"The truth of the matter is, a fully loaded airplane with jet fuel, a commercial airliner, has the capacity to kill 3,000 people. A bomb in a subway car may kill 30 people. When you start to think about your priorities, you're going to think about making sure you don't have a catastrophic thing first".
これをきいて、民主党と世論は大激怒。Chertoffはこの日の午後、"The governement has an equal responsibility to protect Americans across the board. We have to be partners with everybody but we have to recongnize there ar edifferences in teh way we apply our partnership."と、あわててコメント。
"I'd like Secretary Chertoff to go to Penn Station or Grand Central Station and tell the commuters there that Washington donesn't have the responsibility to protect them."といったのはNYのSenator Chuck Shumer (Democrat) 是非いってみてほしい、多分暴動おこるだろうな（笑）。
"The reality is that Americans should not be forced to choose between a safe airplane trip or a safe subway ride"と、まともな意見をいうのはHilary Clinton。
"I guess Chertoff only flies and doens't take mass transit"、まさにそのとおりかも。