Thursday, January 15 2009 - Research/Evidence
(Some) 9/11 Commission Records Released
A significant amount of information from the 9/11 Commission Records has been made available today through the National Archives. The introduction, reposted below, is followed by FAQs, where to find help, what's online, and much more. In particular interest at this point is the Memorandums for the Record (MFR) section: "During its investigation, the commission staff conducted over 1200 fact-finding interviews-the MFRs are summaries of these interviews. This series is available online." We will post information at 911truth.org as researchers comb through these records, to keep readers informed.
From The National Archives Legislative Branch - The Center for Legislative
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, was an independent, bipartisan commission created by Congress. The Commission's mandate was to provide a "full and complete accounting" of the attacks of September 11, 2001 and to provide recommendations as to how to prevent such attacks in the future. The Commission, extant from 2003 - 2004, held hearings, conducted interviews, and produced a report.
When the 9/11 Commission closed on August 21, 2004, it transferred legal custody of its records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Commission encouraged the release of its records to the fullest extent possible in January 2009. Because the Commission was part of the legislative branch its records are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Approximately 35% of the Commission's archived textual records are now publicly available. Due to the collection's volume and the large percentage of national security classified files, NARA staff was unable to process the entire collection by January 2009. Review and processing focused on the portion of the collection that contains unique documents created by the Commission and those that reveal the most about the scope of the investigation and the internal workings of the Commission and its staff.
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