Just a day before the third anniversary of the Nine-Eleven attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says he's pleased with what's been done to protect Americans against terror attacks. But he says more still needs to be accomplished.
Ridge told members of the National Press Club that three years ago, standard security protection for many sensitive government buildings was a "no trespassing" sign.
Three years ago, he says, airport security generally amounted to those questions a ticket agent would ask about who packed your bags and whether it had remained in your possession.
Ridge says the nation is "safer, stronger and better protected" than ever before. He cited new port protections, a web of new aviation safeguards and border patrols, and a billion-dose stockpile of vaccines and antibiotics to protect Americans in the case of a bio-terror attack.
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