OKC's Institute Has Role with Homeland Security Council, Expert Says

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The terrorism institute created beete created be because of the Oklahoma City bombing could aid President Bush's Homeland Security Advisory Council, a terrorism expert says.

L. Paul Bremer III, former ambassador-at-large for counter terrorism, recently visited the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City.

He said the city already has helped national terrorism experts by sharing its lessons from the 1995 bombing, particularly about rescue workers. Oklahoma City will continue to play a role as the country prepares for other attacks and copes with the psychological aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Bremer said.

"All of these kinds of aspects it seems to me are things which other parts of the country can learn from the Oklahoma experience," he said. "I think Oklahoma does have a role because, at least until Sept. 11, you were the site of the largest act of terrorism in American history."

Bremer, who worked for U.S. embassies in Afghanistan, Norway and the Netherlands, was appointed in June to the Homeland Security Advisory Council -- a group that includes American businessmen, academics and political leaders.

He is chief executive officer of Marsh Crisis Consulting, a company that helps corporations plan for financial crises, natural disasters and acts of terrorism. Nearly 300 Marsh employees were killed in the attack on the World Trade Center.

Bremer also was chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism and the Heritage Foundation task force, formed after the Sept. 11 attacks.

On his Oklahoma City trip, Bremer also met with corporations to discuss crisis management and with Gov. …