U.S. Lags on 9/11 Panel Recommendations

By Mackenzie Weinger
|  Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011  |  Updated 10:06 AM EDT
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The United States has failed to implement nine of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations to keep the nation safe from terror, the former co-chairs of the panel said Wednesday in a new report.

The commission’s former co-chairs, Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, will issue a report today detailing what the U.S. has — and hasn’t — done in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to the Wall Street Journal. Of the 41 recommendations from the commission, the report says that nine have not been fully put in place.

The government has failed to put into action a border screening process using biometric technology that checks individuals as they leave the U.S. and has yet to establish a standardized form of identification, the report says. In addition, terrorist detention guidelines remain unclear and the government has yet to create a proposed civil-liberties board.

These counter-terrorism actions need to be immediately enacted, the report says, since the “the threat from al Qaeda, related terrorist groups, and individual adherents to violent Islamist extremism persists.”

According to the report, the U.S. is at risk of terrorists recruiting U.S. citizens and residents, and could be targeted with major cyber attacks. Defending against cyber attacks on the country’s infrastructure “must be an urgent priority,” according to the report.

The WSJ wrote that the former co-chairs say some of the successful moves in the past decade include better airport screening and intelligence-sharing operations.

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