December 30th, 2009
04:04 PM ET
11 months ago

Lessons learned from 9/11 terrorist attacks?

Since the attacks on the World Trade Center, intelligence agencies are 'still not talking,' according to a former CIA officer.
Since the attacks on the World Trade Center, intelligence agencies are 'still not talking,' according to a former CIA officer.

Washington (CNN) - The attempted Christmas Day bombing of a commercial airliner has renewed questions of whether the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission have been taken seriously.

In its 2004 report on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the commission warned that the Transportation Security Administration and Congress "must give priority attention to improving the ability of screening checkpoints to detect explosives on passengers."

But at most airports, travelers simply pass through magnetometers, which are unlikely to detect bomb materials on their body.

Nigerian suspect Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, 23, is accused of trying to blow up a Northwest Airlines plane going from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Detroit, Michigan, with explosives concealed in his underwear. The explosives failed to detonate properly.

A Government Accounting Office report from October found that TSA has an array of "10 passenger-screening technologies." But the TSA, the report indicates, "has not deployed any of these technologies to airports nationwide."

One solution aviation experts point to is sophisticated screening technology such as full-body scans, which are more likely to detect explosives. But those devices are years away for most U.S. airports - though several are in operation at major airports across the country.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If there were lessons learned from 9/11, I'm sure the Bush Administration were too naive to acknowledge them.

    December 30, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Larry

    People will have to make the choice between whole body scanners and being blown out of the sky at 30,000 ft. I don't see much of a choice.

    December 30, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Mike1952

    This is what the Islamist jihadist's do. They wait until we get lax and it doesn't take long. Then they repeat the same idea and we run around for a few weeks and we go back to being lax. Until our leadership (all our leadership) understands this is war we will continue on this roller coaster.

    December 30, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. Beverly in NC

    All we learned from 9/11 is Bush and Cheney were liars, war criminals, and profiteers who cared nothing about the lives they wasted on a fraudulent war.

    Airport security is a joke and makes travel such a nightmare no wonder the airlines can't turn a profit. Put the Marshals at the Security areas. Once a dangerous person is on a plane they are not going to be able to do anything. We need real security from more than TSA former McDonald's hamburger flippers.

    Why not bring in the Israelis to show us how REAL airline security works????

    December 30, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom

    Unfortunately, our Intelligence Agencies have not learned all they should have!

    How is it that someone whose own father warns our embassy & the embassy officials do not immediately WARN our Intelligence Agencies???

    Common Sense is lacking!

    December 30, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Bpin

    There is a new sheriff in town. This sheriff does not exactly put much emphasis on terror attacks (yes, I said TERROR ATTACKS). So guess what? Neither does his deputies, as in this case. According to the speeches of apology I have heard the new sherriff make, he kinda presents a tone to me that says so be it. The US is a bunch of bad guys so we should one, shell out plenty of money to the terrorist, and two,if they harm is we deserve it. After all, the whole world is Bush's fault.

    December 30, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    The two things left unanswered is where is bin laden, and why didn't bush and cheney the foul mouth find him, or even go after him.

    December 30, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  8. B

    Just put the full scan machines in stop all of this nonsense.

    This is the price we are all paying for people like Bush and Cheney that recruit MORE terrorists than anything else !

    December 30, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. D. Tree

    The recommendations of the 9/11 Commission were practically ignored from the beginning, its time to implement them all! All this talk of profiling is the most idiotic thing I've ever heard. Fix the broken and underfunded security apparatus and our airports and this will not happen again.

    December 30, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  10. Dave C

    The terrorists, as do all foes, work to remain one step ahead of us.

    When we introduced magnetometers they moved to non-metalic explosives. When we begin the widespread use of body scanning they will move to surgically implanted explosives.

    I am not saying that we should give up, but be aware we seem to be reactive and not proactive and that can leave gaps in airport security.

    December 30, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. unemployed by Obama

    Lessons learned, dont put Obama or his administration in charge unless you want more chances for attack, because they think the system works.

    December 30, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  12. Out the door in 4

    We have learned that Bush did a better job protecting us after 9/11 than Obama is..........Terrorists have nothing to fear from Obama, it's the Americans who have something to fear from Obama. Let's interrogate these terrorists for information...............a little water up their nose to protect Americans!

    December 30, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. John, Sacramento

    Speaking of National Security, is anyone else thankful that GW's & Cheney's suggestion back in February of 2006 that Dubai (a close ally of Yemen) take over TOTAL US PORT SECURITY FROM THE US! Which is dumber ?1)above 2) abandoning Tora-Bora with Bin Laden trapped when we only needed one more brigade 3) sitting in that classroom chair for a full 8 minutes after being notified about 9-11, while flight 93 bore down on D.C. and we could have used direction as to whether the President wanted us to shoot down *93 4) Invading a country and spending about 1 trillion on a country that didn't have an air force, let alone a nuclear device or the threat of one......And these are the same idiots who are counseling Obama? some people are buying their statements about protecting our citizens, but frankly, I can't think of one thing that they did that was effective, timely, intelligent, or came out with a good result (By the way, I would choose *2 & *4 above, although they are all pretty close).

    December 30, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. andy

    The lessons we learned went out the door on Jan.20th 2009. Obama has his new touchy lets love'em outlook for terrorist. He is soft and unknowing. He gives them the rights of americans instead of what they are. Yes, the abilty to handle the problem went out the door 1/20/09.

    December 30, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Aaron

    It's the same bureacratic ineptitude that resulted in the 9/11 attacks that resulted in the most recent attempted attack. It's sad that authorities in Somalia, which has no functioning central government, can spot a wannabe terrorist with chemicals trying to board a plane, while Western authorities get fair warning of the attempt and let the dude board the planes without so much as a patdown to find weapons.

    December 30, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Liberal wingnut

    Apparently no lessons where learned from the naive liberal wing nuts that are now running the country.

    December 30, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Eric from MI

    we learned that our government let the attack happen.......that we were warned by numerous other countries that this attack was coming...that dick cheney was put in charge of norad on the day of the attack and we just so happened to be running war game exercises placing false radar blips on norad radar confusing pilots so that the planes could not be intercepted.....that bin laden was treated at an american embassy hosptial only days before the attack....taht buliding seven was demolished, no plane hit it and that fires on only 3 floors of the building caused it's collapse....oh and most of you most likely didn't know that last section due to the fact that it wasn't even mentioned in the 9/11 commision report....I'm just gonna stop there wake up sheeple or just keep ignoring that man behind the curtain..........

    December 30, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |