Failures of the Intelligence in the 9/11 attacks
9/11 attacks were an order of four related terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorists called the Al-Qaeda in the United States. The attacks occurred on 11th September, 2001 on a Tuesday morning. The attacks led to total loss of a big number of people and many were left injured. Property worth millions was destroyed in the attacks. The name 9/11 comes from the nine Al-Qaeda terrorists and the date the attack took place.
The intelligence of the United States would have prevented these attacks from these Islamic terrorists. After the attacks, the public pointed fingers on the Intelligence officials on things that would have been done and those that would have been prevented to make sure that the attacks would not happen.
One, the intelligence who include the FBI, CIA the National Security Agency and other government branches did not share information hence failing to stop the 9/111 attacks. They did not work as a team and sharing their opinions and ideas on how to stop the attack. The US intelligence officials went forward to hiding information that would have been shared and prevented the Al-Qaeda hijackers (Hirst, William & et al, 2015).
Al-Qaeda presence was well notable when Cole pulled into the Port of Aden and Yemen for refueling on 12th of October. The intelligence was ignorant and did not take any action yet they had already found five Al-Qaeda cells before the attacks. The information was presented to the high officials of the intelligence yet there is no appropriate action was taken. It is still unknown what these officials did with the information. Neither was any information presented to Cole’s commander, Kirk Lippold. As a result a boat with explosions pulled alongside leading to mass destruction and loss of life of the crew members yet they had the ability to stop the attack on time.
The CIA kept back very important information to the FBI who wascaring out an investigation about theCole attack. The spy agency misguided about a terrorist plan meeting that had taken place before the Cole bombing in Malaysia. They lied that they had no knowledge about the meeting that had been attended by two Al-Qaeda members. Hiding this vital information paved a way for the terrorists to easily attack. The CIA knew well the two members of the Al-Qaeda in California yet they did nothing or taking judicial action to them .If the information would have been given to the FBI the attack would have probably not have taken place hence saving life and property worth billions in the US. The two Al-Qaeda members therefore acted as agents to their terrorist group making them easily prepare an attack.
The intelligence failure led to the most catastrophic attack in the soils of United States yet it would have been prevented. The CIA would have shared the vital information with the FBI and then work together to prevent the Al-Qaeda attacks in the 11th September. The two intelligence teams would have worked as a team and come up with ideas of preventing the occurrence of the attacks.
The two Al-Qaeda members in California would have been arrested and action taken. The information on the terrorist attack in Malaysia would have been spilled off the intelligence members work on it tom come up with ways of stopping the attacks. The FBI, CIA and NSA officials would have allowed the agencies which had been spying on the terrorist attacks share information which would be vital in stopping the 9/11 attacks (LaFree, Gary, Laura Dugan & Erin Miller, 2014).
Hirst, William, et al. “A ten-year follow-up of a study of memory for the attack of September 11, 2001: Flashbulb memories and memories for flashbulb events.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 144.3 (2015): 604.
LaFree, Gary, Laura Dugan, and Erin Miller. Putting terrorism in context: Lessons from the Global Terrorism Database. Routledge, 2014.