It's been nearly 13 years since 9/11, but first responders, volunteers and other cleanup workers are still getting ill because of working in the toxic environment. That's why officials said it's necessary for any person involved in cleanup or rescue after 9/11 and in the surrounding areas to register for workers' compensation benefits.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants Congress to act on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission for improving the communications systems used by emergency responders nationwide.
It has been more than seven years since the 9/11 Commission identified a major flaw in emergency operations on the day of the terrorist attacks. The inability of emergency agencies to communicate on that day was a potentially deadly failure that Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says could have been avoided.
In a major reversal, the Obama administration has ordered that the self-described mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, face a military tribunal and not a civilian courtroom in New York City.
Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be referred to a military commssion, along with four other co-conspirators of the attacks. The decision is a switch from an earlier plan to try the alleged plotters in a civilian court in New York City.