FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

Miscommunication Caused Confusion on 9/11

August 05, 2004  | 

The minutes leading up to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 were ones of confusion among government personnel, according to a bipartisan commission report.

In reaction to the event, there was a “hurried attempt to create an improvised defense by officials who had never encountered or trained against the situation they faced,” the panel said.

The efforts to respond were hampered by obstacles detailed in the commission’s report. Many of the problems were miscommunications among the different agencies involved.

The military had only nine minutes of warning from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. This was the only notice the military received about any of the four hijackings. The FAA also failed to notify the military that one of the planes had been hijacked, and wrongly reported that American Flight 11 was still in the air after its impact with the north tower.

Another problem was that an air traffic controller was in charge of two of the hijacked planes at the same time. While trying to locate American 11, the controller failed to notice the changing of the assigned transponder code of United 175.

Even Vice-President Dick Cheney received inaccurate information, believing that the military had shot down two hostile aircraft.

Despite these miscommunications, the panel praised government personnel on their quick-thinking decisions that day. “We do not believe that an accurate understanding of the events of that morning reflects discredit on the operational personnel,” the report said.

The report commends personnel for thinking “outside the box” in recommending a nationwide alert, in stopping local traffic on the ground, and in landing nearly 4,500 planes in the air as quickly as they did.

To purchase a copy of the final 9-11 Commission Report visit Http://bookstore.gpo.gov/911commission.html.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

2 WA Officers Hospitalized After Shooting, Suspect Killed
The incident started when officers attempted to contact a man at 1:16 AM in a parking lot...
Video: FL Trooper Saves Woman with CPR, Arrests Her for DUI
Unable to wake the driver, the trooper broke the vehicle's window and found she had no...
Suspect Fleeing Baltimore Police in Vehicle Pursuit Opens Fire on Random People
"This could have been much, much worse," Baltimore police commissioner Kevin Davis said at...
California Officers Raid Massive Illegal Weed Operation
Inside the four-story warehouse, police found thousands of plants stacked next to one...
Milwaukee Creates Police Intelligence Unit to Fight Opioid Crisis
The task force will provide a quicker turnaround of intelligence, identify patterns and...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine