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Federal task force to head event security

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge warned yesterday that the country is entering a period that will be ripe with potential targets for a high-profile terrorist attack and announced that he is forming a federal task force to coordinate security for them. The next eight months be a “season that is rich with symbolic opportunities for the terrorists to try to shake our will,” including the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the summer Olympics, several meetings of international organizations inside the United States, and traditional holiday periods, he said. “With so many symbolic gatherings in the next few months, we must be aggressive,” Ridge told a convention of news broadcasters in Las Vegas. “Special attention will be given to areas of concern such as rail and air security, hazardous materials shipments, chemical facilities, and the protection of the electrical grid, among others.” Full Story

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