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Homeland Security

September 12, 2003 • Volume 13, Issue 31
Two years after 9/11, are we safer?
By Martin Kady II

Introduction

A heavily armed policeman guards the U.S. Capitol after the Department of Homeland Security raised the terrorist threat level to “high risk” (orange) on March 18, 2003.  (Getty Images/Stefan Zaklin)
A heavily armed policeman guards the U.S. Capitol after the Department of Homeland Security raised the terrorist threat level to “high risk” (orange) on March 18, 2003. (Getty Images/Stefan Zaklin)

Most experts say America is better protected against terrorism than it was when Arab terrorists crashed hijacked jetliners into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Although billions of dollars have been spent on security upgrades in the two years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, many experts warn that security gaps remain in several critical areas, including the nation's borders, airports, power grids and chemical plants. In addition, a new study describes emergency first responders as “dangerously unprepared.” Meanwhile, as congressional lawmakers prepare to approve billions of dollars in new homeland-security funds, the fledgling Department of Homeland Security is struggling to coordinate information-gathering among 22 formerly independent government law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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Jun. 04, 2004  Re-examining 9/11
Sep. 12, 2003  Homeland Security
Jan. 25, 2002  Intelligence Reforms
Apr. 11, 1997  The FBI Under Fire
Feb. 02, 1996  Reforming the CIA
Dec. 11, 1992  The New CIA
Dec. 28, 1979  Intelligence Agencies Under Fire
Sep. 30, 1977  FBI in Transition
Jul. 25, 1973  Intelligence Community
Jun. 25, 1971  Future of the FBI
Dec. 28, 1961  Intelligence for Security
Feb. 03, 1954  Security Risks in Government
May 18, 1949  Foreign Intelligence
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Military Intelligence
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
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