Senior CIA Officer Says Efforts Against Al-Qaeda Still Lag

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior CIA officer says bad decisions, understaffing and infighting among intelligence agencies stifled efforts to stop Osama bin Laden and his network. More than three years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the agency remains short-staffed, he says.

In an unusually critical campaign for a government employee, Mike Scheuer has spent much of the last three months publicly criticizing his agency. Most government officials wait until they retire, as former National Security Council aide Richard Clarke did.

In July, Scheuer, head of the CIA's bin Laden unit until 1999, published his best-selling book Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror. Then, he was only identified as "Anonymous


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