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9-11 Commission Recommends Overhaul of US Intelligence - 2004-07-22


The independent commission investigating the 2001 terrorist attacks is recommending a massive overhaul of U.S. intelligence services in its final report to Congress and the Bush administration.

After 20 months of investigation, the commission released a report totaling more than 500 pages that says "deep institutional failures" led to the September 11 attacks.

This is commission chairman Tom Kean.

He said, "This was a failure of policy, management, capability and, above all, a failure of imagination."

To prevent future attacks, the commission is recommending the appointment of a national intelligence director and the creation of a national counter-terrorism center to coordinate intelligence gathering and analysis.

Commission vice chairman Lee Hamilton.

"The intelligence community needs a shift in mindset and organization so that intelligence agencies operate under the principle of joint command," he said.

President Bush and members of Congress welcomed the report and will now study the commission's recommendations.

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