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Lee Hamilton '52 and Fellow 9/11 Commissioners to Issue 'Report Card' on US Progress in Preventing Future Terror Attacks

May 24, 2005

May 24, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "Former U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton and other members of the 9/11 Commission said Monday that they will begin work in less than two weeks on a 'report card' about the country's progress in preventing another major attack against the United States," begins an article in today's Indianapolis Star. Hamilton is a 1952 graduate of DePauw University and is vice chair of the 9/11 panel. "'We feel there's a real urgency here,' said Hamilton, who has argued before that Congress and President Bush are not moving fast enough to protect the nation from terrorist attack."

Hamilton, a Democrat who served in Congress for 34 years, continued, "We have to take the steps necessary to make the American people more secure, and the longer we do not resolve certain key issues, the longer we are slow in devising security strategies, the higher the risk."

The Star's John Strauss writes, "Hamilton and Thomas Kean, the 9/11 Commission chairman, have noted progress since the panel's 567-page report was issued, praising the creation of a national intelligence director post and the creation of the National Counterterrorism Center. But they said Congress has failed to reorganize itself to better oversee intelligence and homeland security agencies."us capitol night.jpg

Lee Hamilton stresses, "We have to let the Islamic world know that we want for them a better life, that we are not trying to suppress them ... My own view of Iraq is that the game is still in doubt. It's not clear to me that we come out of that having established democracy. We certainly have a chance, but the game's still in doubt."

Read the complete story at the newspaper's Web site.

Hamilton was recently named to a new commission on immigration issues, and also was recently appointed to a commission that will examine federal election reform.