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Terrorism Drill / Sesno Interview #728584

CNN Evening News for Friday, May 16, 2003
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(Studio: Kate Snow) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jeanne Meserve) The wrapping up of the terrorism drill Operation TOPOFF 2 featured; scenes shown of the fictional tests in Chicago & Seattle; details given of the flaws uncovered by the exercise. [DuPage County board Robert SCHILLERSTROM†, Arlington County, Virginia, fire department Chief Ed PLAUGHER†- comments on the lessons learned.] [Secretary of Homeland Security Tom RIDGE - defends the cost of the exercise.]

(Studio: Kate Snow) Live in-studio interview held with former CNN reporter/TOPOFF "VNN" anchor Frank Sesno about the drill. [SESNO - says the drill appeared real up to a point, but you cannot simulate civil disturbance; explains how the fictional news network called "VNN" worked in covering the simulation.]

Snow, Kate;
Meserve, Jeanne

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