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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Ziad Jarrah
On July 23, 2001, a former senior Iranian intelligence officer,Abolghasem Mr. Mesbahi,learned that Iran's plan to strike the United States had been activated. Mr. Mesbahi knew it was important and real because he had worked on this plan previously, when he had helped set up Iran's intelligence service, the MOIS, as far back as the mid-1980s. Mr. Mesbahi - known outside Iran as one of a core of "Assassins"- told German intelligence, which had given him protected status as a key witness in German prosecutions of brutal Iranian assassinations of dozens of dissidents.
Gov. Martin O'Malley highlighted progress Maryland has made in homeland security over the past decade at a symposium Friday, and he said the state will be extra vigilant as U.S. officials warn of a credible but unconfirmed terror threat against New York and Washington around the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, government screening has made it harder for foreign students to enroll in civilian flight schools as a few of the hijackers did, banking on America being inviting and a place to learn quickly.
A small Hamburg mosque once frequented by Sept. 11 attackers was shut down and searched Monday because German authorities believed the prayer house again was being used as a meeting point for Islamic radicals.