Daniel Benjamin is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. He served on the National Security Council staff between 1994 and 1999. Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon’s book on religously motivated terrorism will be published next year. (December 2001)


A Failure of Intelligence?

To understand why Americans did not recognize the true threat posed by the terrorists of al-Qaeda before September 11, consider the following exchanges. They are quoted from the transcripts of the testimony of Jamal Ahmed al-Fadl, the prosecution’s first witness in the trial for the bombings of two American embassies …