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Homeland Security official defends response to scare

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --A top Homeland Security official is defending the city of Boston's response to this week's security scare.

Blinking electronic signs meant to advertise an adult cartoon caused panic earlier this week in the city where hijackers launched the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Many have criticized the city's response as an overreaction.

But Homeland Security Undersecretary for Preparedness George Foresman says Boston officials coordinated a "seamless" response to the scare.

Foresman was in New England to meet with Rhode Island officials about homeland security funding.

Foresman says federal officials in Washington were apprised of the situation.

Asked about the two suspects in the case he said -- "people need to think about the implications of their actions in a post 9-11 world."