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Ridge pushes public-private technology partnerships

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on Thursday that continued federal investments in security technology and government partnerships with the technology industry, if done correctly, will mean more freedom and collateral benefits for Americans, not less. “Homeland security is about building bridges to one another as we build barriers to terrorists,” Ridge said during a lunchtime address before the CEO Forum of the Business Software Alliance. “The technological bridge is the most important,” Ridge said, with homeland security fundamentally about sharing information. Ridge emphasized that the Homeland Security Department already has made significant contributions to U.S. security, with much due to advances in technology. He noted that before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, “if you wanted to board an airplane, an attendant asked you if you packed your bags. Today, we thoroughly check passengers and luggage for weapons. We’ve made great improvements. Flying commercial aviation today is far safer.” Full Story

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