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The 9/11 Commission report : final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States /
Thomas H. Kean, chair, Lee H. Hamilton, vice-chair.
edition
Official government ed.
imprint
[Washington, D.C.] : National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [2004]
description
xviii, 567 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
ISBN
0160723043, 9780160723049
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Book
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imprint
[Washington, D.C.] : National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [2004]
isbn
0160723043
9780160723049
contents note
"We have some planes" -- The foundation of the new terrorism -- Counterterrorism evolves -- Responses to Al Qaeda's initial assaults -- Al Qaeda aims at the American homeland -- From threat to threat -- The attack looms -- "The system was blinking red" -- Heroism and horror -- Wartime -- Foresight-and hindsight -- What to do? A global strategy -- How to do it? A different way of organizing the government.
general note
Shipping list no.: 2004-0223-P.
abstract
Final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.
catalogue key
9624378
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
National Book Awards, USA, 2004 : Nominated
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2011-06-01:
The 9/11 commission, a bipartisan group appointed to trace the events of 9/11, exposes the planning, training, and strategies 19 hijackers used successfully to attack the United States. This is still one of the most important historical documents of its time. (A new edition is forthcoming: Philip D. Zelikow's The 9/11 Commission Report: The Attack from Planning to Aftermath. Aug. 2011. ISBN 9780393340136.) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-08-16:
With a grave resolve that perfectly balances the enormous stakes with the necessity of delving into minutiae, this historic book describes the mechanics of the horrific attacks on the United States and recommends measures for preventing further strikes. Without trivializing any of the events or diminishing the people involved, it reads like a Shakespearean drama. The authors, with grim but charged dispassion, unspool paragraph after paragraph dramatizing the arrival of "muscle hijackers" (as opposed to pilots), the thinking of CIA director George Tenet (regularly referred to, along with most other players here, simply by last name) and plot co-coordinator Khalid Sheikh Mohammad ("KSM") among thousands of others, and the other ways and means by which a "foreign" incursion caused catastrophic domestic damage. Distilling an enormous amount of information in plain language, with unerring pitch and a perfect feel for when to gloss ("Dubai, a modern city with easy access to a major airport..."), the book's implied narrator sticks as close as possible to how real people made real decisions, and, when stymied in considering a factor or set of factors, is willing to say so. In so doing, this multi-author document produces an absolutely compelling narrative intelligence, one with clarity, a sense of shared mission and an overriding desire to do something about the situation. At the same time, with quotational chapter headings like " `We Have Some Planes' " and " `The System Was Blinking Red,' " the authors never forget that they are communicating in a medium that has a lot of stylistic resources for holding one's attention; they draw liberally on the most tried and true. Given what hangs in the balance, it is not a stretch to compare this document to The Federalist Papers, in the sense that the book is designed to foster the debate by which the country will reimagine itself through its bureaucracy. (July 22) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Summaries
Main Description
Nearly three thousand people died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In Lower Manhattan, on a field in Pennsylvania, and along the banks of the Potomoc, the United States suffered the single largest loss of life from an enemy attack on its soil. In November 2002 the United States Congress and President George W. Bush established by law the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. This independent, bipartisan panel was directed to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks, identify lessons learned, and provide recommendations to safeguard against future acts of terrorism. This volume is the authorized edition of the Commission's final report.
Main Description
This edition has been designated as the only official U.S. Government edition of the 9-11 Commission's Final Report. It 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.
Unpaid Annotation
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, was chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The final report of the commission was also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks. The findings of the commission in this official U.S. Government Printing Office edition will be of interest to all Americans.
Main Description
Nearly 3,000 people died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, the single largest loss of life from an enemy attack on its soil. This publication contains the official government edition of the final report by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (also known as the 9/11 Commission). This independent, bipartisan panel was established in late 2002 by the US Congress and President George W. Bush to examine the facts and circumstances surrounding the attacks, to identify lessons to be learned (including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks), and to provide recommendations to safeguard against future acts of terrorism. The Commission interviewed over 1,000 current and former officials, including President Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney (in private testimony), US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor to the President. It also reviewed over two million pages of documents, including classified information.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations and Tablesp. ix
Member Listp. xi
Staff Listp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
"We have some Planes"p. 1
Inside the Four Flightsp. 1
Improvising a Homeland Defensep. 14
National Crisis Managementp. 35
The Foundation of the New Terrorismp. 47
A Declaration of Warp. 47
Bin Ladin's Appeal in the Islamic Worldp. 48
The Rise of Bin Ladin and al Qaeda (1988-1992)p. 55
Building an Organization, Declaring War on the United States (1992-1996)p. 59
Al Qaeda's Renewal in Afghanistan (1996-1998)p. 63
Counterterrorism Evolvesp. 71
From the Old Terrorism to the New: The First World Trade Center Bombingp. 71
Adaptation--and Nonadaptation--in the Law Enforcement Communityp. 73
... and in the Federal Aviation Administrationp. 82
... and in the Intelligence Communityp. 86
... and in the State Department and the Defense Departmentp. 93
... and in the White Housep. 98
... and in the Congressp. 102
Responses to al Qaeda's Initial Assaultsp. 108
Before the Bombings in Kenya and Tanzaniap. 108
Crisis: August 1998p. 115
Diplomacyp. 121
Covert Actionp. 126
Searching for Fresh Optionsp. 134
Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homelandp. 145
Terrorist Entrepreneursp. 145
The "Planes Operation"p. 153
The Hamburg Contingentp. 160
A Money Trail?p. 169
From Threat to Threatp. 174
The Millennium Crisisp. 174
Post-Crisis Reflection: Agenda for 2000p. 182
The Attack on the USS Colep. 190
Change and Continuityp. 198
The New Administration's Approachp. 203
The Attack Loomsp. 215
First Arrivals in Californiap. 215
The 9/11 Pilots in the United Statesp. 223
Assembling the Teamsp. 231
Final Strategies and Tacticsp. 241
"The System was Blinking Red"p. 254
The Summer of Threatp. 254
Late Leads--Mihdhar, Moussaoui, and KSMp. 266
Heroism and Horrorp. 278
Preparedness as of September 11p. 278
September 11, 2001p. 285
Emergency Response at the Pentagonp. 311
Analysisp. 315
Wartimep. 325
Immediate Responses at Homep. 326
Planning for Warp. 330
"Phase Two" and the Question of Iraqp. 334
Foresight--and Hindsightp. 339
Imaginationp. 339
Policyp. 348
Capabilitiesp. 350
Managementp. 353
What to Do? A Global Strategyp. 361
Reflecting on a Generational Challengep. 361
Attack Terrorists and Their Organizationsp. 365
Prevent the Continued Growth of Islamist Terrorismp. 374
Protect against and Prepare for Terrorist Attacksp. 383
How to Do it? A Different Way of Organizing the Governmentp. 399
Unity of Effort across the Foreign-Domestic Dividep. 400
Unity of Effort in the Intelligence Communityp. 407
Unity of Effort in Sharing Informationp. 416
Unity of Effort in the Congressp. 419
Organizing America's Defenses in the United Statesp. 423
Common Abbreviationsp. 429
Table of Namesp. 431
Commission Hearingsp. 439
Notesp. 449
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