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The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks. The Commission has released its final report. [more]

The Commission has released its final report, available below in PDF format. The report is also available in bookstores nationwide and from the Government Printing Office. The Chair and Vice Chair have released a statement regarding the Commission's closing. [more]

Frequently Asked Questions about the report are answered on this site. The Commission closed August 21, 2004. [more]

9-11 Commission Report

Commission Members

Public Statement by the Chair and Vice Chair Regarding the Report

PDF, 36 KB

Executive Summary

PDF, 372 KB

HTML, 64 KB

Thomas H. Kean Chair Lee H. Hamilton Vice Chair Richard Ben-Veniste Fred F. Fielding Jamie S. Gorelick Slade Gorton Bob Kerrey John F. Lehman Timothy J. Roemer James R. Thompson

Commission Staff Complete 9/11 Commission Report PDF, 7.4 MB

Philip D. Zelikow Executive Director Chris Kojm Deputy Executive Director Daniel Marcus General Counsel

Report by Section

Contents, List of Illustrations and Tables, Members, and Staff

PDF, 372 KB

HTML, 64 KB

Preface

PDF, 67 KB

HTML, 14 KB

1. "We Have Some Planes"

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2. The Foundation of the New Terrorism

1.1 Inside the Four Flights PDF, 952 KB 1.2 Improvising a Homeland Defense HTML, 133 KB

1.3 National Crisis Management

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3. Counterterrorism Evolves

2.1 A Declaration of War

2.2 Bin Ladin's Appeal in the Islamic World PDF, 1.4 MB 2.3 The Rise of Bin Ladin and al Qaeda (1988-1992) HTML, 72 KB

2.4 Building an Organization, Declaring War on the United States (1992-1996)

2.5 Al Qaeda's Renewal in Afghanistan (1996-1998)

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3.1 From the Old Terrorism to the New: The First World Trade Center Bombing

3.2 Adaptation--and Nonadaptation--in the Law Enforcement Community

PDF, 188 KB

HTML, 116 KB

3.3 ... and in the Federal Aviation Administration

3.4 ... and in the Intelligence Community

3.5 ... and in the State Department and the Defense Department

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4. Responses to Al Qaeda's Initial Assaults

3.6 ... and in the White House

3.7 ... and in the Congress

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5. Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homeland

4.1 Before the Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

4.2 Crisis: August 1998 PDF, 185 KB 4.3 Diplomacy HTML, 113 KB

4.4 Covert Action

4.5 Searching for Fresh Options

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6. From Threat To Threat

5.1 Terrorist Entrepreneurs

5.2 The "Planes Operation"

PDF, 312 KB

HTML, 89 KB

5.3 The Hamburg Contingent

5.4 A Money Trail?

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7. The Attack Looms

6.1 The Millennium Crisis

6.2 Post-Crisis Reflection: Agenda for 2000 PDF, 209 KB 6.3 The Attack on the USS Cole HTML, 129 KB

6.4 Change and Continuity

6.5 The New Administration's Approach

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8. "The System Was Blinking Red"

7.1 First Arrivals in California

7.2 The 9/11 Pilots in the United States

PDF, 949 KB

HTML, 119 KB

7.3 Assembling the Teams

7.4 Final Strategies and Tactics

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9. Heroism and Horror

8.1 The Summer of Threat

PDF, 146 KB

HTML, 76 KB

8.2 Late Leads--Mihdhar, Moussaoui, and KSM

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10. Wartime

9.1 Preparedness as of September 11

9.2 September 11, 2001

PDF, 2.3 MB

HTML, 130 KB

9.3 Emergency Response at the Pentagon

9.4 Analysis

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11. Foresight--and Hindsight

10.1 Immediate Responses at Home PDF, 109 KB 10.2 Planning for War HTML, 45 KB

10.3 "Phase Two" and the Question of Iraq

PDF, 133 KB

HTML, 67 KB

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12. What To Do? A Global Strategy

11.1 Imagination

11.2 Policy

11.3 Capabilities

11.4 Management

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12.1 Reflecting on a Generational Challenge

12.2 Attack Terrorists and Their Organizations

PDF, 184 KB

HTML, 110 KB

12.3 Prevent the Continued Growth of Islamist Terrorism

12.4 Protect against and Prepare for Terrorist Attacks

13. How To Do It? A Different Way of Organizing the Government

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Appendices

13.1 Unity of Effort across the Foreign-Domestic Divide

13.2 Unity of Effort in the Intelligence Community PDF, 158 KB 13.3 Unity of Effort in Sharing Information HTML, 79 KB

13.4 Unity of Effort in the Congress

13.5 Organizing America's Defenses in the United States

PDF, 109 KB

HTML, 49 KB

Notes

PDF, 669 KB

HTML, 681 KB

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National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States The Commission closed on August 21, 2004. This site is archived.


				
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