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May 19, 2003

Update on Independent Commission (May 19, 2003)

Over the past month, representatives of Families of September 11 and other 9/11 family groups met several times with commissioners and staff members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks in the United States to discuss the Commission's progress.

Staffing and Office Space

The Commission is almost fully staffed and all commissioners have now received their security clearances. The staff – whose biographies are posted on the Commission's website, http://www.9-11commission.gov – is divided into nine investigative teams:

  1. Al Qaeda and Related Transnational Terrorist Groups
  2. Intelligence Collection, Analysis, and Management
  3. International Counterterrorism Policy
  4. Terrorist Financing
  5. Border Security and Foreign Visitors
  6. Law Enforcement and Intelligence Collection inside the United States
  7. Commercial Aviation and Transportation Security
  8. National Leadership: Immediate Response, Crisis Management, and Continuity Contingencies
  9. Emergency Response and Crisis Management: New York City and the Pentagon.

The Commission has appointed two staff members, Emily Walker and Ellie Flynn Hartz, to be liaisons with the 9/11 families.

The Commission will soon establish its New York City office in the Federal Building at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan.

Next Public Hearing

The Commission will hold its second public hearing on May 22 and 23 in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The Commission will hear testimony from congressional witnesses as well as from witnesses who can comment on the state of aviation security before, on, and after the 9/11 attacks.

"Among the Commission's charges is to write the definitive account of what actually transpired on that day and how it was able to happen," said former New Jersey governor, Thomas H. Kean, the Commission's chair. "What we learn from this