WMD Report Card Release

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To view Lee Hamilton's interview with the Associated Press, click here.

On Wednesday, September 10, 2008, PSA hosted a press conference with PSA Advisory Board members and 9/11 Commissioners Rep Lee H. Hamilton (D-IN) and Sen. Slade Gorton (R-WA) to unveil our WMD Report Card.  In 2005, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project found that the U.S. Government had made "insufficient progress" on safeguarding the country against a WMD terrorist attack, giving a final grade of "D".  Focusing on efforts since 2005, our Report Card gives the government a "C".

PSA received a considerable amount of media coverage and the WMD Report Card became an important part of the national conversation as we observed the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  There have been articles in The Washington Post, USA Today and more than 30 other newspapers.  The Report Card was mentioned on all the major news networks.

PSA representatives also were guests on a number of radio shows, including NPR's "News and Notes", and the Diane Rehm Show.  In addition, a number of newspapers wrote editorials about the Report Card, including The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune

"Moving from a "D" to a "C" in three years is progress, but not really acceptable progress," Hamilton said.

"What we need now is for the next Administration to commit itself to unwavering
dedication to ensure that we capitalize on the progress we've made
and push forward to improve and solidify our efforts on all fronts," Gorton said.  "Now is the time to turn our resolve into action." 

Also in attendance were the authors of the Report Card's supporting papers: Brian Finlay of the Stimson Center; Margaret Kosal of Georgia Tech; and Barry Kellman of DePaul University.