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9/11 Commission members warn of terror "fatigue" among American public

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 01:38

Ten years after releasing its initial report, members of the 9/11 Commission warn of the ''waning sense of urgency'' in combating terrorists attacks. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Thirteen years after the attacks of 9-11, Americans are showing "terror" fatigue. That's according to a new report released on Tuesday by former members of the original 9/11 Commission. It warns many Americans think the threat of terrorism is starting to go away and that the nation can begin turning its attention towards other issues. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 9/11 COMMISSION VICE CHAIR, LEE HAMILTON, SAYING: "We are concerned, however, that attention has drifting to other matters. That the country may be suffering from a waning sense of urgency with respect to the terrorists attacks or possible attacks." But that attitude, the report says, is not only wrong, it threatens the nation's security. The world has changed dramatically since 9/11, the report says, and the terrorism threat has entered "a new and dangerous phase." (SOUNDBITE) (English) 9/11 COMMISSION CHAIR, THOMAS KEAN, SAYING: "The world is changing as we speak...We've got to have our best and most nimble thinkers in this area of homeland security and we've got to be willing to use what we call in our report "imagination." There can be no more failures of imagination, we've got to get ahead of these guys, not behind them." The report said foreign fighters returning to Europe from Syria and Iraq pose a "grave threat" to the U.S and to Western Europe. It said some 1,000 foreign fighters that traveled to Syria hold European passports, meaning in most cases they can enter the U.S. without a visa. The panel said U.S. counter-terrorism capabilities have improved dramatically since 9-11. But they're concern now is that this public fatigue will undermine those accomplishments.

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9/11 Commission members warn of terror "fatigue" among American public

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 01:38