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government intelligence, national priorities, and other oxymorons:
Of the 120 employees at the Office of Foreign Assets Control ... 21 are dedicated to enforcing the Cuba embargo and only 4 to tracking the finances of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.
Maybe it wouldn't have taken a congressional commission working for over a year to figure this out if maybe the priorities had been straight:
"There has been a revision of collective thinking," said Kenneth Katzman, a Congressional Research Service expert who has studied terror groups. "The new thinking is that bin Laden's fortune didn't really enter into al Qaeda that much, or wasn't the driving force in al Qaeda."
The report from the September 11 commission concluded that al Qaeda has many financing avenues and could easily find new sources, particularly given the attack's price tag of just $400,000 to $500,000 over two years.
While the report said the government has been unable to determine the source of the attack's financing, the commission said it appears al Qaeda's financial support doesn't come from bin Laden personally.
"The CIA now estimates that it costs al Qaeda about $30 million per year to sustain its activities before 9/11 and that this money was raised almost entirely through donations," the report said.
We'll get to winning hearts and minds any day now, honest.
:: posted by buermann @ 2004-09-03 12:10:43 CST |