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If the worst ever happens, we need plans for government continuity

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On the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon approach, it is time to reflect on what happened to America, what lessons we have learned — and what remains to be done. In the latter category, is the reality that we are very far away from a sturdy constitutional and operational structure to ensure the continuity of our government if America were to sustain another such attack.

The 9/11 plot that was foiled — thanks to the brave people on United Flight 93 who gave their lives to thwart it — was most likely a planned assault on the U.S. Capitol building itself.

Had even the passengers’ extraordinary courage been insufficient to the threat, it is entirely possible that hundreds of senators and representatives (and their staff members) would have perished that day, leaving the legislative branch of our national government in ruins and even disrupting the process of presidential succession (which includes roles for the speaker of the House and the president........

© NY Daily News

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