A Toothless Tiger?

Bureaucratic barriers could thwart Tom Ridge's chance to be an effective antiterror czar

Tom Ridge has the most important job in America: to make sure that the horror of Sept. 11 never happens again. Now, in addition to the former Pennsylvania Governor, George W. Bush wants retired General Wayne Downing, a dashing commando, to join his new team as a top counterterrorism aide. But in the three weeks since Bush tapped Ridge to head his new Office of Homeland Security, the unified front against terrorism has started to develop some cracks.

Last Tuesday the White House circulated an Executive Order outlining Ridge's powers. Senior Administration sources tell TIME the draft order will not give...

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