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9/11 commission to examine visa policies

The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will question government officials today about whether authorities properly granted visas to the 19 hijackers who carried out the attacks. The questions will come during the first of two days of hearings into border and aviation security by the 10-member commission, which was formed in 2002 in response to demands from victims’ families for an independent investigation of the attacks. During the past year, the commission has battled the White House over the release of documents, including the president’s daily intelligence briefings. The commission’s deadline to issue a report is May 27, but Chairman Thomas Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, has already said that the attacks could have been prevented. Full Story

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