1,020. 4/15/1997

“The [April] 1997 update of the [July] 1995 [National Intelligence Estimate] did not discuss new intelligence [on Bin Ladin]…The only reference to Bin Ladin was this sentence: ‘Iran and its surrogates, as well as terrorist financier Usama Bin Ladin and his followers, have stepped up their threats and surveillance of US facilities abroad in what also may be a portent of possible additional attacks in the United States.’ Bin Ladin was mentioned in only two other sentences in the six-page report. The al Qaeda organization was not mentioned. The 1997 update was the last national estimate on the terrorism danger completed before 9/11.” [The 15th of the month is used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – 9/11 Commission, The 9/11 Commission Report, Pages 341-342

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