Tenet Just Didn't Get It

IG report says ex-director knew about Qaeda threat but didn't respond
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2007 2:18 PM CDT
In this photograph provided by 'Meet the Press', former Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet, appears during a taping with moderator Tim Russert on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, May 6, 2007...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – George Tenet’s CIA failed to stifle the al-Qaeda threat in the months leading up to 9/11, an internal report found by the agency's Inspector General found. A summary released today found the former director’s attention to methodology eclipsed his focus on strategy, the Times reports, in a rebuke of his management style.

The report praised CIA officers “from the top down” for their hard work, but added their lack of internal communication meant they “did not always work effectively and cooperatively.” The probe found systematic organization failures, but inspectors said there was no “silver bullet” that could have enabled the agency to prevent or predict the attacks. (Read more George Tenet stories.)