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Norman Mineta on Homeland Security

Secretary of Transportation (Pres. Bush Cabinet)

 


9-11: Ordered all planes out of the air

The television sets showed the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsing. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta, who'd been one of the first in the "PEOC," the Presidential Emergency Operations Center, was making lists of airline flight numbers, trying to figure out which planes were confirmed hijacked and crashed, and which might still be threatening us in the air. Norm was working two telephones, with the FAA on one and his chief of staff on the other, trying to get the skies cleared until we knew just what we were dealing with.

A commercial airline pilot usually has wide discretion to handle his aircraft in an emergency, and apparently someone said something to Norm about pilots deciding when and if to bring their planes down. I heard him say in no uncertain terms that pilot discretion would not be the rule today. "Get those planes down now," he ordered.

Source: In My Time, by V.P. Dick Cheney, p. 2-3 , Aug 30, 2011

Address abuses of electronic monitoring in the workplace.

Mineta co-sponsored addressing abuses of electronic monitoring in the workplace

Source: Privacy for Consumers and Workers Act (H.R.1900) 1993-H1900 on Apr 28, 1993

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