Sept. 11 Panel: U.S. Didn't React to Al Qaeda Threat The commission investigating events surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks says the U.S. government did not fully appreciate the danger posed by al Qaeda. The commission's final report describes failures of both the Clinton and Bush administrations and notes a series of missed opportunities to stop the plot. The commission also calls for a new Intelligence Director, who would be answerable to the president and Congress. NPR's Pam Fessler reports.