Fred F. Fielding - Has served on several commissions, including Commission on Federal Ethics Law Reform (1989).

Jamie S. Gorelick - Serves on the CIA's National Security Advisory Panel.

Slade Gorton - Senator from Washington State from 1981-1987 and 1989-2001.

Bob Kerrey - Senator for Nebraska from 1988-2000 and Nebraska governor from 1983-1987.

John F. Lehman - Chairman of J.F. Lehman & Company, a private equity investment firm and former secretary of the Navy from 1981-1987.

Timothy J. Roemer - President of the Center for National Policy and Representative to Congress from Indiana 1991-2003.

James R. Thompson - Illinois' longest serving governor, from 1977-1991.

The Commission's Eight Topics:

Al-Qaida and the organization of the 9/11 attack

Intelligence collection, analysis, and management (including oversight and resource allocation)

International counterterrorism policy, including states that harbor or harbored terrorists, or offer or offered terrorists safe havens

Terrorist financing

Border security and foreign visitors

Law enforcement and intelligence collection inside the United States

Commercial aviation and transportation security, including an investigation into the circumstances of the four jijackings

The immediate response to the attacks at the national, state, and local levels, including issues of continuity of government.

Timeline:

Nov. 27, 2002 - President George W. Bush signs a bill creating the commission. Bush also appoints former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to chair the commission.

Dec. 11, 2002 - Former Sen. George Mitchell, originally chosen by Democrats to be vice chairman, resigns, saying the workload would be too much and citing potential conflicts of interest with his law firm.

Dec. 13, 2002 - Kissinger resigns over potential conflicts of interest involving clients of his consulting firm and public outcry over his appointment.