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Sunday, April 06, 2003

from todays New York Times (free registration required):
Domestic Security: The Line Starts Here
Beyond Washington, state and local governments face similar huge demands to increase security spending, as does private industry, which is confronted with billions of dollars a year in new security costs, especially for companies considered likely terrorist targets, like airlines, chemical manufacturers and nuclear power generators.

"The money is just beginning to flow," said Bruce Aitken, a Washington lawyer and lobbyist who is president of the Homeland Security Industries Association, a trade group that has signed up more than 100 companies as members since it was incorporated in July. They include the giant government contractors Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Bechtel and Fluor.

"We think that the United States is extremely vulnerable to terrorist attack," said Mr. Aitken, who is about to announce the establishment of a political action committee to promote the industry's interests on the campaign trail. "We've got a lot of weak links, and it's going to take a lot of money to get that changed."

What was it Ike said about the Military-Industrial Complex?????

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