9/11 terrorist attacks: CIA declassifies its documents
CIA has released to the public declassified versions of five internal documents related to the Agency's performance in the lead-up to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The first of these documents is a redacted version of the 2005 CIA Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report on CIA Accountability regarding findings and conclusions of the report of the joint inquiry into intelligence community activities before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
In 2005, then-CIA Director Porter Goss issued a public statement on the OIG report.
In 2007, CIA publicly released a redacted executive summary of the report along with a statement from then-Director Michael Hayden. In response to FOIA requests for the full 2005 OIG report, CIA and other agencies conducted an extensive review of the nearly 500-page document in order to release information that no longer needed to be protected in the interests of national security.
The events of 9/11 will be forever seared into the memories of all Americans who bore witness to the single greatest tragedy to befall our homeland in recent history. The documents released on Friday reflect differing views formed roughly a decade ago within CIA about the Agency's performance prior to 9/11.