Michael Chertoff — Threat Levels

A former federal prosecutor and federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Michael Chertoff was Secretary of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. He is also the founder of the Chertoff Group, a security and risk-management firm, and the author of Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years.

Michael Chertoff assesses our national security, from the wars abroad to the simmering unrest in the Middle East to the war at home against terrorism. He defends President Bush’s freedom agenda — “You need to create societies with a rule of law, where there is opportunity and where you have a reasonable degree of freedom and human rights” — and defends current homeland security measures. Finally, he takes on the politically charged issue of immigration and grades the Obama administration’s efforts in national security.

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