With the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks happening this weekend, many people are asking, “What have we learned?” and “Where have we come?” since that fateful day.
Clevelanders watched in horror as planes were used as weapons to take American lives. Quickly Cleveland and other major cities were evacuated. By nightfall the streets were empty, public buildings were watched by armed guards and the police helicopter circled overhead.
How our preparedness has changed, was the topic at a Press Club gathering Wednesday at Cleveland State University. The consensus, we have come a long way, but have a long way to go.
Agencies today share more intelligence, know how to help one another and even train together. That is a positive change. But, elsewhere there is work to do. One area of concern 10 years ago, was the fact that various police agencies could not communicate directly with one another. Today some can. But, the communication isn’t instantaneous as was needed in 2001. Work is on the way to make that happen, but it will take time.
Billions have been spent on Homeland Security, billions more will be spent. All with a simple goal that can never be completely guaranteed. That we will never be attacked again.