Seventh Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Staff Statement No. 2: Three 9/11 Hijackers: Identification, January 26, 2004 [open pdf - 53KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commisssion, Seventh Public Hearing: Staff Statement No. 2: Three 9/11 Hijackers: Identification, January 26, 2004
The seventh public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was held January 26-27, 2004 in Washington, DC. The two-day investigative hearing developed facts and circumstances relating to border and aviation security, two central aspects of the Commission's mandate. The focus of this Staff Statement is on "Three 9/11 Hijackers: Identification, Watchlisting, and Tracking." The following is an excerpt from the introduction: "The Congressional Joint Inquiry highlighted this story as one of failed opportunities to put these suspected terrorists on a watchlist to prevent them from entering the United States. Therefore the lesson learned, as Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet put it, was to do a better job of putting people on the watchlist, to correct what he called 'a weakness in our internal training and an inconsistent understanding of watchlist thresholds.' We believe the portrayal of this story as a 'watchlisting' failure may literally be true. But we think this label is profoundly misleading. [...] We suggest instead that the watchlisting failure was just one symptom of a larger intelligence failure. The failure raises questions for the Commission about the CIA's and the Intelligence Community's management of transnational intelligence operations."
Staff Statement No. 2
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