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9/11 commission full report

  • 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.
  • Establish a Cabinet-level intelligence director
  • Establish a single counterterrorism center
  • Create a single, joint congressional committee to oversee homeland security
    September 11, 2001

    Full text of 9/11 commission report. All files are PDF.

    Executive Summary (5.9 MB)

    Contents, List of Illustrations and Tables, Members, and Staff (233 KB)

    Preface (67 KB)

    Chapter 1: "We Have Some Planes" (952 KB)

    Chapter 2: The Foundation of the New Terrorism (1.44 MB)

    Chapter 3: Counterterrorism Evolves (188 KB)

    Chapter 4: Responses to al Qaeda's Initial Assaults (185 KB)

    Chapter 5: Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homeland (312 KB)

    Chapter 6: From Threat to Threat (209 KB)

    Chapter 7: The Attack Looms (949 KB)

    Chapter 8: "The System Was Blinking Red" (146 KB)

    Chapter 9: Heroism and Horror (2.3 MB)

    Chapter 10: Wartime (109 KB)

    Chapter 11: Foresight--and Hindsight (133 KB)

    Chapter 12: What to do? A Global Strategy (184 KB)

    Chapter 13: How to do it? A Different Way of Organizing the Government (158 KB)

    Appendices (109 KB)

    Notes (669 KB)

    Full report (7.4 MB)

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