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  • Americans push back against CDC recommendation on circumcision

    12/10/2014 12:08:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 9, 2014 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    In the first week of public comments on a federal proposal to encourage male circumcision in the U.S., most people are telling Uncle Sam to leave the foreskins alone. “His body, his choice” and “Foreskin is not a birth defect” are among the hundreds of negative comments in the Federal Register against a proposed policy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advise that males of all ages be circumcised for health reasons. The strongest objections were for infant circumcision, since it is a “human rights” violation for a male to permanently lose a piece of his body...
  • Clinton 'accepts' recommendations on Benghazi security

    12/18/2012 6:56:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    bbc ^ | 12/18/12 | staff
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accepted all 29 recommendations in a report into a deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The report found that systemic failures at the state department led to insufficient security at the consulate. But it found no individual official ignored their duties, and the review has not suggested disciplinary action. The 11 September attack saw Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as well as three other Americans, killed.
  • Recommendations from Obama jobs council have a conservative tilt

    01/17/2012 2:13:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/17/12 | Christi Parsons
    President Obama's jobs council is recommending a series of job-creating proposals with a distinct Republican flavor — just the latest economic message to emerge as Obama prepares for his contest with the eventual Republican nominee. Obama's jobs council is calling for an overhaul of the corporate tax structure, expansion of domestic petroleum drilling and a raft of reforms to federal regulation. As first reported by Reuters, the new corporate tax rates should sink to "internationally competitive levels," the report says, as well as an "all-in strategy" to cut reliance on foreign fuels by promoting domestic sources. This is just the...
  • Free Republic Thread of BUY THIS GAME! (Video game recommendation thread)

    12/31/2008 4:47:43 PM PST · by NinoFan · 89 replies · 3,266+ views
    NA | December 31,2008 | Self
    I thought it might be useful to have a thread for game recommendations. Thread suggestions: While popular games like Halo 3, Super Mario Galaxy, and Metal Gear Solid 4 deserve every bit of attention they've received, I can't think of a gamer that doesn't know of their existence. Let's focus on the hidden gems and lesser known games. Let's not get into system wars. The Wii, 360, PS3, PC and Mac all have their own must-have games. If you're a hardcore gamer, odds are good that you own all of these platforms anyway, so please keep your stoney, ninthing, and...
  • Elected State Transportion Commissioner Proposed (TxDOT sunset review)

    07/16/2008 7:24:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 913+ views
    WOAI ^ | July 15, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Member of the Texas Sunset Commission today recommended 'radical' changes in the administration of the Texas Department of Transportation, including placing the troubled and controversial agency into a four year legislative 'receivership' and abolishing the Texas Transportation Commission, which runs TexDOT, and appointment of a Transportation Commissioner who would be answerable to the Legislature, 1200 WOAI news reports. But Sunset Commission member Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio) suggested going one step further. "What I am hearing form the public is that they are wanting to see an elected commissioner," she said to loud applause from the TexDOT opponents who...
  • Baby Milk Recommendations Changed

    07/14/2008 12:44:42 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 48 replies · 174+ views ^ | 7/11/2008 | Daniel J. DeNoon
    Baby Milk Recommendations Changed 2% Milk OK for Weaned Babies at Risk of Becoming Overweight By Daniel J. DeNoon WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MDJuly 11, 2008 -- There's been a major change in baby nutrition advice, but it's gone nearly unnoticed. This week, the American Academy of Pediatrics changed its recommendation that weaned babies be fed whole milk until they're 2 years old.
  • TxDOT In Disarray

    07/09/2008 5:37:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 179+ views ^ | July 8, 2008 | Jim Joslyn
    SAN ANTONIO -- It's official. Texas Department Of Transportation really does need to be more accountable, responsive and transparent. We could all guess what the Sunset Commission finally recognized: TxDOT is out of control and needs to take radical measures to restore trust. Of course, TxDOT promises to do better, but we'll believe it when we see it. They may be so far gone that the only way to fix TxDOT's mess is to disband them altogether and start over. With a Trans-Texas Corridor and toll roads in play, as well as grossly miscalculated budgets, TxDOT needs more oversight now...
  • Panel proposes changes for TxDOT

