How To Fix Our Intelligence

The CIA and FBI desperately need to be reformed to deter the next 9/11. But are they and the Administration willing to change?

Maybe it's just as well that in those frightening days after Sept. 11 the nation didn't know what was in the CIA's files about terrorist plots to hijack a plane and fly it into the Eiffel Tower. Or about the secret memos that had been rocketing back and forth between intelligence agencies with titles like "Bin Laden Planning High-Profile Attacks" and "Islamic Extremist Learns to Fly." Or that CIA chief George Tenet looked around in the summer of 2001 and saw that "the system was blinking red." Or that the FBI's chief of counterterrorism said he wished he had 500 analysts...

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