Tom Ridge on Safety's Fearful Price
Feel safer yet? Tom Ridge, the harried director of the Office of Homeland Security, is betting that more Americans will answer in the affirmative after July 1. That's Ridge's deadline for giving President Bush a draft document that outlines something critics claim is long overdue -- a comprehensive national strategy to combat terrorism within America's borders (See BW Online, 5/31/02, "America's Biggest Job"). On May 28, Ridge met with BusinessWeek Washington Bureau Chief Lee Walczak and White House Correspondent Richard S. Dunham and provided some clues to his thinking. Here are edited excerpts from their conversation:
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