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 Democrats Draft Bill To Expand Antiterror Efforts, sweeping legislation expands security
Posted: Jan 5 2007, 06:30 PM

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WASHINGTON -- House Democrats have drawn up sweeping legislation that would authorize billions of additional dollars to screen all cargo bound for the United States, purchase new screening technology for airline passengers, and dramatically expand efforts to secure nuclear materials around the world, according to congressional documents obtained by the Globe.

The legislation, which is expected to be considered by the full House as early as next week, also would require that federal homeland security funding be allocated to cities and towns based on an assessment of their risk of terrorism. That would change the current formula that has resulted in some less populated areas receiving more security money per capita than large cities such as New York, Washington, and Boston.

It also provides for greater oversight to ensure that government anti terrorism efforts do not infringe on civil liberties by establishing an independent agency to review complaints of violations of privacy, according to a summary of the bill.

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