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9-11 Commission to Hold Public Hearing in New York City on March 31 - April 1, 2003
Washington, DC - The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, will hold its first public hearing on March 31 - April 1, 2003. The two-day hearing will be held at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Auditorium, located at One Bowling Green, New York, NY.
The Commission is a bipartisan body created by Public Law 107-306. Its mission is to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the events of September 11, 2001, including the state of American preparedness for, and immediate response to, the terrorist attacks upon the United States.
The purpose of this hearing is to engage those whose lives were forever changed by the events of September 11 in a public dialogue about the Commission's goals and priorities. The Commission also seeks to learn about work already completed and the state of current knowledge, in order to identify the most important issues and questions requiring further investigation.
After brief opening statements by the Commissioners, they will hear from New York Governor George Pataki, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, survivors, representatives of victims' families, and members of Congress. On the second day, the Commissioners will hear testimony from experts on various topics related to September 11.
The proceedings will be broadcast live on the Commission's Web site at http://www.9-11commission.gov. The hearing is also open to the public, and tickets for each day will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the entrance to the auditorium, beginning at 8:00 AM. Once the auditorium is full, the doors will be closed. For security purposes, all bags and persons will be subject to search. For more information on check-in guidelines for the public, please visit the Commission's Web site.
Media must register in advance by faxing an official registration form, which can be downloaded from the Web site. Members of the media should arrive ninety (90) minutes in advance.
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, New York
March 31, 2003
|9:00 - 9:45 AM
||Commissioners' Opening Statements
|9:45 - 10:15 AM
||Remarks by The Honorable Governor George Pataki, State of New York
Remarks by The Honorable Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City of New York
|10:15 - 11:30 AM
||The Experience of the Attack
Harry Waizer, Cantor Fitzgerald survivor
David Lim, Port Authority
Lee Ielpi, Fire Department of New York (retired)
Brian Birdwell, United States Army
Craig Sincock, United States Army (retired)
|11:30 - 1:00 PM
||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
|1:00 - 2:00 PM
|2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
||The Attackers, Intelligence, and Counter-Terrorism Policy
Daniel Byman, Georgetown University
Abraham Sofaer, Hoover Institution
Brian Jenkins, RAND
Magnus Ranstorp, University of St. Andrews
|Day 1 of hearing concludes. Press availability for Chair and Vice Chair.
Tuesday, April 1
|9:30 - 9:45 AM
|9:45 - 11:00 AM
||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
|11:00 - 12:35 PM
||Law Enforcement, Domestic Intelligence, and Homeland Security
Michael Wermuth, RAND
Steven Brill, Author of After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era
ZoŽ Baird, Markle Foundation
Randy Larsen, ANSER Institute for Homeland Security
|12:30 - 1:30 PM
|1:30 - 3:00 PM
||PANEL: Immediate Response to the Attacks
Representative of FDNY
Representative of NYPD
Shawn Kelley, Arlington County Fire Department
William Baker, American Society of Civil Engineers
|Hearing concludes. Press availability for Chair and Vice Chair.