9/11 Commission Public Hearings

 

Commission report here. 

Commission hearing transcripts and videos here. 

9/11 Commission Hearing Speakers

Hearing 1

The Experience of the Attack
Harry Waizer, Cantor Fitzgerald survivor
David Lim, Port Authority Police
Lee Ielpi, Fire Department of New York (retired)
Brian Birdwell, United States Army
Craig Sincock, United States Army (retired)

Representatives of the Victims
Stephen Push, Families of September 11
Mary Fetchet, Voices of September 11
Mindy Kleinberg, September 11 Advocates
Allison Vadhan, Families of Flight 93

The Attackers, Intelligence, and Counter-Terrorism Policy
Daniel Byman, Georgetown University
Abraham D. Sofaer, Hoover Institution
Brian Jenkins, RAND
Magnus Ranstorp, University of St. Andrews

Borders, Money, and Transportation Security
Glenn Fine, U.S. Department of Justice
Lee Wolosky, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Gerald Dillingham, Civil Aviation Issues, General Accounting Office

Law Enforcement, Domestic Intelligence, and Homeland Security
Michael Wermuth, RAND
Steven Brill, Author of After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era
Zoë Baird, Markle Foundation
Randy Larsen, ANSER Institute for Homeland Security

PANEL: Immediate Response to the Attacks
Shawn Kelley, Arlington County Fire Department
William Baker, American Society of Civil Engineers
Ken Holden, New York Department of Design and Construction (DDC)
 
Hearing 2
Commission Mandate and Objectives
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Sen. John McCain
Sen. Joseph Lieberman

Intelligence Oversight and the Joint Inquiry
Sen. Bob Graham
Sen. Richard Shelby
Rep. Porter Goss
Rep. Jane Harman

Affected Constituencies
Sen. Charles Schumer
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Sen. Jon Corzine
Sen. Frank Lautenberg
Rep. Jerry Nadler
Rep. Christopher Shays
Rep. Christopher Smith

State of the System: Civil Aviation Security on September 11th
Jane Garvey, former Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
Kenneth Mead, Inspector General, Department of Transportation
James May, President, Air Transport Association of America
Bogdan Dzakovic, Civil Aviation Security Inspector, Transportation Security Agency

September 11, 2001: The Attacks and the Response
The Honorable Norman Mineta, Secretary of Transportation
 MajGen Craig McKinley, Commander, 1st Air Force and the Continental U.S. NORAD Region
 LTG Mike Canavan (ret.), former Associate Administrator for Civil Aviation Security

Reforming Civil Aviation Security: Next Steps
Stephen McHale, Deputy Administrator, Transportation Security Agency
MGen O.K. Steele (ret.), former Associate Administrator for Civil Aviation Security
Mary Schiavo, former Inspector General, Department of Transportation 
 
Hearing 3: "Terrorism, Al Qaeda, and the Muslim World"

PANEL ONE: Al Qaeda
Rohan Gunaratna, Head of Terrorism Research and Associate Professor, Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore and author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror
Mamoun Fandy, Senior Fellow, United States Institute of Peace and author of Saudi Arabia and the Politics of Dissent
Marc Sageman, Lecturer, Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania

PANEL TWO: States and Terrorism
Laurie Mylroie, Adjunct Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and author of Study of Revenge: Saddam Hussein's Unfinished War Against America
Judith Yaphe, Senior Research Fellow and Middle East Project Director, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
Murhaf Jouejati, Adjunct Scholar, Middle East Institute and Lecturer, George Washington University
Mark Gasiorowski, Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University

PANEL THREE: The Challenge within the Muslim World
Rachel Bronson, Senior Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Steven Emerson, Executive Director of the Investigative Project and author of American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us
Gilles Kepel, Professor, Institute of Political Studies, Paris and author of Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam
Dennis Ross, Director and Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy


Hearing 4 "Intelligence and the War on Terrorism"

James R. Schlesinger, Chairman, MITRE Corporation, and former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Defense
John M. Deutch, Professor of Chemistry, MIT, and former Director of Central Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of Defense

