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On 9/11, defenders just improvised

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, many brave Americans did whatever they could to defend the nation against a threat they did not fully understand. At one point a Federal Aviation Administration manager ordered a nationwide grounding of all aircraft – without clearance from top FAA officials. After talking to the Secret Service, a wing commander of the D.C. Air National Guard launched fighters and ordered them to shoot if necessary – though no one from the Pentagon had told him to do so. Most of all, heroic passengers of United Flight 93, in attacking their hijackers, saved other lives at the expense of their own. But according to the Sept. 11 commission, these actions underscore an overall theme: The US national security system was utterly unprepared for the challenge posed by the Al Qaeda hijackers. Full Story

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