    06/03/2008 6:22:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 737+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2008 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — Saying big changes are needed to restore trust in the Texas Department of Transportation, the Sunset Advisory Commission staff is recommending a revamp of its governing board, project planning, and dealings with lawmakers and the public. The commission's report, to be released today, comes in the wake of controversy over planned public-private partnerships on toll roads, the route of the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor transportation network and questions concerning agency funding figures. The Houston Chronicle obtained a copy of the report. "The Sunset review of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) occurred against a backdrop of distrust and frustration...
  • TxDOT to request input on I-69

    12/30/2007 1:02:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 354+ views
    Texarkana Gazette ^ | December 30, 2007 | Brandy S. Chewning
    The Texas Department of Transportation will hold several local meetings early next year to offer answers on the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. In 2007 TxDOT released a tentative outline for the cross-country Interstate 69, which is currently planned to come through Texarkana. The highway would be a straight shot from Canada, through the United States and into Mexico. TxDOT will hold nearly a dozen “town hall” meetings and 46 public hearings to encourage public input and address concerns. “We want to hear the public’s ideas and we want to answer their questions,” said TxDOT Commissioner Ted Houghton. “Their comments will help...
  • Additional Pentagon Budget Request Reflects Petraeus’ Recommendations

    09/27/2007 5:45:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 117+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2007 – The additional budget request for the war on terror that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will present to Congress today reflects troop-level recommendations made by the senior U.S. commander in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said today. (Video) Gates will present a $42.3 billion addition to the 2008 global war on terror supplemental request when he testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee today, Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary, told reporters. This brings the overall request to just under $190 billion, after a $5.3 billion procurement request for armored vehicles was added to the $141.7 billion...
  • Top Military Advisers Stand Behind Petraeus Recommendations

    09/14/2007 6:01:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 259+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2007 – The nation’s top military advisers were “unanimous” in backing the recommendations made to the president by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus on the way forward in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers a reporter's question while Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates looks on during a press briefing at the Pentagon, Sept. 14, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Marine Gen. Peter Pace and Defense Secretary...
  • Bush Announces Decision to Support Petraeus Recommendations

    09/13/2007 9:49:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 169+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2007 – President Bush said tonight that he accepts Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’ recommendations on the U.S. strategy in Iraq and reduced troop levels. Bush said in a White House address that the strategy implemented eight months ago, which included a 30,000-troop surge, has enabled coalition troops and Iraqi security forces to make progress against al Qaeda and other extremists. He cited turnarounds in Baghdad, where violence is down, and in Anbar province, a region previously considered lost to terrorists. While acknowledging that the challenge in Iraq remains “formidable,” Bush said that testimony to Congress...
  • New Rules Carry Out 9/11 Commission Recommendations

    08/10/2007 9:43:56 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 218+ views
    DHS ^ | 8/9/07
    August 9, 2007 – The Department published two regulations to strengthen aviation security through uniform and consistent passenger prescreening. The first, Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) Predeparture Final Rule, enables Customs and Border Protection to collect manifest information for international flights prior to boarding. The second, the Secure Flight Notice of Proposed Rule Making, outlines plans for the Transportation Security Administration to assume watch list-matching responsibilities for domestic flights and align domestic and international passenger prescreening. "Stopping known threats before they board an aircraft, whether domestically or internationally, is a critical security measure," said Secretary Michael Chertoff. "This enables our...
  • Dems make concession to revive 9/11 bill (dropped union bargaining rights for airport screeners)

    07/09/2007 4:14:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 447+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/9/07 | Jesse J. Holland - ap
    WASHINGTON - Congressional Democrats on Monday dropped their demand for union bargaining rights for airport screeners, hoping to revive anti-terrorism legislation that had stalled because of a presidential veto threat. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made the announcement on the Senate floor as he called for House and Senate negotiators to begin reconciling bills implementing the July 2004 recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 commission. The legislation has been one of the new Democratic majority's priorities, but it had stalled because of a presidential veto threat over allowing airport screeners to have collective bargaining rights. Because of the veto...
  • Victory As a Code Word

