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Homeland Security Chief Tries to Calm Public

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge tried on Wednesday to calm a jittery nation ahead of war with Iraq and voiced confidence at tough measures to prevent retaliation from enemies such as Osama bin Laden. Appearing on all the major morning news shows, Ridge said security had been stepped up across the country, with a particular emphasis on ports and airports. “As we enhance security around the country, as we join in partnerships with state and local law enforcement and security personnel, we can feel fairly confident that, while we cannot eliminate the risk, we have done a great job in reducing that risk nationwide,” Ridge told CBS’ “The Early Show.” In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” show, Ridge justified his department’s decision to raise the level of alert to “orange,” the second highest level of security alert on a five-tier scale. Full Story

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