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Victims' Families Briefed On 9/11 Panel's Report

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Victims’ family members, Bush administration officials and lawmakers are being briefed on the 9/11 commission’s final report Wednesday, a day before the findings will be made public.

The report is not expected to conclude whether the September 11, 2001, hijackings could have been prevented, in an effort to avoid finger pointing. A central recommendation is expected to be a call for a cabinet-level “spy czar” to oversee the operations and budgets of the nation’s 15 intelligence agencies.

A group of victims' families that pushed hard for the creation of the commission wants to make sure its suggestions are followed. In a statement the Family Steering Committee said: “We do not want the recommendations and findings of this report to sit idly on a shelf until after the next attack To do so would be to dishonor and defile the memories of our loved ones.”

The long-awaited report is due out at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The commission's chairman, Thomas Kean, will present a condensed version of the findings to the public, and the full report will be available online and in bookstores.

Meanwhile, President George Bush on Wednesday signed legislation offering incentives to drug companies to help develop and stockpile vaccines and antidotes to biological and chemical agents that could be used in a terrorist attack. The measure allows the government to distribute certain treatments in an emergency before they Food and Drug Administration gives formal approval.

On Thursday, Bush is scheduled to sign a bill allowing off-duty and retired law enforcement officials to carry concealed weapons nationwide.


Watch NY1 Thursday for live coverage from Washington of the release of the 9/11 commission’s report, starting at 11:30 a.m.
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