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.