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Matheson Calls for Council to Advise Governor on Homeland Security

Matheson Calls for Council to Advise Governor on Homeland Security

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Scott Matheson Junior today proposed a Governor's Security Council, whose members would advise the governor on all aspects of homeland security policy.

Members would include representatives from government agencies, law enforcement, private enterprise and colleges and universities.

It's part of Matheon's nine-page plan outlining his strategy for identifying, addressing and reducing the risk of terrorism in Utah.

Helping to reduce that risk would be using something like the controversial and multistate MATRIX criminal and terrorism database. Utah pulled out of that in March after public outcry over secrecy and claims over the program's datamining capabilities.

Matheson says we need something like the MATRIX to ensure public safety, but he's NOT sold on MATRIX itself.

He says whatever it winds up being, the state needs to make sure that it's fully aired with the public and with the decision makers in ways the MATRIX system was not.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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