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Bush launches homeland security agency

President George W. Bush on Friday marked the historic transfer of 20 federal agencies over to the newly formed Department of Homeland Security more than a year after terrorists attacked Washington and New York City killing about 3,000 people. “The world changed on Sept. 11, 2001,” Bush said in a speech to the department’s new employees at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington. “We learned that a threat that gathers on the other side of the earth could strike our own cities and kill our own citizens. It’s an important lesson, one we must never forget,” the president said. The transfer of the agencies’ 170,000 employees to the Homeland Security Department becomes effective on March 1 and comes as the nation is poised on the brink of a controversial war against Iraq that some analysts believe will spawn terrorist attacks in the United States. “Every member of this new department accepts an essential mission to prevent another terrorist attack,” Bush said. He told them the work ahead would not be easy, that they have accepted a difficult mission, but said he had confidence in them. Full Story

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