Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001: Hearings before the Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, Volume I, September 18, 19, 20, 24, and 26, 2002   [open pdf - 12MB]

From the opening statement of Bob Graham: "As we enter the public hearing phase of the inquiry, our purpose is to inform the American people of our findings and to continue exploring what reforms will be necessary to reduce the chances of another terrorist attack on our homeland. As we said in the preamble to the scope of inquiry statement that the committee adopted in April, our review is designed to reduce the risk of future terrorist attacks, to honor the memories of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks by conducting a thorough search for facts to answer the many questions that their families, and many Americans, have raised, and to lay the basis for assessing the accountability of institutions and officials of the government. [...] One, the evolution of the terrorist threat to the United States, and our government's awareness of and response to that threat. It is important that we gain an understanding of how terrorist organizations, particularly Usama bin Ladin and Al-Qa'ida, move from being a relatively insignificant threat to American interests just a decade ago to their status today as America's number one threat. Second, what the Intelligence Community and the active consumers of the government's intelligence knew, or should have known, prior to September 11 about the scope and nature of possible attacks on U.S. interests by international terrorists. By examining how and when the government recognized this evolving threat and how it responded to that threat, we will gain insights into the ways that we need to respond to terrorism." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Kristen Breitweiser, Orrin Hatch, Eleanor Hill, Jon Kyl, Stephen Push, Pat Roberts, Bob Graham, Richard L. Armitage, Samuel R. Berger, Anthony Lake, Brent Scowcroft, Paul D. Wolfowitz, Richard Beer, Christopher Kojm, Michael E. Rolince, Carl Levin, Leonie Brinkema, Cofer Black, Dale Wason, and Robert S. Mueller III.

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S. Hrg. 107-1086; Senate Hearing 107-1086
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