Senators want CIA 9-11 report released

March 8, 2007 at 2:01 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Senators are proposing legislation to force the CIA to provide a declassified version of the final report into the failure to stop the Sept. 11 hijackers.

Sens. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., the ranking member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., proposed an amendment Wednesday to the Sept. 11 bill currently being debated by the Senate that would give CIA Director Michael Hayden 30 days to "prepare and make available to the public" a declassified version of the executive summary of the report -- written by the agency's inspector general at the instruction of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into Sept. 11 intelligence failures.

Wyden said the report was the last one into the failures that allowed the 19 hijackers into the United States to stage their attack that remained classified.

"I believe that the public has a right to know what went wrong at the CIA, so that we can make sure those mistakes are not repeated," he said.

"I am sure that some may and will consider a number of the inspector general's findings unsettling, perhaps embarrassing; but the report is both high quality and comprehensive," said Wyden.

The report was finished in June 2005, and staff said that lawmakers had been working behind the scenes since then to get a declassified version the public could have access to.

Bond's decision to join Wyden is sponsoring the amendment, a GOP Senate aide told United Press International, was "probably a symptom of his frustration at the lack of progress they have made in their work behind the scenes."

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