Family Steering Committee Statement
Regarding Access to Presidential Daily Briefings( PDBs)
November 13, 2003
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Against the United States, commonly
known as the 9/11 Independent Commission, released a statement to the press
regarding the culmination of recent negotiations with the White House. These
negotiations involved the 9/11 Independent Commission's document requests for
access to certain Presidential Daily Briefings that may relate to the 9/11
In response to the Commission's Press Release, which provides insufficient details to
evaluate the circumstances and effects of the compromise, the Family Steering Committee
holds the following positions:
1. All ten Commissioners should have full, unfettered, and unrestricted access to all
evidence - including but not limited to all Presidential Daily Briefings and all working
notes related to those Presidential Daily Briefings, that may be related to the attacks
2. The full, official, and final written Agreement that was reached between the
Commission and the White House should be released to the American public in its
entirety. The American public should be fully informed as to all legal restrictions
and limitations placed within this Agreement upon the 9/11 Independent Commission
and their collective ability to access all information needed for their investigation.
Furthermore, the mechanism by which this Agreement was reached should be fully
released to the public. For example, who was involved in these negotiations?
Were the terms of this agreement presented to all Commissioners and was a
subsequent vote taken?
3. The Commission should issue a Statement to the American public fully explaining
why this Agreement was chosen in lieu of issuing subpoenas to the CIA and Executive
Branch to access these certain Presidential Daily Briefings.
4. The Family Steering Committee is committed to ensuring that the Independent
Commission executes their mission statement in a full and unrestricted manner.
The mission statement of the 9-11 Commission is as follows:
"The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States,
an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation
and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered to
prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the
immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to
provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks."
As it now stands a limited number of Commissioners will have restricted
access to a limited number of PDB documents. This will prevent a full
uncovering of the truth and is unacceptable.