Remarks by Under Secretary Charles Allen at the Maritime Security Council [October 7, 2008] [open pdf - 74KB]
From the remarks of Charles Allen: "It is a pleasure to speak to you this morning on the maritime threat to the global supply chain. Maritime security is a topic important not only to the Department of Homeland Security, but to everyone in this room, and indeed in this country. Our purpose today is to find ways to work together to improve our ability to warn of threats to the United States. Our common purpose is to keep the nation safe. Thomas Jefferson recognized this great calling when he noted that for all Americans 'eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.' Today we follow in his footsteps confronting the 21st century threats to our security - threats that I view as very serious. The world in certain ways has grown darker."
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