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Congressional Resources

  • Findings of the Final Report of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Joint Inquiry into the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001
    While the Intelligence Community had amassed a great deal of valuable intelligence regarding Usama Bin Ladin and his terrorist activities, none of it identified the time, place, and specific nature of the attacks that were pla… more
    2002-12-10
    227KB
  • H. Doc. 107-126: Declaration of National Emergency in Response to Terrorist Attacks: Message from the President of the United States Transmitting His Declaration of a National Emergency in Response to the Unusual and Extraordinary Threat Posed to the National Security, Foreign Policy, and Economy of the United States by Grave Acts of Terrorism and Threats of Terrorism Committed by Foreign Terrorists, Including the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks and His Executive Order Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions with Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism, Pursuant to 50 U.S.C. 1703(b) and 50 U.S.C. 1631. September 25, 2001
    This document concerns the President's declaration of a national emergency in response to the unusual and extraordinary threat posed to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States by grave acts o… more
    2001-09-25
    74KB
  • H. Doc. 107-285: Commemorative Joint Meeting of the Congress of the United States: In Remembrance of the Victims and Heroes of September 11, 2001
    This document includes senate proceedings and statements from a number of U.S. Representatives honoring the fallen heroes of September 11, 2001.
    2003
    2484KB
  • H. J. Res. 61: Expressing the Sense of the Senate and House of Representatives Regarding the Terrorist Attacks Launched Against the United States on September 11, 2001, September 12, 2001
    "Expressing the sense of the Senate and House of Representatives regarding the terrorist attacks launched against the United States on September 11, 2001. Whereas on September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked and destroyed four civ… more
    2001-09-12
    27KB
  • S. Hrg. 107-1086: Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001: Hearings before the Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, Volume I, September 18, 19, 20, 24, and 26, 2002
    From the opening statement of Bob Graham: "As we enter the public hearing phase of the inquiry, our purpose is to inform the American people of our findings and to continue exploring what reforms will be necessary to reduce the… more
    2004
    12469KB
  • S. Hrg. 107-1086: Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, Hearings before the Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, Volume II, October 1, 3, 8, and 17, 2002
    From the opening statement of Bob Graham: "This is the sixth open hearing by our committees as we consider our joint inquiry into the Intelligence Community's performance regarding the September 11 tragedies. During the course… more
    2004
    8304KB
  • S. Rept. 107- 351; H. Rept. 107-792: Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, Report of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence together with Additional Views, December 2002
    This is the declassified version of the Final Report of the Joint Inquiry that was approved and filed with the House of Representatives and the Senate on December 20, 2002. With the exception of portions that were released to … more
    2002-12
    5784KB
  • S.J. Res. 22: Expressing the Sense of the Senate and House of Representatives Regarding the Terrorist Attacks Launched Against the United States on September 11, 2001, September 12, 2001
    "Expressing the sense of the Senate and House of Representatives regarding the terrorist attacks launched against the United States on September 11, 2001. Whereas on September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked and destroyed four civ… more
    2001-09-12
    113KB

