Inside Bush's Big Plan

IS HIS NEW DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY A BOLD SOLUTION OR JUST A BIG MESS?

Last Wednesday at around noon, Senator Joe Lieberman was pulled out of a meeting with majority leader Tom Daschle; Homeland Security adviser Tom Ridge needed Lieberman on the phone. For months the Bush Administration had been quashing the Connecticut Senator's proposal for a Cabinet agency to deal with homeland security--just as it had when the idea was proposed before Sept. 11 by a commission led by former Senators Warren Rudman and Gary Hart. Ridge had refused to testify before Lieberman's Governmental Affairs Committee, and the White House had pressed Republicans to fight the plan when it emerged from the committee two...

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