Agent: Profiling Worry Limited Terror Probe


The Phoenix FBI agent who warned that Osama bin Laden was using flight schools to train terrorists two months before the Sept. 11 attacks says “they are going to try and hit us again,” the Arizona Republic reports. In his first interview since his now famous memo was written, Ken Williams told The Arizona Republic that, “If you look at the world prior to 9/11, we were prevented from doing certain things. We were victimized by our own restraints.” Before the attacks, Williams said there was a deep concern over racial profiling – or targeting a class of people for investigation because of ethnicity – that stopped some from acting on his recommendations.

Williams said he never blamed supervisors for what has been described as an intelligence failure. “Intelligence is not an exact science,” he said. “I tell people it is like drinking from a fire hydrant.”


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