BY Christopherson Business Travel |

US security receives failing grades…again!

“A decade after 9-11, the nation is not yet prepared for a truly catastrophic disaster,” stated the new report “Tenth Anniversary Report Card: The Status of 9-11 Commission Recommendations.” The new report was chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean and former Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana.
The newest “Report Card” did not issue grades. But it covered the 41 recommendations made in 2004 by the 9/11 commission. Of the 41, nine have been inadequately implemented or not implemented at all, said the authors. The report also found various other inadequacies:

  • Police and fire used different frequencies during 9-11. According to the commission, that problem still exists. It blames congress for not allocating new broadcast frequencies for common use by all so-called “first responders.”
  • The TSA still does not have the capacity to detect concealed weapons.
  • America’s ability to detect explosives hidden on passengers boarding airplanes “lacks reliability.”
  • The report said Homeland Security’s new full-body scanners are not effective (as officials claimed) at detecting hidden explosives.
  • The type of state legislation to prevent hijackers who in the past got state-issued ID’s to board airlines has been repeatedly delayed. Compliance has been pushed back over and over until the current date of 2013.
  • Prior recommendations that the government fingerprint visa holders as they leave the country have raised objections because of high costs and have also been ignored.

For the complete report.