Issue #3:
Was there a failure by the CIA to pursue intelligence from foreign sources?

The CIA gathers foreign intelligence by, among other means, penetrating the governments of potentially hostile foreign states and maintaining liaisons with the intelligence services of friendly states. If information emerges from such sources about possible attacks within the United States, it is responsible for passing it on to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, or, if urgent enough, directly to the National Security Advisor in the White House.

One friendly nation it maintained a liaison with prior to 9-11-2001 was the Czech Republic.

On April, 22, 2001, the Czech deputy foreign minister, Hynek Kmonicek, ordered the expulsion of a top Iraq in Prague, second consul Ahmed Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani, after receiving information from the Czech counterintelligence service that al-Ani had met with a suspicious Arab student. The BIS had been concerned that this meeting might be connected to a previous plan for state-sponsored terrorism by Iraq— a car bombing of the headquarters of Radio Free Europe— which it had learned about through the defection of al-Ani's predecessor at the Iraq Embassy. The expulsion was a major public event.

The BIS identified (after 9-11) the suspicious Arab student as Mohammed Atta, who had previously traveled to Prague en route to the United States in 2000.


1) Did the CIA learn through its liaison with the Czech Republic the reasons for the expulsion of Al-Ani prior to 9-11-2001?

2) Did it learn about the Iraqi bomb plot against Radio Free Europe through its liaison with either the Czechs or MI-6 (which debriefed the Iraqi defector)?

3) Did it learn that the BIS had concerns over a suspicious Arab who had previously gone from Prague to the US?

4) Did it request any traces be made on Al-Ani or his putative contact?

5) Did it pass on a report about either al-Ani or the bomb plot against Radio Free Europe, which falls under FBI jurisdiction, to the FBI or the joint task force?


Ambassador Hynek Kmonicek, now the Czech delegate to the UN in New York. (Kmonicek has stated that there is "detailed evidence" that led Czech counterintelligence to conclude that the individual al-Ani had met with was Mohamed Atta?)

Stanislav Gross, the Minister of Interior of the Czech Republic, who has expressed confidence in the evidence that al-Ani met Atta.

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