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September 11 / Commission Report / The Findings / The Recommendations / The Commission #760518

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Jul 22, 2004
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: John King) The findings of the commission investigating the attacks on September 11 on what went wrong featured; details given of the briefing to President Bill Clinton about Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden††, what was known about the hijackers & how FBI & CIA intelligence was not shared. [Commission chairman Thomas KEAN†- says this was a failure of policy, management, capability & imagination.] [Commission members James THOMPSON†, Bob KERREY - comment on failures of intelligence.] The question of whether anyone has been fired for failing to connect the dots in the intelligence failures discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Washington: Kelli Arena) The commission's recommendations examined; details given of the suggested reforms, including a new counterterrorism center headed by a national intelligence director & a reworking of congressional committees. [KEAN - says every expert said a greater attack is probable.] [Commission vice chairman Lee HAMILTON†- comments on Islamic terrorism; states the intelligence community needs a shift in mindset.] [President BUSH - says he will study the recommendations.] [KERREY - suggests authority will not be surrendered.] The reaction of the FBI, Justice Department & CIA to the commission's suggestions discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Taped interview held with commission members John Lehman & Richard Ben-Veniste about the report. [From Washington, LEHMAN - says the policymakers are beginning to get the urgency of the recommendations; predicts the hardest reforms will be in Congress because it is a systemic change & there are so many baronies in Congress without a coherence to develop policy; states we have the fundamentals of the story.] [From Washington, BEN-VENISTE - comments on the report, the interlocking nature of the recommendations & the oversight.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) A statement from commission member Timothy Roemer presented. [ROEMER - says the grief of 9/11 is still in so many Americans' hearts; states we do not have time to waste.]

Brown, Aaron;
King, John;
Arena, Kelli

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