Summary: 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 accoun
t 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of the commissioners despite the bitter political divisions surrounding them, allows students to view the report as an historical document.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.
Summary: 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of the commissioners despite the bitter political divisions surrounding them, allows students to view the report as an historical document.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. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:07 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Bedford Books Published: 02/25/2007 International: No
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PART ONE. INTRODUCTION Cast of Characters The Politics of the 9/11 Era The Creation of the Commission Battles between the Commission and the Administration Media Events The Report Shortcomings
PART TWO. THE DOCUMENT: THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT Preface
1. "We Have Some Planes" Inside the Four Flights Improvising a Homeland Defense National Crisis Management
2. The Foundation of the New Terrorism A Declaration of War Bin Ladin's Appeal in the Islamic World The Rise of Bin Ladin and Al Qaeda (1988-1992) Al Qaeda's Renewal in Afghanistan (1996-1998)
3. Counterterrorism Evolves From the Old Terrorism to the New: The First World Trade Center Bombing Adaptation -- and Nonadaptation -- in the Law Enforcement Community ...and in the Intelligence Community ...and in the State Department and the Defense Department ...and in the White House ...and in the Congress
4. Responses to Al Qaeda's Initial Assaults Before the Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania Crisis: August 1998 Covert Action Searching for Fresh Options
5. Al Qaeda Aims at the American Homeland Terrorist Entrepreneurs The "Planes" Operation The Hamburg Contingent
6. From Threat to Threat The Millennium Crisis Post-Crisis Reflection: Agenda for 2000 The Attack on the U.S.S. Cole Change and Continuity The New Administration's Approach
7. The Attack Looms First Arrivals in California The 9/11 Pilots in the United States Assembling the Teams
8. "The System Was Blinking Red" The Summer of Threat
9. Heroism and Horror
10. Wartime Immediate Responses at Home Planning for War "Phase Two" and the Question of Iraq
11. Foresight -- and Hindsight Imagination Policy Capabilities Management
12. What to Do? A Global Strategy
13. How to Do It? A Different Way of Organizing Government
Glossary of Acronyms
A 9/11 Chronology Questions for Consideration Selected Bibliogr
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