Ridge Facing Major Doubts on His Ability
Four months into his tenure as director of homeland security, Tom Ridge is facing significant doubts about his authority and ability to do his job. The law enforcement agencies he is supposed to coordinate remain fiercely protective of their own power and independence. Mr. Ridge does not have direct authority over any of the agencies, even as spending for domestic security surges. And while officials from several of the agencies said they appreciate Mr. Ridge, respect him and get along with him well, some came close to being dismissive of his office`s effectiveness and influence over their operations.