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Clarke Blasts Cybersecurity Funding; Republicans Want AntiTerrorism Powers to Last; Industrial Chemicals Could Be Terror Risk

Apr 09, 20032 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Clarke Blasts Cybersecurity Funding

Former cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke, never one to sugar-coat his remarks, told Congress yesterday that the Department of Homeland Security lacks the resources and expertise to carry through on the Bush administration’s cybersecurity plan, according to an article in the Washington Post. The Post reports that Clarke advocated for the creation of a National Cybersecurity Center staffed by top computer experts.Republicans Want AntiTerrorism Powers to LastNew York Times. The Times reports that many Democrats and some Republicans intend to fight the move to repeal the provision that makes the powers temporary. The provisions are set to expire at the end of 2005.

Republicans in Congress are trying to make permanent the sweeping antiterrorism powers of the Patriot Act, according to an article in today’s

Industrial Chemicals Could Be Terror RiskBoston Globe. The Globe reports that Jerry Hauer, acting assistant secretary for public health preparedness at the Department of Health and Human Services, warns that chemicals such as chlorine, phosgene, and hydrogen cyanide are readily available and could be used by terrorists to create powerful weapons.

A government health official is warning that common industrial chemicals pose as great a terrorism risk as many of the dreaded military nerve agents, according to a story in today’s