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Title:
The 9/11 investigations : staff reports of the 9/11 Commission : excerpts from the House-Senate joint inquiry report on 9/11 : testimony from fourteen key witnesses, including Richard Clarke, George Tenet, and Condoleezza Rice
Author:
Strasser, Steven.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : PublicAffairs, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xxxvi, 580 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
Pt. 1. The 9/11 Commission staff statements and testimony. Staff statement no. 1 : entry of the 9/11 hijackers into the United States ; Staff statement no. 2 : three hijackers : identification, watchlisting and tracking ; Staff statement no. 3 : the aviation security system and the 9/11 attacks ; Staff statement no. 4 : the four flights ; Staff statement no. 5 : diplomacy ; Staff statement no. 6 : the military ; Staff statement no. 7 : intelligence policy ; Staff statement no. 8 : national policy coordination ; Staff statement no. 9 : law enforcement, counterterrorism and intelligence collection in the United States prior to 9/11 ; Staff statement no. 10 : threats and responses in 2001 ; Staff statement no. 11 : the performance of the intelligence community ; Staff statement no. 12 : reforming law enforcement, counterterrorism and intelligence collection in the United States --

Pt. 2. Excerpts from the House-Senate joint inquiry report on 9/11. The attacks of September 11, 2001 ; The intelligence failures ; The rise of global terrorism ; Rethinking America's war against terror ; Findings ; Recommendations --

Appendices. Glossary of key names and terms ; The 9/11 hijackers ; Selected events in the chronology of terrorism, 1983-2004 ; The presidential daily brief, August 6, 2001 ; The "Phoenix memo".
ISBN:
9781586482794
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The 9/11 Investigations lifts the curtain on the top-secret investigations into the worst attack in American history. Here in one place is the most salient information from both the Joint House-Senate Inquiry and the 9/11 Commission investigation, distilled into a narrative that readers can understand.

First, The 9/11 Investigations presents the most shocking discoveries to emerge in the course of the investigations. Former Newsweek editor Steven Strasser has combed through the extensive investigative documents and extracted the most revelatory information about 9/11 itself--the al Qaeda plot, the terrorist attack, the emergency response--as well as troubling insights into the inner workings of our government: the decision-making process at the top levels of government, the miscommunication between the FBI and CIA, and the fatal oversights made by the Bush administration before the attacks.

Second, The 9/11 Investigations explores the investigation process itself. A lead essay by Craig R. Whitney, assistant managing editor of the New York Times, places the 9/11 investigation into a historical context of other governmental investigations such as the Warren Report and the Pearl Harbor investigation. Whitney also explores the political power plays that have affected the investigation's progress, addressing these fundamental questions: Why hasn't the Bush administration cooperated fully with the 9/11 Commission? How has the administration's behavior affected the work of the Commission? Who will be held responsible for the intelligence and leadership failures revealed by the investigations? And perhaps most importantly: Will the 9/11 investigation help prevent such a tragedy from happening again? Are we any safer for their work?

Together, these documents and analysis provide an in-depth look at how America has tried to deal with the shocking impact of the 9/11 attacks.


Table of Contents

Craig R. Whitney
Introductionp. ix
A Note from the Editorp. xxxv
I The 9/11 Commission Staff Statements and Testimony
Staff Statement No. 1 Entry of the 9/11 Hijackers into the United Statesp. 3
Staff Statement No. 2 Three Hijackers: Identification, Watchlisting and Trackingp. 17
Staff Statement No. 3 The Aviation Security System and the 9/11 Attacksp. 32
Staff Statement No. 4 The Four Flightsp. 47
Staff Statement No. 5 Diplomacyp. 59
Excerpts of testimony from Madeleine Albright and Colin Powellp. 83
Staff Statement No. 6 The Militaryp. 98
Excerpts of testimony from William Cohen and Donald Rumsfeldp. 118
Staff Statement No. 7 Intelligence Policyp. 129
Excerpts of testimony from George J. Tenetp. 146
Staff Statement No. 8 National Policy Coordinationp. 152
Excerpts of testimony from Samuel Berger, Richard Clarke, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Ricep. 170
Staff Statement No. 9 Law Enforcement, Counterterrorism and Intelligence Collection in the United States Prior to 9/11p. 239
Excerpts of testimony from Louis J. Freeh and Janet Renop. 257
Staff Statement No. 10 Threats and Responses in 2001p. 272
The Presidential Daily Brief, August 6, 2001p. 293
Excerpts of testimony from Thomas J. Pickard, J. Cofer Black, and John Ashcroftp. 295
Staff Statement No. 11 The Performance of the Intelligence Communityp. 317
Excerpts of testimony from George J. Tenetp. 336
Staff Statement No. 12 Reforming Law Enforcement, Counterterrorism and Intelligence Collection in the United Statesp. 349
Excerpts of testimony from Robert S. Muellerp. 363
II Excerpts from the House-Senate Joint Inquiry Report on 9/11
The Attacks of September 11, 2001p. 376
The Intelligence Failuresp. 394
The Rise of Global Terrorismp. 421
Rethinking America's War against Terrorp. 451
Findingsp. 490
Recommendationsp. 510
Appendixes
A. Glossary of Key Names and Termsp. 529
B. The 9/11 Hijackersp. 536
C. Selected Events in the Chronology of Terrorism, 1983-2004p. 538
D. The Presidential Daily Brief, August 6, 2001p. 545
E. The "Phoenix Memo"p. 548
Indexp. 557