I interviewed Bernard Kerik, the NYC Police Commissioner in 2002 when the 9/11 attack on America was still an open wound.

In addition to describing he and Mayor Giguliani scrambbling for their lives, he discusses the role martial arts schools can play in the fight against terrorism.

Transcript Questions
Here are the questions he answers.

Graden: At our convention one of our instructors talked about how one of the terrorists actually trained to her school and his goal was to learn knife fighting, but he only wanted on the offensive techniques not the defense of techniques. They basically ran him off. How can a school owner prevent what they teach from being abused like that?

Graden: There’s a tremendous amount of responsibility with information. A couple more things, because we wrap up. You were involved in anti-terrorism in the Middle East. Was there anything that gave you a hint that an attack of such magnitude could be pulled off as we saw on 911?

Graden: You and the mayor were scrambling to find a safe haven to set up a headquarters.

What was going through your head?

Graden: What was the most difficult part of that day for you?

Graden: In your time in Rikers and as an undercover cop, you must have thought, prior to 911, that you had seen the most “depraved, violent people on this earth.

Was there anything in your career that would have prepared you for what you saw that day?

Graden: What is the last year taught you about the American people?

Graden: With your background leading up to that day, in what ways has 911 changed you?

Graden: Were there times during that day, you felt in fear for your own life?

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