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CIA watchdog: Agency failed to deal with al-Qaeda pre-2001

The CIA's top leaders failed to use their available powers, never developed a comprehensive plan to stop al-Qaeda and missed crucial opportunities to thwart two hijackers in the run-up to Sept. 11, 2001, the agency's watchdog concluded in a report completed in June 2005, but only declassified Tuesday.

 

"The agency and its officers did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner," but there was no "single point of failure or silver bullet" that would have prevented the mass casualties,  CIA Inspector General John Helgerson found. (AP)