Received this update from House Republican Security Notes…

Foiled Terror Plot Was Worse Than First Known,
But Democrat Record is Still as Bad as It Has Always Been
 
November 2, 2006
According to an article in today’s Washington Post, the terror plot to blow up several American passenger planes that was foiled last August was much worse than first known.  The terrorists behind the plot “planned to blow up airliners over U.S. cities to maximize casualties, rather than over the Atlantic Ocean as many intelligence officials originally thought.”
 
The terror plot was foiled through international cooperation between American, British and Pakistani authorities and sophisticated surveillance techniques employed since 9/11.  These programs are the cornerstone of how America and its allies are fighting the war on terror and protecting against future attacks. Unfortunately, Democrats have a history of opposing these programs that are critical to disrupting terror plots and keeping us safe.
 
 
Democrats Opposed the Terrorist Surveillance Program, Including 7 of 9 Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee
177 Democrats voted against the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, which updates our electronic surveillance laws for the Internet and cell-phone era to improve our ability to monitor terrorist communications. 
 
Democrats Opposed the PATRIOT Act, Including Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Democrat Who Could Be the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in a Pelosi Congress
124 Democrats opposed reauthorizing the USA PATRIOT Act to improve communication and cooperation among the intelligence, defense, and law enforcement communities, increase law enforcement’s ability to conduct terrorist surveillance, update our laws to reflect new technologies and new threats, and increase penalties for terrorists and their accomplices.
 
Democrats Opposed Measures to Keep Terrorists from Obtaining Valid IDs, Including 7 of 9 Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee
152 Democrats voted against the REAL ID Act of 2005 which helps prevent terrorists from obtaining valid identification by instituting uniform standards for state-issued identification cards. The 9/11 Commission recommended that Congress establish uniform standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.  According to the 9/11 Commission’s report, the 9/11 hijackers had among them 13 state-issued driver’s licenses and 21 state-issued identification cards. 
 
Democrats Opposed Establishing Terrorist Tribunals, Including 7 of 9 Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee
162 Democrats voted against the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that created a new judicial system to prosecute terrorists, provide basic fairness in prosecutions, protect American troops on the battlefield, and satisfy international treaty obligations and applicable U.S. laws.

 Do we really want Congress to be dominated by Democrats?  It seems to me that we are safer now than before 9/11.  I like knowing that our Armed Forces are out there between me and the bad guys.  I don’t want that to change!

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Gina Burgess is the editor of The Tensas Gazette and a redactor for internet marketing company.  She is a columnist for Live As If.org and a site admin for Studylight.org.  Visit her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.

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