Originally Posted by drewprof
Report: France knew of al-Qaida hijack plot
France knew al-Qaida planned hijack - International Terrorism - MSNBC.com
Wow, Botnst is going to have a field day about the French not telling us of this threat.
oops my bad, the article mentions that the CIA was informed
, in addition the French had INFILTRATED al Qaeda while our boys from the CIA all they could do is gather intelligence by reading newspapers. Why did we not have people in the field doing what any intelligence agency worth its salt is supposed to do? My other question is did the CIA take the French seriously and why not?"Le Monde said the French report of January 2001 had been handed over to a CIA operative in Paris, but that no mention of it had ever been made in the official U.S. September 11 Commission, which produced its findings in July 2004."
As was abundantly detailed in the 9/11 Commission Report (which I have read twice in it's entirity), the anti-terrorism folks in government receive credible information frequently. Not all threats are equally probably. Not all threats are equally important. Not every reported threat is actionable. Al Qaeda and others continually probe our defensive systems at home and abroad. All it takes is one ommission in defense to have consequences.
What I got from the 9/11 Report was that the then A.G., Ashcroft, was the one person best positioned to put together the info from within FBI and with the PDB info which he received. ashcroft failed to do the one job that is most important for any member of government and the result is as we see. Other people were also somehwat in the know and failed to one degree or another, but only Ashcroft potentially had the whole picture and in sufficient detail to understand it all. Worse (IMO) he may actually have inhibited others from putting it all together by his own bureaucratic and political ambitions.
Finally, governments share intelligence information for a variety of reasons. They never do it without an eye to influence. Some countries are more interested in influencing the USA than others. One of the most important duties of the State Department is to accurately assess and describe the motivations and veracity of information coming from other nations. That is combined with CIA analysis to provide the Executive with the best analysis that they can. But they too, can fail and history is full of examples of that.
And then there's always the CIA failures -- fall of the USSR, "slam-dunk" WMD, etc.
The wonder isn't that something gets through and kills Americans; the wonder is that there is any effective countermeasure launched.