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CIA Inquiry on 9/11 Says Agency Lacked Counterterorrism Plan

22 August 2007

A newly released report by the inspector general for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says the former head of the agency failed to develop an effective counterterrorism strategy before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

CIA Director Michael Hayden released a summary of the 2005 report Tuesday in response to a law passed by Congress earlier this month.

The report said former CIA director George Tenet bears responsibility for the fact that no strategic plan was created. It recommended the agency consider disciplining Tenet and other top officials, though Hayden said he has rejected that recommendation.

The report also said CIA officials did not effectively use funds allocated for counterterrorism activities, and moved some of that money to other unrelated agency programs.

Tenet issued a statement Tuesday calling the report's findings "flat wrong."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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