Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to the Heyman Fellows at Yale University on 'Confronting the Threats to Our Homeland' [April 7, 2008]   [open pdf - 59KB]

From the remarks of Michael Chertoff: "It seems like a good time to kind of look at where we've been, and where we're going, and to consider both the outstanding challenges that we face as a country in the area of homeland security, and then what we should do to confront those challenges. And as a consequence, I've kind of concluded that I would give a series of speeches, four speeches, in which I would talk first of all about the challenges and threats that we face over the next five and ten years relating to homeland security in the broadest sense -- not just counter-terrorism, but all threats to public safety and security that are of national dimension. Then, in the second speech, I thought I would discuss what we have done and what we need to continue to do to prevent these threats from coming to fruition to the extent we have it within our power to do so. The third speech will talk about how we reduce our vulnerabilities in the event that a threat comes to pass, that it can't be prevented. And finally, the fourth speech will talk about how we respond so that even if a catastrophe occurs, whether it be man-made or natural, we can reduce the negative impact on our society and our people so as to mitigate the harm that would otherwise be caused."

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