Richard Clarke testifies before the 9/11 Commission: George Tenet and I tried very hard to create a sense of urgency by seeing to it that intelligence reports on the Al Qaeda threat were frequently given to the president and other high-level officials," Mr. Clarke said, referring to the director of central intelligence, who testified earlier today. "But although I continue to say it was an urgent problem, I don't think it was ever treated that way," Mr. Clarke said of his time in the Bush administration. ...Mr. Clarke began his testimony before the bipartisan, 10-member panel, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, with an apology to relatives of the 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001. "Your government failed you," he said, his voice close to breaking. "Those entrusted with protecting you failed you, and I failed you."


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