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Title:The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (Official Edition)
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The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks (2004)

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Should be required reading. See Jesse's review for a great summary: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/54435804. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
It may be unusual that commission reports are readable, but this one is quite well-written and well-structured. I find the last chapters with recommendations for reorganization of the governments security efforts should have been left out and put somewhere else. In the version I have there is annoyingly no index.

I find two major omissions: The engineering report on the structural capability of the World Trade Center. As far as I remember this was intentional left out to a separate later report as the engineering modeling took long time. The other omission is the issue with the interrogation of detainees which may have involved torture. The commission report gets away with this issue by writing on page 146: "Our access to them has been limited to the review of intelligence reports based on communications received from the locations where the actual interrogations take place. [...] Nor were we allowed to talk to the interrogators so that we could better judge the credibility of the detainees and clarify ambiguities in the reporting. We were told that our requests might disrupt the sensitive interrogation process". One may wonder what the "sensitive interrogation process" entails... ( )
1 vote fnielsen | Feb 28, 2012 |
September 11, 2011, marks the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. In November 2002, a bipartisan commission was tasked to examine the facts of the attacks. Unlike other government documents that I've read over the years, this book is very readable, although detailed. It includes a timeline of the attacks, biographies of the terrorists, and a brief history of the Middle East. ( )
1 vote westfargolibrary | Apr 20, 2011 |
Scary. Infuriating. Hilarious. The 9/11 Report methodically demonstrates that U.S. preparedness was not the fault of any one particular official but the result of institutionalized laxity and bureaucratic cautiousness. The report points out figures that will make your head spin:

Even in 2002, the number of U.S. Arabic degrees awarded was six.

U.S. air strikes on al Qaeda flew over Pakistan, which had to be informed each time. Pakistan's ISI then warned Bin Laden, who quickly evacuated.

Zakariya Essabar's own parents thought he was too religious.

The only real security layers between the terrorists and their objectives were visa application forms and airport metal detectors.

The FBI, CIA, and NSA were reluctant to share FISA information, underestimating their own legal abilities.

Airport security screening, CAPPS, simply required that suspected luggage be held off a plane until the passenger boarded. ( )
1 vote mcandre | May 17, 2010 |
This is one of the few really readable federal committee-authored reports that I've come across. ( )
  wanack | Mar 26, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393326713, Paperback)

The result of months of intensive investigations and inquiries by a specially appointed bipartisan panel, The 9/11 Commission Report is one of the most important historical documents of the modern era. And while that fact alone makes it worth owning, it is also a chilling and valuable piece of nonfiction: a comprehensive and alarming look at one of the biggest intelligence failures in history and the events that led up to it. The commission traces the roots of al-Qaeda's strategies along with the emergence of the 19 hijackers and how they entered the United States and boarded airplanes. It details the missed opportunities of law enforcement officials to avert disaster. Using transcripts of cockpit voice recordings, the report describes events on board the planes along with the chaotic reaction on the ground from nearly every level of government. Going forward, the commission calls for a comprehensive overhaul of what it sees as a deeply flawed and disjointed intelligence-gathering operation. The creation of a post for a single National Security Director is recommended, along with the creation of a National Counterterrorism Center. The report finds fault with the approaches of both the Clinton and Bush administrations but, because they were a bipartisan panel and the problems described are so systemic and far-reaching, they stop short of assigning blame to any particular person or group. Credit must be given to how readable the report is. At more than 500 pages, the writing is clear and forceful and the information is made more accessible since it is fre from election politics and rancor. While the commission notes that future attacks are probably inevitable, a coordinated preventive effort along with a clear plan to respond with efficiency can offer Americans some hope in a post-9/11 world. --John Moe

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Final report of the National Commission on terrorist attacks upon the United States. The result of months of intensive investigations and inquiries by a specially appointed bipartisan panel. While the commission notes that future attacks are probably inevitable, a coordinated preventive effort along with a clear plan to respond with efficiency can offer Americans some hope in a post 9/11 world.… (more)

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