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9/11 commission scolds government over attacks, calls for major reforms

By Chris Strohm

The federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks issued its final report Thursday, saying senior government employees bear some responsibility for the attacks and recommending a massive reorganization of the federal government.

The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States does not blame individuals for the attacks or conclude that the attacks could have been prevented, but says that federal agencies were not prepared, especially within the intelligence community, for the kind of attacks that occurred.

"This was a failure of policy, management, capability and, above all, a failure of imagination," Commission Chairman Thomas Kean said following the report's release. "None of the measures adopted by the United States government before 9/11 disturbed or even delayed the progress of the al Qaeda plot."

"There's no single individual who is responsible for our failures," he added. "Yet, individuals and institutions cannot be absolved of responsibility. Any person in a senior position within our government during this time bears some element of responsibility for our government's actions."

The report, passed unanimously by the 10-member bipartisan panel, makes dozens of recommendations for reforming the executive and legislative branches, particularly an overhaul of the intelligence community on a scale comparable to the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols law that reformed the military.

Notably, the report calls for the creation of a Cabinet-level national intelligence director that would oversee all of the government's 15 intelligence agencies, the majority of which are now run by the Pentagon.

The director would report to the president and manage a new federal structure that includes three directorates with responsibility for foreign, defense and homeland intelligence, and five national intelligence centers that would focus on weapons of mass destruction proliferation, international crime and narcotics, the Middle East, China and East Asia, and Russia and Eurasia.

The commission also recommends the establishment of a new national counterterrorism center to coordinate strategic and operational planning against Islamist terrorists, whether foreign or domestic. This new center would eventually replace the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, which was established under the CIA last year, as well as other terrorism fusion centers within the government. While the center would direct operational planning, execution would be carried out by existing agencies.

"We recommend significant changes in the organization of government. We know that the quality of the people is more important than the quality of the wiring diagrams," said committee co-chairman and former congressman Lee Hamilton. "Day and night, dedicated public servants are waging the struggle to combat terrorists and protect the homeland. We need to ensure that our government maximizes their efforts through information sharing, coordinated efforts and clear authority."

The commission also recommends a shakeup in Congress. For intelligence oversight, the panel recommends the creation of either a powerful new joint committee or a single committee in the House and Senate. The commission further recommends setting up permanent oversight committees for the Homeland Security Department in both chambers.

While not calling for the creation of a new domestic intelligence agency to replace current FBI activities, the panel recommends a new National Security Intelligence Service that offers a career track to train a workforce of agents, analysts, linguists and surveillance specialists.

"Our reform recommendations are urgent," said committee member James Thompson. "If these reforms are not the best that can be done for the American people, then the Congress and the president need to tell us what's better."

The commission's report and recommendations were met with mixed reactions by family members of 9/11 victims and observers who have followed the 9/11 investigation.

Jules Aronson, whose brother was on American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center North Tower, commended the commission but said more work needs to be done.

"I think the commission, from what I know of testimony, probably has done a very good job in general," he said. "What we really need to do now is look at our policies and what we are doing as a nation to foster [terrorism]."

9/11 Citizens Watch, a group of independent researchers, issued a report blasting the commission during a press conference Thursday. Group co-founder Kyle Hence said the report focuses on the process the commission used during its investigation. He said his organization expects the final report to be an "out and out cover-up and shameful colossal spin job."

"Given the catalog of compromises, flawed premises, conflicts of interest, unanswered questions, neglected areas of inquiry and ignored whistleblowers, we have drawn a most reasonable and fully justified conclusion that the report being released today by this so-called independent commission cannot possibly be deemed definitive or authoritative as an account to the events of Sept. 11," he said. "Let us not mince words."

Mindy Kleinberg, whose husband Alan was killed in the World Trade Center, said it was too early to draw conclusions about the report and recommendations. Kleinberg is part of the Family Steering Committee, which helped drive the creation of the 9/11 commission and worked closely with it throughout the 20-month investigation.

Kleinberg said she would have liked to see more accountability for the attacks in the government. She said she favors the idea of creating a director of national intelligence so the public knows who is responsible. Hopefully, she said, the government will have future measures that hold individuals and agencies more accountable for their actions.

Committee members now plan to meet with congressional leaders and administration officials to push the recommendations. Family members said they will take some time to digest the report and recommendations, and then push for changes.

Kean said the government should not wait to enact reform.

"Every expert with whom we spoke told us an attack of even greater magnitude is now possible, and even probable," he said. "We do not have the luxury of time. We must prepare and we must act."

GIS Fights Crime in Chicago

By Anne Chen
May 31, 2004

Chicago's homicide rate led the nation last year, so the Chicago Police Department knew it had to find new methods for targeting crime.

In an effort to help prevent murders and aggravated battery with firearms, the CPD's Deployment Operations Center deployed GIS (geographic information system) technologies to present crime information in geographic context. The point of using GIS technologies, which were deployed last June, is to allow officers to make better-informed decisions about which areas of the city need additional police power.

In the second half of last year—the first six months of GIS deployment—the CPD saw an 18 percent drop in murders compared with the same period the year before. So far this year, Chicago has had 23 fewer homicides compared with the same period last year.

"The commander of the Deployment Operations Center saw the importance of having the ability to do some mapping and analysis that would allow them to make key judgments of where they should create police deployment areas," said Joe Kezon, GIS manager for the CPD.

"Our desire is to ensure zero tolerance in crime areas, and the technology enables us to determine where those areas are," Kezon said.

