Jack Cloonan, senior case agent of FBI’s Osama Bin Laden Squad


Steve Leser talks to Jack Cloonan, the senior case agent in the FBI’s Bin Laden Squad. The squad was assigned to build a prosecutable case against Osama Bin Laden and other high-ranking members of al Qaeda.

Cloonan’s work started in 1996 with an intelligence finding detailing the existence of al Qaeda as a threat to U.S. national security. Cloonan talks about his initial impression of al Qaeda upon learning of its existence, saying that, even though the noted the group as a threat “even in the very early stages,” he didn’t understand the extent of their funding and “organizational expertise.”

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