News reports indicate that U.S. defense intelligence officials knew for more than a year that four of the hijackers were part of an al-Qaida cell but failed to tell law enforcement. Here are a few paragraphs from an AP report:
Rep. Curt Weldon, a Pennsylvania Republican who serves as vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, said a classified military intelligence unit known as "Able Danger" identified the men in 1999.
That's an earlier link to al-Qaida than any previously disclosed intelligence about Atta if the information, which Weldon said came from multiple intelligence sources, is true.
A group of 9/11 widows called the September 11th Advocates issued a statement Wednesday saying they were "horrified" to learn that further possible evidence exists, and they are disappointed the 9/11 Commission report is "incomplete and illusory."
Someone needs to determine who was running this defense intelligence operation and ask them 1) how they could have failed to keep Atta and his cohorts under surveillance, or 2) if they did have them under surveillance, how they could have failed to sound an alarm about their plans for 9/11, or 3) if they did sound an alarm, how their superiors responded when they received this information.