The elements of thoughts are:
1. Purpose: goal, objective
2. Question at issue: problem, issue
3. Information: data, facts, observations, experiences
4. Interpretation and inference: Conclusions, solutions
5. Concepts: theories, definitions, axioms, laws, principles, models
6. Assumptions: presupposition, taking for granted
7. Implications and consequences
8. Point of vue: frame of reference, perspective, orientation.
Using the 8 elements of thought, apply them to the 9/11 Report and discuss the 8 elements in relation to that paper.
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The purpose, intentions and implications are closely linked when it comes to the 9/11 report, in my opinion. And these are probably the most significant elements of the publication since the majority of Americans will never read it.
The intention seems to be to express disclosure, to express outrage, and to expiate the government's responsibility. I don't say this to suggest any kind of conspiracy, but instead to comment on the idea that the US government wanted to clear itself and to exercise its demons, as it were, regarding how this event could take place, who did it, etc.
The report, in other words, is a show of good faith.
I've read this report several times for three reasons; #1. I live in Staten Island New York, and friends of mine died that day. #2. My mother and brother were in those buildings (Mom missing for 10 hours, my brother 2 days...they were lucky...THANK GOD BOTH SURVIVED the attack on the World Trade Center) #3. I am an historian. These are my points regarding your elements of thought from the 9/11 Report:
1. The purpose/goal- Americans have a RIGHT to an explanation from their government.
2. The REAL question of the report: How the hell could this happen on American soil?
3. Information regarding question #2 better be truthful, clarify the 'grey' areas, and make it understandable for the 'average' American.
4. The Unites States' 'right hand' did not know what its 'left hand' was doing
5. The U.S. status-quo platform on terrorism no longer applied after 9A.M. September 11, 2001.
6. Could it be that the U.S. ignored the signs out of vain arrogance?
7. Living in New York...we now have life before 9/11 and life after 9/11...ask anyone who lives here...something was stolen from us that day...I have to go through 2 security points just to meet my brother for lunch at his Manhattan office...oh and planes are now 'weapons'
8. Point of view...perspective...the U.S. was vulnerable....is vulnerable...and now must accept the proposition that certain people want to inflict great harm on Americans....and make no mistake...its not what 'we' have done (as a nation)...its because of who 'we' are (as a free people)
When looking at the report you provided, I have an issue with one of the first words used in the document: "narrative." As I think of narratives, they speak to me about a story. Therefore, if looking at #3, I would suggest that using the word "narrative" provides a problem when examining the "facts." Keep in mind that this is stated regarding my own personal definition of the word narrative (given narratives can be true for different people based upon their own interpretations of how something happened).
The report clearly has a number of implications. Through its investigation of the 9/11 attacks, there is obvious focus on how such organisation was possible and therefore implied are steps that need to be taken to prevent another attack from happening in the future.
One of the assumptions behind this report is that the 9/11 attacks could and should have been prevented. The report starts with the idea that we are going to look and see what went wrong. It does not start from the question of whether the attacks could have been prevented.
The 9/11 Commission Report asserts that the point of view of the report included a comprehensive examination of all aspects of the terrorist attacks including circumstances, preparedness, and response with the purpose of making recommendations to safeguard against future terrorists attacks.
We present the narrative of this report and the recommendations
that flow from it to the President of the United States, the United States Congress, and the American people for their consideration. ... The nation was unprepared. How did this happen, and how can we avoid such tragedy again? (9/11 Commission Report, Preface)
One thing that makes the 9/11 report so helpful is that it does indeed provide much information (# 3 on your list). Even the bulk of the executive summary is given over to reporting facts and data. These are especially visible in the sections of the summary that are formatted in bullet points.
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