Drugs and Security in a Post-September 11 World: Coordinating the Counternarcotics Mission at the Department of Homeland Security, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources of the Committee on Government Reform, and the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, July 22, 2004 [open pdf - 5MB]
From the statement of Chairman of the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources Mark Souder: "Today's hearing addresses a vitally important topic for Congress and the Nation, the counternarcotics mission at the Department of Homeland Security. Specifically, we are here to discuss how well the Department is fulfilling its counternarcotics mission, what level of material and personnel support it is providing to anti-drug operations, and what steps it is taking to improve coordination and cooperation between its own counternarcotics agencies. […] The Department of Homeland Security is an absolutely crucial player in our efforts to reduce this terrible scourge. When Congress created the Department in 2002, it combined some of the most important anti-drug trafficking agencies in the Federal Government, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Border Patrol, and the former Customs Service. Although there are certainly other Federal agencies with a vital role in our fight against drug trafficking, DHS is largely responsible for manning the 'front lines' in this mission. The Customs inspectors and Border Patrol agents at U.S. Customs and Border Protection [CBP]; the special agent investigators and the Air and Marine personnel at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE], and the Coast Guard personnel patrolling the waters, represent our Nation's first line of defense against the drug traffickers. To ensure that these agencies would not neglect their counternarcotics role in the new Department, Congress specifically provided that the primary mission of DHS included the responsibility to 'monitor connections between illegal drug trafficking and terrorism, coordinate efforts to sever such connections, and otherwise contribute to efforts to interdict illegal drug trafficking.'"
Serial No. 108-285
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