PENTTBOM, the FBI’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, continues with a staff of 10 in the basement of the J. Edgar Hoover Building, reports the Washington Post. “The victims are really what keep us going,” said Joan Marie Turchiano, 34, who was named to head the team this year. “We want to see it through. We’ve been here since the beginning, and we’d like to see some sort of finality.” Initially with more than 70 staff members, the team chased more than a quarter-million leads in the months after the attacks. FBI agents have conducted more than 180,000 interviews, and reviewed millions of pages of immigration records, parking receipts, airline manifests, al Qaeda membership rolls, interrogation transcripts, and other documents.
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III says the team’s job is to “find the needle in a haystack. . . . You spend most of your time disproving the theories that people are postulating.” As the independent commission investigating the attacks prepares to reveal its findings about the plot tomorrow, FBI team leaders say investigators have identified new al Qaeda associates, helped prevent attacks and shed light on how the terror network functions. PENTTBOM agents comb through daily military and CIA intelligence reports; work closely with prosecutors in the Zacarias Moussaoui case; and analyze interrogation reports from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and other U.S. facilities where suspected al Qaeda operatives are being held.