July 21, 2006

Homeland Security officials confirmed for the first time yesterday that in the past year they have developed a list of what they consider to be the 600 most critical targets in the United States.

Called the "Criticality List," officials say it is broken down into two tiers. Tier one consists of between 20 and 30 sites which would cause large loss of life, have enormous financial cost and have high symbolic value if attacked. Tier two sites also would have potentially high loss of life, cost and symbolic value, but the effects would be somewhat more localized.

Included in the list of 600 tier one and tier two sites are:

The Statue of Liberty
Grand Central Station (N.Y.)
Penn Station and Madison Square Garden (N.Y.)
NYC Water Tunnel
NY Bridges and Tunnels
U.S. Capitol
Washington mall with its numerous monuments
U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis)
West Point (NY)
Air Force Academy (Colorado)
Independence Hall/ Liberty Bell (Philadelphia)
Port of Baltimore
Port of Miami
Port of Los Angeles
Naval Station at Norfolk, Va. ( the world's largest naval station, the world's largest military station, based on supported military population)
LAX (Los Angeles)
Dulles Aiport
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco)
Liberty Tower (Los Angeles)
Sears Tower (Chicago)