    12/06/2006 11:10:55 AM PST · by occu77 · 2 replies · 141+ views
    The Missal ^ | 12/6/06 | JWG
    Today, at lunch, I watched the press conference given by the Iraq Study Group to a gaggle of reporters gathered for this momentous event. The only trouble was, nothing momentous occurred. Yes, some interesting political and military recommendations were made, most of which have been made previously by others, and frankly in far better overall form and format. Yes, the group presented some really interesting psychological ideas and concepts regarding the important benefits of national unity during a time of war. But is this not a rather self-obvious conclusion, if any reasonable person reflects upon the idea for about three...
  • Pace: New Congressional Leadership Won’t Affect His Job, Recommendations

    11/14/2006 4:34:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 360+ views
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo, Nov. 14, 2006 -- Last week’s national elections will have no impact on how the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff carries out his job, including his recommendations about Iraq, Marine Gen. Peter Pace told National Guard troops here today. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives at Kosovo and is introduced to U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Darren Owens, commander of Kosovo Force Multinational Brigade (East), by German Lt. Gen. Roland Kather, commander of Kosovo Forces, Nov. 14. Photo by Staff Sgt D. Myles Cullen, USAF  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 01-28-06

    01/28/2006 8:51:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies · 639+ views ^ | 01-28-06 | Geroge W. Bush
      For Immediate ReleaseJanuary 28, 2006 President's Radio Address      Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. The United States Senate is now considering my nomination of Judge Sam Alito to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court. As Americans saw in his confirmation hearings, Sam Alito is a man of great character and integrity. He has more prior judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in more than 70 years. He understands that the role of a judge is to strictly interpret the law, not to advance a personal or political agenda. And throughout his extraordinary career, Sam Alito has...
  • Tax Reform Panel: Recommendations Won't Be Popular (Tax Increases are NOT Reform)

    11/02/2005 7:34:40 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 72 replies · 803+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/2/2005 | EagleUSA
    WASHINGTON — The advisory panel commissioned last January by President Bush handed in on Tuesday its ideas for improving the nation's tax code. The panel suggests some major changes and gives the president several options, but many of the recommendations may not be popular with the public. The bipartisan group said its recommendations were meant to take some of the pain out of paying taxes by making the tax code simpler and fairer.
  • Bush White House overhauls spy agencies (Sandy Berger welcomes recommendations)

    07/09/2005 1:55:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 575+ views
    White House overhauls spy agencies The move was spurred by questionable prewar Iraq intelligence. The Associated Press June 30. 2005 6:01AM AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite FBI Director Robert Mueller discusses President Bush's decision to create a national security service within the FBI, during a press conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, June 29, 2005. Mueller, who will share authority for choosing the head of the new service with National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, added that he does not regard the new agency as an infringement on the FBI's independence. President Bush granted the new national intelligence chief expanded...
  • CA: Annan welcomes U.N. reform recommendations

    06/15/2005 4:52:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/15/05 | Nick Wadhams - AP
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday backed many of the recommendations in a congressional report on the United Nations, especially its belief that the United States needs to work closely with the world body. The bipartisan report, released Wednesday in Washington, is both critical and conciliatory. While it calls the U.N. management structure "ossified" and says inertia is strong, it urges the United States not to give up on Annan. The secretary-general chose to focus on that part of the report. "He supports many of the recommendations and believes that the task-force's call for a U.S....
  • 9/11 Commissioner Criticizes Negroponte~not heeding a top recommendation of the Sept. 11 Commission

    06/13/2005 7:20:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 486+ views
    Yahoo ^ | June 13, 2005 | KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - The new National Intelligence Director, John Negroponte, is not yet heeding a top recommendation of the Sept. 11 Commission to tear down barriers that divided U.S. spy agencies, one of the panel's Republican commissioners said Monday. As part of a panel discussion about the progress of intelligence changes, former Navy Secretary John Lehman said Negroponte has two other full-time jobs: serving as the president's chief intelligence adviser and managing the 15 U.S. intelligence agencies. "So far, it's still early days, but the job that we on the 9/11 Commission were most concerned about — we really didn't care...
  • I need a good book to read.

