Security

A strong national defense is vital in a post-9/11 world. That includes comprehensive border security. In keeping us safe, the government may be tempted to overreach in ways disturbing to those of us who value our liberty above all else. Spying on Americans in the name of security is unacceptable. Finding the right balance between our national security and our freedoms is essential in keeping Americans safe from terrorists who want to kill us because they hate our way of life.

Sutherland Springs, Texas is located in Wilson County on US 87 South, just southeast of Bexar County, and has a population of about 643. On Sunday, November 5 at 11:30am in a small Baptist church on FR 539 with an attendance...
Victims' ages range from 5 to 72, authorities said. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called today's shooting in Sutherland Springs, about 40 miles southeast of San Antonio, the largest mass shooting in Texas history.  
Bowe Bergdahl received a dishonorable discharge from the US Army but will avoid prison time for desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after abandoning his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday....
Governments, militaries, and civilizations sometimes ignore history to justify their actions against individuals. A bit of history is important here.When the British controlled the Colonies, they heavily taxed the Colonies....
In reviewing data on gun violence, there are facts and then there are emotional responses divorced from facts.  Often the gun debate is driven by emotional response to stop the violence and logical assumptions that don’t...
Reps. Zoe Lofgren, (D-CA), Beto O’Rourke, (D-TX), Justin Amash (R-MI) and I introduced the USA RIGHTS Act, which reforms a sweeping, secretive government spying program to protect the Constitutional rights of Americans,...
With the United States experiencing rapid economic growth and the lowest unemployment rate it has seen in sixteen years, labor shortages in several American industries pose one of the most significant threats to our nation’s...
While many are rejoicing at the fall of Raqqa and the freeing of thousands of trapped civilians, ISIS has retrenched itself in the Oil Rich Deir Ezzor Countryside from Al Qurraya through Qa’im and while maintaining a...
A military chief, General Eduardo Ano, told reporters yesterday, "Isnilon Hapilon and the last of the dreaded Maute brothers, Omarkhayam, are both dead." The Straits Times Reported yesterday that Isnilon Hapilon, the leader...
Senate Bill 4, which was packaged and sold by Governor Greg Abbot as a means to improve the safety of Texans, will actually make Texas a more dangerous place for everyone to live.
I’m deeply saddened by the news coming out of Sutherland Springs. We’re continuing to learn updates on the tragic shooting in which 26 innocent lives were taken and more injured. Thank you to all those in South Texas – law...
Over the past year, I’ve presented findings from our research that models the threat of Jillennials — or Jihadi Millenials — who fall prey to online radicalization funnels laid out by ISIS, AQAP (Al Qaeda in the Arabian...
Yesterday, I applauded the passage of H.R. 425, the Foreign Terrorist Organization Passport Revocation Act through the House of Representatives. This legislation authorizes the revocation or denial of passports (and passport...
Words matter. But many of us are too busy to research some of the ‘new’ words springing up in society today.  (They’re coming at us fast and furious.) Consequently we assume we understand and move on with life —...
Along with Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Brian Schatz (D-HI), I led a bipartisan letter expressing concern to...
Officer Floyd East, Jr., of the Texas Tech Police Department recently responded to a routine student welfare check at the dormitory. Callers reported a 19- year-old individual named Hollis Daniels, who was acting erratically...
I recently issued the following statement regarding the situation involving the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government and the Government of Iraq:
Today I penned the following op-ed for the New York Times urging the State Department to relist N
I’ve heard a great deal of disbelief come from contacts of mine regarding nuclear weapons and N. Korea.  If we listen to ‘the media’, it sounds like they’re just making a lot of noise with no real threat of truly hurting us...
Analysis of the Las Vegas shooter’s motivation and mindset is going to take months to process — however the short term impacts of the scale and severity of the massacre raises important issues about soft targets and the need...

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