The nearly 600 page independent 9/11 Commission report is to be released today. The report calls for a general overseer of U.S. Intelligence, but
will not recommend the position as a Cabinet one. The move is to help keep the position from being influenced by the White House.
Key points in the review:
* At least 8 of the 9-11 hijackers passed through Iran
* A "failure of imagination," not governmental neglect, allowed 9-11 to happen.
* Both Clinton and Bush administrations were "ill-prepared" for an attack
* Our response was ineffective.
* No single person is responsible.
* The greatest criticism was aimed at the CIA and FBI.
* The government did not allow a group of Saudis to slip out of the country just after Sept. 11 when all planes were grounded.
* An attack of greater proportions is not just possible, but likely.
* Al Qaeda seeks creative methods to kill Americans.
* bin Laden has inspired affiliates and imitators.
* Complete intelligence overhaul.
* More secure borders
* A "Director of Intelligence" overseeing the CIA, FBI & other intelligence agencies
* A National Counterterrorism Center to unify counterterrorism intelligence & operations
* Unifying and strengthening Congressional oversight
* We need to remain on the offense
* Intelligence agencies need to unify and work together
* Stronger House and Congressional committees on counterterrorism
* DO NOT recommend a new intelligence agency
* "We must ... preserve the liberties we are fighting for." - Lee Hamilton, Commission Chairman
U.S. officials told NBC News earlier this week that the commission’s 500-plus-page report would not make the politically explosive conclusion that
the 2001 attacks were preventable. But it will criticize the FBI and the CIA for failing to share information and for inaccurately analyzing
intelligence, which contributed to the hijackers’ ability to carry out their plot.
The report will also criticize Congress for poor oversight of intelligence gathering, the senator said. Blaming institutional failures dating back to
the 1970s, it will recommend combining the House and Senate intelligence committees and removing limits on the numbers of term members may serve on
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Key findings of the report are to be:
* The Saudi government did not fund the 19 hijackers.
* Relatives of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were not allowed to fly out of the country until after air traffic was allowed to move freely
after it was grounded following the attacks. Moreover, those family members had no connection to the terrorist plot.
* Bush did not know about the specific threat beforehand, and there was little more that he could to prevent it.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Going to be an interesting few days as the Dems and the Cons try and spin this both ways. On the bright side, maybe some good will come from this.
[edit on 22-7-2004 by Banshee]
[edit on 7-26-2004 by Valhall]