Shelby:"NSA Has Tough Job"

By: ABC News
By: ABC News

Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama and Florida's Bob Graham say they are just at the beginning of the joint House and Senate investigation of alleged U.S. Intelligence failures in the weeks and months leading up to Sept. 11.

They admit they have heard about lapses that need to be fixed but can make no recommendations yet. Shelby talked about the National Security Agency.

"They collect a large volume," said Shelby, a ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "They translate a smaller volume and probably analyze even a smaller volume. I don't know what percentage. And then disseminate even a smaller volume. This is a vast organization and a tough job."

The director of the CIA told the committee on Wednesday that Al-Qaida spent three years planning the Sept. 11 attacks.


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