President Bush's plan would fight terror on all fronts

Dallas Morning News: Wall Street. Downtown Washington. The Texas-Mexico border.
Terror and rumors of terror abound. New reports of plans against banks and possible suspects coming across the border highlight why Washington needs to respond quickly.
The president did just that Monday, announcing his support for two changes that should help the government fight as a team. The proposals also should allow information to move quickly from agency to agency.
The first proposal is to create an intelligence czar. Defense. State. CIA. We have intelligence agencies on top of intelligence agencies.
Under the Bush plan, a director would coordinate all their work for all our good. The panel investigating the 9-11 attacks wanted one office in charge of these operations. Here it is.
We wish Mr. Bush had placed the czar in his Cabinet in order to increase accountability. Congress should approve this plan before November -- and put that office in the Cabinet.
Command center
We also support the president's call for a counterterrorism center. Think spy movie, and you've got the picture. People scurrying around one fishbowl, looking at this and that angle. No taking days for information to flow. People are all working in the same place, able to stand up and shout at each other if they need to.
Of course, politics entered the 9-11 discussion almost immediately. John Kerry jumped the president yesterday for not moving quickly enough. Yet the Bush administration has been consumed the last three years with preventing another terrorist attack.
We hope to hear more from the president about these proposals in his speech today in Dallas to the Knights of Columbus. Security from terrorism is what voters worry about, and they want their leaders to spell out their plans.
The end game is clear: keeping Americans safe. The president's proposals Monday should help.

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