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

Sixth public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) held its sixth public hearing on December 8, 2003 on Capitol Hill. 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.

In announcing the hearing, Chair of the 9-11 Commission, Thomas K. Kean said: "The question of how to ensure the safety of the American people while protecting their civil liberties is one that arises whenever our Nation is at war. As we prepare to make recommendations to keep our country safe and free, we want to hear a variety of opinions from people who have studied ways to further both important goals."

"The unprecedented nature of the attacks against our country led to a strong response," said Lee H. Hamilton, the Commission's Vice Chair. "We want to know more about that response, how well current policies are working, and what steps are needed to protect our cherished liberties as well as protect the Nation," Hamilton added.

Archived Video and Transcripts

Hearing Agenda

December 8, 2003

"Security and Liberty"

9:00 AM

Hearing Commences

Opening Statement by Chairman Kean

9:15 AM

Intelligence Collection within the United States

Larry D. Thompson, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and former Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Philip B. Heymann, Professor of Law, Harvard University, and former Deputy Attorney General of the United States

Stephen J. Schulhofer, Professor of Law, New York University

10:45 AM

Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism

Judith A. Miller, Partner, Williams & Connolly, and former General Counsel, Department of Defense

Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, and former General Counsel, National Security Agency

Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center

12:15 PM


1:00 PM

Preventive Detention: Use of Immigration Laws and Enemy Combatant Designations to Combat Terrorism

Jan Ting, Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, and former Assistant Commissioner for Refugees, Asylum and Parole, Immigration and Naturalization Service

Khaled Medhat Abou El Fadl, Visiting Professor, Yale Law School, and Professor, Distinguished Fellow in Islamic Law, UCLA School of Law

David Martin, Warner-Booker Distinguished Professor of International Law, University of Virginia Law School, and former General Counsel, Immigration and Naturalization Service

2:30 PM

Government Organization and Domestic Intelligence

William P. Barr, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon Communications, and former Attorney General of the United States

John J. Hamre, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Strategic and International Studies, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense

John MacGaffin, Director, AKE LLC, and former Associate Deputy Director for Operations, Central Intelligence Agency

4:00 PM

Hearing concludes. Press availability to follow.

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