We must never forget September 11, 2001. Since then, the U.S. has thwarted a number of additional attacks against our homeland. But we cannot just play defense. We have to be on the offense, too, as we have been in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere. Leading the charge in this War on Terror are America's special operations forces and intelligence community.
However, to truly be successful we must be as flexible and adaptable as the terrorists. In March 2001, six months before the attacks on September 11, 2001, I introduced H.R. 1158, a bill to create the National Homeland Security Agency to coordinate and integrate the activities of the federal government relating to homeland security, border security, and counter-terrorism. My bill was the result of a recommendation by the Hart-Rudman Commission and was used as the basis for the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security.
* To read the text of H.R. 1158, click here
* To read the original report by the Hart-Rudman Commission, click here
America is a nation at war. Our soldiers, guardsmen, sailors, Marines, airmen, coastguardsmen, as well as our intelligence professionals are fighting to protect the United States and prevent America's enemies from staging another attack on the homeland. Our troops are not only on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they also are working in Africa, the Philippines, and elsewhere to disrupt terrorist activities and help allied nations provide for their own internal security.