As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Rudy To Face 9/11 Emergency Radio Investigation

The New York City Council has responded to legitimate questions over emergency radios used on 9/11 that resulted in the unnecessary deaths of dozens of firefighters, and has vowed an investigation.

Eric Gioia is basically the Henry Waxman of New York City, the chair of the Oversight and Investigations Committee. Here's what he needs to investigate:

Why was nothing done to improve FDNY radio performance for seven years after a clear need was demonstrated in the 1993 World Trade Center attack?

When new radios were finally ordered, why did the city award a contract to Motorola without a competitive bidding process?

Once Motorola was given the contract, why did its cost jump from $1.4 million to $14 million?
Why were these new radios never field tested?

These are serious questions about preparedness and emergency management that must be a part of a fuller picture of anyone who believes he should be President of the United States. Bottom line.

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