JD: Week 6: Discussion Question


 Discussion 1 - Week 6COLLAPSEThe 9/11 Commission's Findings and Recommendations

The 9/11 Commission was created to investigate the circumstances surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In addition, the Commission was responsible for evaluating the nation's preparedness and the response to the attacks. Therefore, Commission members spent considerable time and effort studying and researching the many facets of these attacks. They interviewed more than a thousand people involved in counter terrorism efforts. Some of these people worked for the FBI and the CIA.

The final report from the 9/11 Commission cited failures by the FBI and the CIA as the main reasons the attacks were not prevented. Causes of failure included minimal communication and collaboration between these agencies, lack of international jurisdiction of the FBI, and a law enforcement mindset toward terrorism. Based on these causes, the 9/11 Commission provided a detailed list of recommendations for national security reform, some of which have been implemented and some of which have not.

To prepare for this Discussion: (Please See Attachments for readings)

  • Review the online article Final Report on 9/11 Commission Recommendations and Chapters 12 and 13 in the online article The 9/11 Commission Report. Focus on the recommendations that you think have the most impact on National Security.
  • Review the online article Department of Homeland Security: Progress in Implementing 9/11 Commission Recommendations. Reflect on to what extent the recommendations have been implemented.
  • Select what you think is the most significant and the least significant recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission. Note: Be sure to select recommendations that have been implemented.
  • Reflect on to what extent the recommendations you selected were implemented.

 With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a brief description of one recommendation you think will have the most impact and one you think will have the least impact on National Security and explain why. Then explain to what extent these recommendations were implemented. Be specific.

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