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Democrats give administration 'D' on security efforts

The Homeland Security Department has failed to create the information systems necessary to defend the nation against a future terrorist attack, the moderate Democratic group Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) charged in a homeland security report card released Wednesday. The report, “America At Risk,” give the Bush administration a “D” average on security in general and singled out information systems for specific criticism, noting that federal officials have failed to create counter-terrorism databases that track foreign visitors, to improve identification systems and to improve the issuance of visas and other consular services. “Using the Texas vernacular that the president is so fond of, this administration is ‘big hat and no cattle’ when it comes to homeland defense,” PPI President Will Marshall said upon releasing the report at a National Press Club presentation. Full Story

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