Agencies should have communicated

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 24, 2003

It seems a failure to communicate played a role in the Sept. 11 tragedies.

Based on a congressional report released Thursday, America’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies had clues about the plot, but could not – or would not – share tips with one another.

Both the FBI and CIA officials claim their respective agencies have taken steps to correct related shortcomings. Nonetheless, the damage has been done.


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Those attacks quickly became the foundation of all that’s happening in the world today. They were the catalyst that triggered President George W. Bush’s ‘war on terrorism.’ Now, more than 2-1/2 years later, America is embroiled in a deadly war against Iraq.

All this because of needless oversights and tight-lipped government agencies unwilling to divulge information with &uot;players&uot; that are supposedly on the same team.

Who knows? A little cooperation and sharing of data might have resulted in the capture of two particular Saudi hijackers and prevented – or at least minimized – the effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Or maybe it wouldn’t have made a difference.

But if nothing else, at least our federal law enforcement agencies would look a little less silly and petty to the rest of the world today.