The CIA: What The Spies Know

When CIA chief George Tenet made his first public testimony since Sept. 11 last Wednesday, it was in front of a pretty tough crowd. Delivering his annual "threat assessment" to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Tenet faced a longtime critic, Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, who asked him, "Why were we utterly unaware of planning and execution of the Sept. 11 attacks?" Tenet bristled and tried to rebut, but his answers raised new questions in three crucial areas.

PENETRATING AL-QAEDA: Tenet's toughest moment came when Senator John Roberts said his constituents at a Dodge City, Kans., coffee shop wanted to know why John...

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