The long-awaited report of the 9/11 Commission was publicly released on Thursday, July 22nd. Public Law 107-306 formed the 9/11 Commission, officially known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, on November 27, 2002. The “independent, bipartisan” Commission was charged with the mandate 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.”
Circulating copies of the 9/11 Commission Report are in the Library’s collection and a reference copy is available in the Main Library’s Government and Business Department. A complete copy of the report can also be downloaded or purchased from the Government Printing Office.
The 9/11 Commission website includes the complete text of the report, announcements, information about the public hearings, biographical information about the Commissioners and staff, frequently asked questions, transcripts, prepared testimony, and archived video of Commission events.
Media coverage of the hearings has been extensive. National Public Radio offers an audio chronicle of shows related to the hearings, links to related stories, and recommended reading and resources. The New York Times has created a special website with related news stories and links, timelines, video and audio clips of the hearings, readers’ forums, and opinion pieces.
Related Government Publications
A joint study on intelligence failures leading up to September 11th has been published by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The Senate Selection Committee on Intelligence released its own report on intelligence activities on July 9th.
Recently, the U.S. Department of State issued the 2003 edition of its annual report, Patterns of Global Terrorism.
A technical study on the destruction of the World Trade Center was released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2002.