Knowles orders security review

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2001

FAIRBANKS -- In response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Gov. Tony Knowles is asking a state panel to re-evaluate three critical areas of Alaska security.

Knowles has split his Disaster Policy Cabinet into three areas: energy security, transportation security and protecting the state against weapons of mass destruction.

By the end of October, the panel is expected to submit an analysis and recommendations in each area to Maj. Gen. Phil Oates, who heads the policy panel as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

"This attack really has forced us, and I think others across the country, to imagine the unimaginable," said Knowles spokesman Bob King.

King says it's difficult to gauge the actual threat a remote state such as Alaska faces from terrorism or just what form an attack could take.

"Up until now I don't think anyone envisioned the possible use of a commercial airliner as a potential weapon," he said.

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