Missing the Obvious? Some Comments on the 9/11 Commission Report

In the past 17 years the U.S. Government has conducted one task force on terrorism


Endnotes:

  • 1 President Reagan's Vice President's Task Force on Combatting Terrorism (February 1986), President Bush's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism (Report issued August 4, 1989) and the White House Commission on Aviation Safety and Security more commonly known as the "Gore Commission" under President Clinton (Report issued February 12, 1997).
  • 2 The fact that she allegedly recused herself from the subject in which she was a previous "player" in no way alters the ?smell' of the situation.
  • 3 Airport-security system in U.S. riddled with failures The Seattle Times Company By Cheryl Phillips, Steve Miletich and Ken Armb ? July 11, 2004
  • 4 9/11 Commission Report, pg 84.
  • 5 Ibid., pg 1
  • 6 Ibid., pg 84
  • 7 Ibid., pg 352
  • 8 Ibid., pg. 393, underscoring and italics added.
  • 9 TWA Flight 800 was lost south of Long Island, New York on July 17, 1996.
  • 10 All international commercial airline operations have been required to conduct a Full-Bag Match since April 1, 1989.
  • 11 See Appendix B graphic.
  • 12 U.S. Aviation Security Before and After the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, E. Marla Felcher, A report of the Century Foundation and Understanding Government, 2004, pg 41.
  • 13 The Air Transport Association (ATA) is the airlines' principal lobby organization.
  • 14 U.S. Aviation Security Before and After the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, E. Marla Felcher, 2004, pg 41. See also Public Citizen Report, October 2001, pg 9.
  • 15 Public Citizen Report Delay, Dilute and Discard: How the Airline Industry and the FAA have Stymied Aviation Security Regulations ? October 2001. See also Center for Responsive Politics and Walter V. Robinson and Glen Johnson, "Airlines fought security changes," The Boston Globe, September 20, 2001.
  • 16 Public Citizen Report, October 2001, Appendix I
  • 17 Public Citizen Report, October 2001.
  • 18 9/11 Commission Report - Footnote 2 in Chapter 1 We Have Some Planes, pg451 says "Ten out of the 19 hijackers (including 9 out of 10 on the two American Airlines flights) were identified via the CAPPS system."
  • 19 9/11 Commission Report pg 392
  • 20 Ibid., pg 1
  • 21 Ibid., pg 1
  • 22 Ibid., pg 2
  • 23 Ibid., pg 3
  • 24 Ibid., pg 84.
  • 25 Ibid., pg 1.
  • 26 Ibid., pg 1.
  • 27 Public Citizen Report Delay, Dilute and Discard, Section C ? Security of Checked Baggage, pgs 7-10.
  • 28 See FAA Study on Positive Bag Match - Arnold Barnnet, George Eastman Professor of Management Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 1997.
  • 29 According to FAA rules knives with 4" blades and less could be carried into sterile areas and onto airplanes, provided they were not "menacing." However, according to the airlines' checkpoint operations guide (COG) box cutters were prohibited.
  • 30 9/11 Commission Report, pg 393 ? italics added.
  • 31 Ibid., pg 393
  • 32 Ibid., pg 84
  • 33 Public Citizen Report: Delay, Dilute and Discard: How the Airline Industry and the FAA have Stymied Aviation Security Recommendations ? October 2001 ? Appendix D.
  • 34 Ibid pg 12-14.
  • 35 9/11 Commission Report, pg 83
  • 36 Ibid., pg 83
  • 37 Ibid., Pg 83
  • 38 U.S. Aviation Security Before and After the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, E. Marla Felcher, A report of the Century Foundation and Understanding Government, 2004, pg. 38. See also "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Federal Register 62, no.148 (August 1, 1997): 708.
  • 39 Public Citizen Report: Delay, Dilute and Discard, pg 10.
  • 40 Ibid., pg 10. See also Statement of Cathal Flynn, Associate Administrator for Civil Aviation Security, Before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Subcommittee on Aviation, April 6, 2000.
  • 41 Egyptian Sheik Omar Adel Rahman, also known as the "Blind Sheik," and nine others was convicted of seditious conspiracy on October 1, 1995 to bomb the United Nations building, an FBI building, the Holland and Lincoln tunnels, and the George Washington Bridge in 1993. Sheik Rahman is serving a life sentence in a U.S. Federal Prison.
  • 42 9/11 Commission Report, pg 345
  • 43 Ibid., pg 84
  • 44 The use of "Restricted" here refers to items that should not be allowed into aircraft passenger cabins.
  • 45 Checkpoint Operators Guide 7/94 words in capital letters are as shown in the COG.
  • 46 9/11 Commission Report, pg 476 footnote 57. See also U.S. Aviation Security Before and After the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, E. Marla Felcher, A report of the Century Foundation and Understanding Government, 2004, pg 51.
  • 47 While not perfect these new walk-through metal detectors are considerably improved today than in 1993 and recently developed software for some of these units are now available that offer even better discrimination and detection. Unfortunately the TSA has not seen fit to purchase this new software up to this time.
  • 48 9/11 Commission Report, pg 352.
  • 49 9/11 Ibid., pg 83 italics added.
  • 50 President's Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism, August 4, 1989, Executive Summary, pg. i. italics added.
  • 51 9/11 Commission Report, pg 451, footnote 2.
  • 52 Ibid., pg 3
  • 53 Ibid., pg 393
  • 54 Ibid., pg 393
  • 55 The author assumes here in this instance that if the weapons were not artfully concealed and the terrorists had a plausible explanation for the edged weapons and there was no other reason for suspicion then the individuals may have been permitted to continue their flights after confiscation of the weapons.
  • 56 9/11 Commission Report, pg 1.
  • 57 Ibid., pg 386