[ISN] Ridge steps up homeland security

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Date: Tue Mar 18 2003 - 05:41:15 PST

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    By Judi Hasson 
    March 18, 2003
    On the brink of an almost certain U.S. attack on Iraq, Homeland
    Security Secretary Tom Ridge has ordered America's terrorist alert
    raised to orange and increased security at ports and land borders,
    airports, critical infrastructures and across the Internet.
    Known as Operation Liberty Shield, Ridge said the Homeland Security
    Department is ratcheting up security, increasing public health
    preparedness and making sure that the federal response can be deployed
    quickly. It has assigned one emergency response team to the nation's
    capital in the event of a terrorist attack.
    "The intelligence community believes that terrorists will attempt
    multiple attacks against U.S. and coalition targets worldwide in the
    event of a U.S.-led military campaign against Saddam Hussein," Ridge
    said in a statement March 17, moments after President Bush gave Saddam
    Hussein 48 hours to get out of Iraq or face certain attack by the
    United States.
    Ridge said he has spoken with the nation's governors and asked them to
    deploy the National Guard and additional police at critical locations
    throughout their states.
    Among the department's actions:
    * Increased security at U.S. ports and waterways with armed guards on
      every "high interest vessel" arriving or departing from U.S. ports.
    * Temporary flight restrictions over New York City and Washington,
    * Increased border screening of people and vehicles by Bureau of
      Customs and Border Protection agents.
    * Security zones around critical infrastructure sites in key ports.
    * Monitoring the Internet for signs of a potential terrorist attack.
    * Increased disease surveillance and food security.
    * Increased security at railroads, chemical plants and nuclear
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