December 5, 2005
Commission Report Finds U.S. Unprepared for Terror Attack
released by the former Sept. 11 commission on Monday
gave the federal government "more F's than A's" in an assessment of 41 security
recommendations it issued in July 2004. The
government received an "F" on homeland security spending for cities most at risk,
on improving radio communication for emergency agencies and on airline passenger
prescreening. The report called overall progress "disappointing."
Two members of the House Homeland Security Committee, Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y.,
and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., discuss what needs to be done to bolster domestic
Report Clarifies Pre-9/11 Aviation Intelligence
The independent panel
investigating the events leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has
issued a revised report that contains newly declassified information
about what the Federal Aviation Administration was told about potential terrorist
threats to airlines, and about security gaps at airports. 9/11
Commission Reports posted on the National Archives Web site
Bush Signs Executive Orders on Intelligence
Reacting to recommendations
from the panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Bush issued
executive orders Friday increasing the CIA director's power and creating a new
national counterterrorism center.
Urge Congress to Act on 9/11 Reforms
9/11 commission Chairman Thomas
Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton appealed to Congress Friday to revamp the
U.S. intelligence system as recommended in the commission's final report. Margaret
Warner speaks with Sens. Arlen Spector, R-Pa., and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.,
about the commission's proposed reforms, including creating one national intelligence
Recommends Overhaul of U.S. Intelligence
Senate leaders asked Sens.
Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., to review the 9/11 commission
report and make recommendations about what action Congress should take. Margaret
Warner talks to intelligence experts about the feasibility of restructuring the
U.S. intelligence apparatus according to the report's recommendations.
Chiefs Urge Adoption of Sweeping Government Reforms
panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks released its final report
on Thursday describing 10 "missed opportunities" to stop the hijackers
and the need for a national intelligence director and a national counterterrorism
center. The chairman and vice chairman say their report was not an effort to cast
blame but to strengthen the government's readiness to combat terrorists.
National security adviser Condoleezza Rice outlines the Bush administration's
reaction to the report.
Report Cites 'Missed Opportunities' to Stop Attackers, Need for One Intelligence
Was Overwhelmed by Scope of Attacks on 9/11, Panel Finds
9/11 commission heard testimony Thursday on the communication problems immediately
following the Sept. 11 attacks that left the United States temporarily without
a functioning government and led Vice President Dick Cheney to believe briefly
that the U.S. military had shot down two hijacked aircraft.
Margaret Warner discusses the panel's final hearing with two of its members, Republican
John Lehman and Democrat Jamie Gorelick.
Excerpts from Thursday's hearing
Unveils Larger 9/11 Plot, No Al-Qaida/Iraq Link
bipartisan commission investigating Sept. 11 said Wednesday that 9/11 mastermind
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed at first envisioned a broader attack involving ten hijacked
panel also said it found no evidence that Iraq's former leader Saddam Hussein
helped Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network plan the terrorist attacks against the
United States. The Bush administration has said there was a relationship between
Iraq and al-Qaida.
Questions New York Response to 9/11 Attacks
days of sometimes stormy hearings by the independent panel investigating the Sept.
11 attacks relived the horror and chaos of the day and pointed out mistakes that
possibly led to more lost lives.
Michels reports on Wednesday's
Cites Communication, Cooperation Breakdowns in Initial Attack Response
often heated exchanges, commissioners investigating the response to the Sept.
11, 2001 terrorist attacks criticized New York City fire and police officials
for their failure to communicate and for a lack of cooperation during the attacks
that killed some 2,700 people. Spencer
Michels reports on Tuesday's testimony.
Bush, Cheney Appear Before 9/11 Panel
President Bush and Vice President
Dick Cheney met for more than three hours with the panel charged with investigating
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a closed-door session at the White House on
Beschloss and Richard Norton Smith provide historical context to the meeting.
Assess FBI Failures
The 9/11 commission on Tuesday questioned officials
from the Justice Department about the FBI's performance in the months leading
up to the 2001 terrorist attacks. Margaret
Warner speaks with commission members Slade Gorton and Richard Ben-Veniste about
the panel's criticism of the FBI and the testimonies of Justice Department officials.
Warned of Possible Al-Qaida Attacks in United States
document submitted to President Bush on Aug. 6, 2001 warned that al-Qaida terrorists
already living in the United States could be planning to hijack airplanes. Foreign
policy columnists discuss the 9/11 investigation.
