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On June 16th, 2004 the 9-11 commission held its 12th and final public hearing. It was on this day that the commission heard the testimony from toplaw enforcement and intelligence experts on al-qa’idah and the 9-11 attacks. A question that had seemed to be avoided was eventually asked, “What motivated them to do it”?

The exact words of the Vice Chair Lee Hamilton of the 9-11 commission were; “I’m interested in the question of motivation of these hijackers and my question is really directed to the agents. What have you found out about why these men did what they did? What motivated them to do it?”

The response from the law enforcement and intelligence experts was “I believe they feel a sense of outrage against the United States, they identify with the Palestinian problem, they identify with people who oppose repressive regimes, and I believe they tend to focus their anger on the US”.

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