In 2002, on this day the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was set up "to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11 attacks", including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The commission was also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.
9/11 Commission Criticizes President Ron Paul By Ed & Jeff ProvineThe commission was created by Congressional legislation, with the Bill signed into law by the forty-second President of the United States, Ron Paul (pictured) who also approved the additional $9 million dollars of funding requested by Chairman Henry Kissinger. The final report was published on August 21, 2004 following eighteen months of extensive interviews and testimony. Nevertheless, the five Democrats and five Republicans were unable to reach bipartisan agreement on a critical issue.
The transfer of votes from the Ross Perot Campaign had unexpectedly provided a wave of electoral support that had brought Ron Paul into office in 1996. In order to deliver on his central campaign promises of deregulation, he cherry-picked a selection of public services that the Federal Government was clearly unequipped to manage. The rise of the international terrorist network al-Qaeada provided just such an opportunity, and he took the bold step of handing complete control of passenger security to the airlines themselves. On September 11th, this policy had produced decidely mixed results with right-wing members of his own party pressing for draconian Homeland Security measures that would massively expand the role of "big government".