January 31, 2005 |
REMEMBER when immigration officials sent out flight-school visa approval notices for two of the 9/11 hijackers - six months after they committed their suicide attacks on America? President Bush was outraged, four federal immigration officials were reassigned and Washington vowed that such embarrassing bureaucratic snafus would never happen again. It has, in fact, happened again. On Jan. 15, immigration officials sent a notice to Eugueni Kniazev of Brooklyn, N.Y. The letter informs Kniazev, an immigrant from Siberia, that he is "deemed to be a lawful permanent resident of the United States.
August 8, 2007
The Democrat-controlled Congress and President Bush haven't agreed on much this year, but the new homeland security legislation is a shining exception. Signed into law by Bush Friday, this measure finally implements many recommendations made by the independent 9/11 commission. That report came out three years ago, and too many of its wise suggestions have been ignored in Washington. The new law addresses one of the biggest drawbacks of recent homeland security spending: sparsely populated states with few terrorist targets have received a disproportionately large share of the federal pie. This measure will cut in half the amount of guaranteed grants given to states without regard to their risk of attack.
September 29, 2004 |
VICE President Dick Cheney recently charged that a vote for John Kerry was an invitation to a terrorist attack. Tough rhetoric notwithstanding, it is actually the president's homeland security policies that leave this nation unacceptably vulnerable to such an attack. Consider Pennsylvania: The state is home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, two of the most potent symbols of our democracy. That and other factors make large areas of the state a potential terror target. Despite this, in 2004, Pennsylvania received just $5.90 per capita in federal counterterrorism funding, placing it 45th among all the states.
November 13, 2001 |
RUDY WAS THERE within minutes. No sooner had American Airlines flight 587 dropped from the sky than the mayor of New York arrived with the first responders. The accident occurred in Queens, but so strong and bright is Rudy's star that I wouldn't have been surprised (or disappointed) if I saw him at a tragedy outside of New York's city limits. It doesn't look like this crash was the work of terrorists, but Rudy's presence was nevertheless reassuring. He's a realist, he's honest, and if somebody's butt needs to be kicked in the name of justice, you know he'll put the hammer down.
November 24, 2001 |
THE OFFICE of homeland defense has accomplished very little so far, and Americans are beginning to wonder if Tom Ridge, its director, is holding an empty title. A little perspective and a little patience are in order. The parts of the government that organized our response in Afghanistan have had more than 50 years of experience in working together through the National Security Council. Their bureaucracies have collaborated through several wars and scores of lesser military operations, covert actions and attendant diplomatic endeavors.
November 26, 2002 |
President Bush (right) signed legislation yesterday creating a new Department of Homeland Security and launching the largest government reorganization since 1947. About 170,000 workers in 22 agencies will move into the new department to foster better communication among agencies in an effort to prevent future terrorist attacks on American soil. Key dates in the White House transition plan released yesterday: JAN. 24: Establishment of office of the secretary of the new Department of Homeland Security.
March 15, 2002 |
Lawmakers blistered the Bush administration yesterday for "a severe attitude problem" in its dealings with Congress, threatening to withhold money because of Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge's refusal to testify on Capitol Hill. At a hearing, White House Budget Director Mitch Daniels was taken to task by House Appropriations Committee members. "You and several others in the administration, in my view, have a severe attitude problem," said Wisconsin Rep. David Obey, the top Democrat on the committee.
January 14, 2005
President Bush's selection of Michael Chertoff to head the Department of Homeland Security could be good for residents of this region. The New Jersey native should be responsive to the legitimate criticism that too few federal dollars are being spent to protect those East Coast sites most likely to be hit by terrorists. Bernard Kerik, Bush's previous nominee to direct homeland security, was lobbied hard by both Sen. Jon Corzine (D., N.J.) and acting New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey to change the way funds are allocated.
February 3, 2002 |
The United States must develop a more focused plan to protect the country against terrorist attacks, panelists said yesterday at the midyear meeting of the American Bar Association. The lawyers' group, whose standing committee on law and national security has examined terrorism for 10 years, said homeland security involves such legal issues as civil rights and international law. Yesterday, experts discussed the "roles and responsibilities" of homeland defense. After the Sept.
October 26, 2004
This Week U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.) and his opponent, U.S. Rep. Joseph Hoeffel (D., Pa.), will answer questions from members of The Inquirer's Citizens Voices panel on the Pennsylvania and Metro commentary pages. Subjects will include No Child Left Behind, military spending, and national energy policies. Michael J. Leventhal of Doylestown asks: Is enough being done to protect local targets in Pennsylvania, such as our nuclear plants, water sources and harbors, from terrorism?