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August 3, 2009

Workplans for the 9/11 Commission’s Teams

Filed under: Complete 911 Timeline,Document Collection — kevinfenton @ 2:01 pm
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This post lists all workplans for the 9/11 Commission’s various teams. The documents have been posted at the 9/11 Document Archive at Scribd. I am reading through the commission’s documents gradually and highlighting interesting information. This post will be updated if I find any more workplan related information.

(-) “The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 1, which investigated al-Qaeda and related transnational terrorist groups. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed, although this is the subject of a withdrawal notice.

(-) The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 2, which investigated intelligence collection, analysis, management, oversight and resources. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed, although this is the subject of a withdrawal notice.

One of the things it was to investigate was warnings before attacks – not just 9/11, but also the ATC, African embassy and Cole bombings.

One of the documents to be requested is “CIA 9-11 After-Action Report / Analysis (2001).

(-) The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 3, which investigated international counterterrorism policy. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, the division of labour, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed, although this is the subject of a withdrawal notice.

(-) A withdrawal notice for the workplan for the 9/11 Commission’s Team 4.

(-) The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 5, which investigated border security and foreign visitors. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed, although this is the subject of a withdrawal notice.

It says that the Secret Service did an analysis for the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry “on the ability of the Secret Service to link the 19 hijackers and locate them prior to 9/11.”

(-) The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 6, which investigated law enforcement and intelligence efforts inside the United States and was led by Barbara Grewe. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed, although this is the subject of a withdrawal notice.

In contrast to the other workplans, this has a premise statement, which is highly biased against the FBI, as are the key questions. For example, it falsely claims the FBI was aware three (not two) of the hijackers had ties to al-Qaeda and frames the issue as whether the hijackers were super-terrorists or whether the FBI suffered from systemic intelligence failure. In fact, the NSA and CIA had a mountain of information about the hijackers, but did not tell the FBI anything until late August 2001.

(-) Various versions of the workplan for the 9/11 Commission’s team 6.

(1) The first version is dated February 3, 2004 and sets out the tasks the team still has to complete.

(2) The second is undated, but appears to be an early version. It has a premise statement, which is highly biased against the FBI, as are the key questions. For example, it falsely claims the FBI was aware three (not two) of the hijackers had ties to al-Qaeda and frames the issue as whether the hijackers were super-terrorists or whether the FBI suffered from systemic intelligence failure. In fact, the NSA and CIA had a mountain of information about the hijackers, but did not tell the FBI anything until late August 2001.

This version has interview candidates, although this section was redacted in at least one other version of this document. This section mentions that the commission wanted to interview Margaret Gillespie, an FBI detailee to the CIA involved in the withholding of information about the hijackers from FBI agents investigating the Cole bombing.

(3) The third is dated April 23, 2003 and is similar.

(4) The fourth is missing the cover sheet with its date, but is also similar.

(5) The fifth version is undated, but also similar to the others.

(-) The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 7, which investigated commercial aviation and transportation security. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed.

(-) The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 7, which investigated commercial aviation and transportation security. The plan was updated in April 2003 and has handwritten notes. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed.

(-) The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 8, which investigated the crisis response on the day of 9/11. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed, although this is the subject of a withdrawal notice.

(-) The workplan for the 9/11 Commision’s team 9, which investigated emergency response in New York and at the Pentagon. It sets out the key questions to be addressed by its work, documents to be read and witnesses to be interviewed, although this is the subject of a withdrawal notice.

One of the topics to be addressed is the WTC’s buiding performance and its ability to withstand an aircraft strike.

The masterlist for all documents the History Commons has obtained and is analysing can be found here.

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