. . . Thursday July 22, 2004

What No One Imagined

Within its executive summary, the 9-11 report states: “What we can say with confidence is that none of the measures adopted by the U.S. government from 1998 to 2001 disturbed or even delayed the progress of the al Qaeda plot. Across the government, there were failures of imagination, policy, capabilities and management. The most important failure was one of imagination. We do not believe leaders understood the gravity of the threat.”

You can read the execitive summary here (in easy to read html format ).

Among other things, the report calls for the creation of a National Counterterrorism Center with a centralized leader who will be charged with making sure that the various intelligence agencies share information. During the press conference, Lee Hamilton explained that when the commission asked the question Who’s in charge?, the answer was no one.

I think that if you asked Americans to comment on this matter of the sharing of information, they would say that they had been under the impression that this coordination of efforts was the major responsibility of the Dept of Homeland Security. We have heard that this was among the major problems from the time the attacks took place. I would think we’d be a few years into a human and software fix by now?

Concentration is important!