The Insider: Daily Terrorism Report

— A more communicative relationship between the FBI and CIA might have uncovered the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist plot, the commission investigating the attacks said Tuesday, listing a series of missed opportunities and systemic failures leading up to the attacks, news wires reported today. Today's report, the ninth in a series of staff statements by the 9-11 Commission, was devoted to law enforcement, counterterrorism and intelligence collection in the United States before the Sept. 11 attacks. Former FBI, Justice Department and counterterrorism chiefs, including former Attorney General Janet Reno, former FBI director Louis Freeh and Attorney General John Ashcroft testified in front of the 10-member panel on Tuesday. Tomorrow, CIA director George Tenet will be the first witness to testify in front of the panel.



9/11 Commission

'Deficient' FBI Unable to Prevent Terror Attacks

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation was ill-equipped to prevent terrorist attacks prior to September 11, hobbled by both legal and resource constraints and by its own failures to carry out overdue reforms, the commission investigating the attacks reported on Tuesday.

(Financial Times)

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. (Reuters)

Ashcroft's Pre-9/11 Priorities Scrutinized

Attorney General John D. Ashcroft will face sharp questioning Tuesday from the panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks about whether terrorism received low priority on his agenda in 2001. (Washington Post)

Commission Seeks Author of Brief Interview with CIA analyst requested. (Washington Post)

Staff Statements from 9-11 Commission hearings (9-11 Commission)

Saudi Arabia Four Saudi policemen killed north of Riyadh

Officer, three policemen killed by armed men at Um Sedrah checkpoint between Riyadh and Qassim district. (Middle East Online)

U.S. Embassy Urges Vigilance After Riyadh Clashes The U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia urged American citizens Tuesday to be on alert, a day after a policeman and a suspected militant were killed in a fierce clash in Riyadh. (Reuters)

Militant, Security Officer Killed in Riyadh Clash

A security officer was killed and a militant gunned down during a clash in an eastern neighborhood of Riyadh yesterday evening, an Interior Ministry official said. (Arab News)


Report: Madrid Terrorists Planned to Attack Jewish Targets

Suspected Islamist terrorists who bombed four suburban trains in the Madrid region on March 11 also planned to attack a Jewish assembly house and cemetery, the Spanish daily El Mundo reported Tuesday. (Ha'aretz)

Pakistan Tribes Accused Of Aiding Al Qaeda A Pakistani army cordon tightening around their mud-brick compounds, leaders of a tribe along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border say they are desperate to avoid bloodshed as a deadline to turn over al Qaeda suspects rapidly draws near. (AP)

Jirga Meets Wanted Tribesmen

The all-tribes jirga has met local supporters of al Qaeda in South Waziristan Agency to ask them to surrender to the government, a tribal elder told Daily Times on Monday. (Daily Times — Pakistan)



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