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July 21, 2004

The full and final 9-11 Commission Report will be available online on Thursday at 11:30 AM at http://www.9-11commission.gov .  Copies will also be available in many bookstores by the afternoon.

FOS11 will also provide you with an analysis of the recommendations as quickly as possible tomorrow.  Additionally, we will be contacting you in the next week or two about next steps.  We also hope to have a live chat with a member of the Commission or its staff in which registered members can participate next month.

Families of September 11 Statement:
July 21, 2004

Families of September 11 believes that there are a number of agencies, organizations and people whose actions point to a history of passivity and negligence.  To that end, while we appreciate that the Commission report will “shine a spotlight on these problems” and offer specific recommendations, we must urge the media and the American public not to reduce this discussion to whether 9-11 should have been prevented.

It is not that simple.

Systematic failures have been identified, including: compromises with private industry on obvious areas of public safety and security, the lack of adequate funding and oversight of various federal and local agencies in the areas of security and emergency services, not to mention ongoing bureaucratic in-fighting and poor communications.  All of these resulted in delayed responses and missed opportunities for protection.

To admit these are failures does not show weakness, it demonstrates responsibility. 

To make us less vulnerable, we must make this report about assigning accountability not blame.  Without some acknowledgement of accountability, there will be no clear understanding of either the problems or how to best correct them.

Other countries have been through these attacks and have largely succeeded in making changes that make them more impenetrable. We must do the same.  We cannot afford to be complacent and we cannot afford to be lazy. 

The issue is whether our great country will have the courage to learn from our mistakes and the valor to make the changes it needs to without regard to political or other vested interested.  To do less would be to dishonor the memory of our lost loved ones and the fortitude of our citizenry.