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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, March 1) – In American Samoa, all government travel funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been suspended.

The Preparedness Officer of the Department of Homeland Security, Bill Powers, has also warned that a high-risk designation is imminent for the Territorial Office of Homeland Security.

A memo from Mr Powers to Territorial Homeland Security Advisor Leiataua Birdsall Alailima said that the local homeland security office and the Territorial Emergency Management coordinating Office had not stuck to strict conditions set by the federal agency.

Mr Powers pointed to two gross violations of the set policies but did not specify what they were.

Mr Powers said, the infractions placed the two local agencies in dire straits and left him no other recourse but to suspend all travel until further notice. 

March 2, 2006

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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