    03/20/2005 10:29:44 AM PST · by Finger Monkey · 79 replies · 2,138+ views
    I am in desperate need of an engrossing novel. I would like a big fat book, historical fiction, preferably. The last engrossing book I read was Shogun, and that was last spring. I am also a sci-fi geek, any really good series recommendations would be appreciated. And fantasy too. Yes, I am that big of a geek. Thanks for any help you can give, I have been reading periodicals, mostly politics and science, and I need some fiction. I know that you, intelligent FReepers that you are (excuse me while I clean off my nose), will recommend many a good...
  • Remarks of Homeland Security Committee Chairman Cox During the REAL ID Act News Conference

    02/10/2005 10:37:57 AM PST · by Marine Inspector · 37 replies · 1,667+ views ^ | February 09, 2005 | Homeland Security Committee Chairman Cox
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Christopher Cox (R-CA) delivered the following remarks during today's news conference on the REAL ID Act: "Today, we're going to be considering legislation that is going to make America safer and more secure and I'm confident that we will pass it in the U.S. House of Representatives. This is indeed unfinished business from the implementation of the 9-11 Commission recommendations. "The time on the floor today will be divided between representatives of the Committee on Judiciary, the Committee on Government Reform and the Committee on Homeland Security. But make no...
  • Sensenbrenner Statement on 9/11 Bill ["woefully incomplete and one I cannot support"]

    12/06/2004 3:42:13 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 68 replies · 2,273+ views
    US Newswire [press release] ^ | Dec 6, 2004 | Jim Sensenbrenner
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) issued the following statement regarding legislation responding to the 9/11 Commission recommendations: "I am pleased that the chain-of-command issues Chairman Duncan Hunter has raised have been resolved so that our war-fighters will not be put at risk. Unfortunately, even with these improvements, the current bill is woefully incomplete and one I cannot support. "Americans deserve a complete bill so that we can prevent another 9/11 from occurring. Border security and immigration reform are vital components of our homeland security efforts, so why are they...
  • Congressional Negotiators reach deal on Intelligence Overhaul

    11/20/2004 12:10:28 PM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies · 798+ views
    AP ^ | Nov. 20, 2004
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Breaking a monthslong deadlock, key congressional negotiators reported agreement Saturday on legislation to overhaul U.S. intelligence agencies along lines recommended by the September 11 commission. The agreement, reached in the waning hours of a postelection session of Congress, would create a powerful position to oversee the CIA and several other nonmilitary spy agencies. A new national counterterrorism center would coordinate the fight against foreign terrorists. The agreement is subject to approval by both the House and Senate before legislation can go to the White House. -snip In private meetings, negotiators also clashed over whether to include an...
  • U.S. in new [global] warming battle -- over Arctic

    11/04/2004 8:05:23 AM PST · by cogitator · 14 replies · 520+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/04/2004 | MSNBC staff
    U.S. in new warming battle — over ArcticBush administration seeks to avoid mandatory action Deepening a rift over global warming policy, some European partners are accusing the Bush administration of trying to weaken a report that warns the Arctic is warming almost twice as fast as the rest of the planet. . . . "One European negotiator said the administration is trying to "sidetrack the whole process so it is not confronted with the question, 'Do you believe in climate change, or don't you?'" A European diplomat added that “U.S. negotiators say ’we already have a policy on global warming...
  • (Vanity) Advice on California Propositions Welcomed

    11/01/2004 6:59:39 PM PST · by Zechariah11 · 43 replies · 811+ views
    Nov.2 | California freeper
    A so-called Republican mailer I received ("Continuing the Republican Revolution") recommends a "Yes" on Propsition 71, the embryonic stem cell research initiative, so I'm a bit dubious at what they recommend. Another mailer from McClintock has been misplaced. Please help.
  • What DVDs to rent, now that I have netflix? [vanity]

