CIA director George Tenet tells the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks that his agency was focused on the threat posed by Osama bin Laden as early as 1996.
CIA Director George Tenet gives testimony to the national commission investigating U.S. anti-terrorist policies before Sept. 11, 2001. Tenet, the Central Intelligence director for President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, says U.S. intelligence agencies did a poor job of integrating available intelligence on terrorist threats.
Also Wednesday, Richard Clarke, who served as the top White House counter-terrorism official under three presidents, says George W. Bush's administration did not give high priority to terrorist threats in its first seven months, despite Clarke's urgings.
Clark said that although terrorism was given extraordinarily high priority in the Clinton administration, both administrations disregarded his recommendation to use more robust military action against al Qaeda and the Taliban in the years and months before the attacks.