Thursday, February 10, 2005

NYT Has a Classified 9-11 Report

The New York Times has managed to acquire an unedited version of the 9-11 report, and it's incredibly critical of the FAA. President Bush has kept large portions of the commission's findings classified for over five months -- against the wishes of the authors. Now, we get our first glimpse at the reasons why.

From April 2001 to September 10th, the FAA received 52 intelligence reports from their security branch indicating a potential threat from Osama Bin Laden. Those represented half of the total intelligence reports during that time. Perhaps more damaging was the content of the individual reports. Five indicated specifically dealt with Al-Qaeda training in hijackings, while two focused on suicide operations.

The report was exceedingly blunt in its assessment of FAA policy in the months leading up to 9-11:

Throughout 2001, the senior leadership of the F.A.A. was focused on congestion and delays within the system and the ever-present issue of safety, but they were not as focused on security
The question at this point becomes what else is locked away at the President's request? What other damning information has he kept hidden from the public eye? How else has he, his administration and their appointees failed the American public?

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