Key Findings of the 9/11 Commission
From the Christian Emergency Network.
The bipartisan commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has released its 585-page final report.
Among its key findings:
U.S. leaders did not understand the "gravity of the threat."
The United States wasn't prepared to meet al Qaeda's challenges.
Terrorism wasn't the chief security concern of the Bush or Clinton administrations.
Failures to thwart 9/11 highlight agencies' inability to adapt to new problems.
CIA effectiveness was limited by use of intermediaries to pursue Osama bin Laden.
Information and analysis wasn't shared across agencies.
Among its key recommendations:
Establish a Cabinet-level intelligence director
Establish a single counterterrorism center
Create a single, joint congressional committee to oversee homeland security.
Missed opportunities identified:
Two hijackers weren't put on watch lists before arriving in the United States.
Hijackers weren't trailed once here.
Information linking known terrorists to a hijacker wasn't shared.
Zacarias Moussaoui's arrest wasn't linked to a heightened threat.
False statements on visa applications weren't discovered.
Manipulated passports weren't recognized.
No-fly lists weren't updated with names from terrorist watch lists.
Airline passengers weren't thoroughly screened.
Planes weren't prepared for the possibility of suicide hijackings.
To read the entire report – The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) – go to www.9-11commission.gov.