Passage of the bill is one of the last hurdles to the creation of an anti-terrorism department in the cabinet and it gives President Bush a significant political triumph. Democrats had argued the bill contained provisions that were favors to Republicans and special interests groups.
In this hour, a roadmap into into the realities of the homeland security. Are we safer on the homefront? National Security experts weigh in.
Gail Chaddock. congressional reporter, The Christian Science Monitor
David Welna, congressional correspondent, National Public Radio
Joseph McNamara, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, former police chief for San Jose, California
Michael Weisskopft, senior correspondent, Time magazine
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and a senior editor at the Atlantic Monthly magazine
This program aired on November 19, 2002.