything had to go right for them,” Kean said. “Had they felt that one of them had been discovered, there is evidence it would have been delayed.” Full Story

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