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September 11 / Commission Report / Kean, Hamilton Interviews #760537

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 22, 2004
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The final report of the commission investigating the September 11 attacks summarized.

(Washington: Lisa Myers) The 9/11 Commission’s report reviewed; details given of the major findings: that Presidents Bush & Clinton could have done more against terrorism, the intelligence failures by the CIA & FBI, and details about the final moment of United Flight 93; cockpit conversation of Flight 93 hijacker Ziad Jarrah† & others quoted. [9/11 Commission chair Thomas KEAN†- says an attack of even greater magnitude is possible & probable; comments on Bush & Clinton not taking it seriously enough.] [9/11 Commission vice chair Lee HAMILTON†- says we just didn’t get it.] [Commission member Bob KERREY†- comments on facts being withheld.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) The Commission’s recommendations for a new national intelligence chief, a new counterterrorism center & a new domestic security congressional committee noted. Taped discussion held with Kean & Hamilton about their findings. [KEAN – explains the importance of sharing information among intelligence agencies; comments on the new rules of a stateless enemy.] [HAMILTON – says the intent & capability to kill Americans is still there; comments on the loss of some civil liberties in exchange for security.]

(White House: David Gregory) The political impact of the Commission’s report examined. [At the White House, BUSH – says if the government needs to act, we will.] [Later, campaigning in Illinois, BUSH – says the recommendations are consistent with the strategy the administration is following.] [In Detroit, Senator John KERRY – criticizes the administration for not making the country safer.] [Senator Patty MURRAY†- says we’ll see if the Republican leadership is listening.] [Representative Dennis HASTERT†- says we implemented a lot of these things before the report came out.] [Pollster Andrew KOHUT†- notes the report’s impact on Bush’s campaign.] The unlikelihood that Congress will act on the recommendations this year noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Myers, Lisa;
Gregory, David

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