No single piece of information could have prevented the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, not even an FBI informant who became acquainted with two of the hijackers, a congressional report says, according to the Associated Press.
The unidentified informant was with Khalid Almihdhar and Nawaf Alhazmi in San Diego during the summer of 2000 but never suspected they were terrorists, the report said. Almihdhar and Alhazmi had been linked by U.S. intelligence to possible terrorist activity, but that information apparently had not been shared with the FBI, the report said. Nothing the two men did in the presence of the informant aroused suspicion.
The report is scheduled for release Thursday. Blacked out is a 28-page section that officials say criticizes Saudi Arabia’s government and details its lack of interest in tackling Muslim extremism.
Officials say blame is spread across the federal government, from the failure by the CIA and other intelligence agencies to share information to the failure by the FBI to focus attention on a burgeoning terrorist threat inside U.S. borders.