Before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the CIA failed to act on intelligence about hijackers, the FBI was unable to track al-Qaida in the United States, and key National Security Agency communications intercepts never were circulated, a congressional investigation has concluded, the Associated Press reports.
Still, AP says no evidence surfaced in the probe by the House and Senate intelligence committees to show that the government could have prevented the attacks that killed more than 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. A 900-page declassified version of the report is due out today.
The report makes clear there were ample warning signs that Osama bin Laden was planning attacks within the United States, and several opportunities to learn about the plot were missed by intelligence and law enforcement agencies. The report is filled with examples of missed connections and poor organization, which investigators blame on a government unprepared for a terrorist threat inside the United States and unwilling to take on bin Laden overseas despite ample warnings.