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US Coast Guard says river exercise was bad idea

US Coast Guard says river exercise was bad idea

The U.S. Coast Guard says holding a training exercise near the Pentagon on Sept. 11 this year was ill-advised but did not violate agency policies.
The conclusions, obtained by The Associated Press, are from an internal Coast Guard review that looked into the events and actions that led to false news reports of gunfire in Washington on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
The Coast Guard unit that conducted the training exercise was not aware President Barack Obama would be traveling to and from a memorial service nearby. The agency concludes that if the unit had known where the president would be that day, it would have rescheduled the exercise.
The incident spooked the capital, sent FBI agents to the scene and grounded some flights from Reagan National Airport.


Updated : 2021-07-27 10:18 GMT+08:00