Bloomington: Hijackers like those who
crashed planes in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania could
still get state IDs on Friday despite efforts to create uniform
standards for identification, a member of the panel formed to
examine the attacks has said.
Former Illinois Governor James Thompson said the 9/11
Commission`s 2004 report called for federal identification
standards, but those haven`t succeeded because of civil
liberties concerns and states` desire to guard their own
"Our credit card companies know more about us than the
government does," Thompson said during a panel discussion at
"We ought to grow up and say hey, we are facing the kind
of threat in America we have never, ever faced before. We have
to adopt measures we have never, ever considered before."
Eight of the 10 commission members attended discussion
yesterday and reflected on whether the US is indeed "safer,
stronger, wiser" as outlined in the 585-page road map it
issued in 2004.
Commission members said many of their recommendations are
now reality but said some key ones "including better
communications for police and fire" are still undone a decade
"Lives were lost on 9/11 because the police and fire
could not talk to each other. That is still true today in most
of America. Ten years later, Congress has not settled on a
solution," Thompson said.
"Ten years is long enough."
Members of the bipartisan commission lamented the loss of
national unity that occurred immediately after the attacks.
Jamie Gorelick, deputy attorney general under President Bill
Clinton, said the panel began its report with a theme of unity
and purpose and that all of its recommendations followed that
But she said the current partisan divisions in Washington
make fulfilling that mission difficult.
"I don`t think we can be safe if we are as divided as we
are today," she said.