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Ashcroft: I should have been told of attack warnings


Washington, DC – Former Attorney General John Ashcroft says he was never invited into any early-2001 talks about the risk of domestic terror attacks, and he adds he should have been.

In response to an account by investigative reporter Bob Woodward, the former Missouri governor told The Associated Press: "It just occurred to me how disappointing it was that they didn't come to me with this type of information."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice disputes Woodward's account that then-CIA chief George Tenet warned her before September 11th that al-Qaida was about to strike.

Ashcroft says he should have been notified because "the FBI is responsible for domestic terrorism." Ashcroft also says there should have been a plan for "covert action" to kill Osama bin Laden.