CIA Scrambles

Humiliated by the attack on Sept. 11, the CIA is throwing everything it has at Osama bin Laden's network, which spans more than 50 countries overseas. The agency's Counter-Terrorism Center in Langley, Va., has ballooned to 800 analysts, technicians and covert operatives, double what it was before the attack. Nearby conference rooms and snack bars have been commandeered for workstations. A financial team is feeding bank-transfer intelligence to Operation Green Quest, a Treasury Department program to block bin Laden's cash flow. Agency scientists are also using antiterror gizmos like OASIS, a computer that scans thousands of foreign TV broadcasts and plucks...

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