CRS Reports

  • Al Qaeda and Affiliates: Historical Perspective, Global Presence, and Implications for U.S. Policy [January 25, 2011]
    "Al Qaeda (AQ) has evolved into a significantly different terrorist organization than the one that perpetrated the September 11, 2001, attacks. At the time, Al Qaeda was composed mostly of a core cadre of veterans of the Afghan… more
    Rollins, John
    2011-01-25
    389KB
  • Al Qaeda: Statements and Evolving Ideology [Updated July 9, 2007]
    "Al Qaeda leaders and affiliates have conducted sophisticated public relations and media campaigns since the mid-1990s. Terrorism analysts believe that these campaigns have been designed to elicit psychological reactions and c… more
    Blanchard, Christopher M.
    2007-07-09
    151KB
  • Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa [October 10, 2014]
    "After more than a decade of combating Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States now faces an increasingly diverse threat from Al Qaeda affiliates in the Middle East and Africa and from emerging groups that have … more
    Humud, Carla E.; Arieff, Alexis; Blanchard, Lauren Ploch; Blanchard, Christopher M.; Sharp, Jeremy Maxwell; Katzman, Kenneth
    2014-10-10
    1145KB
  • Attacks by Al Qaeda both Before and After the September 11, 2001 Attack on the US
    "This memorandum is in response to a request for information about attacks by Al Qaeda both before and after the September 11, 2001 attack on the US. The request asks for the number of attacks attributed to Al Qaeda in the two… more
    Cronin, Audrey Kurth, 1958-
    2004-03-31
    288KB
  • Authorization For Use Of Military Force in Response to the 9/11 Attacks (P.L. 107-40): Legislative History [Updated January 16, 2007]
    "In response to the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the Congress passed legislation, S.J.Res. 23, on September 14, 2001, authorizing the President to 'use all necessary and appropriate force … more
    Grimmett, Richard F.
    2007-01-16
    75KB
  • Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11 [December 8, 2014]
    "Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Armed Forces, under guidance from the Department of Defense (DOD), have conducted the following military operations: [1] Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanis… more
    Belasco, Amy
    2014-12-08
    1562KB
  • Declarations of War and Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Historical Background and Legal Implications [April 18, 2014]
    "This report provides historical background on the enactment of declarations of war and authorizations for the use of force and analyzes their legal effects under international and domestic law. It also sets forth their texts … more
    Elsea, Jennifer; Weed, Matthew C.
    2014-04-18
    872KB
  • 'In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001': Claims Against Saudi Defendants Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) [January 22, 2015]
    From the introduction: "Numerous legal and practical obstacles, such as the infeasibility of locating al Qaeda operatives, stand in the way of victims seeking to establish liability in U.S. courts against, and recover damages … more
    Elsea, Jennifer
    2015-01-22
    278KB
  • Islamic Traditions of Wahhabism and Salafiyya [Updated January 24, 2008]
    "The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and subsequent discussions of religious extremism have called attention to Islamic puritanical movements known as Wahhabism and Salafiyya. Al Qaeda leaders and their ideological su… more
    Blanchard, Christopher M.
    2007-01-24
    75KB
  • Memorandum: Presidential References to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Publicly Available Executive Actions and Reports to Congress [May 11, 2016]
    "This memorandum sets out information and analysis concerning presidential references in official notifications and records to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (2001 AUMF; Public Law 107-40; 50 U.S.C. § 1541 note), … more
    Weed, Matthew C.
    2016-05-11
    826KB
  • Post-9/11 Evolution of the United States' Defining of the Terrorist Threat from Al Qaeda [January 20, 2015]
    "Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda-related entities have increased in number and become more diffuse; with these changes there has been an evolution in how the United States defines the terrorist thre… more
    Rollins, John
    2015-01-20
    59KB
  • Saudi Arabia: Terrorist Financing Issues [Updated September 14, 2007]
    "According to the U.S. State Department 2007 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, 'Saudi donors and unregulated charities have been a major source of financing to extremist and terrorist groups over the past 25 yea… more
    Prados, Alfred B.; Blanchard, Christopher M.
    2007-09-14
    252KB
  • Terrorism: World Trade Center and the Pentagon - Applicable Federal Criminal Law [September 13, 2001]
    "The death and destruction associated with the hijacking of four commercial airliners constitute federal crimes that outlaw air piracy, murder, and kidnapping. Relevant statutes carry the death penalty and apply to any accomplices… more
    Doyle, Charles
    2001-09-13
    24KB

Data & Statistics

  • MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, January 8, 2016
    The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Series is prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). [It] is the agency's primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, a… more
    2016-01-08T00:00:00.000
    208KB
  • Review of Studies of the Economic Impact of the September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center
    "The terrorist attacks caused enormous destruction in New York City. The losses included the direct costs of the destruction to lives and property, as well as cleanup, and the indirect costs of lost income brought about by bus… more
    2002-05-29
    311KB
  • Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001: A Compilation of Data
    Like every other organization and individual in the United States, the FBI has struggled to comprehend the events of September 11, 2001. Apart from investigating the crime scenes in New York City (the World Trade Center); Somers… more
    2002
    1104KB

Eyewitness Accounts

  • Responding in the Pentagon [Eyewitness Testimony Regarding the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack at the Pentagon]
    This document contains testimony of various eyewitnesses to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
    432KB

