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OVERVIEW OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY PLAN


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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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