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Official Reports and Government Action

Congressional Reports: Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001
In February 2002, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence agreed to conduct a Joint Inquiry into the activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community in connection with the terrorist attacks perpetrated against our nation on September 11, 2001. This report consists of 832 pages that present the joint inquiry's findings and conclusions, an accompanying narrative, and a series of recommendations.

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
Also known as the 9-11 Commission, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. On July 22, 2004 the Commission released its public report, available for download on this site. On August 21, 2004 the Commission released two staff monographs, available for download along with other staff statements on this site. The Commission closed on August 21, 2004.

Presidential Directives
The Federation of American Scientists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the worldwide arms race and avoiding the use of nuclear weapons for any purpose, hosts a catalog of Presidential Directives on foreign policy issues and national security matters from Truman to George W. Bush.

The September 11th Sourcebooks
The National Security Archive's mission is to put on the record the primary source documentation that can enrich the policy debate, improve journalism, and educate policymakers. To these ends, it published a series of volumes called The September 11th Sourcebooks, covering a wide range of issues from deployment options abroad to wiretap surveillance at home.

The 9-11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Official Government Edition
The Commission's Final Report provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. It also includes recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

The Phoenix Memo
On July 10, 2001, an FBI agent in Phoenix sent a memorandum to FBI headquarters in New York listing evidence that Osama bin Laden was helping his operatives in the U.S. attend flight training schools. That memo, now known as the "Phoenix Memo" was ignored, according to congressional investigators. View the memo:
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Presidential Daily Briefing, August 6, 2001
The August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." was declassified as part of the 9/11 Commissin investigation. Parts of the original document were not made public by the White House for security reasons. View segments of the memo:
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Statement of Senator John McCain on Introduction of the 9/11 Commission Report Implementation Act
Press Release, September 8, 2004

"House GOP Seeks Own Response to 9/11"
WASHINGTON POST, September 9, 2004

Library Collections

The World Trade Center Attack: The Official Documents
This is a selective guide to the official government documents related to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, NY, on September 11, 2001 hosted by the Columbia University Libraries.

The September 11 Digital Archive
The September 11 Digital Archive, organized by the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The site hosts stories, still images, moving images, audio, documents, a portal to Web sites, and answers to frequently asked questions about 9/11.

Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress
This exhibition features the collections that the Library amassed about the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In almost every section of the Library of Congress, staff sought and received an abundance of original material pertaining to September 11, 2001 including prints, photographs, drawings, poems, eye-witness accounts and personal reactions, headlines, books, magazines, songs, maps, videotapes and films. The collection of 9/11 material contains tens of thousands of items and continues to grow steadily.

Portraits of Grief: Glimpses of Some of the Victims of the September 11 Attacks
The NEW YORK TIMES published more than 1,800 sketches of those killed in the September 11 attacks. The portraits, never meant to be traditional obituaries, were brief snapshots of each victim's personality in roughly 200 words. All profiles will remain on the site indefinitely.

The September 11 Web Archive
Starting in the hours just after the attacks, until December 1, 2001, scholars affiliated with worked with staff at the Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, and volunteers to identify URLs relevant to the question of how Web site producers were reacting to the events of September 11. They collected Web materials that reflect responses to those events from as many sources as possible including news organizations; governmental agencies; charity/relief groups; educational organizations; religious groups; advocacy groups; commercial organizations and individual citizens.

The 9/11 Commission Audio Chronicles
National Public Radio has archived audio files of press conferences, news, and other coverage of stories pertaining to September 11, 2001 and the 9/11 Commission.

Citizen Groups

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.

Analysis and Commentary

A Closer Look At The 9/11 Commission Report: The Role It is Playing In Election Politics, And Its Recommendations For Preventing Future Terrorism
by John W. Dean, FindLaw, July 30, 2004

9/11 Commission Chimera
by Ray McGovern,, August 02, 2004

The Triumph Of the 9/11 Commission
by Daniel Pipes, NEW YORK SUN, July 27, 2004

What the 9/11 Commission's Report Should Contain: Four Recommendations for Making America Safer
by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., and Paul Rosenzweig, The Heritage Foundation Backgrounder #1778, July 13, 2004

Additional PBS Sites

ONLINE NEWSHOUR: Investigating 9/11

CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: After 9/11: Stories

FRONTLINE: Sacred Ground

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