Homeland Security beyond Our Borders: Examining the Status of Counterterrorism Coordination Overseas, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, October 4, 2007   [open pdf - 187KB]

From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez: "We are here today to discuss the important topic of counterterrorism coordination overseas. In this subcommittee's work on border security, maritime security, we spent a lot of time discussing the idea of pushing our borders out, and this concept involves performing critical Homeland Security functions abroad, like screening travelers and cargo before they arrive to the United States. [...] Unfortunately, the potential contribution of Homeland Security agencies to counterterrorism work abroad does not seem to be fully realized due to lack of coordination among all the agencies that I have just mentioned. And I am in particular concerned that after 6 years from 9/11, we are still struggling to coordinate our Nation's counterterrorism work. [...] I look forward to hearing from NCTC about the progress in developing the National Implementation Plan that would achieve this coordination. And I am also interested in hearing from our other witnesses about their agencies' experiences carrying out their counterterrorism missions. [...] We have to figure out what we have out in the field and how best we can utilize them to [...] stop things from ever happening." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Loretta Sanchez, Mark E. Souder, James R. Langevin, Gus M. Bilirakis, Jane Harman, Sheila Jackson Lee, David G. Reichart, Gary L. Cote, Thomas V. Fuentes, Michael E. Letier, Marisa R. Lino, and Edgar Moreno.

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