Air Marshals Unit To Get 5,000-Member Boost

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http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AIR_SECURITY?SITE=LABAT&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, criticized for cutting the budget of the air marshals program, is announcing today the addition of 5,000 armed agents to protect commercial aircraft. The Associated Press reports that a reorganization will combine the program with security units of customs and immigration agencies so that agents in both can be used for aviation security. Members of Congress were unhappy about plans to cut . . .

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