Governments—be they city, county, state or federal—are increasingly turning to GIS to tap large amounts of data that can help agencies function more smoothly. A survey released in December by Public Technology Inc., a nonprofit research group in Washington, found that about 97 percent of local governments serving populations of at least 100,000 are benefiting from the use of GIS applications and mapping technologies.

In addition, Public Technology's survey indicated that 28 percent of local governments with populations of any size use GIS technologies to support crime tracking and investigative activities similar to the CPD's.

Isn't Gilkore also tied to this? Attorney General Jerry W  Kilgore hit the ground running immediately upon taking office on January 12, 2002.  Born on August 23, 1961, Kilgore is married to a former public school teacher, Marty. She served as Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth under Governor Gilmore

April 9, 2003*

Edmund Arthur Matricardi, III, Matricardi & Moylan, 5411-D Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151

VSB Docket No. 03-000-3053

On April 3, 2003, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Edmund Arthur Matricardi, III's license to practice law. On April 1, 2003, Mr. Matricardi entered a plea of guilty to charges of interception of a wire communication, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2511(1)(a). Mr. Matricardi obtained the dial-in telephone number and participation code that allowed access to a March 22, 2002, Joint Democratic Caucus conference call to which he was not invited. Mr. Matricardi used this telephone number and participation code to dial into the conference call, did not disclose his presence on the line, and tape recorded the call for approximately two and one half hours. The board ordered Mr. Matricardi to appear on April 25, 2003, to determine whether revocation or further suspension of his license is appropriate.

*On April 14, 2003, Edward Arthur Matricardi, III, filed a demand that the proceedings before the Disciplinary Board be terminated and that further proceedings be conducted pursuant to VA. Code Section 54.1-3935.  Therefore, the Disciplinary Board hearing scheduled for April 25, 2003, is hereby canceled.

February 21, 2002

Sa'ad El-Amin, 24 Overbrook Road, Richmond, VA 23222

VSBDocket Nos. 97-032-0911, 98-032-0752, 98-032-2823, 99-032-1058, 99-032-1449, 99-032-1786, 00-032-0191, 99-032-1832, 99-032-1924, 99-032-2748, 97-032-1479, 99-032-0850 and 99-032-2240

On February 21, 2002, Sa'ad El-Amin surrendered his license to practice law in Virginia. Beginning February 21, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board was scheduled to hear misconduct charges in thirteen cases against Mr. El-Amin. Mr. El-Amin elected to have charges in a fourteenth case heard by a three-judge circuit court. In the cases before the Disciplinary Board, Mr. El-Amin was charged with failing to supervise his staff, charging an unreasonable fee, attempting to have attorney's fees paid to his firm instead of to himself personally and neglecting preparation of a civil case. Mr. El-Amin was also charged with failure to communicate with a client, filing an action with no legal basis to do so, misrepresenting the amount of attorney's fees earned in a case, having a trust account in which there were insufficient funds, failing to file an appellate brief timely, failing to return a client's file, incompetence and failing to complete a client representation or withdraw. Mr. El-Amin was also charged with leading a client to believe that her case was still viable when it had been dismissed, failing to appear for oral argument in the appeal of a criminal conviction, receiving structured settlement payments for his client and failing to disburse the funds to the client, failing to honor medical liens in a personal injury case and being unprepared for trial. Mr. El-Amin was also charged with nonsuiting an action without first informing his client and then explaining the nonsuit by stating that a summoned doctor had failed to appear when it appears the doctor was never summoned. Under the Rules of the Supreme Court, the surrender constitutes an admission of the pending charges. Mr. El-Amin's license was suspended for four years on October 1, 1999. When he surrendered his license, the bar was investigating fourteen additional complaints against Mr. El-Amin.

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From: "Viola Baskerville" To: "'Sophina Aryvz'" Subject: RE: Greetings Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2004 21:38:21 -0400 Sophina: The candidates for mayor have until August 2, 2004 to file their paperwork and petition forms for placing their names on the ballot. Consequently the Registrar may not have a telephone number for him until then. Try 828-4971 for Mr. Wilder; it is the last office number I found for him. My website is in the process of being reconstructed for my bid for LG. I hope you will help in my quest for LG next year. Enjoy your summer. Viola Baskerville _____ From: Sophina Aryvz [] Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2004 7:25 PM To: Subject: Greetings Dear Del Baskerville, I did try VCU but was not successful. Doesn't City Hall keep a list of Election candidates and contact addresses ? Hope you are keeping cool. PS: I tried you website as listed on your business card but it was unavailable, I was hoping to send you e-mail through it. I'm glad you gave me a non-ci.richmond e-mail address because I don't trust that they don't read your mail to know the gossip ! Sophina Aryvz From: To: "Sophina Aryvz" Subject: Re: Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2004 10:50:50 -0400 Dear Sophina: I am sorry that I did not get your e-mial. I have been trying to access my e-mail from home but have not been successful. I do not have a contact number for Mr. Wilder. Please try VCU. He may very well be the strongest candidate and win the election. I hope the citizens will have the opportunity to question all the candidates running for mayor, City Council and the School Board about their vision for the future of our City. Please e-mail me at my home address Viola Baskerville


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al sitio informativo del Vicegobernador de Virginia. Mi intención es que juntos encontremos las soluciones más sensatas a las prioridades más importantes del Estado de Virginia. Mis puertas están abiertas para que trabajemos juntos en el desarrollo de la política que asegure una vida de alta calidad a las familias de Virginia. Usen este sitio como acceso a mi oficina para obtener información sobre el gobierno estatal. Les invito a que visiten nuestro sitio informativo con frecuencia ya que su contenido se actualiza y desarrolla constantemente.

Gracias por visitarnos.

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Treinta y ocho individuos han ocupado el cargo de Vicegobernador de Virginia.


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