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Port security boosted as terror threat rises

By Troy Anderson
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Even as experts warn the United States' risk of a terrorist attack is rising, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Friday said port security has been boosted and he is proposing dedicated federal funding to allow local police departments to beef up counterterrorism squads.

Chertoff, who toured the the Los Angeles port area and spoke at USC, said his plan to pay the salaries of counterterrorism officers would allow the Los Angeles Police Department and other agencies to hire more.

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