On 8 October 2001, in response to terrorist attacks on US interests, President George W. Bush announced the establishment of an Office of Homeland Security, to be headed by Governor Tom Ridge with the title of Assistant to the President for Homeland Security.
The official announcement stated:
- The mission of the Office will be to develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive national strategy to secure the United States from terrorist threats or attacks. The Office will coordinate the executive branch's efforts to detect, prepare for, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks within the United States.
- President Establishes Office of Homeland Security. Official news release at http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/10/20011008.html
- Text of Executive Order establishing the office.