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Missed Opportunities to Capture Osama bin Laden

Wednesday, 06 September 2006 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON -- The authors of the 9/11 Commission magnanimously reported: "We write with the benefit and handicap of hindsight. We are mindful of the danger of being unjust to men and women who made choices in conditions of uncertainty and in circumstances over which they often had little control."

Time and again, the United States missed opportunities to take out Osama bin Laden, and possibly al-Qaida, prior to 9/11.

Here are several of the missed opportunities to stop bin Laden prior to the devastating attacks of 9/11:

Of course, there is no assurance that taking out bin Laden would have prevented 9/11.

At the very beginning of his administration in 2000, President Bush reportedly asked the CIA whether killing bin Laden would end the problem of terrorism. He was advised that killing the al-Qaida chieftain would have an impact, but wouldn't end the threat. The 9/11 Commission also catalogued a series of tragic errors that occurred in the days counting down to 9/11.

Key case in point: Zacarias Moussaoui aroused suspicion for seeking fast-track training on how to pilot large jet airliners. He was arrested on Aug. 16, 2001, for violations of immigration regulations.

In late August, officials in the intelligence community also realized that terrorists spotted in Southeast Asia in January 2000 had arrived in the United States. Among them were some of the 9/11 hijackers.

Tragically, no one working on these leads late in the summer of 2001 connected them to the high level of threats being reported.

As the commission summarized it, "In the words of one official, no analytic work foresaw the lightning that could connect the thundercloud to the ground."

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