Great Seal of the United States National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

First public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

The purpose of this public hearing was 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 sought 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.

Archived Video and Transcripts

Hearing Agenda

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 Break
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 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

Day 1 of hearing concludes. Press availability for Chair and Vice Chair.

Tuesday, April 1

9:30 - 9:45 AM Hearing Reconvenes
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 Break
1:30 - 3:00 PM 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 concludes. Press availability for Chair and Vice Chair.

Hearing Location

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
Manhattan, New York

Current News

The Commission has released its final report. [more]

The Chair and Vice Chair have released a statement regarding the Commission's closing. [more]

The Commission closed August 21, 2004. [more]

Commission Members

Thomas H. Kean

Lee H. Hamilton
Vice Chair

Richard Ben-Veniste
Fred F. Fielding
Jamie S. Gorelick
Slade Gorton
Bob Kerrey
John F. Lehman
Timothy J. Roemer
James R. Thompson

Commission Staff

Philip D. Zelikow
Executive Director

Chris Kojm
Deputy Executive Director

Daniel Marcus
General Counsel