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Sept. 11 Panel Critical of U.S. Air Defense – Report

The independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks has found that the Pentagon’s domestic air-defense command was disastrously unprepared for a major terrorist strike on American soil, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. The commission says the air-defense command was slow and confused in its response to the airliner hijacking attacks on New York and Washington, according to officials who have read a draft report of the commission’s findings, the paper said. The officials said the draft had been circulated in recent days among commission members and at the Pentagon in preparation for public release of the report on Thursday. The Times said the Sept. 11 commission draft summarized the response of the military, the Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies with this passage: “On the morning of 9/11, the existing protocol was unsuited in every respect for what was about to happen. What ensued was a hurried attempt to create an improvised defense by officials who had never encountered or trained against the situation they faced.” Full Story

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