Tuesday, November 30, 2004

9/11 Families for a Secure America

This I'm going to report pretty much straight up...

Peter Gadiel is talking, he's the president of Families for a Secure America.

His main problem is the lack of border security and secure driver's license provisions in the pending security bill. Those are the same complaints that Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc) had, so this guy supports him, and he's upset at Sen. Lieberman and Sen. Collins. He says Lieberman is insisting on "open borders."

(The other guy against the bill is Rep. James Duncan (R-Cali)

This article explains the basics of the situation.

Oh, so this organization was formed specifically to 'weigh in on this issue."

The problem is that even the guy who headed the 9/11 Commission, Thomas Kean, is trying to get this bill to pass. "Pass this bill. The choice is between this bill and the status quo. The basic structure of the intelligence community hasn't changed since 9/11. The status quo failed us."

This woman, Debra Burlingame, just said that Chairman Kean is wrong, and that "he should read his own report."

This is interesting because I am sure that this woman and Thomas Kean both have the best of intentions.

Bruce DeCell, father-in-law of a 9/11 victim, is saying that Sen. McCain lied to his face, saying that there was a provision for secure driver's licenses in the security bill. DeCell says that he pointed out to McCain that this wasn't true, and then McCain said that he didn't want to talk to him anymore.

So why aren't these provisions in the bill? I wonder what that part of the story is.

I guess part of it is that immigration reform is a politically difficult issue.

They have this line up on posterboard: "For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons." That is a really powerful line.

A questioner just said that people are saying, "Let's act now on matters of consensus." That is an awesome line. It boils so much down to a simple sentence.

Peter Gadiel just said that people in Congress are being "bought," receiving money from people who profit from open borders.

Oh, so Lieberman says that these provisions are unnecessary and violate civil liberties.

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