Intelligence and National Security Policy
James B. Steinberg, Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution, and former Deputy National Security Adviser

PANEL: Warning of Transnational Threats
Richard Kerr, Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency
Mary O. McCarthy, Visiting Fellow, CSIS, and former National Intelligence Officer for Warning, Central Intelligence Agency
John Gannon, Staff Director, House Select Committee on Homeland Security
 
Hearing 5 "Emergency Preparedness"

Risks and Consequences of Terrorism for the Private Sector
John Degnan, Vice Chairman, The Chubb Corporation

PANEL: Skyscraper Safety Issues from 9-11 Family Members
Monica Gabrielle, Co-Chair, Skyscraper Safety Campaign
Sally Regenhard, Founder and Co-Chair, Skyscraper Safety Campaign

PANEL: Public/Private Initiatives Since 9-11
Michael F. Byrne, Director, Office of National Capital Region Coordination, Department of Homeland Security
Dennis J. Reimer, Director, National Memorial Institute for Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT)
Richard A. Andrews, Senior Director, National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination

Private Sector Experience on 9-11
William Y. Yun, President, Fiduciary Trust Company International

PANEL: Standards for Emergency Management and Business Continuity
Glenn Corbett, Professor of Fire Safety, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Member, NIST Investigation, and Bergen County Fire Captain
Randall Yim, Director, National Preparedness Team, General Accounting Office

PANEL: Future Strategies for Private Sector Preparedness
William G. Raisch, Director, Emergency Corps Program, Sponsored by The Greater New York Safety Council
Peter R. Orszag, Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow in Economic Studies,The Brookings Institution
James Haviaris, Vice President for Operations and Management, Rockefeller Group Development Corporation
Thomas Susman, Partner, Ropes & Gray and Chief Author of Business Roundtable Report on Terrorism: Real Threats. Real Costs. Joint Solutions.
 
Hearing 6 "Security and Liberty"

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

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
   
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
   
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 
 
Hearing 7 "Borders, Transportation, and Managing Risk"

PANEL ONE The Border Security System Prior to September 11
Mary A. Ryan, former Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State
Doris Meissner, former Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Justice
   
PANEL TWO An Incident in Florida
Jose E. Melendez-Perez, Inspector, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

PANEL THREE Visas and Watchlisting Today
Maura Harty, Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs, Department of State
Russell E. Travers, Deputy Director, Information Sharing and Knowledge Management Department, Terrorist Threat Integration Center
Donna A. Bucella, Director, Terrorist Screening Center, FBI

PANEL FOUR The Response to September 11 on the Borders
James Ziglar, former Commissioner, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Justice
Robert C. Bonner, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Peter F. Verga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense, Department of Defense

PANEL FIVE Aviation Security on 9/11:The Regulators
Jane F. Garvey, former Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
Cathal L. “Irish” Flynn, former Associate Administrator of Civil Aviation Security, Federal Aviation Administration
Claudio Manno, Assistant Administrator for Intelligence, Transportation Security Administration
   
PANEL SIX Aviation Security on 9/11:The Airlines
Edmond L. Soliday, former Vice President of Safety, Quality Assurance, and Security, United Airlines
Andrew P. Studdert, former Chief Operating Officer, United Airlines
Gerard J. Arpey, Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines
Tim J. Ahern, Vice President – DFW Hub, and former Vice President of Safety, Security, and Environmental, American Airlines
       
PANEL SEVEN Acts of Courage in the Sky
Nydia Gonzalez, Manager, Southeast Reservations Center, American Airlines
   
PANEL EIGHT Risk Management after September 11
James M. Loy, Deputy Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Statements Submitted for the Record
Statement of Peter Gadiel
Statement of Carol Ashley

Hearing 8 "Counterterrorism Policy"

