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Ridge Blasts Public Safety Wireless Battle; Calls Hill Inaction ‘A Bloody Outrage’

Posted by Colin Clark on

The nation’s first Secretary of Homeland Security said Congress has “failed” America’s first responders by not acting on legislation that would dedicate wireless communications spectrum to a nationwide, interoperable, public safety network and said it is unlikely anything will pass before the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s wrong. It’s really wrong for them to have failed these first responders,” said Tom Ridge, appointed by President George W. Bush shortly after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to lead the homeland security effort, and who subsequently became America’s first Secretary of Homeland Security in 2003.

In an exclusive interview with Breaking Gov, Ridge called Congress’ 10 years of inaction on this key and final recommendation of the 9/11 Commission “a bloody outrage,” and said he was concerned we might be having the same conversation a year from now.

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