Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, George Tenet was asked why the C.I.A. never picked up the trail of Marwan al-Shehhi, the pilot who crashed Flight 175 into the south tower on 9/11.
Thirty months earlier, German intelligence had passed on a hot tip to the C.I.A. — the Al Qaeda terrorist's first name and phone number.
"The Germans gave us a name, Marwan — that's it — and a phone number," the director of central intelligence replied, adding: "They didn't give us a first and a last name until after 9/11, with then additional data."
For crying out loud. As one guy I know put it: "I've tracked down women across the country with a lot less information than that."
Sunday, February 29
Mo Dowd Lets Loose With A Great Line
Too bad it wasn't her own, but it's good nonetheless:
Posted by Howard Hoffman at 12:28 PM