First Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States: Statement of Daniel Byman, March 31, 2003 [open pdf - 74KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commission, First Public Hearing: Statement of Daniel Byman, March 31, 2003
The first public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was held on March 31-April 1, 2003 at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City, NY. The purpose of this public hearing was to engage those whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11 in a public dialogue about the Commission's goals and priorities. The Commission also sought to learn about work already completed and the state of current knowledge, in order to identify the most important issues and questions requiring further investigation. This testimony was part of a panel entitled "The Attackers, Intelligence, and Counter-Terrorism Policy". Byman is an assistant professor and member of the core faculty in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. In his testimony, Byman offers suggestions for where the Commission should concentrate its efforts in the coming months and discusses the following subjects: assessment of why al-Qa'ida and its affiliates have proven such a difficult adversary for the United States; selected problems the Intelligence Community had in confronting al-Qa'ida and other terrorist groups before September 11; and broader weaknesses of U.S. counterterrorism policy.
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States: www.9-11commission.gov