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September 11 commission

Published on 18 Mar 2021 / In 911

1. Louis Freeh walks into hearing room
2. Wide shot of Freeh taking seat at witness table
3. Cutaway of family members of 9/11 victims
4. Freeh raises hand and takes oath
5. Cutaway of cameras
6. Cutaway of Freeh testifying
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Louis Freeh, Former FBI Director:
"The FBI, as you know, before September 11th, had three-and-a-half percent of the federal government''s anti-terrorism budget. And it''s no news to anybody that for many, many years, as your executive director recounted, the resource issue and the legal authority issue certainly limited what we were able to do before September 11th."
8. Cutaway of commission listening
9. Former US Attorney General Janet Reno takes oath
10. Cutaway of Commission Chairman Thomas Kean
11. Wide shot of Reno testifying
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Janet Reno, Former US Attorney General:
"When I came into office I learned that the FBI didn''t know what it had. We found stuff in files here that the right hand didn''t know what the left hand was doing."
13. Cutaway of audience at hearing
14. Shots of Former Acting FBI Director Thomas Pickard and Director of CIA Counterterrorism Center Cofer Black taking the oath before the commission
15. Cutaway of Thomas Kean
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pickard, Former Acting FBI Director in Summer 2001:
"As I recall, during the period between January through September 2001, the FBI received over one-thousand threats. Many of these threats had great specificity, others were very general in nature. All were taken seriously, but the volume was daunting, the increase in the chatter was by far the most serious, but it was also the most difficult to deal with. There was no specificity as to what, where and when. We knew the who, but only that it was al-Qaida."
17. Cutaway of commission
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Cofer Black, Director of CIA Counterterrorism Center:
"The bottom line here, I got to tell you, and I''ll take part of the blame on this, I kind of failed my people, despite doing everything I could. We didn''t have enough people to do the job and we didn''t have enough money by magnitudes. Unfortunately, when Americans get killed, it would translate into additional resources. It''s a constant track. Either you run out or people die and when people die, you get more money."
19. Cutaway of hearing
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Ben-Veniste, 9/11 Commission Member:
"And you told the staff, according to this statement, that Mr. Ashcroft told you he did not want to hear about this anymore. Is that correct?"
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Pickard, Former Acting FBI Director in Summer 2001
"That is correct."
22. Attorney General John Ashcroft walks into room
23. Aschroft takes oath
24. Cutaway of Thomas Kean
25. SOUNDBITE (English) John Ashcroft, US Attorney General:
"The simple fact of September 11th is this: We did not know an attack was coming because for nearly a decade, our government had blinded itself to its enemies. Our agents were isolated by government imposed walls, handcuffed by government imposed restrictions, and starved for basic information technology."
26. Wide shot of Ashcroft testifying


Some of the top US intelligence and law enforcement officials were on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on Tuesday for another day of public hearings before the federal panel investigating the 9/11 attacks.

It was a long day of swipes and counter swipes among the witnesses.

But the day began with some harsh words for the FBI by the commission.

In a staff report issued at the start of the hearing, the 9/11 commission said the FBI failed miserably, over the course of several years, to recognise and respond to the terrorist threat.

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franciscopollardo 27 days ago

Clinton caused the FBI to go downhill as he was getting his dick sucked by Monica. This does not surprise me. Bush Jr was another piece of shit. All of these people should have their wealth taken away from them and their families.

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