The Intelligence Community Failed Massively
Especially under Clinton. Hence 9/11. That's the present narrative, right?
Well, hold on a moment:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. intelligence report in 1995 raised the possibility of a foreign terrorist attack inside the United States and a 1997 update named Osama bin Laden, U.S. intelligence officials said on Friday in trying to offset a highly critical report from the Sept. 11 commission.
A National Intelligence Estimate in 1995 said "there probably would be a foreign terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland and it highlighted civil aviation as a particular vulnerability," an intelligence official said.
It also warned about possible attacks by Islamic extremists against national symbols such as the White House, the Capitol, and centers of commerce such as Wall Street, officials said.
NIE reports are a compilation of material from multiple intelligence agencies, The 1995 report, "The Foreign Terrorist Threat in the United States," which is still classified, did not mention bin Laden.
A 1997 update to that report referred to bin Laden in the key points on page one and said his threats overseas could be a prelude to an attack by the al Qaeda leader and his followers inside the United States, intelligence officials said.