S. Hrg. 111-1083: Oversight of the Transportation Security Administration, Hearing Before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session, November 17, 2010   [open pdf - 238KB]

From the opening statement of John D. Rockefeller IV: "Our transportation system remains a prime terrorist target, not just air--transportation, too, all forms. We must continue to bolster our defenses against a determined enemy, who will not relent, will not go away, and, in fact, will increase. And as terrorist methods evolve, therefore so must the TSA's [Transportation Security Administration]. TSA has massive responsibilities and multiple missions. They move a half a billion people through the U.S. aviation system every year, screen billions of pounds of domestic and foreign cargo as best as they can, protect our ports and our diverse public transportation systems, all of this with the prospect of not enough money to do the job that they would like to do. I do not doubt the difficulty of their mandate, but the agency must remain, somehow, well- resourced. We're not talking theology or ideology here, we're talking about protecting the American people. Gets to be a very different deal, sort of like FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act]. A lot of Democrats didn't like FISA. They said it invaded privacy too much. Well, maybe a whole lot of really bad things didn't happen because there is FISA. And so, we have to just go back and forth on these things. The agency must remain well-resourced, as I indicated, and they must remain nimble in their response to new and emerging threats. We must take appropriate action to close any security loopholes, while making sure our global transportation system continues to move people, freight, goods, faster and faster, and in an effective manner." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John S. Pistole, John D. Rockefeller IV, Byron L. Dorgan, Frank R. Lautenberg, Mark Pryor, Claire McCaskill, Tom Udall, Mark Warner, Mark Begich, Kay Bailey Hutchison, John Ensign, John Thune, Johnny Isakson, Johnny Isakson, Mike Johanns, Grant H. Willis, Kevin J. Janet, Eric D. Miller, Diana Sauder, Jim DeMint, Pamela Robinson, Amy Klobuchar, and George S. LeMieux.

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