Could the US have prevented the attacks on September 11? It depends on whom you ask, but a new report out today does address communication issues and what could have been done differently. Copies of the much-anticipated Congressional 9/11 inquiry report were released today. The 900-page document offers declassified information about what it calls intelligence failures between the CIA and FBI that led up to the attacks. But the report does not lay the blame on any one agency or event that could have prevented the attacks in the first place.
Here are some of the findings. The report says while agents knew terrorists were planning an attack, they did not know its time, place, or nature. They knew since 1994 that terrorists were planning to use planes as weapons. The report says the CIA had significant information about two terrorists, but sat on the information for a year and a half and did not add their names to the government's watch list. The report also says the FBI office in San Diego and the CIA both had information on two of the terrorists, but did not share that information with each other.
Will the report offer answers to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families? We spoke with Pamela Oglesby, a Savannah woman will never forget that day, about what she's looking for. Oglesby's sister worked on the 61st floor of the World Trade Center. She was there the morning of September 11, 2001, when the towers were attacked. Oglesby was left to wonder if she was alive.
"That one and a half to two hours that we spent not knowing, I think, had to have been the worst time of my life," she said.
For Oglesby, the good news finally came. She knows others were not as fortunate. Now, she's hoping they can all find some answers in a new report on the 9/11 investigation.
"Having someone in my immediate family in a mess like that makes you want to know what happened there. I would like to look at it," she said.
If you'd like to read the report for yourself, it's available online at the Congressional Reports database.