The newly-formed state task force on homeland security holds its first meeting this afternoon in Columbia. These are the 32 people being asked to conduct an intensive statewide security audit and find ways to prevent or deter terrorist acts, or recommend proper ways to respond if something happens. The committee will also recommend improvements in public safety. Governor Bob Holden, who appointed the committee members, looks for recommendations from all levels of government. He hopes the process can be open with a series of public meetings scheduled to be held throughout the state.
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