The witness, former FBI agent Erik Rigler, was questioned about a Justice Department report that he said criticized the CIA for keeping intelligence about two known al-Qaida terrorist operatives in the United States from the FBI for more than a year.Again, this was the part of the testimony that the Feds knew would be embarassing and was the purported reason for one of the Fed lawyers getting in the judge's face by coaching some witnesses. It's hard to nail Moussaoui without also bringing to light the missed opportunities that authorities had before the attack.
The two were among the 19 suicide hijackers on 9/11. The report said they had been placed on a watch list in Thailand in January 2000, but not on a U.S. list until August 2001.
The prosecution asked Rigler if anything in the report linked the pair specifically to a civil aviation plot. Rigler said no, but the report's thrust was about their preparations for what turned out to be the 9/11 attacks, and their ability to elude federal agents.
'That's why they came here,' he said. 'They didn't come for Disney.'
Monday, March 27, 2006
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