Pentagon artifact from 9/11 attacks displayed at Yeager Airport

Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV has dedicated a block of limestone from the area of the Pentagon that was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2001. The artifact serves to remind TSA personnel of the reason for their jobs, reported Matt Maccaro in the Metro News – the Voice of West Virginia.

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3 World Trade Center reaches ‘supertall’ territory

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat calls a building “supertall” when its height is at least 300 meters or 984 feet. 3 World Trade Center’s concrete is currently 1,000 feet and the steel has reached 732 feet, reported Evan Bindelglass in New York YIMBY on May 24, 2016.

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Absence of TSA regulations puts US passenger rail security at risk

Delays by the TSA in implementing rail security requirements in accordance with a law passed nearly 10 years ago may be putting the US rail system at risk of terrorism says a report from the Office of the Inspector General the Department of Homeland Security reports Amanda Vicinanzo in Homeland Security Today.

In response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the Public Law 110–53, Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 requiring the DHS to create a regulatory framework to address terrorist threats facing passenger rail systems. Among other things, the Act requires Amtrak to appoint a rail security coordinator, report significant security concerns to TSA, and to allow TSA to conduct inspections, among other things. Eight years later, three of the requirements have not been acted upon. TSA has not issued regulations assigning rail carriers to high-risk tiers, nor has a rail training program been established, and security background checks of front rail employees have not been made.

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