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9-11Commission Hearing 2003-05-22

9-11Commission Hearing 2003-05-22

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HEARING OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON TERRORIST ATTACKS UPON THEUNITED STATESROOM 216, HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, WASHINGTON, D.C.THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2003, 9:12 A.M.PANEL I: COMMISSION MANDATE AND OBJECTIVESWITNESSES: REPRESENTATIVE NANCY PELOSI (D-CA); SENATORJOHN MCCAIN(R-AZ); SENATOR JOSEPH LIEBERMAN (D-CT);PANEL II: INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT AND THE JOINT INQUIRYWITNESSES: SENATOR BOB GRAHAM (D-FL); SENATOR RICHARDSHELBY (R-AL); REPRESENTATIVE PORTER GOSS (R-FL);REPRESENTATIVE JANE HARMAN (D-CA)PANEL III: AFFECTED CONSTITUENCIESWITNESSES: SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER (D-NY); SENATORHILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (D-NY): SENATOR JON CORZINE (D-NJ); SENATOR FRANK LAUTENBERG (D-NJ); REPRESENTATIVEJERRY NADLER (D-NY); REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTOPHER SHAYS(R-CT); AND REPRESENTATIVE CHRIS SMITH (R-NJ)PANEL IV: STATE OF CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY ON SEPTEMBER 11
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JANE GARVEY, FORMER ADMINISTRATOR, FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION; KENNETH MEAD, INSPECTOR, GENERAL,DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; JAMES MAY, PRESIDENT, AIRTRANSPORT ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA; AND BODGAN DZAKOVIC,CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY INSPECTION, TRANSPORTATIONSECURITY AGENCY LOCATIONCHAIRED BY: THOMAS H. KEANMR. KEAN: That's the gavel. Good morning. On behalf ofthe National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States,I hereby call to order this second hearing and, of course, ourfirst hearing in Washington, D.C.Let me begin by expressing our gratitude to members ofthe public who are following our deliberations, whether they'rehere in person or whether they're watching on television. Letme say, too, that since we held our first public hearing in NewYork on March 31st and April 1st, a number of individuals havecontacted our staff. Some expressed sympathy and support for the
 
families of those who died on September 11th. Others have offeredus their help and have provided our investigators with some veryuseful information. So, I'd like to emphasize that if anyone herewith us today or watching elsewhere has any information that theybelieve will be helpful to our investigation, please contact theCommission through its website: www.9-11commission.gov.I also want to express my deep gratitude, and that of theentire Commission, to the families of those who died in theattacks on our country on September 11th, and to the many whosurvived them and their families. They have given unsparingly ofthemselves to see that we have the necessary resources to do ourwork, and they've also uncovered some very valuable informationthat they have passed onto us.As we begin today, let me say that the Commission'scentral mission, as all of us see it, is threefold.First, we are charged with giving the American public afull accounting of the events of September 11th. Ours is the onlyentity tasked by the United States government with presenting anauthoritative account of those events.Second, we will attempt to find out how and why thetragedy that took place on that day could have occurred. Clearly,something went wrong. We need to establish the fullest factualaccount possible so that these problems can be fixed.The third part of our mission is perhaps the mostimportant. We're going to make specific policy recommendationsthat might help prevent future terrorist attacks and make thepeople of our country safer. And we're going to press for swift implementation of theserecommendations after we make them.Now let me say a brief word about what the Commission'sbeen doing. We've opened offices in Washington, and within amonth, we're going to have our opening for our office in New York.We have assembled a staff of some 55 people divided into nineresearch teams. Each of those teams is deeply immersed in theparts of the investigation they were specifically recruited toconduct. We're examining some very, very sensitive material.Much of it's classified, so it's not always possible to shareeverything we're doing with the public, but we'll try to share asmuch as possible and what we learn as our investigation proceeds.
 
Where possible, we will present our findings in public hearingssuch as this one.We might question witnesses we will hear from today again-- perhaps, if it's sensitive matters, in closed session -- as wecontinue with our investigation, to get additional information.So to those who requested us to ask particular questions today,I’d say please be patient. Some of the items you brought to ourattention are going to asked today and will come up in ourdiscussion. Others will come up in different forums.We'll be exploring two topics at this hearing. The firstwill be the role of the Congress, oversight of the agenciesresponsible for intelligence gathering, national security andhomeland security. The second is the state of aviation security -- before September 11th, on September 11th and after September11th.We're now going to hear from three panels of members ofthe United States Congress. Our first panel consists of membersof Congress who sponsored the legislation that brought thisCommission into existence. Members of the Commission have metwith many members of Congress in the course of our work. Today, Ibelieve, however, is the first time congressmen and senators whoreally supported the need for our Commission and a commission ofthis kind have the opportunity to share with us in public whatthey would most like the Commission to achieve.Each of the three members of this first panel is well-known to us and probably well-known to most of the people in thecountry. They're Senators John McCain of Arizona and JosephLieberman of Connecticut, and the Democratic leader of the Houseof Representatives, Nancy Pelosi of California. And I believewe're going to begin with you, Senator McCain.SEN. MCCAIN: I think Congresswoman Pelosi has acommitment--MR. KEAN: Oh, Congresswoman Pelosi? Fine.SEN. MCCAIN:-- and I'd be glad if she would proceed.REP. PELOSI: Thank you very much, Chairman Kean, ViceChairman Hamilton, very distinguished members of this Commission.I thank the gentleman from Arizona for yielding to me because ofmy responsibilities on the House side, and I'm very honored to behere today to testify before, as I said, this very distinguished

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