‘Looming Tower’ agent: 9/11 buoyed by intelligence ‘mistakes’


‘Looming Tower’ agent: 9/11 buoyed by intelligence ‘mistakes’
‘Looming Tower’ agent: 9/11 buoyed by intelligence ‘mistakes’

Early on in “The Looming Tower,” FBI agent Ali Soufan (Tahir Rahim) testifies in front of the NINE/ELEVEN Joint Inquiry in 2004, a yr ahead of he give up the bureau at age 34.

Very calmly, he tells the panel that the CIA withheld intelligence from the bureau that might have averted the Sept. 11 attacks — adding that he first changed into acutely aware of the CIA’s withholding of evidence as early as 1998. “there have been a lot of errors on everybody’s section,” the true-lifestyles Soufan tells The Post. “The CIA knew that those other people were within the US. They never passed the tips.”

based on the Pulitzer-winning book by Lawrence Wright, “The Looming Tower” is a 10-episode collection that tells the maddening story of the way in-preventing among the CIA and FBI paved the way in which for the hijackers ­to achieve entry into the u.s. and at last wreak their awful destruction.

In 1998, the Lebanese-born Soufan, who applied for a task on the FBI on a dare, was the bureau’s easiest protection towards terrorism following the dual bombings people embassies in Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) and Nairobi (Kenya) which killed 224 people, 12 of them Americans. He joined the bureau a yr before and possessed the uncommon distinction of being one among eight marketers who may talk Arabic and could translate the content material of faxes, phone calls and reside conversations. He was additionally 25 years old.

“i used to be the youngest agent and i used to be assigned to The Big Apple,” says Soufan, now 46. “Assistant Deputy Director of Investigation John O’Neill took me below his wing.”

Losing My Religion Jeff Daniels performs FBI Assistant Deputy Director of Investigation John O’Neill in ‘The Looming Tower’.

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GettyImages-1170699.jpg John O’Neill, who worked with Soufan and later perished in the NINE/ELEVEN attack at the International Industry Center.

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Losing My Religion
Jeff Daniels performs FBI Assistant Deputy Director of Investigation John O’Neill in ‘The Looming Tower’.

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GettyImages-1170699.jpg John O’Neill, who worked with Soufan and later perished in the 9/ELEVEN attack on the Global Industry Middle.

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