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 itselfthe al Qaeda plot, the terrorist attack, the emergency responseas 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
|A Note from the Editor||xxxv|
|I||The 9/11 Commission Staff Statements and Testimony|
|Staff Statement No. 1||Entry of the 9/11 Hijackers into the United States||3|
|Staff Statement No. 2||Three Hijackers: Identification, Watchlisting and Tracking||17|
|Staff Statement No. 3||The Aviation Security System and the 9/11 Attacks||32|
|Staff Statement No. 4||The Four Flights||47|
|Staff Statement No. 5||Diplomacy||59|
|Excerpts of testimony from Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell||83|
|Staff Statement No. 6||The Military||98|
|Excerpts of testimony from William Cohen and Donald Rumsfeld||118|
|Staff Statement No. 7||Intelligence Policy||129|
|Excerpts of testimony from George J. Tenet||146|
|Staff Statement No. 8||National Policy Coordination||152|
|Excerpts of testimony from Samuel Berger, Richard Clarke, Richard Armitage, and Condoleezza Rice||170|
|Staff Statement No. 9||Law Enforcement, Counterterrorism and Intelligence Collection in the United States Prior to 9/11||239|
|Excerpts of testimony from Louis J. Freeh and Janet Reno||257|
|Staff Statement No. 10||Threats and Responses in 2001||272|
|The Presidential Daily Brief, August 6, 2001||293|
|Excerpts of testimony from Thomas J. Pickard, J. Cofer Black, and John Ashcroft||295|
|Staff Statement No. 11||The Performance of the Intelligence Community||317|
|Excerpts of testimony from George J. Tenet||336|
|Staff Statement No. 12||Reforming Law Enforcement, Counterterrorism and Intelligence Collection in the United States||349|
|Excerpts of testimony from Robert S. Mueller||363|
|II||Excerpts from the House-Senate Joint Inquiry Report on 9/11|
|The Attacks of September 11, 2001||376|
|The Intelligence Failures||394|
|The Rise of Global Terrorism||421|
|Rethinking America's War against Terror||451|
|A.||Glossary of Key Names and Terms||529|
|B.||The 9/11 Hijackers||536|
|C.||Selected Events in the Chronology of Terrorism, 1983-2004||538|
|D.||The Presidential Daily Brief, August 6, 2001||545|
|E.||The "Phoenix Memo"||548|
What People are Saying About This
Whitney's even-handed introduction and Strasser's context-setting commentaries [are] a valuable companion for the ultimate commission report and debates.