Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US


In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, government authorities, Congress, and the public wanted to know whether the U.S. intelligence community and President George W. Bush had had any warning of the attacks and whether steps could have been taken to prevent them. Those who later concluded that the attacks were the result of intelligence failures and a lack of a sense of urgency on the president's part point to the record of an intelligence briefing the president received on August 6, 2001, a little more than a month before the attacks. This document was declassified and made public on April 10, 2004, at the urging of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, commonly referred to as the 9/11 Commission. Supporters of the president, who had been in office less than seven months, argued that the document was vague and that it indicated that investigations were under way—and thus that there was little more the...

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Collage of images of Osama bin Laden and terrorist attacks (Library of Congress)

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