Commission Report Cites Rescue Communication Flaws

Commission report cites rescue communication flaws

The Nine-Eleven Commission says rescuers were forced to make rapid-fire, life-and-death decisions based on incomplete communications. Two days of hearings by the commission investigating the terror attacks are getting under way in New York this morning. The panel opened the hearings with a warning: "The details we will be presenting may be painful for you to see and hear." More than 100 family members are at the hearing -- some with photos of victims pinned to their chests. The commission plans to view videotapes showing the confusing, rushed recovery efforts and the recollections of those who survived. The commission is turning its attention to New York to see if local missteps led to deaths that might have been avoided at the World Trade Center. Up to now, the commission had been focusing on federal failures.