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December 4, 2009

NSA Drafted ‘Retrospective’ on 9/11 Failings after Attacks


The National Security Agency drafted a “9/11 Retrospective” following the 2001 attacks, according to a document recently released by the National Archives.

Although an unclassified version of the Justice Department inspector general’s report into the FBI’s performance before 9/11 was published in full in 2006 and the executive summary of a parallel report by the CIA inspector general was released in 2007, this is the first known mention of any NSA review about its failings before the attacks.

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February 10, 2009

Bamford Answers One Question: What NSA IG Report?

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 10:26 am
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A couple of weeks ago I submitted several questions to James Bamford, who was doing a public Q and A to mark the showing of a PBS Nova documentary he had helped make about an al-Qaeda communications hub in Yemen, the hiding of two of the 9/11 hijackers from the FBI by the CIA and the warrantless wiretapping controversy.

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January 21, 2009

Questions for James Bamford

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 3:22 pm
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A new documentary by author James Bamford will soon air on PBS (website here). There will also be a Q and A with him and you can submit questions. I have been trying to get in touch with Bamford for a while, so I wrote a bunch of questions and submitted them. Here they are, a bit of a mixed bag:

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October 15, 2008

Reaction to James Bamford Interview about CIA’s Protection of Almihdhar and Alhazmi

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline — kevinfenton @ 3:56 am
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Author James Bamford was recently interviewed by Amy Goodman about his new book, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America. He talked about some issues that are covered in the 9/11 Timeline’s CIA Hiding Alhazmi and Almihdhar and Yemen hub categories. The interview follows on from an article in the Congressional Quarterly and it is well worth reading the whole thing.

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