Thursday, January 19, 2006

Report card on the U.S. government's response to the 9/11 Commission

The U.S. government has failed to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to fix the worst problems. Shane Harris and Greta Wodele of the National Journal have written an article analyzing why this failure has occurred.

Here's the quick list of recommendations which received D or F grades:

Allocate homeland-security funds based on risk: F
Reform intelligence oversight: D

Declassify overall intelligence budget: F
Improve airline passenger prescreening: F
Change incentives for information-sharing: D

Improve government-wide information-sharing: D
Improve checked bag and cargo screening: D
Mount a maximum effort to secure weapons of mass destruction: D
Strengthen the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board: D
Provide adequate radio spectrum for first responders: F
Support reform in Saudi Arabia: D
Set coalition standards for terrorist detention: F
Support secular education in Muslim countries: D

Support scholarship, exchange, and library programs: D

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