Fortress America: Looking Out For Next Time

Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge has a daunting job: keeping the nation safe from terrorism

As Governor of the state in which United Airlines Flight 93 crashed to earth on Sept. 11, Tom Ridge has seen what terrorism can do. Now he will see what can be done to stop it. Last Wednesday afternoon, Ridge was rushing to catch a plane when aides told him that White House chief of staff Andrew Card was on the phone. The Pennsylvania Governor wasn't expecting a job offer; he'd had lunch the day before with George W. Bush, and the President hadn't mentioned a thing. But Card connected Ridge with Dick Cheney, who offered Ridge a post that the...

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