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Are we prepared for a 9-11 style attack?

Not according to the justice department.

By Peggy Noonan
The Justice Department is not prepared to ensure public safety in the days or weeks after a terrorist attack in which nuclear, biological or chemical weapons are used, according to the report from the department's Inspector General. The Department of Homeland Security is designated as first federal responder, in a way, in the event of an attack using weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but every agency in government has a formal, assigned role, and the crucial job of Justice is to manage and coordinate law enforcement and step in if state and local authorities are overwhelmed, says columnist Peggy Noonan.

So how would Justice do, almost nine years after the attacks of 9/11? Poorly:

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:54 AM on Jun. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (24)
  • "The Department is not prepared to fulfill its role... to ensure public safety and security in the event of a WMD incident," says the 61-page report.
    Justice has yet to assign an entity or individual with clear responsibility for oversight or management of WMD response; it has not catalogued its resources in terms of either personnel or equipment; it does not have written plans or checklists in case of a WMD attack.

    A deputy assistant attorney general for policy and planning is quoted as saying "it is not clear" who in the department is responsible for handling WMD response.
    Workers interviewed said the department's operational response program "lacks leadership and oversight."
    An unidentified Justice Department official was quoted: "We are totally unprepared." He added. "Right now, being totally effective would never happen. Everybody would be winging it."  


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 AM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • We certainly are not prepared. My SO and I have been preparing on our own... we have enough supplies to survive in the wilderness if we need too...

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 AM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • The Inspector General's staff interviewed 36 senior officials involved in the department's emergency response planning and summarized the finding: "It was clear that no person or entity is managing the overall Department's response activities."  You could almost see them scratching their heads and saying, "No one's in charge here."

    There is one bright spot in the Inspector General's report: the FBI, which was highlighted for its organizational seriousness about WMD readiness, including holding regular exercises and training sessions, and having an actual response plan with clear lines of responsibility.

    Source: Peggy Noonan, "We Are Totally Unprepared," Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2010.

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    Answer by Anonymous at 11:55 AM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:56 AM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • If you truly lived your life expecting the worst everyday, what kind of life would you be living? We cannot prepare for untold events, it's the way of the world. Also, Hon, when it's your time to go, you are going to go no matter how much planning you put into it. You could walk outside your front door right now and something could fall out of the sky and kill you. Live your life like there was no tomorrow.. always.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:58 AM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • It is their job to try and be prepared to protect this country.That is the point.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:59 AM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • We are especially not ready when all our troops are already stretched so thin

    We have NEVER been ready


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:01 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • They were "prepared" for 9-11 all right, it was an inside job.

    Why do you think some people were admittedly warned? Why did NORAD stand down? Why were millions made on stock trades based on this information?

    Many who have realized the truth are attempting to spread the word, like over 1,000 courageous architects and engineers who have step forward to alert their fellow citizens.

    The question is, with so many in denial and the corporate media news blackout, will they do it again? Time to wake up.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:08 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • Oh for the love of Pete, 9/11 was not an inside job unless my husband was a co/conspirator. I have posted tons of information on this issue in the past.

    Ladies our "country" cannot EVER be 100% ready/prepared to deal with every possible scenario that could arise. It isn't supposed to be either. We EACH have a responsiblity for ourselves and our families to be prepared for an emergency. Many, maybe even most people are not prepared and when an emergency does occur andwhen the government doesn't come to their rescue they are winnowed out. Example...New Orleans. Even in this day and age it is "survival of the fittest". My husband and I put together a book we call "Family Protocols." Our family is prepared to deal with any emergency...yet we will never have a guarantee that we all will be able to survive one....that is life.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 12:19 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

  • Yes but should those who are paid to protect be so clueless as this? According to them it seems nobody is really in charge even.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:21 PM on Jun. 11, 2010

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