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CIA Braces for Harsh Criticism of Intelligence Failures

Three major inquiries into U.S. intelligence failures -- by Senate and House intelligence committees and the commission investigating the government's response to terrorism before and after the September 11 attacks -- are drawing to a close. Their reports will assess the performance of all American intelligence agencies, but the Central Intelligence Agency is bracing for especially harsh criticism. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly reports.

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Mary Louise Kelly is a co-host of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine.