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

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9-11 Commission to Hold Fourth Public Hearing on Intelligence and the War on Terrorism

October 7 - The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) will hold a public hearing on October 14, 2003 on Capitol Hill. The one-day hearing will take as its focus "Intelligence and the War on Terrorism."

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Russell Senate Office Building (Room 253), the Commission will hear testimony from two sets of witnesses on leadership of U.S. intelligence, intelligence and national security policy, and the effectiveness of warning against transnational threats. Among the six witnesses testifying will be former Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence James R. Schlesinger and former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence, John M. Deutch. A complete agenda and list of witnesses follows this advisory.

"How to improve the effectiveness of the Intelligence Community against the terrorist threat is one of several areas Congress mandated our commission review," Commission Chair Thomas H. Kean said. "We are considering several ways of strengthening it, including the question of whether the United States should establish a Director of National Intelligence. We have invited several eminent former and current public officials to share their experience and expertise with us at this open hearing," Kean stated.

"We also want to know," added Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton, "how our government prepares warnings about attacks-both as it took place before September 11th and today."

"We have invited three witnesses with extensive experience on the question of warning to visit with us on how it may be improved," Hamilton stated.

The hearing will be open to the public and members of the media. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the media must register by close of business October 10, 2003 on the Commission's website, Chairman Kean and Congressman Hamilton will hold a press briefing immediately after the hearing.

Additional information, including prepared testimony of witnesses, will be posted on the Commission's website as it becomes available. Archived video and complete transcripts of hearing proceedings will be posted one week after the hearing's conclusion.

"Intelligence and the War on Terrorism"

9:00 AM

Hearing Commences

Opening Statement from Chairman Kean

Leadership of U.S. Intelligence

(9:05) James R. Schlesinger, Chairman, MITRE Corporation, and former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Defense
(10:00) John M. Deutch, Professor of Chemistry, MIT, and former Director of Central Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of Defense
11:00 AM

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



1:00 PM

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

3:00 PM

Hearing Concludes. Press availability to follow.

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