9/11 Panel: US Is Still Not Prepared Commission says too many gaps remain in national security By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Aug 31, 2011 12:24 PM CDT 6 comments Comments In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, firefighters walk through the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center buildings. (AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin) (Newser) – The 9/11 Commission takes stock of national security 10 years later, and the bottom line isn't pretty: "A decade after 9/11, the nation is not yet prepared for a truly catastrophic disaster," says a new report by the panel out today. Several key recommendations remain in limbo, including these rounded up from the Los Angeles Times, ABC News, and the Wall Street Journal: Airport security still isn't up to snuff on detecting explosives hidden in the body, even with all the controversy over full-body scanners. Congress hasn't moved on establishing a radio spectrum dedicated to first responders. That was a major problem in New York City on 9/11, when police officers and firefighters could not easily communicate with each other. Rules to standardize forms of identification and make it harder for terrorists to forge drivers' licenses and the like continue to get delayed. Homeland Security does not check fingerprints and other data against terrorist databases when visa holders exit the country.