Posted by at March 11, 2003 11:09 AM
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This is very much what I've been saying all along. Last year, when the joint Congressional intelligence panel assigned to investigate lapses issued its report, reporters focused on the fact that we had received 12 -- 12! -- intelligence warnings concerning the use of airplanes as terrorist weapons over a seven year period.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who's actually read intel reports on a regular basis who found that to be comical.

The panel's report noted that "these reports represented a small percentage of the threat information that the Intelligence Community obtained during this period, most of which pointed to the possibility of attacks against U.S. interests overseas."

I was not able to find any reference to that passage in any of the reporting on the panel's findings.

Posted by: Bill Herbert at March 11, 2003 05:35 PM

You know who's been downright rotten with this stuff? Arianna Huffington. She's gone on and on about how everyone ignored the Hart/Rudman report ... but I once did a Dow Jones & Google search to see if she had EVER mentioned the thing in her twice-a-week column before Sept. 11 ... and guess what I found?

Posted by: Matt Welch at March 11, 2003 05:59 PM

Thanks for the credit, I mention belatedly. In return I will give you the tip of my Secret Method of reading The New Yorker (well, chunks of it) a week before you do: I use this newfangled "interntetted webbie" thingamajig. The damned thing is a wonder!

And it's free! (It also doesn't give you the whole magazine, but one can't have everything because, you know, one does not have room.)

Stuff is posted long before the print version is sent out; it usually refreshes on Mondays.

Posted by: Gary Farber at March 13, 2003 04:58 AM
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