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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Friday, June 10, 2005

The Inspector General's Unclassified and Redacted Report on the FBI's Performance re: 9-11-01

In July 2004 the Department of Justice's Office of Inspector General (OIG) completed its 328page A Review of the FBI's Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the September 11 Attacks. The public release of the report was delayed because of objections raised by attorneys for Zacarias Moussaoui. The report had several references to Moussaoui. On June 7, 2005, the OIG petitioned the District Court to release the report with references to Moussaoui redacted. After the Moussaoi case is over, the OIG intends to release the unclassified and unredacted report. The entire report, classified Top Secret and in the Sensitive Compartmented Information compartment, will not be publicly released.

The report linked above has six chapters:
  1. Introduction (including the OIG investigation and organization of the report)
  2. Background (including a description of the FBI's organizational structure with respect to international terrorism; a discussion of the wall between intelligence and criminal terrorism investigations; and the process for obtaining a Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant
  3. The FBI's handling of the Phoenix electronic communication and other information relating to use of airplanes in terrorist attacks
  4. REDACTED IN ITS ENTIRETY (Probably pertaining to the surveillance and investigation of Zacarias Moussaoui and his associates)
  5. Two September 11 hijackers: Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi (including the OIG's analysis of the FBI's handling of intelligence concerning al-Hihdhar and al-Hazmi)
  6. Recommendations and Conclusions


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