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Open Access Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Lisa Koch

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This thesis examines the way the CIA, FBI, and Presidential Administrations failed to prevent the 9/11 attacks. Through analysis and research of intelligence, investigations, and military orders, this thesis aims to bring awareness of the mistakes and mishandling of intelligence by the United States intelligence community. Each critical intelligence and investigation is analyzed by how they were mishandled, why they were mishandled, and how they should have been handled. Based on the evidence and investigations done on the mishandlings of intelligence, this thesis argues that the CIA, FBI, President Clinton, and President Bush failed to protect the United States against al Qaeda on 9/11. This thesis concludes with several recommendations that the United States government should take into account in a case of terrorism.