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U.S. Intelligence: How Smart is It?36:14

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Yesterday, Colin Powell said the Bush Administration had "lots of signs" that terrorist attacks against the United States were being planned. But intelligence agencies were unable to get enough specifics to prevent the September 11th attacks.

Melvin Goodman says the government knew that terrorists wanted to use commercial airlines as flying bombs as early as 1995. But complacency and fundamental flaws in our intelligence system left the nation vulnerable.


Melvin Goodman, Professor of National Security at the National War College;
Robert Steele, author of On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World

This program aired on October 3, 2001.

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