Thursday, August 26, 2004
The lead attorney for the Sept. 11 commission will make an appearance in Steamboat Springs on Monday to discuss, among other things, the commission's findings and recommendations.
Daniel Marcus' visit will mark the fourth and final Seminars at Steamboat discussion of the summer and will provide residents and visitors with another unique opportunity to hear prominent experts discuss important public policy issues, said Bob Stein, a Seminars at Steamboat organizer.
"Dan Marcus has been at the center of the critical work of the Sept. 11 commission," Stein said. "With all the political spinning about the commission's conclusions, no one is more qualified to discuss what the commission found and why its recommendations should be followed."
Marcus' political experience spans several decades and presidential administrations. He served as deputy general counsel of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and general counsel of the Department of Agriculture during the Carter administration. He returned to government in 1998 to be senior counsel in the White House Counsel's Office during the Clinton administration. Marcus served in the Department of Justice from 1999 to 2001, including a stint as associate attorney general.
A senior staff member on the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission, Marcus was behind much of the investigative work performed by the group, particularly as it pertained to issues of law.
His discussion Monday is reflective of one of the commission's post-report goals: explaining the report and its findings to the public, Stein said.
"What he's going to do is explain how they got to where they got to and why," Stein said.
The commission's published report, in excess of 500 pages, is a No. 1 bestseller.
"It was a rush to the finish line, but we made it," Marcus said in a statement. "We accomplished what many thought impossible: a unanimous, bipartisan report that represents the definitive account of the Sept. 11 attacks and recommendations to make the war on terrorism more effective and America safer."
Marcus' presentation is at 4 p.m. Monday in Centennial Hall. Audience members will be able to ask Marcus questions after his discussion. Seminars at Steamboat presentations are free to the public; however, donations are encouraged by event organizers.
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