9/11 Commision Report with Related Documents

ISBN-10: 0312450990

ISBN-13: 9780312450991

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ernest R. May

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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 left Americans wondering how such a breach of security could have occurred. Relatives and friends of the victims pushed for the creation of a National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States to investigate the government's preparedness for and response to the attacks and to provide recommendations for preventing future disasters. As Senior Advisor to the 9/11 Commission, Ernest R. May provides students with a firsthand account of the commission's methods and actions. His introduction, which describes the drafting process and the collaboration of the commissioners despite the bitter political divisions surrounding them, allows students to view the report as an historical document. The report itself has been carefully abridged for the classroom while preserving the essence of the complete version. A cast of characters, a glossary of political acronyms, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration make this edition ideal for students.
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Ernest R. May is Charles Warren Professor of American History at Harvard University. He is co-author, with Philip D. Zelikow, of The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Introduction: The Making of The 9/11 Commission Report
The Politics of the 9/11 Era
The Creation of the 9/11 Commission
Battles between the Commission and the Administration
The Public Hearings of the Commission
The Commission Report
Shortcomings of the Report
What's Missing?
Cast of Characters
Glossary of Acronyms
Document: The 9/11 Commission Report
"We Have Some Planes"
Inside the Four Flights
Boston: American 11 and United 175
Washington Dulles: American 77
Newark: United 93
The Hijacking of American 11
The Hijacking of United 175
The Hijacking of American 77
The Battle for United 93
Improvising a Homeland Defense
National Crisis Management
The President and the Vice President
United 93 and the Shootdown Order
The Foundation of the New Terrorism
A Declaration of War
Bin Ladin's Appeal in the Islamic World
Bin Ladin's Worldview
History and Political Context
Social and Economic Malaise
Bin Ladin's Historical Opportunity
The Rise of Bin Ladin and al Qaeda (1988-1992)
Attacks Known and Suspected
Al Qaeda's Renewal in Afghanistan (1996-1998)
The Embassy Bombings
Counterterrotism Evolves
From the Old Terrorism to the New: The First World Trade Center Bombing
Adaptation-and Nonadaptation-in the Law Enforcement Community
The Justice Department and the FBI
Legal Constraints on the FBI and "the Wall"
Other Law Enforcement Agencies
...and in the Intelligence Community
Clandestine and Covert Action
Early Counterterrorism Efforts
...and in the State Department and the Defense Department
The State Department
The Department of Defense
...and in the White House
...and in the Congress
Responses to al Qaeda's Initial Assaults
Before the Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania
Early Efforts against Bin Ladin
The CIA Develops a Capture Plan
Crisis: August 1998
A Follow-on Campaign?
Covert Action
Searching for Fresh Options
"Boots on the Ground?"
The Desert Camp, February 1999
Looking for New Partners
Kandahar, May 1999
Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homeland
Terrorist Entrepreneurs
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [KSM]
The "Planes Operation"
The Plan Evolves
The Hamburg Contingent
Mohamed Atta
Ramzi Binalshibh
Marwan al Shehhi
Ziad Jarrah
Requirements for a Successful Attack
From Threat to Threat
The Millennium Crisis
"Bodies Will Pile Up in Sacks"
Ressam's Arrest
Emergency Cooperation
A Lost Trail in Southeast Asia
Post-Crisis Reflection: Agenda for 2000
"Afghan Eyes"
The Attack on the USS Cole
Considering a Response
Change and Continuity
Early Decisions
Starting a Review
The New Administration's Approach
September 2001
The Attack Looms
First Arrivals in California
The 9/11 Pilots in the United States
The Fourth Pilot: Hani Hanjour
Assembling the Teams
Dissent within the al Qaeda Leadership
Moving to Departure Positions
"The System Was Blinking Red"
The Summer of Threat
Zacarias Moussaoui
Time Runs Out
Heroism and Horror
Emergency Response at the Pentagon
Immediate Responses at Home
Planning for War
"Phase Two" and the Question of Iraq
Foresight-and Hindsight
Historical Perspective
Understanding the Danger
Institutionalizing Imagination: The Case of Aircraft as Weapons
Operational Management
Institutional Management
The Millennium Exception
What to Do? A Global Strategy
How to Do It? A Different Way of Organizing Government
Related Documents
Declarations by Usama Bin Ladin, August 23, 1996; May 10, 1997; February 23, 1998
From The President's Daily Brief, December 4, 1998, and August 6, 2001
The 9/11 Commission, Final Report on 9/11 Commission Recommendations, December 5, 2005
A 9/11 Chronology (1978-2005)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
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