by Tamika Thompson
The 9/11 Commission Report, which was published in 2004, made 41 recommendations for keeping America safe, such as tracking terrorist financing and exchanging terrorist information with trusted allies.
For the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group issued the Tenth Anniversary Report Card: The Status of the 9/11 Commission Recommendations.
The report card was prepared by a 15-person group that included former 9/11 Commission Chair Thomas Kean and former Vice Chair Lee Hamilton as well as Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.
The 20-page document reveals that while the United States has made some progress in making the country safer, nine of the 41 recommendations remain unfulfilled.
“These nine unfinished recommendations demonstrate that we are not as secure as we could or should be, and we urge immediate action to complete their implementation,” Kean said in a press conference.
The nine areas outlined in the report that the United States must focus on are:
- continuing to establish unity of command and effort across federal agencies and state and local authorities;
- dedicating radio spectrum to public safety, particularly for first responders;
- creating a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board within the executive branch;
- creating congressional oversight of the homeland security and intelligence functions of government;
- strengthening the director of national intelligence’s authority over budget and personnel;
- continuing to beef up transportation security;
- creating a comprehensive exit component of the biometric entry-exit screening system;
- accelerating compliance with the REAL ID Act to ensure standardized secure identifications;
- developing a comprehensive approach to terrorist detention that outlines the rules of evidence and procedures and the forums in which they will be applied.
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