May 18, 2004
9-11 Commission Hindsight
The 9-11 Commission is nitpicking New York City's emergency response to the September attacks. The AP reports that the commission has concluded that emergency personnel "on Sept. 11 were forced to make rapid-fire, life-and-death decisions based on incomplete communications."
That's a laugh coming from an agency of the same federal government that repeatedly failed to prevent the attack in the first place. And just how is it possible to not have "incomplete communications" with a surprise attack of that magnitude?
The fact is, the only level of government which did not fail the people of New York on September 11, 2001 was their local government. Considering the size and nature of the attack and the tens of thousands of people evacuated that day from the twin towers and the surrounding area, it's a miracle thousands more didn't die.
What took place that day in the plaza after the attack was the greatest rescue in history--no thanks to the civilian agencies of the federal government.
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