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Thursday, July 22, 2004

The New York Times > Washington > Urging Swift Action, Panel Warns Deadlier Attacks Are Likely

The New York Times > Washington > Urging Swift Action, Panel Warns Deadlier Attacks Are Likely: "Urging Swift Action, Panel Warns Deadlier Attacks Are Likely
By DAVID STOUT

WASHINGTON, July 22 � The terrorists of Sept. 11, 2001, succeeded because the government of the United States failed at many levels, the commission investigating the attacks said today as it warned that similar, even deadlier attacks are likely.
The commission chairman, Thomas H. Kean, said the worst failure of all was 'a failure of imagination,' in the sense that the signs had existed for years that an attack was coming. But no one conceived the extent of the hijackings of four commercial airliners, which were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kean said an attack 'of even greater magnitude is possible � even probable.'
'We do not have the luxury of time,' Mr. Kean said at a news briefing accompanying release of the book-length report, the product of many months of inquiries and an agonizing self-examination of many units of government. He said, as did the commission report, that changes of function and attitude are needed in Congress as well as the executive branch."

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