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Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2011

9/11 Commission members to reconvene for discussion at Indiana University

Aug. 29, 2011

News media: To request credentials, please contact Steve Hinnefeld, IU Office of University Communications, at 812-856-3488 or A live high-definition broadcast feed of the 9/11 Commission discussion will be available via satellite uplink (see end of this release for coordinates). The feed also will be provided live to Indianapolis news stations via the IndyLink fiber connection.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A decade after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, members of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, will gather at Indiana University for a public discussion of subsequent history and lessons learned.

The event, "Ten Years Later: The 9/11 Commissioners Reflect," will take place on Sept. 15, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at IU Auditorium. The commissioners will visit the campus at the invitation of former U.S. Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, who directs the Center on Congress at IU. Hamilton was vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission, which was chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean.

Lee Hamilton

Lee Hamilton

The commission issued its landmark report on the attacks July 22, 2004. Eight of the 10 commissioners are expected to participate in the Indiana University discussion, which is sponsored by the Office of the Provost at IU Bloomington.

"The Commission's report shaped the country's response to 9/11 in many important ways," Hamilton said. "Ten years in, the commissioners are gathering in Bloomington to assess how the country is doing in its efforts to make the U.S. more secure."

Ken Bode, former NBC News national correspondent, CNN political analyst and PBS Washington Week in Review host, will serve as moderator. Questions for the commissioners may be submitted online at until 5 p.m. on Sept. 12.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available from the IU Auditorium Box Office starting Aug. 30 for IU students, faculty and staff, and starting Sept. 6 for the general public, with a limit of four tickets per person. For more information, contact the box office at 812-855-1103. Bags, including backpacks, will not be permitted in the Auditorium during the event. Also, signs, banners and placards will not be permitted.

"The tragic events of 9/11 had a transformative impact on the nation," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie, "changing the lives of Americans forever and challenging people's long-held historical, political, social and cultural views. Ten years after an event that shook the nation and the world, it is appropriate to reflect on lessons learned from the attacks and discuss whether responses to the tragedy have been effective. No one is better qualified to provide insight on these questions than the 9/11 commissioners. We at Indiana University look forward to this timely and important presentation."

"The 9/11 Commission performed invaluable service by investigating the attacks and formulating recommendations to prevent their recurrence," said IU Executive Vice President and IU Bloomington Provost Karen Hanson. "We are honored and grateful that Lee Hamilton and the other commissioners will share their reflections at Indiana University Bloomington. This will be a remarkable educational opportunity for our campus and community."

A news media availability with the commissioners will take place immediately after the panel discussion.

Indiana Public Media will broadcast the commission discussion live on WTIU World television and WFIU radio; it will rebroadcast the event at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 on the main WTIU channel. The event also will be available for live Internet viewing at; following the program, it will be archived and remain available for viewing at the website.

The event is part of a campus-wide observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which will include a remembrance event on Sept. 11, 2011, at IU Auditorium, along with lectures, discussions, performances, exhibits, films and other activities organized by campus organizations and departments. Some events will coincide with the Themester 2011: "Making War, Making Peace" (, a themed semester sponsored by the IU College of Arts and Sciences. Information about the observance is available at

The 9/11 commissioners will spend the day of Sept. 15 on campus, where their escorts will be U.S. military veterans currently enrolled as IU students. Commissioners scheduled to participate include:

  • Fred Fielding, partner in the Morgan Lewis & Bockius law firm in Washington, D.C., White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush and adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney
  • Jamie Gorelick, deputy attorney general under President Bill Clinton, co-chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Legal Ethics 20/20
  • Slade Gorton, attorney with K&L Gates and former three-term U.S. senator from Washington
  • Lee Hamilton, commission vice chairman, former member of Congress from Indiana and chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Iran-Contra Committee
  • Thomas Kean, commission chairman, former governor of New Jersey, former president of Drew University and current chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Bob Kerrey, president emeritus of The New School and former governor of Nebraska and U.S. senator from Nebraska, co-chair of the Concord Coalition
  • Timothy Roemer, former member of Congress from Indiana, U.S. ambassador to India, 2009-11
  • James Thompson, longest-serving governor of Illinois (1977-91), senior chairman of Winston & Strawn law firm

The other two commissioners, Richard Ben-Veniste and John F. Lehman, are not expected for the IU event because of prior commitments.

The 9/11 Commission was established by President George W. Bush and Congress and charged with making a complete accounting of the facts surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93, and developing recommendations for the prevention of future acts of terrorism.

The commission's final report, published as a 624-page book that became a nationwide best-seller, recommended a global strategy against terrorism that would include attacking terrorists and their organizations, preventing the growth of Islamic terrorism and protecting against and preparing for terrorist attacks. It also proposed a five-part government reorganization: linking intelligence and operational planning under a National Counterterrorism Center; bringing the intelligence community together under a National Intelligence Director; encouraging information-sharing through decentralized networks; strengthening congressional oversight of intelligence and homeland security; and strengthening the security workforce within the FBI and clarifying the missions of the Defense and Homeland Security departments.

The commission ceased to operate on Aug. 21, 2004, 30 days after issuing its final report, in accordance with the law that mandated the commission investigation.

Coordinates for satellite feed:

Date: Sept. 15, 2011
Time: 13:30-16:00 ET - Approx. 30
GALAXY 17 (Ku) 13

(09/15/11 17:45 - 09/15/11 20:00 GMT )

Uplink Freq: 14260 (V)
Orbital Slot: 91 WL
Satellite: GALAXY 17 (Ku) 13
Downlink Freq: 11960 (H)
Transponder: 13
Bandwidth: 36 MHz

Data Rate: 40.461470554 Mbps
36 MHz

Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms

FEC: 3/4

Satellite uplink troubleshooting: 812-855-9239