Window Dressing Homeland Security?

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Twenty months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the government has new powers to conduct the war on terror, and the Bush administration insists that the country is safer than it used to be. However, last week, the Congressional Research Service reported that despite all that's been done in the name of homeland security since September 11, potential terrorists can still buy guns and explosives and evade the enforcement of new laws-and there's still no consensus on government's role in protecting seaports, chemical plants or nuclear installations. Are airport checks and orange alerts just window dressing? Is real security too costly and too politically complex? We hear from a civil defense historian and experts from the Hart-Rudman Task Force on Homeland Security, the Heritage Foundation and the Site Institute.
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    Transportation Security Administration

    UN Organization Mission in Congo



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