- Associated Press
Sunday, September 11, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Sunday said he kept the Pentagon open after a terrorist attack 10 years ago today to send a message.

Mr. Rumsfeld said on “Face the Nation” on CBS that he didn’t want the world to think a group of terrorists could shut down the Defense Department.

Mr. Rumsfeld said it was clear that terrorists had hit the seat of economic power in New York and the seat of military power in Washington. He said another plane probably was going to aim for the seat of political power — either the Capitol or the White House.

That’s why the Pentagon had to stay open, he said.

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