The Democratic staff of the House Homeland Security Committee released a report today entitled “To Secure America: The 9/11 Commissionâ€™s Homeland Security Recommendations” which attempts to measure the government’s progress toward implementing the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. The report goes one-by-one through each of the Commission’s homeland security-related recommendations, cites the 9/11 Public Discourse Project’s Dec. 2005 grades, and discusses what the House Democrats have proposed to accelerate progress on a number of issues.
I agree with many of the points in the report, and think it’s vitally important for the government to work vigorously to implement and inculcate the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations. So it’s disappointing to see omissions and blatant factual errors in the report, which undermine its credibility. The section on the need for a terrorist travel strategy doesn’t bother to acknowledge that the NCTC delivered the National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel in May, directly addressing this recommendation. And egregiously, the report says that the 9/11 Public Discourse Project (PDP) gave the government a “D” grade in combating terrorist financing. But the actual grade from the PDP was an “A-“: a very big difference.