*caveat emptor* not flushed for disinfo-see source: I post this only because if this is true, then why did Bush give Tenet a medal of freedom?(the same medal given to MLK, JR.)

Mind wide open.

A CIA internal review of the agency's performance prior to 9/11 is harshly critical of former CIA Director George Tenet, former Director of Operations James Pavitt, and the former chief of the Counterterrorist Center, Cofer Black, for not doing everything possible to confront terrorism.

Pavitt, who was reluctant to take on risky missions against bin Laden encouraged by the National Security Council during the second term of President Bill Clinton, is particularly criticized. The report, completed by CIA Inspector General John Helgerson, is especially acerbic regarding the failure of the agency to stop two of the 9/11 hijackers, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, as they entered the United States.

Black did not share information on the two men with the FBI agents assigned to the Counterterrorist Center at the CIA and also turned down a request for a formal memorandum to be sent to FBI Headquarters. The report will be finalized and given to Congress after those criticized in it add their own comments. Pavitt, as head of the Operations Directorate, has publicly accepted full responsibility for the agency's failure, but Black has not acknowledged any deficiencies in his performance. Tenet has not yet responded.

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA Officer, is a partner in Cannistraro Associates.
(american conservative magazine)


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