October 19, 2005

9/11 panel faults government: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new report by members of the
former September 11 commission faults the FBI for failing to
act on the panel's recommendations for preventing terrorist
attacks, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The privately funded report, scheduled for release on
Thursday, will also say the White House is not doing enough to
defend civil liberties in the post-September 11 era, the
newspaper said, citing commissioners and staff members.

The New York Times cited some commissioners as saying a
civil liberties board created by the White House lacked power
and funding.

The report also takes aim at Congress for inaction on the
panel's recommendation to overhaul congressional oversight of
intelligence and terrorism issues, Timothy Roemer, a Democratic
member of the commission told the newspaper.

The commission wrote the seminal 2004 analysis of what when
wrong before and after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New
York and Washington.

The panel formally disbanded after submitting its final
report in July last year, but the members continue their work
as the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, which tracks
implementation of the 2004 report's recommendations.

Last month, the former commissioners urged the Bush
administration and Congress to plug gaps in disaster response
exposed by Hurricane Katrina.

The panel members said then the executive branch and
Congress had made minimal or no progress on 11 of the
commission's 14 proposals to boost domestic security, emergency
preparedness and response.