This is Only a Test of the Homeland Security System

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Next week, both Chicago and Seattle will be disrupted by staged catastrophes in the largest domestic security drill in American history. The exercise, called TOPOFF2, features a phony terrorist group called GLODO, a simulated -dirty bomb- attack, and the spread of a fictional biological agent. The phony scenarios will be acted out to test America-s readiness for another attack by terrorists. What-s the risk of another, real attack on American soil? Do first-responders have sufficient funding to combat such an attack? Will TOPOFF2 make the country safer, or is it more drama than substance? We speak with a cold war historian from Whittier College, security and preparedness experts from the Anser Institute and Rand Corporation, and the Mayor of Seattle.
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Murr-s article, -Meet the -Parlor Maid--

US v James Smith

Statement of FBI Director Robert Mueller on James Smith


Department of Homeland Security

State Department

Seattle-s participation in TOPOFF2

Davies article, -US blocking the unveiling of Congress' Sept. 11 probe-

House Intelligence Committee

Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss



Warren Olney