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Torricelli wants probe into 'stunning' intelligence failure

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Calling the September 11 terror attacks a "stunning failure" of U.S. intelligence, Sen. Robert Torricelli on Wednesday called for a board of inquiry to find out what went wrong.

"In the months ahead there must be a thorough inquiry into the actions of our intelligence agencies in the days and weeks leading up to September 11th," Torricelli said.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Torricelli, D-New Jersey, called for a "Board of Inquiry," patterned after the board authorized after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. "The goal of this inquiry would not be to assess blame and ruin careers," Torricelli said. "It would have a much more important goal: determining what went wrong so we can prevent it from happening again."

Torricelli offered few details about who would serve on the board, and a spokeswoman for Torricelli said it was unclear whether such a board would be authorized by legislation in Congress or by an executive order of the president.


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