James Pavitt

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James Pavitt retired as Deputy Director of Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency in June 2004. He was succeeded by Stephen R. Kappes. [1] [2]

Pre-9/11 Intel

On April 11, 2002, while CIA DOO, Pavitt "delivered an address to the Duke University Law School Conference," which was "covered by AgenceFrance-Presse (AFP) on Sunday April 28, 10:59 AM" in the article titled 'Top CIA official warns next terror attack unavoidable'." [3]

Pavitt was quoted as saying:

"Pavitt dismissed charges the CIA was caught unaware by September 11 suicide attacks in the United States that killed some 3,000 people.
"The CIA knew the network led by Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden was planning a major strike, he said.
"But he argued that because al-Qaeda carefully screened its recruits and sharply limited the number of people privy to vital operational details, learning about the coming attacks was next to impossible."

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