Wednesday, January 14, 2004

U.S. Park Police failed to detect a black trash bag left at the foot of the Washington Monument as part of a security drill on Sept. 11, 2003, Interior Department officials said Tuesday

Well, it's not as though we were on Orange Ernie alert or anything…oh
Undercover inspectors within the Interior Department left the bag at the monument. Instead of raising suspicions, the bag went undetected for at least 15 minutes. At the time, the nation's terror alert level was heightened because of the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The office already had reported extensively on security problems in August 2003. Results from the September 2003 security check were sent in a memo to Interior Secretary Gale Norton, who quickly responded by ordering new security measures, department officials said.
Wait… who's the Homeland Security Director again? Guess he must've been busy with duct tape or something.

The Washington Post first reported the security lapse in Tuesday's edition.
Am I in a time warp? What month is this?


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