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President Bush Authorizes New US Counterterrorism Measures


President Bush has signed legislation that will require screening of all air and sea cargo, and will provide more money to cities deemed to be at high risk of a terrorist attack.

After signing the bill Friday and meeting with his advisers on counter-terrorism, Mr. Bush said his homeland security and counter-terrorism teams are doing everything they can to protect the country from what he called a "dangerous enemy."

The new measures carry out some recommendations made by the independent commission that investigated the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Those include a grant of $4 billion to be given to high-risk cities to upgrade transit security. They also mandate screening of all U.S.-bound cargo on planes and ships within the next five years.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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