Lawmakers back terror tip site

Lawmakers back terror tip site

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation that would require Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge to create a Web site that would provide Internet users a convenient way to tip off law enforcement officials about terrorism.

'In order to fight terrorism effectively, law enforcement officials need to know information as soon as possible,' Flake said in a statement. 'Currently there are at least five different government Web sites where citizens can contribute information.'

Flake said the current system is confusing and can waste valuable time but that a site at would be easy for the public to remember and use to get information to the authorities quickly.

Reps. John N. Hostettler (R-Ind.) and Hilda L. Solis (D-Calif.) also have sponsored the bill.

'Our hope would be to put this legislation out there and create some momentum,' Flake's press officer said. The bill's proponents are hopeful that Ridge or President Bush will recognize it as a good idea and create the Web site without Congress having to pass the bill, the spokesman said.

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