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January 26, 2006

Chertoff at Davos

Filed under: DHS News,Risk Assessment — by Christian Beckner on January 26, 2006

Sec. Chertoff visited the original Magic Mountain today – Davos, Switzerland – for a session at the World Economic Forum together with FBI director Robert Mueller. From an AP report on his talk:

One of the biggest hurdles in fighting terrorism is assessing the risk, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said, as Muslim leaders debated extremism, and weapons experts warned of terrorists building a nuclear bomb.

Each day countries are faced with a myriad of risks — to railroads, public transport and chemical plants — but officials need to look at the consequences, the vulnerability and the nature of the threats to prevent attacks, Chertoff said Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“I personally think the biggest danger we face is a nation-state developing a bomb … and making that bomb available to somebody not inhibited to using it. That is a nightmare scenario,” Chertoff said.

There’s no additional info about the speech on the DHS or World Economic Forum sites. I’ll update this post if I learn more.

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