Homeland Security Expert-Turned-Author Promotes at A&M

Jenna Bush was not the only author to stop by the Bush Library Monday.

Homeland security expert Randy Larsen spoke to a crowd as part of the promotion for his new book, "Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions to Protect You, Your Family and America."

The retired Air Force colonel has provided analysis for political leaders and nearly every major media organization, and even for KBTX on occasion.

Larsen touched on a number of topics, including his briefing to Vice President Dick Cheney just days after September 11, 2001. Larsen was able to bring a small quantity of a non-lethal bioweapon into the meeting. He said it helped prove many people are not asking the right questions when it comes to homeland defense, including asking questions at security checkpoints.

Larsen also said it was impossible to win the "war on terror" because terrorism isn't an enemy, but a tactic. He added that too many tax dollars are being spent in the wrong place when it comes to defending against inevitable terror attacks.

"The answer is not how do we make it 100 percent positive that no one could attack the water treatment plant here in College Station, Texas," Larsen said. "The question is if whether terrrorists attacked it or a natural disaster happened, how quickly could we get it rerunning?"


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