One day before the Congressional Intelligence Committees meet to begin their inquiry into the attacks of September 11th, President Bush issued a statement from Little Rock, Arkansas, where he is to promote his welfare initiative, saying “We need to know what they are thinking and what they are planning on doing before they do something.”
Members of the Senate and the House will meet in closed session on Tuesday in the first of a series of hearings throughout the week set to address missed warnings of the attacks on New York City and Washington D.C.
The hearings will be closed to protect what are deemed secret sources of intelligence information. Open hearings are expected to begin on June 25th.
Cofer Black, who was the CIA’s counterterrorism chief during the attacks, is expected to be the first and only witness to answer questions from the committee on Thursday.
The inquiry will focus the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency before, during and after the attacks.
Intelligence information that is regarded as potential Sept. 11th warnings has came to the fore- front in recent weeks questioning the communications between the FBI and the CIA as well as the way the different organizations gather, analyze and distribute their information.
More than 3000 people died on Sept. 11th when planes from Osama Bin Laden’s al-quaida network flew into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center towers.
Bush also said that intelligence agencies and the FBI must do a better job of tracking and catching such terrorists, calling them “this shadowy enemy.”

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