The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright Former Secretary of State Submitted Testimony
The Honorable Colin L. Powell Secretary of State Submitted Testimony
The Honorable William S. Cohen Former Secretary of Defense Submitted Testimony
The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense Submitted Testimony
The Honorable George J. Tenet Director of Central Intelligence Submitted Testimony
The Honorable Samuel R. Berger Former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Submitted Testimony
Mr. Richard A. Clarke Former National Coordinator for Counterterrorism, National Security Council Submitted Testimony
The Honorable Richard L. Armitage Deputy Secretary of State


Hearing 9: Statement of Dr. Condoleezza Rice


Hearing 10 "Law Enforcement and the Intelligence Community"

The Honorable Louis J. Freeh Former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Submitted Testimony
The Honorable Janet Reno Former Attorney General of the United States Submitted Testimony       
PANEL: SUMMER 2001
Mr. Thomas J. Pickard Former Acting Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Submitted Testimony
Ambassador J. Cofer Black Former Director, Counterterrorism Center, Central Intelligence Agency Submitted Testimony
The Honorable John Ashcroft Attorney General of the United States Submitted Testimony
 
The Performance of the Intelligence Community
The Honorable George J. Tenet Director of Central Intelligence Submitted Testimony
   
PANEL: PREVENTING FUTURE ATTACKS INSIDE THE UNITED STATES
Mr. John O. Brennan Director, Terrorist Threat Integration Center Submitted Testimony
Lieutenant General Patrick M. Hughes Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis, Department of Homeland Security Submitted Testimony
John S. Pistole Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation Submitted Testimony
Mr. James L. Pavitt Deputy Director of Operations, Central Intelligence Agency Submitted Testimony
   
PANEL: FBI LEADERSHIP AND INITIATIVES POST-9/11
The Honorable Robert S. Mueller III Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation Submitted Testimony

FBI Report
Ms. Maureen Baginski Executive Assistant Director for Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation 

Hearing 11 "Emergency Response"

PANEL ONE
Alan Reiss Former Director, World Trade Department, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Submitted Testimony
Joseph Morris Former Chief, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department Submitted Testimony

PANEL TWO
Bernard B. Kerik Former Commissioner, New York Police Department (NYPD) Submitted Testimony
Thomas Von Essen Former Commissioner, Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Submitted Testimony
Richard Sheirer Former Director, New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Submitted Testimony
   
PANEL THREE
Raymond W. Kelly Commissioner, New York Police Department (NYPD) Submitted Testimony
Nicholas Scoppetta Commissioner, Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Submitted Testimony
Joseph F. Bruno Commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Submitted Testimony
The Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani Former Mayor, City of New York
   
PANEL FOUR
Dennis Smith Author, “Report from Ground Zero” Submitted Testimony
Jerome M. Hauer Former Director, New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Submitted Testimony
Edward P. Plaugher Chief, Arlington County Fire Department Submitted Testimony
The Honorable Michael R. Bloomberg Mayor, City of New York Submitted Testimony
The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge Secretary of Homeland Security Submitted Testimony

Hearing 12 "The 9/11 Plot" and "National Crisis Management"

PANEL: AL QAEDA
Ms. Mary Deborah Doran Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mr. Patrick J. Fitzgerald U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois
   
PANEL: OUTLINE OF THE 9/11 PLOT
Ms. Jacqueline Maguire Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mr. James N. Fitzgerald Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Mr. Adam B. Drucker Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
   
PANEL: MILITARY RESPONSE ON 9/11
General Richard Myers, USAF Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Admiral (select) Charles Joseph Leidig, USN Commandant of Midshipmen, United States Naval Academy
General Ralph E. Eberhart, USAF Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command
Major General Larry Arnold, USAF (Ret.) Former Commander, Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR)
   
PANEL: FAA RESPONSE ON 9/11
Mr. Monte Belger Former Acting Deputy Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
Mr. Jeff Griffith Deputy Director, Air Traffic Control, Federal Aviation Administration
Mr. John White Former Facility Manager, Air Traffic Control Systems Command Center, Federal Aviation Administration
Mr. Benedict Sliney Operations Manager, New York Terminal Radar Approach Control, Federal Aviation Administration