WASHINGTON (AFP) — Seven years after the September 11 attacks, the
US government gets mediocre grades for work to prevent a future attack
involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), a bipartisan panel said
In a report card to be formally issued on Wednesday, the
Partnership for a Secure America (PSA) said the government had failed
to do its utmost to curb such a threat on its soil and check the spread
of WMD overseas.
The PSA -- which is following up on
recommendations by a high-level panel on the 9/11 attacks for "maximum
effort" against WMD proliferation and terrorism -- gave the federal
government an overall grade of "C."
More specifically, it gave
the government a C plus for maximum efforts to prevent nuclear
terrorism, a B minus for maximum efforts to prevent chemical terrorism
and a C minus for maximum efforts to prevent biological terrorism.
almost seven years after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the
threat of a new, major terrorist attack on the United States is still
very real," according to a copy of the report obtained by AFP.
nuclear, chemical or biological weapon in the hands of terrorists
remains the single greatest threat to our nation. While progress has
been made in securing these weapons and materials, we are still
dangerously vulnerable," it said.
"That is why our next
president, in close cooperation with the US Congress, must elevate to
the highest priority our efforts to secure these weapons and materials
at their source, and prevent their transit into the United States."
three key recommendations, the panel called for putting someone in
charge, drafting an overall strategy, and bolstering international
In 2004, the 9/11 Commission found that Al Qaeda
still aimed to carry out massive attacks on the United States, and that
Al Qaeda and other groups would try to obtain and use nuclear,
chemical, and biological weapons.
In order to thwart such
attacks, the commission members told the president and Congress that
"preventing the proliferation of these weapons warrants a maximum
Making up the PSA panel are 9/11 commission members as
well as national security advisors and top diplomats who served
presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.