Today, Congressman Heck made the following statement regarding HR 754, the FY11 Intelligence Authorization Bill:
"I would like to begin by recognizing our military's extraordinary effort to successfully close a painful chapter in American history. Of course, the military could not have performed their mission so successfully without our intelligence community's unflagging efforts. The men and women of the intelligence community are the unsung heroes of not only the mission to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice, but many other successful counter terrorism operations -- and they deserve tremendous credit. The successful Bin Laden mission highlights the critical role our intelligence community plays in protecting our national security.
"Two of the intelligence community's chief weapons against terrorism are information -- and the ability to communicate that information swiftly. I'm proud to say that the Airmen at Creech Air Force Base in my home state of Nevada are critical to both capturing and communicating information that the intelligence community uses. Their unmanned aerial vehicle missions provide unparalleled reconnaissance capabilities.
"One reason Nevadans elected me last fall is to restore government accountability and oversight.
Secretary of Defense Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen both identified America's growing debt as our number one national security concern. As we're fighting the war on terror, we must not allocate resources without due process. And we must ensure the intelligence community is accountable for their operations because most of their operations occur outside of the public's view.
"Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Ruppersberger are doing incredible work to make these ideas that we share a reality. I applaud their dedication to restoring proper accountability and oversight to the intelligence community. I am confident the intelligence authorization act provides the resources and latitude our intelligence community needs while removing excess and indolence."