Kingston Sees Terrorism Prevention Efforts First Hand
In Africa, Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) saw first-hand the efforts of American intelligence and law enforcement officials to prevent terrorism and promote the rule of law.
A senior member of the Defense Appropriations Committee, Congressman Kingston was briefed by officials from the FBI, CIA and the Departments of State and Homeland Security on operations in the region as well as the investigation into the "Christmas Day Bomber" Umar Farouk Adbulmutallab.
"The lesson of the "Christmas Day Bomber' should be more than just an added hassle in the airport security line," said Congressman Kingston. "We need to bring common sense to passenger screening and ensure that our intelligence officials connect the dots. We can and must do better."
While on the trip, Congressman Kingston led a delegation to the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Gaborone, Botswana. Administered by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center headquartered in Brunswick, the academy is responsible for training officials from 29 African countries to use law enforcement as a means to prevent terrorism, promote democratic principles and enhance the rule of law.
Just ten years since its creation, the academy graduates more than 500 individuals each year with training in narcotics trafficking, terrorism prevention, sex crimes, human trafficking, organized crime, illegal immigration and passport fraud.
"To prevent future "Christmas Day Bombers,' we cannot rely solely on domestic counter-terrorism tools," said Congressman Kingston. "Rooting out terrorism at is infancy is the best way to address the problem. That means engaging with Africa to promote a stable and prosperous environment that follows the rule of law. ILEA is essential to our long term strategy."