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9/11 and Terrorist Travel: A Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States Paperback – September 1, 2004
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What is particularly useful for those who have or are involved in security matters is the extensive end notes, some119 pages, that source nearly every paragraph and statement. Those interviewed, and I know several of them, were those involved in various intelligence aspects of the overall failure to piece together what was about to happen.
The authors do not try to identify scapegoats. Shortcomings of the process, of individuals, of coordination, and of various agencies are pointed out, but no overall blame is pasted on any one individual or agency. One of the highly useful sections of the report is to shoot down some of the wilder stories associated with the events, such as the alleged Mohammad Atta meeting with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague, in April 2001, a "connection" that Vice President Cheney has held on to for so long. Other issues, such as the return to Saudi of bin Laden family members and others two or three days after 9/11 are gone into.Read more ›