Review: 9/11 Potomac exercise was "bad idea"

October 27, 2009 10:23:24 AM PDT
The Coast Guard says holding a training exercise near the Pentagon on Sept. 11 this year was ill-advised, but didn't violate agency policies. The conclusions, obtained by The Associated Press, are from an internal Coast Guard review of the events and actions that led to false news reports of gunfire on the Potomac River on the anniversary of the 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 knew 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.