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The Bush administration on Sunday launched what promises to be a long and delicate military campaign against Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban forces, which have long supported the al Queda terrorist network believed responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon.
In the wake of the military strikes over the Columbus Day holiday weekend, federal agencies went on heightened alert as former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge took the helm of the White House Office of Homeland Security.
Civil service rules would not stop a federally run airport security system from making quick hires or firing poor performers under legislation introduced by Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., on Thursday.