Eleventh Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: Statement of Tom Ridge, May 19, 2004 [open pdf - 64KB]
Alternate Title: 9/11 Commisssion, Eleventh Public Hearing: Statement of Tom Ridge, May 19, 2004
The eleventh public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States was held May 18-19, 2004, at New School University in New York City. The two-day hearing examined the response of local and federal emergency response departments on September 11, 2001, and considered how to improve these critical functions in the event of future terrorist attacks. In this statement, Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge emphasizes the importance of a unified Homeland Security department in our ability to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks accordingly. "Homeland security is not one department or one organization. Homeland security is about building bridges between the people tasked with our Nation's protection, and giving them the tools they need to do their jobs well. Homeland security is about the integration of a nation, the integration of people and technology to make us smarter, more sophisticated, and better protected. Every day, we work to make America more secure. Every day, the memories of September 11th inspire us to live our vision of preserving our freedoms, protecting America -- and securing the homeland."
National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States: www.9-11commission.gov