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The CIA had Bin Laden in its crosshairs a year before 9/11… but they weren’t given the money to take him out

The CIA had Bin Laden in its crosshairs a year before 9/11… but they weren’t given the money to take him out

In the months before the terrorist attacks of September 2001, the CIA unit dedicated to hunting for Osama bin Laden complained that it was running out of money. Analysts considered the likelihood of catching the terror leader to be extremely low, according to government records published yesterday.

The declassified documents, dated between 1992 and 2004, are heavily blacked out and offer little new information about what the U.S. knew about the Al-Qaeda plot before 2001. Many of the files are cited in the 9/11 Commission report, published in 2004

The National Security Archive obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request and published them on its website. An April 2000 document from the CIA’s bin Laden unit alluded to a budgetary cash crunch that was cutting into the agency’s efforts to track the terror leader.

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The Daily Mail | 20th of June 2012

Drone strikes: activists seek to lift lid on open secret of targeted killings

Court deadline arrives in freedom of information campaign to make Obama administration provide details of programme

The CIA’s covert targeted killing programme will come under fresh scrutiny on Wednesday, the deadline for Barack Obama’s administration to respond to a lawsuit over the agency’s refusal to confirm or deny its existence.

The federal lawsuit is part of a three-year battle by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union for details of the drone programme, one of the US government’s most important security operations in the war against al-Qaida.
Under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in 2010, ACLU seeks the legal memo underlying the killing programme, the basis for drone strikes that have killed American citizens and the process by which individuals are placed on a kill list.

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Karen McVeigh | The Guardian | 20th of June 2012

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