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The 9/11 Commission Report, the official United States government investigation of the events of September 11, 2001, released July 2004.

Click here for 20 full quotes from the 9/11 Commission Report
OR click on an issue category below for a subset.
Foreign Policy
  • Make a long-term commitment to supporting Pakistan. (Jul 22)
  • Expand Saudi relations from oil to anti-extremism. (Jul 22)
  • Multilateral coalition for Muslim youth outreach. (Jul 22)
Government Reform
  • Replace CIA director with new National Intelligence Czar.
  • End secrecy about national intelligence appropriations.
  • Replace "need-to-know" culture with "need-to-share".
  • Congressional oversight for intelligence is dysfunctional.
  • No new domestic intelligence agency-use FBI.
Homeland Security
  • No connection between Iraq and 9/11.
  • Focus on potential terrorist sanctuaries like Saudi Arabia.
  • US majority support among Muslims on 9-11 collapsed by 2003.
  • Must defeat ideology of terrorism, not Muslim people.
  • Support "Cooperative Threat Reduction" on Soviet nukes.
  • Continue targeting terrorist financing; add terrorist travel.
  • Screen for individual terrorists at borders, no profiling.
  • Guidelines, supervision, & oversight of new security powers.
  • Fund better communications between emergency responders.
  • Improve human intel with racial and linguistic diversity.
  • Several missed opportunities to disrupt 9/11 hijackers.
  • Most important failure on 9/11 was one of imagination.


The above quotations are from The 9/11 Commission, the official United States government investigation of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, released July 2004.

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