President Discusses Dept. of Homeland Security in Radio Address [November 16, 2002] [open pdf - 22KB]
This transcript includes the November 16, 2002 radio address by President Bush to the nation in which he discusses the newly created Department of Homeland Security. "This new department will focus and unify responsibilities that are now spread among dozens of government agencies. The Customs Service, the INS, the Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Transportation Security Administration and many others will report to the new secretary of homeland security. The department will significantly improve our ability to protect our borders, our coasts, and our communities. It will pool together the best intelligence information and coordinate our response. The new department will help develop the technology America needs to detect and defeat chemical, biological, and nuclear threats. And under the agreement reached this week, I will have the authority and flexibility to move people and resources to where they are needed without bureaucratic rules and lengthy labor negotiations."
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/