9/11 and Terrorist Travel: Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States [open pdf - 8MB]
This report begins with "A Factual Overview of the September 11 Border Story." This introduction summarizes many of the key facts of the hijackers' entry into the United States. The chronology that follows in chapter 2, "The September 11 Travel Operation," is a detailed account of how each hijacker acquired a visa and entered the United States. The next chapter, "Terrorist Entry and Embedding Tactics, 1993 to 2001," explores the topic of fraudulent documents, which terrorists have long used to support their international travel. Chapter 4, "Immigration and Border Security Evolve, 1993 to 2001," provides an overview of counterterrorism activities as they relate to border security in the Intelligence Community, the State Department, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Chapter 5, "Planning and Executing Entry for the 9/11 Plot," discusses visa issuance and admission into the United States as it specifically applied to the hijackers. "Crisis Management and Response Post-September 11," chapter 6, reports on actions taken by the intelligence community, the departments of State and Justice, and the INS following the attacks, up to the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security. Appendix A contains graphics relevant to the 9/11 plot. Appendix B, "The Saudi Flights," examines the facts and circumstances surrounding the departure of Saudi nationals from the United States in the days after the 9/11 attack. The procedure followed for each flight, including the inspection of passengers and their belongings, is covered in detail. Finally, Appendix C describes the immigration histories of certain terrorists.
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: http://www.9-11commission.gov/