Jim Gilmore on Homeland Security
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
I felt that this task was a sacred trust, and I was determined to handle it not in a bi-partisan manner, but in a non-partisan manner. No politics. Zero. I'm sure you agree with me that Homeland Security is too important to be subject to partisan politics!
The best aspect of the commission was its membership. These weren't policy wonks from Washington. They were police and fire chiefs, public health experts, intelligence experts, and retired military. These were the ones who would respond to the 911 call. They weren't concerned with theories; they were concerned with what would work. We never forgot for a moment those first responders who are willing to risk their lives each day for their fellow citizens.
A "new normalcy" acknowledges the threat of terrorism will not disappear, but still preserves and strengthens civil liberties. "There will never be a 100% guarantee of security for our people, the economy, and our society," Gilmore writes in the report's cover letter. "We must resist the urge to seek total security-it is not achievable and drains our attention from those things that can be accomplished."
A: We've come a long way since the September 11th attack, but we have a lot farther to go to prepare our homeland defense. Our police, fire, and rescue organizations are aware of the threat and there is more communication than ever before between law enforcement and national security agencies. The frontline of national security will be provided by local law enforcement organizations. As a nation we now need to decide on a national homeland security strategy, determine what needs to be purchased, and get the money into the hands of state and local governments.
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