Documents uncover sour CIA brawl over pre-9/11 performance | Reuters

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WASHINGTON Top CIA officials fought bitterly in a years after a Sept. 11, 2001 attacks over either U.S. comprehension agencies could have finished some-more to stop a deadliest militant strikes in American history, papers expelled on Friday show.

The once-secret papers embody a some-more finish chronicle of a 2005 news by a view agency’s examiner general, that found that a CIA did not have a extensive devise or organise adequate resources to fight al Qaeda before hijacked planes strike New York’s World Trade Center and a Pentagon on 9/11.

A redacted outline of that news was initial done open in 2007.

But a papers expelled by a CIA on Friday also simulate a arguments of former CIA Director George Tenet and his lieutenants that U.S. comprehension was earnestly focussed on al Qaeda and personality Osama bin Laden.

At interest in a years-long brawl are a legacies of former tip CIA officials and a group itself.

None of a papers concentration directly on how President George W. Bush and his White House dealt with a al Qaeda hazard after holding bureau in Jan 2001. Some former officials, including Bush counter-terrorism potentate Richard Clarke, have pronounced Bush did not primarily make al Qaeda a priority.

In a exhilarated Jun 2005 minute to afterwards CIA Inspector General John Helgerson, Tenet deserted Helgerson’s vicious breeze report.

“Your news hurdles my professionalism, industry and ability in heading a group and women of U.S. comprehension in tackling terrorism,” Tenet told Helgerson.

“I did all we could to inform, advise and motivate movement to forestall harm,” he wrote. “Your news does not sincerely or accurately execute my actions, or a drastic work of a group and women of a Intelligence Community.”

After a bombings of U.S. Embassies in East Africa in 1998 and a USS Cole in Oct 2000, Tenet said, he warned President Bill Clinton “to design from 5 to fifteen attacks opposite United States’ interests.”

Tenet has formerly pronounced that he grown a devise to go after al Qaeda in 1999, and worked to boost U.S. comprehension funding, slashed during a 1990s.

“I pronounced when a executive outline was done open 8 years ago that a IG’s news was prosaic wrong,” Tenet pronounced on Friday. “Nothing in a additional element only expelled changes that visualisation in a slightest.”

The documents, that former CIA officials pulpy a group to release, embody a Jul 2005 memo from 17 tip officers of a CIA’s Counterterrorism Center encountering Helgerson’s report.

Helgerson was not immediately accessible for comment.

(Editing by Bernard Orr)

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