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Profile: Charles Grassley

 
  

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June 2004: Several Senators Demand Ashcroft Explain al-Marabh's Deportation Decision      Complete 911 Timeline

       The Associated Press reports that both Republicans and Democrats have expressed outrage that al-Marabh was deported in January. Several senators have written letters to Attorney General Ashcroft, demanding an explanation. Charles Grassley (R) states that the circumstances of al-Marabh's deportation—who was “at one time No. 27 on the [FBI] list of Most Wanted Terrorists” —are “of deep concern and appear to be a departure from an aggressive, proactive approach to the war on terrorism.” Patrick Leahy (D) wrote to Ashcroft that “The odd handling of this case raises questions that deserve answers from the Justice Department. ... Why was a suspected terrorist returned to a country that sponsors terrorism? We need to know that the safety of the American people and our strategic goals in countering terrorism are paramount factors when decisions like this are made.” [Associated Press, 6/30/04]
People and organizations involved: Charles Grassley, Patrick Leahy, John Ashcroft, Nabil al-Marabh, US Department of Justice
          

July 2004: Report on FBI's 9/11 Failures Is Completed, But Remains Unreleased Until After Presidential Election      Complete 911 Timeline

       In November 2002, as the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry was finishing its investigation, it had formally asked for a report by the Justice Department (which oversees the FBI) to determine “whether and to what extent personnel at all levels should be held accountable” for the failure to stop the 9/11 attacks. An identical request was made to the CIA (see June-November 2004). [New York Times, 9/14/04] The Justice Department report, titled “A Review of the FBI's Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the September 11 Attacks,” is completed this month. [Washington Post, 4/30/05] It centers on three FBI failures before 9/11: the failure to follow up on the arrest of Zacarias Moussaoui in August 2001 (see August 15, 2001), the failure to follow up on FBI agent Ken Williams' memo (see July 10, 2001) warning about Islamic militants training in US flight schools, and the FBI's failure to follow up on many leads to hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar. The report provides some new details about miscommunications, inaction, and other problems. [New York Times, 9/14/04] The report remains classified. Senior Senate Judiciary Committee members Patrick Leahy (D) and Charles Grassley (R) call for its release. The senators state, “While the needs of national security must be weighed seriously, we fear the designation of information as classified, in some cases, serves to protect the executive branch against embarrassing revelations and full accountability. We hope that is not the case here.” [New York Times, 9/14/04; Washington Times, 7/12/04] One problem complicating the issuing of even a declassified version is the possibility that the material would taint the criminal proceedings against Zacarias Moussaoui. In early 2005, the Justice Department inspector general's office will ask the judge presiding over Moussaoui's case for permission to release a declassified version of the report. But the judge will turn down the request in April 2005, even after Moussaoui pleads guilty (see April 30, 2005). The report will finally be released in June 2005 without the section on Moussaoui (see June 9, 2005). [New York Times, 2/13/05]
People and organizations involved: Charles Grassley, US Department of Justice, Patrick Leahy, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Nawaf Alhazmi, Ken Williams, Khalid Almihdhar, Zacarias Moussaoui
          

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