April, 2006

Spotlight On…   September 11 Commission Report

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The Report

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

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.

Related Reading

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The Age of Sacred Terror

Daniel Benjamin
303.625 B468
Two former directors of the White House’s counter-terrorism program offer the definitive book on radical Islam’s war against America, from its earliest origins to the long struggle that lies ahead.

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Bush at War

Bob Woodward
The Washington Post reporter tells the behind-the-scenes story of how President Bush and his top national security advisers, after the initial shock of the September 11 attacks, led the nation to war.

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Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

Rohan Gunaratna
303.625 G975 2003
The story behind the rise of this small, mysterious group to the notorious organization making headlines today.