Thursday, July 22, 2004

9-11 Commission report released

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (better known as the 9-11 Commission) has just released its final report. Unfortunately, it's a 7.4 MB PDF. You could download the summary instead, but at 5.9 MB (That's a summary! - ed.), it's not much better.

If you don't have the patience to download and read the report, CNN has good coverage, as do many other media organisations. The chief recommendation appears to be the appointment of a national intelligence director (possibly with cabinet rank) to co-ordinate intelligence gathering among the (approximately) 15 agencies involved in it. The Director of Central Intelligence (head of the CIA) would no longer have this responsibility, which probably explains why the CIA opposes it.

Hat tip: Dan Drezner.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Once intelligence gathering gets "Organized" where will the surplus armament productions get used up to feed the US arms industry...not to mention the depression of the trigger happy generals.The Yom Kippur war (Israel) and 9/11 were the result of government comlacency.There will be no dearth of "reports",but the question is how long and how many innocent lives before both the fanatics come to their senses.IRA is a case in point.Nitish John,the very best for your study at UIUC.

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