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TECHNOLOGY REPORT - How Technology Has, and Has Not, Changed Since 9-11

作者:June Simms 发布日期:9-12-2011

A police officer for Amtrak, the national passenger railroad, stands guard at Pennsylvania Station in New York on Friday
A police officer for Amtrak, the national passenger railroad, stands guard at Pennsylvania Station in New York on Friday

This is the VOA Special English Technology Report.

It has been ten years since terrorists used hijacked airplanes to attack the United States. In the years since then, much has been done to improve security in the country.

Intelligence sharing and cooperation between federal, state and local government agencies is said to be at an all-time high. There also have been improvements in airport security.

But a new report says the United States is not as safe as should be. It says America "is not yet prepared for a truly catastrophic disaster."

The report is from the National Security Preparedness Group at the Bipartisan Policy Center. The group is led by former New Jersey governor Thomas Kean and former congressman Lee Hamilton of Indiana. The two men also led the 9-11 Commission.

Congress asked the commission to investigate the September eleventh attacks and to make proposals for guarding against future attacks.

The new report noted that nine of the reforms proposed by the commission have either been carried out ineffectively or completely ignored.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the report.

HILLARY CLINTON: "As the members of the 9-11 Commission recently reported, a number of their major recommendations remain unfulfilled. For example, much-needed radio frequencies have not yet been allotted to first responders to allow them to communicate effectively in a crisis ... an issue that I worked on for many years in the Senate and is long overdue for completion."

A Transportation Security Administration officer finds unallowable liquids in a passenger's carry-on luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The TSA was created after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
A Transportation Security Administration officer finds unallowable liquids in a passenger's carry-on luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The TSA was created after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The 9-11 Commission found that communication was a major issue during the attacks ten years ago. Police, firefighters and medical crews had trouble talking to each other because they were using different radio frequencies. Officials said this lack of communication led to needless loss of life.

The commission said the government should identify radio frequencies that would be used only for emergency communications. However, this has yet to be done.

The report praised the deployment of US-Visit, a biometric entry system in the United States. Secretary Clinton says this new technology has helped strengthen America's security.

HILLARY CLINTON: "We have emphasized innovation. For example, we are now using sophisticated new biometric screening tools to improve border security and the visa process."

The US-Visit system uses digital fingerprints and photographic images to identify people entering the United States. The report notes that a similar system for those leaving the country has yet to be established. It says such a system may have helped officials find two of the hijackers involved in the 9-11 attacks.

And that's the VOA Special English Technology Report, written by June Simms. You can learn English and much more at www.unsv.com. I'm Steve Ember.

网友的学习评论(7条):
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-12-2011 18:34:42
It is unbelievable for people living in the developed area of China that people in the Western part of China even don't have enough meat to eat. People in the western part of China lead lives dominated by hunger and malnutrition. The government has decided to pay the students some money to ensure that they have enough meat to eat. But because the families cannot make both ends meet, the money which should be paid the students to improve their nutrition is moved to other areas,
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-12-2011 18:41:25
being spent by the father and mother to maintain their family. I have heard in a television program, one very poor county spend nearly half of the money gained from taxes in improving the quality of the school house and to provide them with enough meat to eat. In order to cut down the high expense of the daily essentials, the schools in the county plant vegetables and raise pigs for themselves and they have decide to kill a pig every week to give the meat to the students.
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-12-2011 18:44:51
It is said that they can cut down the expense by fifty percent. No only the cost of such things can be cut, the freshness of the vegetables can be maintained. There is no chemicals in the vegetables and they are not polluted by the human waste. And it is quite a comfortable experience to pick up the vegetables from the garden and then use them to cook delicious vegetables. The authority of the county has declared that they will make sure that every day, the students will have meat for a meal.
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-12-2011 18:48:59
The differences in economics and the development of the country between East and West is really huge. In the Eastern part of the country, the students not only have enough meat to eat, but also they can be provided by their parents computers which can help the students learn something. When I was a college student, as a member living in the Eastern part of the country, there is no trouble giving the school the tuition. But some of my classmates living
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-12-2011 18:56:2
in the Western part of the country had to postpone the giving of tuition to the schools. Plus, I could spend a lot of money on my clothes and taking some drinks. I would like to offer some of my money to the poor living in the schools, and I shared some of things that belong to me with my impoverished students. Life was hard for them and was better to us. I was quite startled when I had been there for half an semester. I really knew that it was still a long way before
作者:lvjiaying1984
9-12-2011 18:56:18
China would become a rich country in the future because even if we had polices and ideas to promote the developing of our country, we could never change the situation there where there were high mountains.
作者:snowwolfljb
1-5-2012 9:31:9
hatred is the root of terrorism. the difference and prejudice of culture, religion, and the unfair distribution all contribute to the hatred. advanced technology just can suppress terrorism temporarily. Nations can conquer terrorism by killing all dissidents or assimilate all of them
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