As the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we ask: Have we improved?

It's been 10 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the question that still lingers on the minds of every American is this: Are we still vulnerable?

A report card issued this week by the 9/11 Commission reveal that U.S. security scored a few A's, lots of C's and incomplete, and even a few F's. Despite billions of dollars spent on aviation security, the report found that the U.S. still can't reliably detect explosives that could bring down a plane. This is one of nine unfinished recommendations the Commission cited in the report card. 

TSA spokesperson Greg Soule said transportation systems have improved.

"As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, there is no question that America's transportation systems are stronger and more secure than they were a decade ago," he said. 

One of the biggest issues in the glaring spotlight of the report card is the failure to remedy the communications breakdown that took place on 9/11 when emergency fire units and police in New York were on different radio frequencies and couldn't communicate. This inability to communicate cost lives. 

According to the report, the recommendation to improve radio interoperability for first responders has stalled because of a political fight over whether to allocate 10 MHz of radio spectrum directly to public safety for a nationwide network.

Security experts say that a terror plot similar to 9/11 is very unlikely, but the U.S. does have huge vulnerabilities, even 10 years later. 

Perhaps the biggest vulnerability we have is lack of cooperation. Here's hoping the terrorists don't figure that out.

Published Wednesday, September 7, 2011 2:05 PM by bulldog
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