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.