Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says by "any measure, any yardstick, any barometer," the U.S. is safer now than it was five years ago.
Ridge says in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, there's more security and technology in place. He also says people have become more vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
However, there's still work to do. The former homeland chief says the U.S. still does not have a broad-based national communications network for first responders. He also has a warning for citizens. Ridge says in a post-9/11world, it's best to accept the reality that "America remains the number one target" for terrorists.
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