John Engler, newly hired head of EDS’ state and local government operation in Virginia (and former Republican Governor of Michigan), evidently has advised Tom Ridge of a security threat created by the disparate communications and IT systems used by state and local governments.
These problems, Engler says:
[M]ay lead to Homeland Security assuming control of some law-enforcement activities ordinarily handled by the states. “Those at the local and state level better understand that, while Tom Ridge is sensitive to these issues, there will be others in Homeland Security who will say, ‘It’s easier for us to do it,’ and supplant what has been some pretty core functions for state governments,” Engler says.
(Link via Hidden City.)
Insert obligatory (but apt?) 1984 reference here.