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July 2, 2003

9-11 Commission to Hold Third Public Hearing on Al Qaeda

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States will hold its third public hearing on July 9, 2003 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building (Room 253) in Washington, DC.

The one-day session will focus on "Terrorism, al Qaeda, and the Muslim World." The Commission will hear testimony from experts on the character of the transnational terrorist threat, the relationships of Arab states to these groups, and the phenomenon of violent extremism within the Muslim community. An agenda and list of panelists accompanies this advisory.

In announcing the hearing, the Commission's Chair, former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean, said: "A key Commission responsibility is to understand the enemy. Good policy recommendations will depend on a clear understanding of al Qaeda's emergence and strategy."

The Vice Chair, former Indiana Representative Lee H. Hamilton, added: "There is considerable knowledge of al Qaeda and terrorist groups outside the government. This session will enable us to achieve a better understanding how the Arab world has viewed this danger, before and after September 11."

The hearing will be open to the public and members of the media. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the media must register in advance by visiting the Commission's Web site (www.9-11commission.gov).

Additional information, including prepared testimony of witnesses, will be posted on the Commission's Web site as it becomes available. Archived video and complete transcripts of hearing proceedings will be posted on the Commission's Web site one week after the hearing's conclusion.

Chairman Kean and Vice Chair Hamilton will be available to the press at the conclusion of the hearing.