    10/14/2004 8:23:11 AM PDT · by conelrad · 38 replies · 592+ views
    me ^ | Oct 14, 2004 | utterly vain
    I don't watch TV. (I don't have a TV.) I just signed up for netflix for DVDs to watch on my computer. I started out with the old TV show Combat! and some Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. (Showing my age.) Since netflix has so many thousands of offerings, I wonder if freepers would recommend out-of-the-way DVDs, or movies / shows they enjoyed but never saw at their video store. netflix doesn't have the TV episodes of Rocky Jones: Space Ranger. :-(
  • House OKs Bill on 9/11 Recommendations

    10/08/2004 5:13:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 333+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/8/04 | Jesse J. Holland - AP
    WASHINGTON - House Republican leaders on Friday easily pushed through sweeping new law enforcement powers as part of a Sept. 11 anti-terrorism package, but the House now must negotiate a truce with the Senate on those measures to get President Bush (news - web sites)'s signature before the elections. The House voted 282-134 to approve the GOP leaders' bill to create a new national intelligence director and a national counterterrorism center as recommended by the 9/11 commission. But they also included new government anti-terrorism, deportation, border security and identity theft powers to the bill that the Senate had rejected. The...
  • Lawmakers, GOP Clash on 9/11 Legislation

    10/07/2004 5:34:37 PM PDT · by familyop · 14 replies · 379+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7OCT04 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) - House GOP leaders braced Thursday for a late-session showdown with the Senate over conflicting versions of legislation written in response to the terror-fighting recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission. Republicans leaders say the House version, which includes creation of a national intelligence director as well as anti-terrorism, illegal immigration, border-security and identity-theft powers, is the best bill and should be the one that prevails. "It's real simple. The House bill - every single word of it - will make the American people safer," House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, proclaimed as Congress neared the time for lawmakers...
  • A Seismic Shift in our National Safety

    10/06/2004 5:57:21 PM PDT · by Conservative Firster · 29 replies · 926+ views
    Washington ^ | October 6, 2004 | Commentary by Donald A. Collins
    Within the past few days, the potential for a seismic breakthrough against terrorism has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee, sponsored by Dennis Hastert, House Speaker, who has just introduced a bill, HR 10, which embodies most of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9-11 Commission) as contained in its recently released report. In short, in the climate in which we all want greater safety from terrorism, guess what? It has just been learned that the Bush Administration is pressuring the GOP Leadership, the main authors of H.R. 10, to strip the...
  • No Time to Lose (by John Lehman)

    10/01/2004 6:09:55 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 449+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 1, 2004 | JOHN F. LEHMAN
    ...After intense work, Sens. Joe Lieberman, John McCain and Susan Collins have introduced comprehensive legislation that differs on only a few matters with the Commission recommendations. The Senate leadership has pursued the same bipartisan course that enabled the Commission's five Democrats and five Republicans to achieve unanimity on comprehensive and decisive findings and reform recommendations. The House is following suit with somewhat different legislation and there is no reason now why differences cannot be resolved in a Senate-House Conference and a landmark bill presented to the president before the election recess. This accomplishment, to paraphrase Mark Twain, will gratify our...
  • House 9/11 Bill Could Spark Fight With Senate

    09/26/2004 7:39:05 AM PDT · by LakeLady · 9 replies · 418+ views ^ | 9/24/04
    <p>House Republicans on Friday unveiled a "comprehensive" measure to overhaul the U.S. intelligence community -- but the bill is a bit too comprehensive for some Democrats and moderate Republicans.</p> <p>The bill would create a national intelligence director with budget and personnel authority and a national counter-terrorism center, as recommended by the Sept. 11 commission. But it would go beyond that, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said at a brief news conference today, including provisions he said would aid the government in the "prevention and prosecution" of terrorism.</p>
  • House Republicans Unveil Sweeping Sept. 11 Bill

    09/24/2004 8:49:07 PM PDT · by The Real Eddie01 · 9 replies · 359+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 24 | Donna Smith
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Republican leaders unveiled sweeping legislation on Friday that they said reflects Sept. 11 commission recommendations for reforming U.S. intelligence operations. But critics said their proposal for a new national intelligence director would have far less authority than the panel suggested and raised concerns that some law enforcement and immigration provisions could bog the measure down. The bill also includes far-reaching proposals on law enforcement, immigration, border security and foreign policy, going beyond legislation the Senate is to consider next week. "Our bill is the most comprehensive effort yet introduced that deals with the...
  • CONGRESS RIVALS UNITE FOR 9/11 REFORMS -Lieberman, hillary! & McCain

