Mark Trahant: Preparing for the unthinkable
Monday, September 22, 2003

"I'm thinking the unthinkable.

What happens to our democratic structure if Washington, D.C., is destroyed during a nuclear attack?

Last week the Senate heard testimony exploring that grim possibility.

"In an age of terrorism and a time of war, this is no longer mere fodder for Tom Clancy novels and episodes of 'The West Wing.' These nightmare scenarios are serious concerns after 9/11," said Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, and chairman of the subcommittee on the Constitution. He suggested the aftermath would include a constitutional crisis -- especially if more than one government official claimed the presidency."

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