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Homeland Security Took 90 Minutes to Assess Blackout

The U.S. Homeland Security Department took 90 minutes to announce in a statement that the power failure that affected six northeastern states and Canada wasn’t the work of terrorists. The department, created by President George W. Bush in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes, declined to comment initially and took an hour to announce it was investigating the outage that began at 4 p.m. New York time. At 5:30 p.m., the department said initial reports showed system malfunction caused the electricity network to shut down. “It means they haven’t had enough drills,” said Robert R. Butterworth, a psychologist and head of the Los Angeles-based International Trauma Associates. “The problem is the first time you do something, people don’t make decisions quickly.” The blackout spread through cities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, Canada. Six airports, including all three in New York City, were closed and nine nuclear power plants were shut down. Full Story

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