CIA Warned of Attack Six Years Before 9/11

March 20th, 2006 by Andy in The Politics of Intelligence

CIA Warned of Attack 6 Years Before 9/11
By John Solomon
Associated Press

Six years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the CIA warned in a classified report that Islamic extremists likely would strike on U.S. soil at landmarks in Washington or New York, or through the airline industry, according to intelligence officials.

Though hauntingly prescient, the CIA’s 1995 National Intelligence Estimate did not yet name Osama bin Laden as a terrorist threat.

But within months the intelligence agency developed enough concern about the wealthy, Saudi-born militant to create a specific unit to track him and his followers, the officials told The Associated Press.

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