Tuesday, May 24, 2011


How Secure Is The Homeland
The September 11, 2011 attacks acted as a catalyst for major changes in U.S. security efforts. Week 4 of Protect America Month 2011 assesses homeland security policies almost 10 years after 9/11.  How secure is the homeland?  Read a special America At Risk memo by Jena Baker McNeill and Matt Mayer.
America is at risk. It is essential that policymakers make smart choices today that will keep the homeland secure and counter emerging 21st-century threats. Click Here to watch a LIVE Webcast with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.  The Protect America Month 2011 Conversation will begin TODAY at 1:45 p.m. EST.
To perform such an assessment, one need not resort to hypothetical questions. The 39 terrorist plots foiled since 9/11 are real and compelling stories of what works. The research demonstrates that investments made since 9/11 in tools like the PATRIOT Act—which empowers law enforcement to track down leads in local communities—and in strengthening information sharing capabilities are the right investments for security.
Determining which reforms have made us better prepared for disaster will ensure that future investments are smart investments. It is also clear that too often, the preference has been to drive homeland security from Washington. Federal bureaucrats have made policy decisions without input from local communities. If intelligence does not flow seamlessly between law enforcement, the U.S. will not be able to stop terrorist plots before the public is in danger.
It's not too late to get involved in Protect America Month 2011 Join us for the upcoming Protect America Month 2011 Closing Address by Rep. Allen West (R-FL).  Click here to download the Protect America Month 2011 calendar of events.  Visit heritage.org/ProtectAmericaMonth.  

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