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9-11 Panel Pushes Feds on Air Security

Members of the independent commission on Sept. 11 pressed Bush administration and military officials Friday on whether the federal government should have been more prepared for a terrorist attack using airplanes as weapons. Commissioner Jamie Gorelick said there were “frantic” warnings in the months before the attacks that a major act of terrorism was in the works. “Did this higher level of chatter … result in any action across the government? I take it your answer is no,” Gorelick told Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta. Mineta replied, “That’s correct.” Maj. Gen. Craig McKinley, commander of the Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, said the nation’s air defense system on Sept. 11, 2001, was not directed toward domestic civilian flights. “It was to look outward, as a Cold War vestige, primarily developed during the Cold War, to defend against long-range Soviet bomber penetration of our intercept zone,” McKinley said. Full Story

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