As we commemorate and honor the victims and heroes of September 11, may we never forget our renewed commitment to protect the homeland and the constant struggle to preserve the values of liberty and liberty both at home and abroad. .
Since that traumatic day, we have achieved a lot to strengthen the security of our homeland. We have ensured that information sharing and situational awareness between the federal government and our state, local, tribal and territorial partners is more effective and prioritized.
We reformed the intelligence community and created a director of national intelligence to better coordinate intelligence and “reconnect the dots.” We integrated 22 disparate agencies to create the Department of Homeland Security to lead the efforts of the US government to protect the homeland. We created the Homeland Security Committees in Congress, on which I sit in the House, to provide critical oversight.
Sadly, we now face the same threats today as September 11, 2001. Due to the murderous withdrawal of the Biden administration from Afghanistan, this country is once again controlled by the Taliban and is proving to be a new breeding ground for terrorism. . Al-Qaeda, ISIS and other malicious actors operate there – now without a US presence – and target the Americans and our allies.
The threat to our homeland is real.
I work so that we never again let a tragedy like September 11th happen on American soil. This is why the failure of the Biden administration in Afghanistan is so infuriating. The chaotic withdrawal there and the continuing crisis on the southern border of the United States have made our nation less secure. Terrorist groups will undoubtedly seek to take advantage of our failure in Afghanistan and the backdoor that exists on our southern border to try to attack us in the homeland. Over the next 20 years, threats to the homeland are likely to transform even faster than we have seen in the past 20 years.
As a prominent member of the Transportation and Maritime Safety Subcommittee, my focus is on protecting the traveling public from terrorist attacks in the air, land and sea modes.
Dealing with threats
I lead efforts to ensure the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the resources and technology it needs to deal with new and emerging threats. We need to provide our transport industry with up-to-date equipment that can detect evolving threats and not get bogged down by bureaucratic processes and old ways of doing things. And we need to harness the creativity and ingenuity of the private sector, especially in the area of biometrics.
As a former firefighter, I am proud of what our first responders did in the aftermath of September 11 in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. Their training and courage was reflected in the awesome response and recovery efforts that day and time and time again in the weeks and months that followed. We thank them for their commitment and dedication.
In my role on the Homeland Security Committee, I will continue to force the Biden administration to prove how it will protect the American people in the wake of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and chaos on our border. South. I will do everything in my power to ensure that the homeland is safe from terrorist attacks.
United States Representative Carlos Gimenez represents Florida 26e congressional district. He was previously mayor of Miami-Dade County.