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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Homeland Security Chief Avoids Mention of 9/11, Terrorism in Remarks to Congress

No mention of terrorism from a Homeland Security briefing?  For some reason I don't feel any safer, do you?

By Eileen Sullivan and Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press

Washington (AP) - As Janet Napolitano heads to Capitol Hill for the first time as homeland security secretary, she is leaving behind the tough terrorism talk of her predecessors.

She is the first security chief to leave out the words "terror" and "vulnerability" from remarks prepared for delivery to the House Homeland Security Committee, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press.

Tom Ridge, who headed the agency when it was launched in 2003, mentioned terrorism 11 times in his prepared statement at his debut before the oversight committee. And in 2005 Michael Chertoff, the second secretary, mentioned terrorism seven times, according to an AP analysis of the prepared testimonies.

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