Homeland Security Sticker Shock

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When President Bush appointed Tom Ridge as Director of Homeland Security, he asked for a "honeymoon" from Congressional criticism. Ridge promised a "blueprint" by July 1. Six months later, all we know is that America is still on "yellow alert" and further attacks remain a "significant risk." With 38 billion dollars at stake, Ridge will appear today before a classified Congressional subcommittee. With airports, nuclear plants, food and water supplies all at risk, what will it take to secure the world's most open society? We look at the task ahead and the resources to accomplish it, with an expert who testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Republican Saxby Chambliss, chair of the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, and Jane Harman, the ranking Democrat on that committee.
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House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Roll Call

Senate Appropriations Committee

Far Eastern Economic Review

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Warren Olney