21:14 GMT04 December 2020
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    On Wednesday, nearly 15 years after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Thomas Kean, once co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, admitted during a conference call that the US has not reached any significant advance in its fight against terror.

    "We're not winning; we're simply at a stalemate," Kean said.

    Although there have not been major attacks similar to 9/11, there have been many smaller attacks, he acknowledged.

    "Around the world, the situation is probably even more dangerous than it was on 9/11," he opined.

    In 2001, the Bush Administration created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has spent billions of dollars on its anti-terror policies. But those expenditures have only managed to replace one fumbling bureaucracy with another, Kean and 9/11 Commission co-chair former Rep. Lee Hamilton suggest, according to the Hill.

    Hamilton said that the DHS must improve their actions and do something "with a great deal of robust implementation. We don't want to go another 15 years before we get our strategy right."

    The 9/11 Commission named several areas prone to security breaches. Among them are bureaucratic oversight that impedes efficient intelligence agency communication. "And until the Congress decides that it's going to have a single oversight committee for homeland security, and not this panoply of 94 different committees, that's not oversight, that's a total lack of oversight," Kean said.

    The 9/11 Commission was established in 2002, charged with giving recommendations to prevent future terror attacks. It was also responsible for giving an account of circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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    anti-terror campaign, terror attack, terrorism, 9/11 Commission, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US
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