Report on Sept. 11 finds home on Net

Net surfers looking to read the document in its entirety have no further to go than the Internet to find sites posting all 585 pages.

The 9/11 Commission on Thursday issued its final report on the terrorist attacks of 2001 and, as expected, the document is making the rounds on the Net--all 585 pages.

The panel, also known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, was charged with studying the circumstances leading up to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and assessing the government's preparedness for them.

In the report, the bipartisan committee describes numerous intelligence failures, and the executive summary states that the attacks, while shocking, "should not have come as a surprise." The documents also call for a restructuring of the intelligence community, with the establishment of a national intelligence director and a national counterterrorism center.

The report and the executive summary can be found on the commission's Web site.

Additionally, several Web sites are hosting the voluminous document, including GPO Access, which is run by the Government Printing Office. Surfers using a dial-up connection, however, may want to move to a broadband connection before downloading the 7MB document.

The report is also available for sale in bookstores nationwide and through the Government Printing Office.

Other parties have also recently turned to the Web to distribute materials on the terror attacks. For example, earlier this month, controversial filmmaker Michael Moore began streaming clips from his documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."

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