    09/07/2004 11:59:19 PM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 224+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/08/04 | ViINCENT MORRIS
    September 8, 2004 -- WASHINGTON — Sens. John McCain and Joseph Lieberman yesterday said they will ask the White House and Congress to adopt all of the 9/11 commission's 41 recommendations, a package aimed at shaking up the CIA and the FBI. McCain said he expects Congress this month to approve one of the major recommendations — a plan creating a national intelligence director with broad powers over all spy agencies, including the powerful Pentagon. "I expect resistance from every institution that loses power," said the Arizona Republican, who was joined in co-sponsoring the bill by Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Hillary...
  • Senators Name 9/11 Recommendations Panel

    08/24/2004 4:34:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 301+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/24/04 | AP - Washington
    WASHINGTON - Senate leaders on Tuesday named a bipartisan working group of senators to come up with better ways for the chamber to oversee the nation's intelligence and homeland security communities. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Democratic leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said the group would begin work immediately and give a report to them as soon as possible. The Sept. 11 commission said there needs to be better oversight by Congress of intelligence and counterterrorism agencies, especially during transitions between administrations. "Congress took too little action to adjust itself or to restructure the executive branch to address the...
  • Border officials say they are unprepared to protect nation

    08/22/2004 5:49:14 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 46 replies · 924+ views ^ | August 20, 2004 | Chris Strohm
    Although the 9/11 commission cited the need for increased border security, the majority of the nation's customs and border officials say they are ill-equipped to prevent another terrorist attack, according to a survey planned for release on Monday. "The vast majority of America's front-line border protection personnel do not believe that they have been given the proper tools, training and support to be effective in stopping potential terrorists from entering the country," a nationwide survey of U.S. Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers concludes. The survey was sponsored by the National Border Patrol Council of the American...
  • National ID seen in 9/11 panel plan

    08/21/2004 11:32:14 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 31 replies · 515+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, August 22, 2004 | By Shaun Waterman
    The September 11 commission's recommendation for federal standards of identification documents such as driver's licenses and birth certificates is tantamount to the introduction of a national ID card system "through the back door," some lawmakers believe. The commission stopped short of actually recommending the introduction of national ID cards but did say that the fight against terrorism required greater consistency and security of state-issued identification documents.
  • Rx is no magic pill

    08/12/2004 11:26:40 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 193+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, August 13, 2004 | By Mickey Edwards
    The Washington Rx is no magic pillBy Mickey EdwardsPublished August 13, 2004 Both President Bush and Congress are under enormous pressure to move quickly to carry out recommendations of the bipartisan commission that recently concluded an exhaustive review of events leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.     Commission members have pledged to campaign vigorously for adoption of their proposals, the president reportedly is considering at least partial execution of those suggestions by an executive order that would circumvent Congress, and congressional leaders plan hearings and possible legislation. The train is moving quickly, pushed in part by...
  • Keep the Intelligence in “Intelligence Reform”

    08/03/2004 6:26:28 PM PDT · by OESY · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | July 28, 2004 | James Carafano
    “Leaders Pick Up Urgency of 9/11 Panel,” reads a front-page headline in the July 24 Washington Post. Good news. Or is it? It’s not that the 9/11 commission’s report is lacking. It’s been widely hailed, and rightly so, as generally on the mark. It offers fair suggestions for what should be the next steps in improving homeland security. Congress and the Bush administration should be commended for wanting to act on them, and soon. But haste isn’t necessarily a virtue here. It’s more important to get the next steps right than to get there fast. As much as we may...
  • Bush announces new intelligence czar post

