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Away From Home

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

DHS does something right!

Good news out of the Department of Homeland Security:

Proclaiming the Homeland Security Department "open to change," Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday announced plans to centralize his agency's terror analysis, put a higher priority on bioterrorism and step up detection systems in mass transit.

In welcome news to Washington-area commuters, the department also will lift a rule that forbade passengers from leaving their seats for 30 minutes before flying into or out of Reagan National Airport, Chertoff said in revealing the details of a sweeping overhaul of the 2-year-old agency founded in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Woo yay! That was always an irritating rule, even if it did make some sense. However, it doesn't seem like the rule accomplished anything more than a locked cockpit door would.

I for one am glad to see the rule go.


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