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9/11 Commission Public Hearings
This section of the website highlights the key points of the 9/11 Commission Report Hearings. It does not include individual testimonies by speakers. For the readers interested in the testimonies, please visit the official website at: 
 
 
Note that all the documents found on this page were gathered from the official website. We had to summarize the key points. The titles and descriptions of content as well as the content itself remains unchanged.

First Public Hearing: Day One: Monday, March 31, 2003 (PDF 392 KB)

The purpose of this public hearing was to engage those whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11 in a public dialogue about the Commission's goals and priorities. The Commission also sought to learn about work already completed and the state of current knowledge, in order to identify the most important issues and questions requiring further investigation.

Remarks by The Honorable Governor George Pataki, State of New York & Remarks by The Honorable Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City of New York. As well as Testimony on "The Experience of the Attack", "Representatives of the Victims", "The Attackers, Intelligence, and Counter-Terrorism Policy"

First Public Hearing Day Two: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 (PDF 306 KB)

Hearing Reconvenes. Testimony on "Borders, Money, and Transportation Security", Law Enforcement, Domestic Intelligence, and Homeland Security", and a Panel on the "Immediate Response to the Attacks".

Second Public Hearing Day One: Thursday, May 22, 2003 (PDF 320 KB)

The Commission heard testimony on Congressional oversight as well as the state of the aviation security before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The morning discussions included the "Commission Mandate and Objectives", "Intelligence Oversight and the Joint Inquiry" and the "Affected Constituencies". The afternoon hearings were about "Civil Aviation Security" and include discussions on the "State of the System: Civil Aviation Security on September 11th".

Second Public Hearing Day Two: Friday, May 23, 2003 (PDF 252 KB)

The state of civil aviation security before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Part 2. Hearings on "The Attacks and the Response" and "Reforming Civil Aviation Security: Next Steps".

First Interim Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States_July 8 2003 (PDF 40.1 KB)

Third Public Hearing Day One: Wednesday, July 9, 2003 (PDF 214 KB)

"Terrorism, Al Qaeda, and the Muslim World"
 
The Commission heard testimony from experts on the character of the transnational terrorist threat, the relationships of Arab states to these groups, and the phenomenon of violent extremism within the Muslim community. Three Panels were heard on topics such as "Al Qaeda", "States and Terrorism", and "The Challenge within the Muslim World".
 

Second Interim Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States_September 23 2003 (PDF 64.3 KB)

Fourth Public Hearing Tuesday, October 14, 2003 (PDF 167 KB)

"Intelligence and the War on Terror"
 
The Commission heard testimony from two sets of witnesses on leadership of U.S. intelligence, intelligence and national security policy, and the effectiveness of warning against transnational threats. Among the six witnesses testifying was former Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence James R. Schlesinger and former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence, John M. Deutch.
 
Experts were heard on "Leadership of U.S. Intelligence", and "Intelligence and National Security Policy". A Panel was heard on "Warning of Transnational Threats".

Fifth Public Hearing Wednesday, November 19, 2003 (PDF 249 KB)

"Emergency Preparedness"
 
The Commission heard from New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey on "Highlights of the New Jersey Public/Private Sector Partnerships";
four panels of business officials and federal, state, and local government representatives on issues such as
"Skyscraper Safety Issues from 9/11 Family Members",
"Public/Private Initiatives Since 9/11",
"Standards for Emergency Management & Business Continuity", and
"Future Strategies for Private Sector Preparedness";
 
as well as from individuals working to enhance emergency preparedness in the private sector on matters such as:
 
"Risks & Consequences of Terrorism for the Private Sector",
"Private Sector Experience on 9/11",
"Multimedia Presentations of Initiatves Across the United States".

Sixth Public Hearing Monday, December 8, 2003 (PDF 249 KB)

"Security and Liberty"
 
The Commission heard testimony from four panels of witnesses on domestic intelligence collection, protecting privacy while preventing terrorism, and the use of immigration laws to combat terrorism. Among the twelve witnesses testifying was former Attorney General William Barr, former Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and Philip Heymann, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre.
 
"Intelligence Collection within the United States", "Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism", "Preventive Detention: Use of Immigration Laws and Enemy Combatant Designations to Combat Terrorism", "Government Organization and Domestic Intelligence".

Seventh Public Hearing Day One: Monday, January 26, 2004 (PDF 403 KB)

"Borders, Transportation, and Managing Risk"
 
The two-day investigative hearing developed facts and circumstances relating to border and aviation security—two central aspects of the Commission’s mandate.

The Commission heard from current and former officials from the public and private sectors. In addition to witness testimony, two staff statements were delivered during the course of Day 1 of the proceedings. The first such Statement was on "Entry of the 9/11 Hijackers into the United States" and the second Statement was on "Three 9/11 Hijackers:Identification, Watchlisting, and Tracking".

Day 1 included 4 panels: "The Border Security System Prior to September 11", "An Incident in Florida", "Visas and Watchlisting Today", and "The Response of September 11 on the Borders".

