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9/11 revisited

By Aldanatech ·
It?s almost hard to believe that it has been three years ever since that tragic day of September 11th, 2001. We have a general idea of what happened and what lead to that to that point but a lot still remains unanswered. TechRepublic is filled with intelligent and well-educated people, and I figured that perhaps we could narrow down that gap a bit. What exactly did happen? Could any of this been prevented? Let's look at an overview of the 9/11 commissions from PBS:

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (, also known as the 9/11 Commission, released its final report on June 22, 2004. The Commission was created in late 2002 after families of victims put intense pressure on the White House and Congress to form an independent investigative commission. The families and other critics feared the reports underway by congressional intelligence committees would not be able to tell the full story.

Initially, the White House was accused of dragging its heels on the full-scale investigations the victims' families sought, and it was not until late 2002 that Public Law 107-306 created The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, an independent, bipartisan commission. Its mandate was sweeping ? to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks ? and to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

The White House faced additional fire when the President appointed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ( chairman of the Commission. Kissinger stepped down within the first two weeks of taking the post rather than answer allegations of potential conflicts of interest. His replacement was former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean, a Republican, Democrat Lee H. Hamilton, former U.S. Representative from the 9th District of Indiana, was chosen as vice chair. The other committee members included Richard Ben-Veniste (Democrat, attorney, former chief of the Watergate Task Force of the Watergate Special Prosecutor's Office), Fred F. Fielding (Republican, attorney), Jamie S. Gorelick (Democrat, former Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton Administration), Slade Gorton (Republican, former Senator from Washington), Bob Kerrey (Democrat, former Senator from Nebraska), John F. Lehman (Republican, former Secretary of the Navy), Timothy J. Roemer (Democrat, former U.S. Representative from the 3rd District of Indiana), James R. Thompson (Republican, former Governor of Illinois) ? a total of five Republicans and five Democrats.

The Commission encountered a number of hurdles in its investigation. Battles over the handling and release of classified documents were frequent. The White House was criticized by some for placing too tight restrictions on interviews, but in the end President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Condoleeza Rice all testified. Commission members also needed to ask for both more time and more funding to complete the task with which they were charged.

In the course of its duties the Commission interviewed over 1,200 people in 10 countries and reviewed over two and a half million pages of documents. You can read the full report online ( You can also read the submitted testimony of experts called to testify at open hearings held before the Commission at the Commission's Web site ( The transcripts of public hearings are also on the Commission's Web site.

Congressional intelligence committees released a separate report on the actions of the FBI and CIA before and after the September 11 attacks. Read the Report of the Joint Inquiry into the Terrorist Attacks. (**1rpt/index.html)

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About the people that made the 9/11 commission possible

by Aldanatech In reply to 9/11 revisited

Here is some information about the people that made the 9/11 commission possible:

Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Independent Commission

The Family Steering Committee (FSC) is an independent, nonpartisan group of individuals who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. The FSC is not affiliated with any other group, nor does it receive financial or other support from any organization or individual. To assist in the People's Oversight, the Family Steering Committee has prepared an accounting of Executive Branch and Congressional Action regarding the 9/11 Commission Recommendations. The site also contains a schedule of Congressional Hearings and transcripts of FSC Congressional testimony.


9/11 CitizensWatch

9/11 CitizensWatch is a citizen-led oversight group established to monitor and constructively engage the government-sanctioned National Commission on the Terrorist Attacks on the U.S., supported and guided by the 9/11 Families Advisory Group and an increasingly active network of researchers, scholars, investigative journalists and concerned citizens. Specifically, the goals of this independent oversight body include: reviewing the Joint House/Senate Intelligence report and the Shelby minority report; framing focused questions and championing key lines of inquiry as expressed by the public and 9/11 families; bringing these questions and related resources forward to the Commission in order that they be fully and openly addressed; and, if the questions are not addressed adequately, supporting a parallel Truth Commission; establishing "The Canary Project" to encourage and protect whistleblowers.


Families of September 11

Families of September 11, Inc. (FOS11) is an independent nonpartisan organization founded by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Membership is open to the families of victims of 9/11 and the related anthrax attacks as well as surviving victims. Other families affected by related acts of terrorism, as well as survivors, witnesses and others interested in advancing FOS11's goals may join as associate members. The group has two goals: to promote the interests of the victims' families and to support public policies that improve the prevention of and response to terrorism.


Source: PBS

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