Great Seal of the United States National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States


Archives of audio, video, and transcripts from public events of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States are posted here.


First Public Hearing

March 31, 2003 - April 1, 2003

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.

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Second Public Hearing

May 22 - 23, 2003

The Commission heard testimony on Congressional oversight as well as the state of the aviation security before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Third Public Hearing

July 9, 2003

The one-day session focused on "Terrorism, al Qaeda, and the Muslim World."

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Fourth Public Hearing

October 14, 2003

The Commission heard testimony on leadership of U.S. intelligence, intelligence and national security policy, and the effectiveness of warning against transnational threats.

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Fifth Public Hearing

November 19, 2003

The Commission heard from New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey; four panels of business officials and federal, state, and local government representatives; and individuals working to enhance emergency preparedness in the private sector.

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Sixth Public Hearing

December 8, 2003

The one-day hearing focused on "Security and Liberty." The Commission heard testimony from four panels of witnesses on domestic intelligence collection, protecting privacy while preventing terrorism, and the use of immigration laws to combat terrorism. Among the twelve witnesses testifying was former Attorney General William Barr, former Deputy Attorneys General Larry Thompson and Philip Heymann, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre.

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Seventh Public Hearing

January 26 - 27, 2004

The two-day investigative hearing developed facts and circumstances relating to border and aviation security—two central aspects of the Commission’s mandate.

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Eighth Public Hearing

March 23 - 24, 2004

The two-day hearing investigated the formulation and conduct of U.S. counterterrorism policy, with particular emphasis on the period from the August 1998 embassy bombings to September 11, 2001.

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Ninth Public Hearing

April 8, 2004

The Commission heard testimony from Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

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Tenth Public Hearing

April 13 - 14, 2004

The two-day hearing examined the performance of law enforcement and the Intelligence Community prior to September 11 and evaluated post-9/11 reforms in these areas.

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Eleventh Public Hearing

May 18 - 19, 2004

The two-day hearing examined the response of local and federal emergency response departments on September 11, 2001, and considered how to improve these critical functions in the event of future terrorist attacks.

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Twelfth Public Hearing

June 16-17, 2004

The two-day hearing focused on two distinct topics: the 9-11 Plot and the federal government’s immediate response to the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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First Interim Report

Tuesday, July 8, 2003


Second Interim Report

Wednesday, September 23, 2003


Final Report

Thursday, July 22, 2004

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Current News

The Commission has released its final report. [more]

The Chair and Vice Chair have released a statement regarding the Commission's closing. [more]

The Commission closed August 21, 2004. [more]

Commission Members

Thomas H. Kean

Lee H. Hamilton
Vice Chair

Richard Ben-Veniste
Fred F. Fielding
Jamie S. Gorelick
Slade Gorton
Bob Kerrey
John F. Lehman
Timothy J. Roemer
James R. Thompson

Commission Staff

Philip D. Zelikow
Executive Director

Chris Kojm
Deputy Executive Director

Daniel Marcus
General Counsel