Seventh Public Hearing Day Two: Tuesday, January 27, 2004 (PDF 329 KB)

"Borders, Transportation, and Managing Risk"
 
The two-day investigative hearing developed facts and circumstances relating to border and aviation security—two central aspects of the Commission’s mandate.

The Commission heard from current and former officials from the public and private sectors, concluding with testimony from Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security James M. Loy.  In addition to witness testimony, two staff statements were delivered during the course of Day 2 of the proceedings. The first such Statement was on "The Aviation Security System and the 9/11 Attacks" and the second Statement was on "The Four Flights".

Day 2 included 4 panels: "Aviation Security on 9/11: The Regulators", "Aviation Security on 9/11: The Airlines", "Acts of Courage in the Sky", and "Risk Management after September 11".

Eighth Public Hearing Day One: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 (PDF 427 KB)

"Counterterrorism Policy"
 
This two day hearing investigated the formulation and conduct of U.S. counterterrorism policy, with particular emphasis on the period from the August 1998 embassy bombings to September 11, 2001.

On Day one the Commission heard from current and former top-level administration officials. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, testified, as did former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, and former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. In addition to witness testimony, two staff statements were delivered during the course of the proceedings. The first Staff Statement was on "Diplomacy" and the second Staff Statement was on "The Military".

Eighth Public Hearing Day Two: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 (PDF 479KB)

"Counterterrorism Policy"
 
This two day hearing investigated the formulation and conduct of U.S. counterterrorism policy, with particular emphasis on the period from the August 1998 embassy bombings to September 11, 2001.

The Commission heard from current and former top-level administration officials. Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet, and Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage testified, as did former National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger, and former National Counterterrorism Coordinator Richard A. Clarke. In addition to witness testimony, two staff statements were delivered during the course of the proceedings. The first Staff Statement was on "Intelligence Policy" and the second Staff Statement was on "National Policy Coordination".

Ninth Public Hearing Thursday, April 8, 2004 (PDF 188 KB)

"Testimony from Dr. Condoleezza Rice"
 
The Commission heard testimony from Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Tenth Public Hearing Day One: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 (PDF 406 KB)

"Law Enforcement and the Intelligence Community"
 
This hearing examined the performance of law enforcement and the Intelligence Community prior to September 11 and evaluated post-9/11 reforms in these areas. The Commission heard from current and former top-level officials from our nation’s law enforcement and intelligence communities. Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Attorney General Janet Reno, former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, and former Acting FBI Director Thomas J. Pickard. In addition to witness testimony, two staff statements were delivered during the course of the proceedings. The first Staff Statement was on "Law Enforcement, Counterterrorism, and Intelligence Collection in the United States Prior to 9/11" and the second Staff Statement was on "Threats and Responses in 2001".

Tenth Public Hearing Day Two: Wednesday, April 14 2004 (PDF 479 KB)

"Law Enforcement and the Intelligence Community"
 
This Hearing examined the performance of law enforcement and the Intelligence Community prior to September 11 and evaluated post-9/11 reforms in these areas. On Day Two we find one Staff Statement on "The Performance of the Intelligence Community" and a second Staff Statement on "Reforming Law Enforcement, Counterterrorism, and Intelligence Collection in the United States".
A  statement by The Honorable George J. Tenet. And one panel on "Preventing Future Attacks Inside the United States" and a second panel on "FBI Leadership and Initiatives Post 9/11".

Eleventh Public Hearing Day One: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 (PDF 277 KB)

"Emergency Response"
 
The two-day hearing examined the response of local and federal emergency response departments on September 11, 2001, and considered how to improve these critical functions in the event of future terrorist attacks.

The Commission heard from the current and former top-level officials in the fire, police, and emergency management departments of New York City, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Arlington County, Virginia. One staff statements was presented during the course of the hearing on "Emergency Preparedness and Response".

Eleventh Public Hearing Day Two: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 (PDF 205)

"Emergency Response"
 
The two-day hearing examined the response of local and federal emergency response departments on September 11, 2001, and considered how to improve these critical functions in the event of future terrorist attacks.

The Commission heard from the current and former top-level officials in the fire, police, and emergency management departments of New York City, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Arlington County, Virginia. Secretary of Homeland Security Thomas J. Ridge and former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani also testified. One staff statements was presented during the course of the hearing on "Crisis Management".

Twelfth Public Hearing Day One: Wednesday, June 16, 2004 (PDF 242 KB)

"The 9/11 Plot"
 
On June 16 at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center, the Commission heard from several of the federal government’s top law enforcement and intelligence experts on al Qaeda and the 9-11 plot. More specifically, a Staff Statement on "Outline of the 9/11 Plot". One panel on "Al Qaeda" and a second panel on "Outline of the 9/11 Plot".

Twelfth Public Hearing Day Two: Thursday, June 17, 2004 (PDF 230 KB)

"National Crisis Management"
 
Day two resumes with the top military and civilian aviation officials testifying about their agencies’ responses to the 9-11 attacks. In addition to witness testimony, three staff statements were presented during the course of the proceedings
Staff Statement on "Improvising a Homeland Defense". One Panel on the "Military Response to 9/11" and a second panel on "FAA Response on 9/11"

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