WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Senate
Intelligence Committee said yesterday he's uncovered new
pre-9/11 warnings from a "variety of agencies."
"They are another dot," Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) said after
the congressional intelligence panel finished its second day
of closed-door hearings.
Graham said information uncovered by his investigators
"appears to be relevant to the question, what did we know
before Sept. 11?"
Graham added, "Had someone sat down with all the
information and said, ‘Is there a pattern here?' it's possible
that through that process we could have gotten to those
hijackers before they flew those four airplanes."
Graham wouldn't offer details on the new evidence, but said
his findings weren't as significant as the FBI's ignored
"Phoenix memo" or the Zacharias Moussaoui case.
The Phoenix memo was a warning by Arizona FBI agent Ken
Williams, who wanted to probe Middle Eastern men in flight
schools last summer.
The Moussaoui letter was written by Minnesota agent Coleen
Rowley, and detailed how FBI big shots at headquarters
thwarted the field agents' investigation into suspected 20th
hijacker Zacarias Moussaoui.
Today, Rowley testifies before the Senate Judiciary
Committee, along with FBI Director Robert Mueller and Justice
Department Inspector General Glenn Fine.
Yesterday, Rowley was questioned by intelligence committee
staffers met with Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) - the FBI's
No. 1 critic.
In an interview with The Post yesterday, Grassley cast
doubt on the claim by David Frasca - head of the FBI's radical
fundamentalist unit - that he did not see Rowley's terror
warning until October.
"It sounds to me like traditional FBI buck-passing," said