Five years ago, Americans stood united against terrorism and those responsible for the attacks on our nation on 9/11. The nation wanted answers and solutions to prevent another attack and the 9/11 Commission was created to tell us what happened and what needed to be done. In July 2004, the Commission issued its 567 page report and recommendations. More recently, the Members of that Commission, who regrouped
under the bipartisan and independent 9/11 Public Discourse Project, released a report card that gave the government only one 'A', and many 'F's, 'D's, or incompletes for its efforts on Homeland Security.
The American people believe that homeland security must be our top priority. They expect the Bush Administration and Congress to do everything possible to protect America from terrorism. Yet, in the five years since the 9/11 attacks, America has not been made as safe as it needs to be.
Our Borders Remain Porous
Not Everything Has Been Done to Prevent Another Attack
America is Not Prepared to Respond to Another Attack
Civil Liberties Are Not Being Respected
This slow pace is not due to a lack of ideas. On the contrary, Democrats have proposed numerous bills and amendments to fulfill the homeland security-related recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Unfortunately, these proposals have not received votes or have been rejected - mostly along party-lines.
This report documents the 9/11 Commission's recommendations on homeland security, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project's grades on fulfilling each recommendation as of December 2005, strategies to fulfill the recommendations, and the record on fulfilling the recommendations so far.