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Interior Dept. IG Reports Security Lapses in Parks

Many of the country’s most prominent national monuments and parks lack adequate defenses against terrorism, according to the Department of Interior’s inspector general. In report to be publicly released today, Inspector General Earl E. Devaney criticizes the National Park Service for “lackadaisical” security procedures, ineffective patrols and staffing, and a “nonchalance” among some officials who do not accept the potential threat. “The National Park Service has failed to successfully adapt its mission and priorities to reflect its new security responsibilities and commitment to the enhanced protection of our nation’s most treasured monuments and memorials from terrorism,” the 24-page report says. Larry Parkinson, deputy assistant secretary for law enforcement and security at Interior, said Secretary Gale A. Norton agrees that the department has not done enough to bolster security after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Officials are implementing the report’s recommendations, he said. Full Story

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