Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Giuliani testifies to the 9-11 Commission 

The former mayor of New York testified today to the 9-11 Commission, a day after the fire and police were verbally attacked as being unprepared and amateurish in their handling of the events on 9-11.

Rudy defended the the police and fire folks, and in a way attacked the direction the Commission has been heading.

In his opening statement today, Mr. Giuliani declared that although mistakes had been made on Sept. 11, "Our enemy is not each other, but the terrorists who attacked us."

He added, to applause from the audience, "The blame should be put on one source alone, the terrorists who killed our loved ones."

There was some harassment from the audience, calling for real questions to be asked of the former mayor. What do they want to know? What questions could be asked? Anything useful, or more playing of the blame game?

In an interesting twist:

The commission staff said private businesses needed to assume a share of responsibility in planning for terror attacks and other catastrophes, something it indicated had not been done in the more than two years since 9/11.

Apparently their training and evacuation practices were, shall we say, lacking.

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