Bush names top Homeland execs

President Bush March 13 named two experienced men in the intelligence field for top jobs in the new Homeland Security Department.

One is a 30-year CIA veteran who tracked down CIA spy Aldrich Ames, and the other is the chief information security executive at the Coca-Cola Co.

Bush said he intends to appoint Robert Liscouski as assistant secretary for infrastructure protection, the division in the department responsible for protecting critical computer systems from cyberattacks and buildings from physical attacks.

Liscouski currently serves as the director of information assurance for the global soft drink manufacturer, and he also is director of the CIA's Intelligence Science Board.

Earlier in his career, he served as a diplomatic security service special agent at the State Department and as a criminal investigator for the Bergen (N.J.) County prosecutor's office.

Bush also named CIA veteran Paul Redmond as assistant secretary for information analysis, the Homeland Security division in charge of sifting through databases and other electronic information to find signs of terrorist activity.

Redmond currently serves as a consultant to CIA Director George Tenet. He spent more than 30 years with the intelligence organization, both domestically and overseas.

During his tenure, Redmond managed the CIA's extensive counterintelligence organization. He oversaw the counterintelligence aspects of personnel, computer systems and physical plants in the United States and abroad, and supervised the support provided by the CIA to the private sector relating to commercial counterespionage. He was instrumental in the apprehension of Aldrich Ames, a CIA employee convicted of espionage.

Bush has yet to name the undersecretary for information analysis and infrastructure protection. But he is likely to tap New York City's counterterrorism director, Frank Libutti, according to sources.

Libutti, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general, took on the New York City post Jan. 16, 2002. His paperwork has been sent to the White House for the homeland security job, but a background check is pending, according to sources.


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