Sept. 11 Commission:
U.S. Overlooked Threats
* The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, probably could not have been prevented, but the government did miss as many as 10 chances to discover what the terrorists had planned, said a report released yesterday.
The 567-page report is the result of a 20-month investigation by the 10 members of the Sept. 11 commission.
Nearly 3,000 people died after 19 men hijacked four planes. Two planes were crashed into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon. The fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers tried to take the plane back from the attackers.
The report said that the government had a failure of "imagination," never thinking that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group, which is considered responsible for the attacks, could pull off such a major assault.
The report did not blame either former president Bill Clinton or President Bush but said: "We do not believe leaders understood the gravity of the threat."
The report recommended putting one person in charge of keeping track of all intelligence the government gathers on possible threats. That would make one person responsible for all the bits of data that any part of the government uncovers.
One problem before Sept. 11, the commission found, was that different parts of the government, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), weren't sharing information with each other.
The leaders of the commission gave the report to President Bush yesterday morning. He called it "very constructive" and said, "Where the government needs to act, we will."
To read more about the report see Page A1.
* Correction: KidsPost said yesterday that Alaskan wildfires were near the state's capital of Fairbanks. The capital of Alaska is Juneau.