5,273. 7/24/2003

Regarding the July 24, 2003, Final Declassified Report of the Joint Inquiry, which investigated the intelligence failures that led to 9/11: “While [CIA Director George] Tenet had spoken of ‘war’ against bin Laden and the CIA had developed a secret strategy known cryptically as ‘the Plan’ for dealing with him, ‘the CIA’s actual efforts to carry out covert action against [bin Laden] in Afghanistan prior to September 11, 2001 were limited and do not appear to have significantly hindered [al Qaeda’s] ability to operate,’ the committee wrote.”

 – Susan Schmidt and David Von Drehle, “9/11 Probe Finds Multiple Failures,” The Washington Post, July 25, 2003

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