Saturday, July 07, 2007

Former 9/11 Panel Member Says U.S. Still Not Secure

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Al Qaeda is gaining strength and the United States is still not as safe as it should be, former Indiana congressman Tim Roemer said Saturday.
Speaking about a week after failed bombing attacks in Britain, the 9/11 commission member chided Congress and the White House for not taking enough action to secure the country from another attack.
Roemer urged lawmakers to move forward on adopting safety measures the commission suggested and asked President Bush not to threaten to veto the proposed legislation.
"Only half of these bipartisan recommendations have been passed," Roemer said during the weekly Democratic radio address. "The White House's execution and funding of them has received failing grades."
He identified border security as one of the most critical issues for protecting the country.
"We still do not have the ability to know fully who and what is crossing our borders and sailing into our ports," he said. "We've left the door open to attacks."
Roemer emphasized his belief that al Qaeda is training more people to participate in terrorist activities and that the war in Iraq is "creating a new generation of jihadists."
He listed information sharing, infrastructure protection and first responder communication among other domestic priorities to combat these threats. Internationally, he stressed the importance of securing "loose nuclear material" and increasing educational opportunities for people in the Middle East.
"We need to fix the logjam in Washington," Roemer said. "We cannot afford to wait any longer."

AMEN to that! Perhaps if we ended the complete snafu in Iraq, which is leading to More terrorists, we could afford to secure our own country. Of course, even with a huge budget it will never happen while Bush is President, as it "makes sense" and doesn't put any money in his or Cheney's pockets.


Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Leo, it puts no money in the pocket of any of his friends. We are in a bad state and most do not even know it. We the 295 who love this guy wake up and see that we can be attacked anytime with our border, ports and airlines under funded.

7/08/2007 3:32 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

Let's talk, oh how right your are! Thanks for the input.

7/08/2007 5:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Those are good recommendations. This is what makes people suspicious about 9/11 being an inside job: the fact that the Bush Admin. has refused to carry out so many of these bipartisan common-sense recommendations. There's something very suspicious going on.

Who Hijacked Our Country

7/08/2007 8:09 PM  
Blogger David Caspian said...

Amen to the snafu in Iraq, and not to mention the fact that we are barely in communication with Iran. Are we actually looking for war with Iran? Another war in the Middle East will do anything but make us safe.

7/09/2007 2:51 AM  
Blogger Leo said...

David, yeah you would think that anyone with any common sense would want anything but another war in the middle east, unfortunately I'm not sure that the war hawks like Cheney have any sense, common or otherwise. Thanks for your thoughts.

7/09/2007 6:14 AM  

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