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By Brahma Chellaney
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Topic - John F. Lehman
The U.S. military and the CIA failed to agree on implementing a key recommendation of the commission that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks: Give special-operations commandos the lead for all covert military action.
The U.S. is safer from terrorism than it was before Sept. 11, 2001, but gaps remain, particularly in aviation security, intelligence reform and congressional oversight, according to the 9/11 Commission.
"The situation has evolved far beyond where it was at the time of our report," Mr. Lehman said, adding that the raid to kill Osama bin Laden "shows that they are now doing something right."
Former Navy Secretary John F. Lehman, a member of the panel, said a report card made public last week by the Bipartisan Policy Center didn't address the failure to implement the covert action change because of the secrecy surrounding the issue.