Seven months before the 9/11 attacks, what did the CIA director say was the "most immediate and serious threat" to the USA?
On February 7, 2001, then-CIA director George Tenet stated, "Osama bin Laden and his global network of lieutenants and associates remain the most immediate and serious threat" to the USA. He also stated that bin Laden's "organization is continuing to place emphasis on developing surrogates to carry out attacks in an effort to avoid detection, blame and retaliation. As a result, it is often difficult to attribute terrorist incidents to his group, Al Qaeda."
DocumentationPre-9/11 Threat Assessment