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.

Dec. 16, 2002 - President Bush appoints former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean to chair the Commission.

March 31 - April 1, 2003 - First public hearings take place. The focus is hearing from victims and people impacted by 9/11.

May 22 - May 23, 2003 - Second public hearings take place. The focus is congressional oversight and aviation security.

July 8, 2003 - The first interim report is released.

July 9, 2003 - Third public hearing takes place. The focus is "Terrorism, Al Qaeda, and the Muslim World."

Sept. 23, 2003 - The second interim report is released.

Oct. 14, 2003 - The fourth public hearing takes place. The focus is intelligence and national security policy.

Nov.19, 2003 - Fifth public hearing. The focus is emergency preparedness.

Dec. 8, 2003 - Sixth public hearing. The focus is "Security and Liberty."

Jan. 26 - 27, 2004 - The seventh public hearings take place. The focus is border and aviation security.