A Better Government
This section of the VOICES web site has been temporarily frozen. It reflects VOICES important contributions to public policy, which include supporting the creation of the independent, bi-partisan 9/11 Commission and legislation based on its recommendations. Please feel free to explore the section, which is a rich historical resource.
VOICES continues to advocate for the causes above, particularly regarding improved local and national preparedness. For updates on these and other issues, please visit the In the News section of our web site.
Then Secretary of State Colin Powell, accompanied by Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Prepares to Testify Before the 9/11 Commission at the Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., March 23, 2004
The 9/11 Commission Report identified widespread systemic flaws in U.S. government operations that allowed the 9/11 Attacks to proceed. They recommended sweeping reforms in key areas: Intelligence, Civil Liberties protection, and Congressional oversight that will improve our ability to defend against a similar attack. But change does not come easily to Washington, especially among agencies and high-level politicians and bureaucrats accustomed to certain roles, privileges and prerogatives. The Commission recommended especially sweeping reforms for America’s intelligence services, most of which were legislated in the sweeping Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.
However, legislation—Congress passing a bill and the President signing it into law—is only the first step in the full implementation of reform. It is often a much tougher job to adjust the culture of government agencies to new missions and leadership structures. This vital work continues as the intelligence services are reorganized under the leadership of a Director of National Intelligence, as Congress sorts out its oversight of an expanding national security apparatus, and as America refines the delicate balance of liberty and security in the post-9/11 world. Americans deserve A Better Government than the one we had on September 11th, 2001. According to follow-up by the 9/11 Commission, progress has been made towards this goal, but we have a long way to go. The information and links on these pages will help you find out more, and help you decide where you stand on these vitally important issues.