July 22, 2004 11:51 AM PDT

Report on Sept. 11 finds home on Net

The 9/11 Commission on Thursday issued its final report on the terrorist attacks of 2001 and, as expected, the document is making the rounds on the Net--all 585 pages.

The panel, also known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, was charged with studying the circumstances leading up to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and assessing the government's preparedness for them.

In the report, the bipartisan committee describes numerous intelligence failures, and the executive summary states that the attacks, while shocking, "should not have come as a surprise." The documents also call for a restructuring of the intelligence community, with the establishment of a national intelligence director and a national counterterrorism center.

The report and the executive summary can be found on the commission's Web site.

Additionally, several Web sites are hosting the voluminous document, including GPO Access, which is run by the Government Printing Office. Surfers using a dial-up connection, however, may want to move to a broadband connection before downloading the 7MB document.

The report is also available for sale in bookstores nationwide and through the Government Printing Office.

Other parties have also recently turned to the Web to distribute materials on the terror attacks. For example, earlier this month, controversial filmmaker Michael Moore began streaming clips from his documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11."

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Report missed the successful evacuation parts of WTC
Morgan Stanley evacuated 3000 people with only 6 lost in South Tower. The 6 included the military Vet who was in charge of security. The US customs house also evacuated as did Marriott Hotel. Both the latter without loss of life.

Missing is the request for formulating escape plans for any large assembly building. This would include shopping malls where it is hard to find exits, theaters *especially the understaffed new one with many screens*, large office buildings, etc.

In War 2 it was found that the Navy lost ships because they had fire fighting as a special part of crew. When several carriers lost them, they sank because the rest were not able to man the hoses. After review it became part of each and every sailor to have fire fighting skills. It still is part of basic recruit school. It worked!

Similar help in evacuation plans and practice for significant large buildings should be in place. Before I retired the Federal Agency where I worked had fire drills every year. Included in this were working demonstrations of use of fire extinguishers or other life saving equipment. Some places will be prepared, but I bet it is small fraction.
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