CIA delivers 9/11 intelligence report to congressional panel

Associated Press
Published August 24, 2005

WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Porter Goss personally delivered to Congress the findings of the agency's inspector general report on the Sept. 11 attacks, opening a debate about how much of the highly classified and critical document should be made public.

The report, which congressional officials had yet to review Tuesday evening, is a chronicle of actions taken by individuals and the CIA bureaucracy before the attacks nearly four years ago.

The findings are expected to highlight failures of specific individuals, according to present and former government officials speaking on condition of anonymity. Goss had told Congress earlier that people scrutinized in the report had been given an opportunity to review it and respond.

The CIA declined to comment on the report's substance, as did the newly created office of the national intelligence director, which oversees all 15 U.S. spy agencies.

The long-anticipated report spanning hundreds of pages was commissioned in December 2002 by a House and Senate panel investigating the attacks.

The joint congressional panel didn't assign personal culpability in its findings but asked inspectors general at the CIA and other national security agencies to look into whether anyone in government should be held accountable.

The report was delivered to Goss in July. California Rep. Jane Harman, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, questioned for weeks why it hadn't been delivered to Congress, saying the delay fed "the suspicion that maybe people are covering it up."

On Tuesday, Goss himself delivered the report to Congress.