First Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States [webpage]   [open html - 11KB]

The 9/11 Commission's first public hearing was held on March 31 and April 1, 2003 in Washington, DC. The purpose of this 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 two-day hearing opened with the Commissioners' statements, followed by remarks by New York Governor George Pataki, and City of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Day one addressed the following topics "The Experience of the Attack" with testimony from Harry Waizer, David Lim, Lee Ielpi, Brian Birdwell, and Craig Sincock; "Representatives of the Victims" with testimony from Stephen Push, Mary Fetchet, Mindy Kleinber, and Allison Vadhan; and "The Attackers, Intelligence, and Counter-Terrorism Policy" with testimony from Daniel Byman, Abraham D. Sofaer, Brian Jenkins, and Magnus Ranstorp. Day two addressed the following topics: "Borders, Money, and Transportation Security" with testimony from Glenn Fine, Lee Wolosky and Gerald Dillingham; "Law Enforcement, Domestic Intelligence, and Homeland Security" with testimony from Michel Wermuth, Zoe Baird, and Randy Larsen; and "Immediate Response to the Attacks" with testimony from Shawn Kelley, William Baker, and Ken Holden.

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