[Congressional Record: July 23, 2002 (House)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, WHO NEEDS IT?
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the order of the House of
January 23, 2002, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Paul) is recognized
during morning hour debates for 5 minutes.
Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, the Department of Homeland Security, who needs
it? Mr. Speaker, everyone agrees the 9-11 tragedy confirmed a problem
that exists in our domestic security and dramatized our vulnerability
to outside attacks. Most agree that the existing bureaucracy was inept.
The CIA, the FBI, the INS, and Customs failed to protect us.
It was not a lack of information that caused this failure; they had
plenty. But they filed to analyze, communicate, and use the information
to our advantage.
The flawed foreign policy of interventionism that we have followed
for decades significantly contributed to the attacks. Warnings had been
sounded by the more astute that our meddling in the affairs of others
would come to no good. This resulted in our inability to defend our own
cities, while spending hundreds of billions of dollars providing more
defense for others than for ourselves. In the aftermath, we were even
forced to ask other countries to patrol our airways to provide security
A clear understanding of private property and an owner's
responsibility to protect it has been seriously undermined. This was
especially true for the airline industry. The benefit of gun ownership
and second amendment protections were prohibited. The government was
given the responsibility for airline safety through FAA rules and
regulations, and it failed miserably.
The solution now being proposed is a giant new Federal department,
and it is the only solution we are being offered, and one which I am
certain will lead to tens of billions of dollars of new spending.
What is being done about the lack of emphasis on private property
ownership? The security services are federalized. The airlines are
bailed out and given guaranteed insurance against all threats. We have
made the airline industry a public utility that gets to keep its
profits and pass on its losses to the taxpayers, like Amtrak and the
post office. Instead of more ownership responsibility, we get more
Is the first amendment revitalized, and are owners permitted to
defend their property, their passengers, and personnel? No, no hint of
it, unless you are El Al airlines, which enjoys this right, while no
Has anything been done to limit immigration from countries placed on
the terrorist list? Hardly. Have we done anything to slow up
immigration of individuals with Saudi passports? No, oil is too
important to offend the Saudis.
Yet, we have done plenty to undermine the liberties and privacy of
all Americans through legislation such as the PATRIOT Act. A program is
being planned to use millions of Americans to spy on their neighbors,
an idea appropriate for a totalitarian society. Regardless of any
assurances, we all know that the national ID card will soon be
Who believes for a moment that the military will not be used to
enforce civil law in the near future? Posse comitatus will be repealed
by executive order or by law, and liberty, the Constitution, and the
Republic will suffer another major setback.
Unfortunately, foreign policy will not change, and those who suggest
that it be strictly designed for American security will be shouted down
for their lack of patriotism. Instead, war fever will build until the
warmongers get their wish and we march on Baghdad, making us even a
greater target of those who despise us for our bellicose control of the
A new department is hardly what we need. That is more of the same,
and will surely not solve our problems. It will, however, further
undermine our liberties and hasten the day of our national bankruptcy.
A common sense improvement to homeland security would allow the DOD
to provide protection, not a huge, new, militarized domestic
department. We need to bring our troops home, including our Coast
Guard; close down the base in Saudi Arabia; stop expanding our presence
in the Muslim portion of the former Soviet Union; and stop taking sides
in the long, ongoing war in the Middle East.
If we did these few things, we would provide a lot more security and
protect our liberties a lot better than any new department ever will,
and it will cost a lot less.
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