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Transcript: Tom Ridge Announces His Resignation
I'm confident they know that our borders are more secure. I'm confident that they know that we've developed and are sharing information with the state and local law enforcement.
I'm also confident that, based on what detainees have told us, that if you increase your security and your vigilance, that's a deterrent.
Can I tell you today there are X-number of incidents that we were able to thwart or prevent? I cannot. Am I fairly confident, confident that we probably have? Yes, I am, but it's still difficult to prove something, unless I could point to a specific case.
QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) made any headway with the private sector in getting them to take up the burden of protecting the nation's infrastructure, given that they own so much of it?
RIDGE: I think we've make great progress with the private sector under the work and through the work of our information analysis and infrastructure protection unit.
RIDGE: That's a new piece of the department.
We merged a lot of old and traditional and legacy departments, but this is a new responsibility, a strategic piece.
We have done several things. We have developed a formal means of communication to every sector of our economy, and we're in frequent communication, almost daily communication, with one or all of them.
Make no mistake about it, there are more sites to be secured, and we will need to continue to engage the private sector. And they will need to accept the responsibility to continue to invest more.
But to date, they have been very responsive. They have partnered with us on many occasions. And they have made considerable investments.
But they're not done yet, either. And my successor will continue to promote their continued investment in securing some of this critical infrastructure that, fortunately, is a condition of the world's largest and most diverse and most successful economy.
QUESTION: Did you meet with the president to discuss your going?
RIDGE: The president and I have had -- any conversations I've had with the president in the past or will have will always be private.
(UNKNOWN): Thank you.