The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

Paperback, 2004

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W. W. Norton & Company (2004), Edition: 1, 592 pages


Final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States.

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LibraryThing member fnielsen
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
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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 enginering 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...
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LibraryThing member gmicksmith
Civil-liberties groups and privacy advocates have criticized ever-burgeoning watch lists, saying they should be more narrowly focused on suspected terrorists. "One government estimate put the number of names appearing on its lists at more than 700,000 two years ago" (e.g., in 2007), according to a
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2009 article in The Wall Street Journal. However, the 9/11 Commission stated that our challenge: "is to prevent the very few people who may pose overwhelming risks from entering or remaining in the Unites States undetected," (The 9/11 Commission Report, p. 383).
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LibraryThing member ohthevoices
well I just finished this book and have to say...WHAT?? The government in it's infinite wisdom failed to call key witnesses, high ranking officals, anyone who might have really known or saw what happened that fateful day. There are still too many unanswered questions That I wont get into here. Lets
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just say this book has one redeeming factor its a great read that helps point out that the whole picture still has not been seen and the us government needs to answer some of the hard questions...Can anyone say The Warren Commission...I knew you could
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LibraryThing member mcandre
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
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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.
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LibraryThing member Martin444
Well presented.
LibraryThing member elia1168
On this 18th anniversary of the 9/11 disaster, I'd like to recommend reading (or rereading) this historical book. Some government reports require hacking through thickets of bureaucratese; not so in the case of the 9/11 Commission Report. Written in clear, simple English, it gives a fascinating
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account of not only the attacks, the victims, the terrorists, but also events that led up to that infamous day. The Report won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Admittedly, a lot more information has been discovered, reported, and published since the Report came out, but for people who were children at the time, and for others who may not recall all the details reported during those days, this is a riveting account.
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LibraryThing member timspalding
A grab-bag of sorts. Parts of it have almost literary value. Parts trouble me—this was the best they could do? But the sum is certainly the most important Congressional report of the last 20 years. If anything qualifies as a citizen's "must read," this does.
LibraryThing member cleverusername2
I bought this book soon after it came out and I made it my dedicated reading material until I reached the back cover. Why? Because I felt it was important to understand as fully as I could one of the most significant events of my lifetime, hopefully there will not be many more to rival the attacks.
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That’s a new word in our vocabulary, I noticed in conversations and news reports soon after 9/11 people would sometimes slip up and call it “the hijacking” or “the bombing” when it was not really those things. It was just “the attacks”, there is not a word invented to fully comprehend this horrible event.

There are many conspiracy theories around 9/11, I shall not refute them nor will I spend much time creating dragons where there are none. I cannot explain everything about the attacks and neither will this book. This was a complicated event, with many causes, points of failure and its effects shall linger a long, long time.
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LibraryThing member temsmail
Every American should read this report, even considering how boreing and dry government reports of this kind can be. Beware, be informed.
LibraryThing member ebethe
Very good for a discssion of a government report. Now, how do I get my former boss (who looks like Lurch in the Munsters, in case you are curious) at a big agribusiness who is much less curious about the reality of why we went to war than he is about how much butt he needs to kiss/favors he nees to
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cal in to get his dolt son into a second tier internship to read this? And then absorb it?
4 1/2 stars for a book about a government commission; a new standard.
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LibraryThing member Angelic55blonde
This is a great book. Yes, it can be dull because it is a commission report but it is so important to each and every American. I don't care what your political beliefs are, what your opinion of 9/11 is, or what you think President Bush did or did not do right, this is a very important book and
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everyone should read it AND understand it because I can guarentee you this will have and has had huge repercussions on future policies.
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LibraryThing member wenegade
Very comprehensive with those issues they chose to cover. The Comission, thanks to the placement of Jamie Gorelik by Hillary, acted as a Clinton Whitewash committee, as best as they could, while still trying to preserve their credibility. Their documentation of the events of that day were
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LibraryThing member foof2you
This is the "official" report of what happend on 9/11. It is a very dry read. The highlight is the narritive about the day. There were a lot of problems with comunication that day but this report does not give concrete ways to prevent this tragedy from happening again.




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