Former CIA official [Cofer Black]: 9/11 could not be averted
Oh, really- how would you know, Mr. Black?
Black gave the briefing to Tenet that prompted this meeting, among other things:
July 10, 2001: CIA Director Gives Urgent Warning to White House of Imminent, Multiple, Simultaneous Al-Qaeda Attacks, Possibly Within US
Profile: Cofer Black
U.S. and Allied Intelligence Services Had Penetrated The Very Highest Levels of Al Qaeda Prior to 9/11 by George Washington
Former CIA official: 9/11 could not be averted By PAMELA HESS – 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top former CIA official said the intelligence agency had more than 100 Afghans acting as spies before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but told a magazine in a rare interview that nothing could have averted the attacks.
Cofer Black, the former head of the CIA's counterterrorism center, said that looking back, he can't think of a thing "we could have done that would have changed anything." Black, a top executive with Blackwater Worldwide, the security firm, made the comment in an interview published in November issue of Men's Journal.
Black told the magazine that the Taliban was ousted in 10 weeks with just "300 Army special forces and 110 CIA officers" — a statement that ignores the more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines and foreign troops that joined the battle in November. But he acknowledges that victory was temporary.
"It was not as effectively followed up as we would have liked, as U.S. military resources were redirected toward Iraq," he said.
He contrasts the capture of the terrorist Carlos the Jackal in Sudan in 1994 and arrest by the French government with the failure to capture al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden so far.
"The CIA played a key role in locating (Carlos) and identifying him, and had comprehensive knowledge of him to facilitate a rendition," Black said. "If there had been a similar warrant for Osama bin Laden's arrest, a similar type of scenario could have been developed."
He said that bin Laden's capture would have a "detrimental effect on al-Qaida." But it will not be a catastrophic defeat for the terrorist organization.
"Someone will rise to take his place, and we will have to deal with it," he said.