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9/11 Recommendations Implementation Act

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9/11 RECOMMENDATIONS IMPLEMENTATION ACT -- (House of Representatives - October 07, 2004)

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Mr. CHABOT. Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman from Wisconsin (Chairman Sensenbrenner) for yielding me time.

September 11, 2001, changed our world. It changed the way in which we must deal with terrorism and the way in which we, as a country, must protect ourselves.

Since then, Congress and the administration have taken steps to help better protect our Nation at home and abroad. We have provided law enforcement with enhanced investigative tools and improved our ability to coordinate activities designed to protect against the future threat of terrorism.

Yet these actions are not enough to guarantee our Nation's security or freedom. The 9/11 Commission report and recommendations showed us that security and freedom can only be accomplished through continued vigilance and a willingness to challenge conventional wisdom.

But these broad antiterrorism efforts do not have to come at the price of our rights here at home. The joint hearing held by the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law and the Subcommittee on the Constitution reaffirmed that ignoring important civil liberties will not only erode our freedoms but would undermine legitimate efforts to increase our security here at home.

The directives set out in H.R. 10, requiring Federal agencies to consider, for example, the impact that proposed and final rules have on an individual's privacy and establishing chief privacy officers within agencies that conduct law enforcement and antiterrorism activities, and establishing a civil liberties protection officer within the Office of the National Intelligence Director and a Civil Liberties Protection Board, ensures that effective antiterrorism measures do not come at the price of our constitutional principles.

I am confident that both Houses will come together on this issue to ensure that we continue to improve our intelligence capabilities, strengthen our defenses, and stay one step ahead of the terrorists.

I want to again thank and commend the gentleman from Wisconsin (Congressman Sensenbrenner), the Committee on the Judiciary's chair, for his leadership on these issues.

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