One of the things that we on the Intelligence Committee struggled with before 9/11 is how you, you get people to appreciate the, the threats that were out there. And in this time, you know, there were, there were budget debates about priorities, and, and I’d say there was always a frustration within the intelligence community as well as on the committee and among the staff, is, is how, how can we, as a one small committee, try to advocate for capabilities that, that we thought were needed. But we had no argument. You know this, this was just sort of theoretical. And, and so I think that day, it kind of—it was revealing in that you know it, it was an event that finally might cause people to appreciate sort of the world that we’re living in. So it, it was— I wouldn’t say frustration, but I, I think it was, it was a recognition that you know we are facing a new day. And it was a new day, not, not just because terrorism suddenly was with us. We knew that, that it was with us you know in the decade before, but it was a new day in that people would recognize that as, as a threat that that perhaps we could deal with. So frustration was not the feeling I would describe on that day. It, it was really just trying to get a sense of, where, where will we be heading now?

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