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9/11 Panel Prepares Its Final Report

The Sept. 11 commission will now focus on reaching agreement on its final report, a draft of which is under review. The report is due July 26. Commissioners say there is general consensus on a factual accounting of events that sharply criticizes the FBI and CIA. But members haven’t agreed on widespread reforms that could include a new domestic intelligence agency modeled after Britain’s MI5. The panel wrapped up its public hearings on Thursday. “Now we have the full picture of the origins of al-Qaida and the nation’s response. We know the threat is not a passing phenomenon. Simply killing Osama bin Laden isn’t enough,” said Republican commissioner John Lehman, a former Navy secretary. “It’s a deeply rooted phenomenon, and it’s going to take a lot to address,” he said. Full Story

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