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Gonzales says government in better position to avert future terrorism attacks

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says the U.S. is now in a much better position to prevent terrorist attacks. Appearing on NBC's "Today" show, Gonzales acknowledged there were laws on the books before Nine-Eleven that "discouraged the sharing of information" among law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Gonzales says many of those laws "have now been dismantled." Gonzales' comments were in response to a Justice Department report that says the FBI missed at least five opportunities to uncover vital information that might have led agents to the hijackers.

Inspector General Glenn Fine said the way the FBI handled the information was "a significant failure" that hurt the agency's chances of preventing the attacks.

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