Did CIA-FBI turf war fail to avert 9/11?
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 09:16
  
London: The US may have missed opportunities to prevent 9/11 due to a turf war between the CIA and the FBI, a British parliamentarian has claimed.

Tory MP David Davis claimed the rival US agencies spent over 12 months arguing about who should tap Afghanistan's phone system. As a result, nothing was in place to monitor calls before terror attacks killed nearly 3,000 people Sep 11, 2001, the Sun reported Wednesday.

"The FBI and CIA spent more than a year fighting over who should be in charge," he said.

Davis made the claims under parliamentary privilege in the Commons.

But the plan, Operation Foxden, was delayed by a turf war, during which "the FBI and the CIA spent more than a year fighting over who should be in charge", Davis said.

The operation was eventually given the green light on Sep 8, 2001 - barely three days before the al Qaeda attacks. "A huge opportunity was missed," he said.

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First Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 20:11


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