This Former CIA Targeting Officer Talks On How The U.S. ‘Hunts’ Terrorists

The CIA seal is displayed in the lobby of CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. (File Photo)

CBS: Former CIA targeting officer talks about post-9/11 hunt for terrorists

In the tumultuous months following the 9/11 attacks, as scores of U.S. intelligence analysts and operations officers were enlisted in determining whether there was any connection between Iraq and al-Qaeda, former CIA analyst and targeting officer Nada Bakos recalled the mounting pressure for answers that came from certain corners of the George W. Bush administration.

“[T]he issue of whether or not Iraq was connected to Al Qaeda, the implication — from some members of the White House, and some members of [the Department of Defense] — is that there was some kind of connection,” Bakos said.

But she continued, “The ultimate conclusion was that there was not a link, to put it plainly. We couldn’t find substantial evidence that Saddam had ever really worked with al-Qaeda. And there was no link between Iraq and 9/11.”

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WNU Editor: Patience and persistence appears to be the operative words for such a job.

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