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Homeland Security

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
"9/11 Commission"

Final Report

22 July 2004

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered 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. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

Table of Contents
Executive Summary [PDF 268 KB]
Contents, List of Illustrations and Tables, Members, and Staff [PDF 233 KB]
Preface [PDF 67 KB]
Chapter 1: "We Have Some Planes" [PDF 952 KB]
Chapter 2: The Foundation of the New Terrorism [PDF 1.44 MB]
Chapter 3: Counterterrorism Evolves [PDF 188 KB]
Chapter 4: Responses to al Qaeda's Initial Assaults [PDF 185 KB]
Chapter 5: Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homeland [PDF 312 KB]
Chapter 6: From Threat to Threat [PDF 209 KB]
Chapter 7: The Attack Looms [PDF 949 KB]
Chapter 8: "The System Was Blinking Red" [PDF 146 KB]
Chapter 9: Heroism and Horror [PDF 2.3 MB]
Chapter 10: Wartime [PDF 109 KB]
Chapter 11: Foresight--and Hindsight [PDF 133 KB]
Chapter 12: What to do? A Global Strategy [PDF 184 KB]
Chapter 13: How to do it? A Different Way of Organizing the Government [PDF 158 KB]
Appendices [PDF 109 KB]
Notes [PDF 669 KB]

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