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Reactions to terror warning reports

(CNN) -- Current and former government officials reacted to disclosures that the federal government might have missed several pre-September 11 clues that suggested the United States would be the target of a terrorist attack. Here's a sampling of some those reactions:

'Out of the box'

'Out of the box'

"We aren't thinking out of the box enough. We're thinking in terms of our Western Judeo-Christian culture. I think we ought to have a team out there somewhere today of islamicists, Middle Eastern experts, academic experts and those things that says to us what could come next."

-- Stansfield Turner, former CIA director

'A failure of intelligence?'

'A failure of intelligence?'

"Was there a failure of intelligence? Did the right officials not act on the intelligence in the proper way? These are things we need to find out."

-- House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt

'A lost opportunity'

'A lost opportunity'

"I think it was a lost opportunity. If you put it all in context, not just the briefing of the president, but the FBI is involved here, and I think they could have done a better job, but they didn't."

-- U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, ranking Republican on the Senate intelligence committee

Concern about public's protection

Concern about public's protection

"Why did it take eight months for us to receive this information? ... I'm concerned about whether or not the public was adequately protected."

-- Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle

'It is not news'

"It is not news that the president of the United States is briefed about Osama bin Laden and hijackings. That's just not news."

-- U.S. Rep. Porter Goss, R-Florida, chairman of the House intelligence committee

'Information that simply was not coordinated'

'Information that simply was not coordinated'

"We did not know until just this week or last week about the Phoenix document. We did not know about, at that time, the report from Minneapolis. What this shows is that there was a lot of information out there that simply was not coordinated in one single place so that our intelligence officials could make a complete assessment and relay that to the president of the United States."

-- U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, member of Senate intelligence committee



 
 
 
 







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