President Bush (news - web sites) launches the biggest government reorganization in more than 50 years, signing legislation that creates a new Department of Homeland Security, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Monday, Nov. 25, 2002. B
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush signed legislation Monday creating a new Department of Homeland Security devoted to preventing domestic terror attacks. He promised it "will focus the full resources of the American government on the safety of the American people."
The president picked Tom Ridge as the department's first secretary.