Homeland Security

Working to improve intelligence agency staffing, assimilation of data (Rep. Adam Schiff)

Re: The Washington Post's ‘Top Secret America’

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Congress began the process of identifying structural, operational and cross-agency shortcomings that may have allowed the 9/11 hijackers to elude capture in the months leading up to the attack.

In 2004, this effort resulted in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which mandated major structural reforms and created the director of national intelligence (DNI) to mobilize a new, integrated workforce and eliminate barriers to collaboration. This wholesale reorganization has resulted in significant progress, but much work remains. 

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Obama and Democrats playing race card with lawsuit, immigration reform push

In May, when I spoke at the “Stand With Arizona” rally in Tempe, Ariz., I was chided by national media outlets for saying, “America, this is our Alamo. Be ready to fight for everything that is precious to you.” The controversial remark drew hate mail in Spanish and ridicule by leftist media outlets. The mainstream media generally dismissed the event. Why?

The political left regularly condemns people for judging others, yet hypocritically dismisses the people of Arizona as bigots for enacting a law to defend themselves. They have called for national boycotts. President Obama has even weighed in, as has his attorney general, Eric Holder, who condemns the 12-page bill as racially motivated and illegal before admitting that he has never even read it. What is the law all about?

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Congress needs to step in on immigration reform

The U.S. Department of Justice last week brought a lawsuit against Arizona over our state’s new immigration law, S.B. 1070.

Regardless of whether you support the lawsuit or not, it will provide an important opportunity for clarity for not only Arizona but other states around the nation about where our authority resides and where the federal government’s authority resides.

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Lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law ignores states' rights

Like the previews of a summer B movie, the much awaited federal suit against Arizona is finally out in the political theatres around the country. The Obama administration officially filed the suit yesterday at 10:15 a.m. against Arizona's new immigration law on the grounds that it preempts federal authority. The court action seeks to enjoin the law from taking effect later this month and to have a federal judge overturn it.

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Lawsuit demonstrates President Obama's commitment to a united America and immigration reform (Rep. Mike Honda)

I commend President Obama for his leadership in immigration. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070.

The president is demonstrating his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, one of our top priorities. His challenge of S.B. 1070 is preventing a patchwork of immigration-related state laws that could lead to rampant racial profiling throughout our country, but that does little to fix our broken immigration system.

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President Obama hit the nail on the head in immigration speech (Rep. Mike Honda)

I commend President Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform, and his strong understanding of the very human experience behind this challenge. In his speech today, the President hit the nail on the head by touching on all of the key aspects of this very complex issue.

Immigration reform can lead the way to a more prosperous and united America, one that is based on respect and fairness for the richness of our diversity, as opposed to one that is divided by our worst fears.

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The Big Question: Is Gen. Petraeus the right choice?

Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today. ...



Today's question:

Is Gen. David Petraeus the right person to take over the Afghanistan war effort?

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Jihad Denial Syndrome

See no jihad. Hear no jihad. Speak no jihad.

This sums up the Obama administration’s national security assessment regarding our ongoing conflict with global Islamic jihad. Unfortunately for us, it seems they have come down with a severe case of Jihad Denial Syndrome (JDS).

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