The 9/11 commission considers the presidential daily briefing (PDB) on al-Qaida
entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," as presented to
President Bush on Aug. 6, 2001.
of 9/11 Victims Respond to Rice Testimony
security adviser Condoleezza Rice testified in a historic public hearing Thursday,
outlining the Bush administration's pre-Sept. 11 anti-terror efforts. She told
the commission and the nation that "systematic" problems in the nation's
government made it impossible to prevent the attacks. Family members who lost
loved ones that day reflect on the testimony and the work of the commission.
columnist Mark Shields and the New York Times' David Brooks consider the policy
implications of the 9/11 commission's hearings.
Heads Weigh Rice, Mr. Clinton Testimony
commissioners discuss the significance of national security adviser Condoleezza
Rice's testimony and their interview with former President Clinton in a private
Defends Administration's Anti-Terror Efforts
security adviser Condoleezza Rice testified publicly before the commission investigating
the Sept. 11 attacks Thursday, saying there was no "silver bullet" that could
have prevented the worst terror attack in the nation's history.
Text: Rice's opening statement
Shields and Brooks assess the key moments from Thursday's testimony.
Assess Historic Significance of Rice Testimony
National security adviser
Condoleezza Rice will appear before the 9/11 Commission Thursday, to defend the
Bush administration against charges it failed to heed pre-attack intelligence.
Experts discuss the historic significance of Rice's testimony.
Welcomes White House Decision to Allow Rice Testimony
of the commission examining U.S. readiness ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks lauded
the decision by President Bush to have his national security adviser appear publicly
before their bipartisan panel.
to Testify Publicly Before 9/11 Panel
President Bush reversed himself Tuesday and agreed to let national security adviser
Condoleezza Rice testify publicly before the panel investigating the Sept. 11
attacks. The president and Vice President Dick Cheney also will testify, but behind
Discuss Clarke Testimony Fallout
Four editorial page editors offer
their views on former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke's allegations
against the Bush Administration.
Addresses Criticism of White House Anti-terror Plan
Secretary of State
Colin Powell responds to the recent charges former White House counterterrorism
coordinator Richard Clarke made against the Bush administration's handling of
the war on terror.
Defends Bush Administration's War on Terror
Following two days of
9/11 commission hearings, Jim Lehrer discusses the administration's defense leading
up to the Sept. 11 attacks with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Questions Pre-9/11 Readiness
The commission investigating America's
efforts to combat terrorism before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks ended two days of
public testimony from top Clinton and Bush administration officials.
Two of Public Testimony Before the 9/11 Commission
The second day
of public testimony before the independent 9/11 commission focused on American
intelligence gathering failures before Sept. 11, 2001. Kwame Holman provides a
report on the testimony from CIA Director George Tenet, former national security
advisor Samuel Berger, former national counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke
and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
Discuss Pre-Attack Thinking at State Department
The bipartisan 9/11
commission opened public hearings to investigate U.S. steps to combat terrorism
prior to the attacks, including the status of diplomatic efforts. After a recap
of the morning testimony from Secretary of State Colin Powell and his predecessor,
Madeleine Albright, two experts provide analysis of the hearings.
Officials Outline Counterterrorim Efforts Before 9/11
began high-profile public hearings Tuesday to investigate U.S. military efforts
to combat terrorism prior to the attacks. After a recap of the afternoon testimony
from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and his predecessor, William Cohen,
two experts provide analysis of the hearings.
Counterterrorism Official Criticizes Bush Administration Handling of War on Terror
Former White House counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke discusses his new
book, in which he says Bush has done a "terrible job" fighting terrorism and that
the president looks for "the simple solution, the bumper-sticker description of
the problem." Clarke discusses his contention in an interview with Ray Suarez.
House Defends Pre-9/11 War on Terror
White House communications director
Dan Bartlett defends the White House's response to threat of terrorism and responds
to former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke's accusations that
the president has mishandled the war on terror.
Commission Heads Update Panel's Efforts
The White House and the Sept.
11 commission reached an agreement Tuesday giving all panel members access to
details from highly classified presidential briefing papers. Commission Chairman
Tom Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton discuss their investigation with Gwen
Hears Testimony on How Sept. 11 Unfolded
The federal commission investigating
the attacks of Sept. 11 wrapped up two days of testimony on what occurred that
day. Terence Smith reports on the findings.
Hamilton Named to Head Pre-9/11 Readiness Inquiry
Bush appointed Thomas Kean, the former governor of New Jersey, to head the independent
commission looking into the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.