Q & A: Chertoff reflects on tenure
'As one threat fades, another may come in'
By H. Darr Beiser
Interview with USA Today's Editorial Board
Michael Chertoff: "I don't see a nuclear weapon being used in the next couple of years unless we get a proliferator or failed state that puts one in the wrong hands." (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON — With just a month left before he leaves office, President Bush and his administration can claim credit for having successfully defended this country from another terrorist attack. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said as much in a recent interview with USA TODAY's editorial board. But the secretary, who has run the department since 2005, also noted the dangers that lie ahead, including the possibility of a nuclear, chemical or biological attack on U.S. soil. What about airport security, for which he is responsible? The border fence and immigration control, which also falls under his purview? Chertoff discussed these issues and others. His comments were edited for length and clarity:
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