On September 11, 2001, George W. Bush was faced with a crisis that created new demands on the Executive Branch not seen in our time.
In an unprecedented panel, veterans of the Bush administration describe how the executive branch functioned on that day and in the days immediately succeeding it, led by ABC correspondent Ann Compton, one of only two journalists on Air Force One throughout September 11.
Participants include Andrew Card, Michael Chertoff, Timothy E. Flanigan, Douglas Feith and Ari Fleischer.
Andrew Card was the Chief of Staff from 2001-2006.
On November 26, 2000, Andrew H. Card, Jr., was appointed to be Chief of Staff in the presidential administration of Texas Governor George W. Bush. Mr. Card was chosen because of his impressive service record in the public and private sector, including serving in the administrations of two former presidents. Mr. Card's last day was April 14, 2006, making him the second-longest serving White House chief of staff.
As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. He also transformed FEMA into an effective organization following Hurricane Katrina. His greatest successes have earned few headlines – because the important news is what didn’t happen.
At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff will provide high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. “Risk management has become the CEO’s concern,” he says. “We help our clients develop comprehensive strategies to manage risk without building barriers that get in the way of carrying on their business.”
Before heading up the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Chertoff served as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Earlier, during more than a decade as a federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted cases of political corruption, organized crime, corporate fraud and terrorism – including the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Mr. Chertoff is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). From 1979-1980 he served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Jr.
In addition to his role at Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff is also senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP, and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group.
Ann Compton, ABC News White House Correspondent and the only reporter allowed to remain on Air Force One during the 9/11 attacks.
Compton was the first woman assigned to cover the White House by a television network and has covered seven presidential campaigns.
Douglas J. Feith served as the Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy for United States President George W. Bush from July 2001 until he resigned from his position effective August 8, 2005.
Feith's official responsibilities included the formulation of defense planning guidance and forces policy, United States Department of Defense (DoD) relations with foreign countries, and the DoD's role in U.S. Government inter-agency policymaking.
Timothy E. Flanigan, Deputy White House Counsel, 2000-2002, an attorney at the heart of the question of authority, including the authority to shoot down a commercial airliner.
Flanigan was connected by secure video to the rest of the President's legal team inside the White House Situation Room.
Lawrence Ari Fleischer was the press secretary for U.S. President George W. Bush from January, 2001 to July, 2003.
Fleischer was born in Pound Ridge, New York. He graduated from Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York in 1978, and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1982.
Douglas Feith and Timothy Flanigan, both former members of the Bush administration, explain why the decision was made to transport detainees from Afghanistan to Guantanamo, including the role of evading the writ of habeas corpus.