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Sept. 11 Panel Writes to al-Qaida Leaders

The Sept. 11 commission has submitted written questions about the 2001 attacks to al-Qaida detainees and expects to receive responses soon, the panel’s vice chairman said Wednesday. Under an arrangement negotiated with the Bush administration, the bipartisan panel was given access to classified intelligence reports on government interrogations of the detainees in U.S. custody, Lee Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman, said in an interview. After reviewing them, the commission came up with questions for the detainees to try to fill in gaps regarding the hijacking plot, he said. Hamilton declined to characterize the nature of the information the panel sought or which al-Qaida members it targeted. The commission in the past has expressed interest in getting information from Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind, and other suspected leaders behind the attacks. Full Story

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