Overview of Homeland Security Plan

Published July 16, 2002

| Associated Press

President Bush released a 90-page strategy on homeland security Tuesday. The document, meant to be the guiding philosophy behind all future domestic counterterrorism measures, envisions new federal laws and initiatives to: 

— Create "red teams" that would think like terrorists and identify potential methods and targets. 

— Exempt from public disclosure requirements certain documents on the vulnerabilities of such U.S. infrastructure mainstays as utilities and chemical plants. 

— Expand extradition agreements with other nations. 

— Possibly give the federal government authority to deploy the National Guard in emergencies, currently a power reserved for governors. 

— Give the president power to shift around funds that have been earmarked by Congress. 

The strategy also calls for new state laws: 

— Creating tighter minimum standards for obtaining drivers licenses. 

— Ensuring the availability of terrorism insurance for business and property owners. 

— Creating lines of succession for the state judiciary in the event of a catastrophic attack. 

— Updating procedures for ordering emergency quarantines in cases of bioterrorism. 

Looking ahead to the president's next budget, the strategy identifies eight priority areas for "substantial" spending increases meant to: 

— Improve FBI analysis of threats by quadrupling the number of staff members sifting through intelligence. 

— Institute infrastructure-protection assessment programs at the new Department of Homeland Security. 

— Create "smart borders" that keep terrorists out by bolstering intelligence, international cooperation and the identification process for foreign visitors. 

— Improve security of international shipping containers by better identifying high-risk containers, inspecting them with high-technology devices and developing more secure containers. 

— Develop sensors and procedures for preventing terrorist use of nuclear weapons. 

— Research and development of vaccines and antidotes against bioterrorism. 

— Enhance information-sharing across the federal government. 

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