General Resources

  • Defense Studies Series: Pentagon 9/11
    "As no other event in U.S. history, not even Pearl Harbor, the deadly assaults on New York and Washington that took the lives of almost 3,000 people on 11 September 2001 shattered the nation's sense of security. The utter dest… more
    Goldberg, Alfred, 1918-; Papadopoulos, Sarandis; Putney, Diane T. (Diane Therese), 1949-
    2007
    45529KB
  • FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century [U]
    This is an unclassified report from the 9/11 Review Commission titled, "The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century." Chapters include: "Baseline: The FBI Today"; "The Sum of Five Cases"; "Anticipating New Threats and… more
    Hoffman, Bruce, 1954-; Meese, Edwin, III.; Roemer, Timothy J., 1956-
    2015-03
    1583KB
  • First 109 Minutes: 9/11 and the U.S. Air Force
    "Tuesday, September 11, 2001, dawned cool and clear, with sunny skies all along the eastern seaboard. For Air Force aviators like Lt. Col. Timothy 'Duff' Duffy of the 102d Fighter Wing at Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachu… more
    Jones, Priscilla D.
    2011
    1054KB
  • Memorandum for the Attorney General: Re: Review of the Legality of the STELLAR WIND Program [May 6, 2004]
    "You have asked this Office to undertake a thorough reexamination of the STELLAR WIND program as it is currently operated to confirm that the actions that the President has directed the Department of Defense to undertake throu… more
    Goldsmith, Jack L.
    2002-05-06
    3009KB

Investigation Reports

  • 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
    The 9/11 Commission, an independent, bipartisan commission created in late 2002, was chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including prepare… more
    National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States
    2004-07-22
    7337KB
  • NIST NCSTAR 1: Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster: Final Report of the National Construction Safety Team on the Collapses of the World Trade Center Tower
    "This is the final report on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigation of the collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers, conducted under the National Construction Safety Team Act. This repor… more
    2005-09
    18165KB
  • NIST NCSTAR 1A: Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster: Final Report on the Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7
    "This is the final report on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigation of the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7), conducted under the National Construction Safety Team Act. This rep… more
    2008-11
    10187KB
  • OIG Report on CIA Accountability with Respect to the 9/11 Attacks: Executive Summary
    "The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence requested that the CIA'S Office of Inspector General (OIG) review the findings of their Joint Inquiry (JI) Report and undert… more
    2007-08
    819KB
  • Review of the FBI's Handling of Intelligence Information Related to the September 11 Attacks (November 2004 - Released Publicly June 2006)
    "This report is organized into six chapters. Chapter One contains this introduction. Chapter Two provides general background on the: issues discussed in this report. For example, it contains descriptions of key terminology, th… more
    2006-06
    35643KB
  • S. Rept. No. 107; H. Rept. No. 107: Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, Report of the U.S Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session, December, 2002
    From the findings section within the document: "While in the United States, some of the September 11 hijackers were in contact with, and received support or assistance from, individuals who may be connected to the Saudi Govern… more
    2002-12
    5150KB

Legislation & Executive Orders/Directives

  • Executive Order 13223: Ordering the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces To Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Transportation
    Executive Order 13223 provides additional authority to the Department of Defense and the Department of Transportation to respond to the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States. The Executive Orde… more
    2001-09-14
    27KB
  • H. Doc. 107-118: Declaration of National Emergency by Reason of Certain Terrorist Attacks, Message from the President of the United States Transmitting His Declaration of a National Emergency by Reason of the Terrorist Attacks at the World Trade Center, New York, New York, and the Pentagon and the Continuing Immediate Threat of Further Attacks on the United States and His Executive Order to Order the Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty and Delegating Certain Authorities to the Secretaries of Defense and Transportation, Pursuant to 50 U.S.C. 1621 (a)
    "Pursuant to section 201 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1621), I hereby report that I have exercised my authority to declare a national emergency by reason of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, New Yo… more
    2001-09-17
    64KB
  • Presidential Memo to Executive Departments and Agencies: Excused Absence and Assistance to Federal Employees Affected by the Attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon [September 12, 2001]
    "I am deeply saddened and outraged by the loss of life and suffering caused by the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. I convey my deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow to … more
    2001-09-12
    21KB
  • Public Law 107-40: Authorization for Use of Military Force
    "Joint Resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States."
    2001-09-18
    27KB

Websites

  • 9/11 Commission Records
    This webpage is for the 9/11 Commission Records. "The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, was an independent, bipartisan commission created by Congress. The Commission's… more
    20KB
  • Research Topic: 9/11 and World Trade Center
    "This resource page allows you to browse our collection of nearly 600 articles, reports, books, dissertations relating to the World Trade Center attack of 9/11/2001 and its aftermath."
    2011
    18KB
  • Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress [website]
    "As the title of this exhibition suggests, Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress features the collections that the Library has amassed and is still receiving about the tragic events of one ye… more
    8KB
  • World Trade Center Health Program [website]
    "The World Trade Center Health Program (WTC Health Program) was established by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 . The program provides services for responders, workers, and volunteers who helped with … more
    32KB