Dems give Bush a D

A Democratic think tank report blasted the Bush administration for not matching its rhetoric on homeland security with action.

"America at Risk, A Homeland Security Report Card," by the Democratic Leadership Council's Progressive Policy Institute, gave the administration and the Homeland Security Department an overall D grade. The institute found weaknesses in seven areas:

* Intelligence gathering and analysis, which received a D

* Security at the state and local level, a D-

* Controlling the national borders, a D

* Protecting critical facilities, a D

* Protecting against bioterror attacks, a C

* Defending civil liberties and privacy, a C-

* Managing the improvement of homeland security, a D.

"It is unfortunate that the report mainly criticizes and doesn't offer concrete solutions," said Rachael Sunbarger, a spokeswoman for the Homeland Security Department. "We feel we are making progress every day."


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