Seventh Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Closing Statement of Thomas H. Kean and Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton, January 27, 2004 [open pdf - 16KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commisssion, Seventh Public Hearing: Closing Statement of Thomas H. Kean and Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton, January 27, 2004
The seventh public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was held January 26-27, 2004 in Washington, DC. The two-day investigative hearing developed facts and circumstances relating to border and aviation security, two central aspects of the Commission's mandate. In this closing statement, Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton summarize the lessons learned during the two day hearing: "Yesterday we introduced new information about the government's failure to prevent the entry of the hijackers into the United States. That information raised important issues about the whole way our government integrated terrorist travel into its strategy for the war on terrorism. [...] While our top officials worked hard to prevent new terrorist attacks, did we really change our government to wage a new kind of war against a new kind of enemy? And have we made those changes now? All of those points were reinforced by what we heard today. We heard vital information about precisely how the attackers defeated the civil aviation security system of the United States. [...] As much as we have learned about the enemy, however, there is more we need to know about them."
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States: http://www.9-11commission.gov