First Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Statement of Randall J. Larsen, April 1, 2003 [open pdf - 47KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commission, First Public Hearing: Statement of Randall J. Larsen, April 1, 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 "Law Enforcement, Domestic Intelligence, and Homeland Security". Larsen is an ANSER vice president and the director of the Institute for Homeland Security, a not-for-profit public-service research institute. In his testimony, Larsen argues that the systems in place on 9/11 were ill-equipped to defend our homeland, and that we need to design a new system "that will fuse intelligence information, law enforcement information, and vulnerability assessments along with the enormous amount of data in the commercial sector that is available to banks and other corporations, [...] deliver timely information to its users, [... and] be acceptable within our constitutional and cultural values."
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States: www.9-11commission.gov