Tom Ridge: Congress has 'failed' first responders

The nation's first Homeland Security secretary says that lawmakers have "failed" first responders in the years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by not moving forward on policy that would facilitate communication during an emergency.

Tom Ridge, in an interview with AOL Government published on Friday, said that Congress's inaction on legislation to dedicate wireless-communications spectrum to a public-safety network, one of the recommendations made by the 9/11 commission, is a "sad commentary on the political system."

Ridge gets, by his own characterization, "agitated" in the following video clip: