a bit of a stretch to imagine Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
straddling a falling nuclear bomb while waving a cowboy hat and
the image must have come to some of the 600 people who attended
the National Defense Transportation Association Conference Sept.
16 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel in Kansas City, MO.
tools of the trade of the Cold War are obsolete," Adm. James
M. Loy of the Transportation Security Administration said, as reported
by The Kansas City Star.
bomb, the old intelligence liaisons, the tactics and consequences
of mutual destruction which worked against the Soviet Union – and
which we've never had to use – don't work against this enemy.
old `five minutes to midnight Dr. Strangelove' has been replaced
by Secretary (Tom) Ridge's threat-level index,” he said. "The
federal government has helped to secure transportation, but the
system never will be foolproof.”
said new protection approaches involve a Transportation Worker Identification
Credential. Transportation workers such as truckers, longshoremen,
rail and transit employees will eventually be required to carry
the card. The TWIC would be required of all workers with access
to secure areas at airports, loading docks, depots and other vulnerable