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P.L. 911 Commission Testimony 3.15.04

P.L. 911 Commission Testimony 3.15.04

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Testimony given by Peter Lance to Dietrich Snell, Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission and FBI Agent Marco Cordero in a windowless conference room at 26 Federal Plaza, the Commission's N.Y. offices on 3.15.04. No stenographer was present and the testimony, was not recorded. Lance later sent the testimony and a series of documentary exhibits (now contained in the National Archives) to 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean. At the end of the testimony Lance attaches copies of a letter from Gov. Kean dated 1.19.04 noting that he had read Lance's book "1000 Years for Revenge... with great interest" and "found it helpful in several areas." A second attached letter is from Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow dated 1.13.04 requesting that Lance meet with Dietrich Snell, a former Assistant U.S. attorney in the SDNY whom Lance had cited in his book.
Testimony given by Peter Lance to Dietrich Snell, Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission and FBI Agent Marco Cordero in a windowless conference room at 26 Federal Plaza, the Commission's N.Y. offices on 3.15.04. No stenographer was present and the testimony, was not recorded. Lance later sent the testimony and a series of documentary exhibits (now contained in the National Archives) to 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean. At the end of the testimony Lance attaches copies of a letter from Gov. Kean dated 1.19.04 noting that he had read Lance's book "1000 Years for Revenge... with great interest" and "found it helpful in several areas." A second attached letter is from Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow dated 1.13.04 requesting that Lance meet with Dietrich Snell, a former Assistant U.S. attorney in the SDNY whom Lance had cited in his book.

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Published by: Peter Lance on Jul 30, 2010
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COMMISSION ON TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THE UNITED STATESTestimony of Peter Lance taken March 15, 2004 at theCommission offices 26 Federal Plaza New York, N.Y.
beforeDietrich Snell, senior counsel and Marco Cordero investigatorINTRODUCTION
I am investigative journalist. A few days after the eventsof 9/11/01 I began researching the intelligence failures thatled up to the attacks. I spent the next 18 months educating myself in an effort to answer two questions: (1) how did thegreatest mass murder in U.S. history happen and (2) could ithappen again? The result was a book from Harper Collins(ReganBooks) entitled:
1000 YEARS FOR REVENGE: InternationalTerrorism And The FBI (The Untold story).
 In the course of my research I drew on a number of sourcesin the U.S law enforcement and intelligence community. Mydatabase of research included dozens of first personinterviews, hundreds of pages of declassified documents from the FBI and foreign intelligence services and more than 40,000pages of court records and open source material from the printand electronic media.My primary focus was the Federal Bureau of Investigation;specifically the FBI’s handling of the original World TradeCenter bombing investigation and the hunt for its mastermindRamzi Ahmed Yousef.
 
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 A genius at crafting improvised explosive devices, Youseffled New York the night of the bombing in 1993 and went on tocreate the blueprint for the 9/11 attacks. The researchuncovered a dotted line between both events that ran like ahot circuit cable from Afghanistan to New York to ThePhilippines and back to New York. Each dot on that linerepresented a lost opportunity for the U.S. intelligencecommunity to stop the al Qaeda juggernaut. The evidence Iuncovered suggested that while many were culpable, the agency most responsible was the FBI. As an American first, and a journalist second, I wanted to make my findings available to the 9/11 Commission. Keeping in mind that I was a lone investigative reporter with limitedresources and no subpoena power, I was, nonetheless able toassemble a trail of evidence dating back 12 years before theattacks. Last fall I contacted the Commission’s staff DirectorPhilip Zelikow and offered to testify. On 11/17/03 in an e-mailfrom Al Felzenberg, the Commission’s media contact, my offer was rejected. But several individuals who had been exposed to my book urged the Commissioners to reconsider, including members of The Family Steering Committee and retired FBISpecial Agent Joseph F. O’Brien.
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 A copy of SA O’Brien’s letter to Commission Chairman Tom Kean is attachedas
Exhibit A.
 
 
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Over Christmas of 2003-2004 I sent a copy of my book to GovKean, who responded with the enclosed letter on 1/19/04 sayingthat he had read my book and referred the matter of mytestimony back to Mr. Zelikow.
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The staff director had earliercontacted me by letter on 1/13/04 and stated that he would put me in touch with Mr. Dietrich (Dieter) Snell, a senior counselto the Commission.
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 Mr. Snell contacted me in January of 2004 and afterseveral discussions via phone and e-mail he agreed to my twostipulations: a) that all of my testimony would become a partof the Commission’s formal record and that b) as a journal-ist,I would not be compelled to reveal confidential sources.With those caveats in mind, I have since pledged to Mr.Snell, following my testimony today, to make available to theCommission on request any documents in support of my findings.My book represented, not only my own enterprise reporting, but acompilation of open source material in the creation of a 12 yearTIMELINE leading up to the 9/11 attacks. A written TIMELINE,included in my book is attached.
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Exhibit B.
 
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Exhibit C.
 
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Exhibit D.
 

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