This program is 28 minutes long
NOTE - Local weather bulletin on screen from 5:41:40 to 5:43:30.
(Studio: Dan Rather) The major findings & recommendations of the final report of the panel investigating the September 11 attacks outlined.
(Washington: Jim Stewart) The 9/11 Commission Report reviewed; details given about the recommendations for a national director of intelligence and a national counterterrorism center, and about what was learned about Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden from terrorist detainees; other recommendations & findings, including the role of Saudi Arabia & an Iraq-Al Qaeda-9/11 link, outlined; video shown of hijackers going through security at Dulles National Airport in Washington, DC. [9/11 Commission John LEHMAN- speaks of a fundamental dysfunction in intelligence gathering & analysis.] [9/11 Commission chairman Thomas KEAN- says none of the measures adopted before 9/11 disturbed or delayed the Al Qaeda plot.] The Commission’s conclusion that the administrations of Presidents Clinton and Bush are equally to blame noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) The views of 9/11 Commission vice-chairman Lee Hamilton on the urgency of enacting the recommendations in the report presented. [HAMILTON – says all of us expect another terror attack to take place in the US; states we encourage every sense of urgency to move forward.]
(Washington: Bob Orr) The panel’s finding on the events taking place on United Flight 93 before its crash in Pennsylvania on September 11 reviewed; animation shown; details given of transcripts revealing that hijacker Ziad Jarrah chose to crash the plane when faced with a passenger revolt. [Cleveland air traffic manager Rick KETTELL- relates hearing the pilot yelling at the hijackers who stormed the cockpit.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Washington: Sharyl Attkisson) The continuing work of the families of victims of 9/11 to get the Commission’s recommendations implemented featured. [9/11 widow Monica GABRIELLE- says this is the end of one chapter.] [Victim’s father Matt SELLITTO- says we don’t want this to happen again.] [9/11 widows Beverly ECKERT, Lorie VAN AUKEN- comment on lobbying Congress.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The Coast Guard’s search of a Turkish merchant ship after a crewmember said there might be a bomb on board reported; scenes shown of the ship at Big Stone Beach, Delaware.
(Studio: Dan Rather) The derailment of a passenger train in Turkey reported; scenes shown from near Pamukova.
(Studio: Dan Rather) The Army’s report to Congress on the number of cases of prisoner abuse by US soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Clashes between US troops & militants in Baghdad & Ramadi, Iraq, noted.
(Baghdad: Kimberly Dozier) The US military’s shortage of money, soldiers, equipment & ammunition due to the continuous fighting in Iraq & Afghanistan examined; GAO figures on budget shortfalls cited. [Representative John SPRATT- comments on the monetary cost of the war.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) The decision of the director of the Los Alamos National Lab to place 15 workers on leave after classified computer disks disappeared last week reported.
(Studio: Dan Rather) AT&T’s announcement that it will no longer solicit customers for residential phone service noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) A drop in the index of leading economic indicators noted; Stock Market Report.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry’s response to the final report of the 9/11 Commission noted. Taped interview held with Kerry about his Vietnam service and his later anti-war stance. [KERRY – says he is proud of being a war hero and an anti-war leader; admits he has made mistakes; admits being irritated with President Bush, who spent his time during the Vietnam War in the National Guard and is now trying to diminish Kerry’s military service.] The beginning of the Democratic National Convention next week noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(New York: Richard Schlesinger) The lasting effects of the September 11 attacks on New York City featured; scenes shown of Ground Zero. [New York City RESIDENT – says it affects us all.] [TOURIST – comments on visiting the World Trade Center site.] [Former New York City Mayor Rudolph GIULIANI – says it has emerged a stronger city; comments on living under an elevated terror threat and the spirit of New Yorkers.]