[Editor's Note: Gary Hart, a fine, loyal American politician
who has sworn allegiance to the US Constitution on many occasions, is now
co-chair of the 'Commission on National Security for the 21st Century'.
His Commission 'predicted' in 1999 that we would have a bio-terror attack.
"It's almost inevitble". he said. Well, I'm sure a lot of things
are predicatable or inevitable when they are pre-scripted for him by Henry
Kissinger or Zbigniew Brzezinski, but I suppose Hart and his colleague James
Woolsey won't be discussing that with reporters in the near future...Ken
By William Jackson <GCN Staff>
March 20, 2003
The war with Iraq has increased the risk of a terrorist attack
on America, said former Sen. Gary Hart, who now is co-chairman of the Commission
on National Security for the 21st Century.
“Don’t be surprised if in the coming hours or
days we go to Code Red,” Hart said this morning in Washington. “It
is almost inevitable.”
Hart was part of a panel of experts gathered by George Washington
University and webMethods Inc. of Fairfax, Va., to discuss the role of technology
in national security.
The commission predicted in 1999 that America would suffer
a major terrorist attack, and Hart was predicting such an attack as late
as early September 2001. He said the present administration wasted valuable
time in setting up a homeland security agency, which the commission recommended
in January 2001.
The Sept. 11 attacks “were not Pearl Harbor,”
he said. “America was warned.” Despite the attention to terrorism
since then, “the country is not today prepared for retaliatory terrorist
The panelists included former Clinton administration national
security adviser Sandy Berger; former CIA director James Woolsey; Mark Forman,
the Office of Management and Budget’s associate director for IT and
e-government; and former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore, now chairman of the
National Advisory Commission on Terrorism. All agreed that for technology
to be effective in national security there must be integration between federal
agencies, and between federal, state and local governments.
But several panelists warned of such integration becoming
a threat to privacy and civil liberties. There is an inevitable conflict
between liberty and security, Woolsey said, and in time of war, liberty
generally loses. He added that although use of tools such as the data mining
applications to be developed in the Total Information Awareness program
will have to be closely watched, “We have to find ways to make use
of generally available information.”
Gilmore said there has not been enough public debate about
the costs of improved security.
“We have an obligation to think about the uses of technology
and to think about what applications we want and what applications we don’t
want,” he said.
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