Has Homeland Security Finally Gotten Its Act Together?

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Under its first director, Tom Ridge, the Department of Homeland Security was known for bureaucratic turf wars, wasteful spending and ineffective planning. Yesterday, the new director, Michael Chertoff, said he'll re-structure DHS to produce a "risk-based" system that makes "tough choices" according to potential consequences. Prevention of transit bombings like those in London will not be the major focus of the Bush Administration. It's worried about less likely but potentially more destructive scenarios such as nuclear explosions, "dirty bombs" and chemical or biological agents. We hear more about the inevitability of terrorism on US soil and the extend to which Americans can be protected from experts in homeland security, transportation and immigration, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a consultant on Chertoff's restructuring plan.
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Official update on London bombing victims, investigation

Metropolitan Police Service releases picture of Hasib Hussain

Rotella's article on London bombing suspects' links to al Qaeda

Testimony of DHS Secretary Chertoff to House Committee on Homeland Security

Secretary Chertoff on DHS Six-Point Agenda

DHS Six-Point Agenda, Secretary Chertoff's proposal

DHS Organizational Chart, proposed

Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program

President Bush on Karl Rove

Joseph Wilson calls for President Bush to fire Karl Rove, Associated Press on



Warren Olney