TO THE EDITOR
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Bloomberg and 9/11
NY Times - Letter to the Editor - November 28, 2003
To the Editor:
RE: "Stonewalling the 9/11 Commission" (editorial, Nov. 23):As members of the
family steering committee of the 9/11 commission, we find it inconceivable that Mayor Michael
R. Bloomberg would stand in the way of turning over tapes of the first responders' experiences,
which could yield invaluable information about preparedness, to the commission. No training
sessions or military exercises could amount to lessons learned from actual experience.
A theoretical plan could never anticipate every possible contingency, and even the most carefully
designed exercise cannot possibly mimic reality.
Instead of spending millions of tax dollars on theoretical exercises, why not use what was
learned from the horrors of Sept. 11 by the first responders? Mayor Bloomberg is blocking our
ability to gain access to that knowledge.
LORIE VAN AUKEN
East Brunswick, N.J., Nov. 23, 2003
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