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9/11 Commission Report on Terrorism
9/11 Commission Report on Terrorism
9/11 Commission Report on Terrorism
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The Historical 9/11

Commission Report

on Terrorism

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Final Report of the

National Commission on Terrorist

Attacks Upon the United States

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official government edition

 

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C O N T E N T S

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1. "WE HAVE SOME PLANES" 1

1.1 Inside the Four Flights 1

1.2 Improvising a Homeland Defense 14

1.3 National Crisis Management 35

2. THE FOUNDATION OF THE NEW TERRORISM 47

2.1 A Declaration of War 47

2.2 Bin Ladin’s Appeal in the Islamic World 48

2.3 The Rise of Bin Ladin and al Qaeda (1988–1992) 55

2.4 Building an Organization, Declaring

War on the United States (1992–1996) 59

2.5 Al Qaeda’s Renewal in Afghanistan (1996–1998) 63

3. COUNTERTERRORISM EVOLVES 71

3.1 From the Old Terrorism to the New:

The First World Trade Center Bombing 71

3.2 Adaptation—and Nonadaptation—

in the Law Enforcement Community 73

3.3 . . . and in the Federal Aviation Administration 82

3.4 . . . and in the Intelligence Community 86

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3.5 . . . and in the State Department and the Defense Department 93

3.6 . . . and in the White House 98

3.7 . . . and in the Congress 102

4. RESPONSES TO AL QAEDA’S INITIAL ASSAULTS 108

4.1 Before the Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania 108

4.2 Crisis:August 1998 115

4.3 Diplomacy 121

4.4 Covert Action 126

4.5 Searching for Fresh Options 134

5. AL QAEDA AIMS AT THE AMERICAN HOMELAND 145

5.1 Terrorist Entrepreneurs 145

5.2 The "Planes Operation" 153

5.3 The Hamburg Contingent 160

5.4 A Money Trail? 169

6. FROM THREAT TO THREAT 174

6.1 The Millennium Crisis 174

6.2 Post-Crisis Reflection: Agenda for 2000 182

6.3 The Attack on the USS Cole 190

6.4 Change and Continuity 198

6.5 The New Administration’s Approach 203

7. THE ATTACK LOOMS 215

7.1 First Arrivals in California 215

7.2 The 9/11 Pilots in the United States 223

7.3 Assembling the Teams 231

7.4 Final Strategies and Tactics 241

8. "THE SYSTEM WAS BLINKING RED" 254

8.1 The Summer of Threat 254

8.2 Late Leads—Mihdhar, Moussaoui, and KSM 266

9. HEROISM AND HORROR 278

9.1 Preparedness as of September 11 278

9.2 September 11, 2001 285

9.3 Emergency Response at the Pentagon 311

9.4 Analysis 315

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10. WARTIME 325

10.1 Immediate Responses at Home 326

10.2 Planning for War 330

10.3 "Phase Two" and the Question of Iraq

11. FORESIGHT—AND HINDSIGHT

11.1 Imagination 339

11.2 Policy 348

11.3 Capabilities 350

11.4 Management 353

12. WHAT TO DO? A GLOBAL STRATEGY 361

12.1 Reflecting on a Generational Challenge 361

12.2 Attack Terrorists and Their Organizations 365

12.3 Prevent the Continued Growth of Islamist Terrorism 374

12.4 Protect against and Prepare for Terrorist Attacks 383

13. HOW TO DO IT? A DIFFERENT WAY OF

ORGANIZING THE GOVERNMENT 399

13.1 Unity of Effort across the Foreign-Domestic Divide 400

13.2 Unity of Effort in the Intelligence Community 407

13.3 Unity of Effort in Sharing Information 416

13.4 Unity of Effort in the Congress 419

13.5 Organizing America’s Defenses in the United States 423

 

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