U.S. lawmakers blast Libyan rebels on Lockerbie bomber issue
Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi with his mother in Tripoli, Libya
August 31st, 2011
06:23 PM ET

U.S. lawmakers blast Libyan rebels on Lockerbie bomber issue

CNN's Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty

Even as Libyan rebels struggle to gain control of the country, some U.S. lawmakers are demanding the United States punish the rebel leadership unless they turn over the Lockerbie bomber.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, on Wednesday called on the State Department to condition further assistance to the rebel National Transitional Council, including access to frozen Libyan assets, upon the return to prison of Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi.

Schumer made the demand in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she prepared to leave for Paris to attend an international conference to discuss ways to help the Libyan opposition.

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9/11 Commission heads issue security-gap warning
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August 31st, 2011
05:40 PM ET

9/11 Commission heads issue security-gap warning

By CNN National Security Producer Jennifer Rizzo

The heads of the 9/11 Commission issued a new report Wednesday warning of continued shortfalls in anti-terror measures adopted in the wake of the 2001 al Qaeda attacks against the United States.

Specifically, the report highlights nine commission recommendations that remain unfulfilled since they were proposed in 2004.

Among other things, former commission members harped on the need for greater unity of command among various emergency response agencies and their inability in many cases to communicate via radio with each other during a crisis.

"When firemen can't talk to policemen, can't talk to rescue workers and medical personnel, people die. They died because of that on 9-11. They died because of that in Katrina. And they will die in the future unless this particular problem is ... solved," said Thomas Kean, the chairman of the former commission, during a briefing on the report.
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