Taft: Ohio homeland security risk ''Elevated''; but you may not defend yourself

Don't panic but be prepared, Gov. Bob Taft said yesterday as he unveiled new homeland-security guidelines for the state's schools, businesses and homes.

The security levels, from green (low) to red (severe) adopted by the 21-member Ohio Security Task Force mirror the federal terrorism-alert levels.

Ohio is now at a yellow or elevated security level.

Taft said the outbreak of war with Iraq would cause new concerns.

"You can't rule out the possibility Ohio would be a target,'' Taft said.

OFCC PAC Commentary:
Ohio may be a target of terrorism, and yet if it were left up to Bob Taft, Ohio's citizens' constitutional rights to self-defense would continue to be outlawed.

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