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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 Potomac, 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 is the official government edition of the Commission's final report.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579809676
  • Publisher: Claitor's Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 567
  • Sales rank: 989,582
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables ix
Member List xi
Staff List xiii
Preface xv
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
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
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 334
11. Foresight--and Hindsight 339
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
Appendix A Common Abbreviations 429
Appendix B Table of Names 431
Appendix C Commission Hearings 439
Notes 449
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