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9/11 Panel Criticizes New York Action in Sept. 11 Attack

The independent federal commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks came to New York yesterday and offered the most detailed public accounting yet of how the heroic response of police officers and firefighters was undermined by poor planning, inadequate equipment, faulty communication and generations-old interagency rivalries. At an emotional hearing about a mile from the site of the catastrophe, several members of the commission said the city’s emergency-response plan was badly flawed at the time of the attack and suggested that 32 months after the attacks, the nation’s largest city remains dangerously unprepared to deal with another terrorist strike. “I think the command and control and communications of this city’s public service is a scandal,” said John F. Lehman, a Republican commission member who was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration. The city’s disaster-response plans, he added, were “not worthy of the Boy Scouts, let alone this great city.” Full Story

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