    08/02/2004 1:30:07 PM PDT · by demlosers · 54 replies · 1,169+ views
    UPI ^ | 2 August 2004 | Richard Tomkins
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush, declaring the nation was still not safe from terrorist attack, announced Monday the creation of a national director to oversee federal intelligence gathering and the creation of a National Intelligence Center to monitor and coordinate all government counter-terrorism plans and activities. "All the institutions of our government must be fully prepared for a struggle against terror that will last into the future," Bush said while speaking in the White House Rose Garden. "Our goal is an integrated, unified, national-intelligence effort." The announcement comes on the heels of a new al-Qaida threat...
  • President Bush Live in the Rose Garden -Sept. 11 Commission Recommendations

    08/02/2004 8:30:27 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 311 replies · 9,376+ views
    CSPAN ^ | 8/2/04
    Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, with Department of Homeland Security Sec. Tom Ridge, President Bush talks about what steps he will be taking with regard to the recommendations made by the Sept. 11 comission in their final report a few weeks ago. Live Monday 11:20 ET (approx) on CSPAN
  • Kerry E-mails CNN after terror alert...

    08/01/2004 9:21:18 PM PDT · by SlickSue · 37 replies · 6,162+ views
    Did anyone watch the terror alert Sunday afternoon on CNN? After the alert they cut away to Fredricka Whitfield and she said they just recieved an email from Senator John Kerry and he said that this was all the more reason to concider the 911's panel recommendation. Several other things he said but I can't remember... If you would have coughed you would had missed this...took all of 1 minute. This was rude and political...I'm surprised nobody heard this!!
  • Senate Hearing- 9/11 Committee Recommendations

    07/30/2004 8:09:51 AM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 24 replies · 813+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | 7/30/04
    Susan Collins and Joe Lieberman chairing the Govt Affairs committee
  • Congress Faces Hurdles on Sept. 11 Reform

    07/29/2004 5:36:30 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 257+ views
    AP ^ | 7-29-04 | ALAN FRAM
    WASHINGTON - Congress is eager to show voters it's acting on the Sept. 11 commission's call for overhauling intelligence agencies, but turf fights, partisan rivalries and the task's sheer complexity are sure to slow lawmakers' work. Reflecting the momentum for change sparked last week by the commission's widely acclaimed final report, at least nine committees are planning more than 15 hearings in what is normally a sleepy August on Capitol Hill. The first is Friday, when the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee (news - web sites) hears from commission chairman Thomas Kean, a Republican, and his Democratic deputy, Lee Hamilton. "My...
  • White House moves on 9/11 report

    07/29/2004 12:09:12 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 6 replies · 592+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/29/04
    Aides drafting executive orders Thursday, July 29, 2004 Posted: 2:14 PM EDT (1814 GMT) WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wrapping up a weeklong vacation on his Texas ranch, President Bush on Thursday led a videoconference meeting of his working group on the September 11 commission's recommendations. Spokesman Trent Duffy said the group was making "great progress," but he would not elaborate on how close Bush was to receiving or approving executive orders implementing some recommendations. Administration officials have said that presidential approval of some of the changes suggested by the commission could come by early next week.
  • Kerry Says 9/11 Commission Recommendations Require Urgent Action; 'Time is not on our side'

    07/27/2004 8:47:51 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 32 replies · 591+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | 7/27/04
    p>To: National Desk and Political Reporter Contact: Mark Kitchens of Kerry-Edwards, 202-464-2800, Web: NORFOLK, Va., July 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following was released today by the Kerry-Edwards campaign: Flanked by Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, fellow Vietnam veteran Skip Barker, Rep. Jane Harman and Rep. Bobby Scott, John Kerry called for extending the role of the 9/11 Commission today, so that they can help ensure their recommendations are implemented as soon as possible. Part of his plan to build a stronger, more secure America, Kerry made the remarks today in Norfolk, Va. A decorated combat veteran who has dedicated...
  • Examples of Bush Administration Actions Matching 9/11 Commission Recommendations

    07/24/2004 8:14:03 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 7 replies · 667+ views
    The Bush Administration has taken many significant steps since 9/11 to improve intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security coordination and information sharing. Examples of significant actions taken by the Bush Administration that match recommendations that now appear in the 9/11 Commission’s report include the following: Eliminating Sanctuaries Commission Recommendation: “The U.S. government must identify and prioritize actual or potential terrorist sanctuaries. For each, it should have a realistic strategy to keep possible terrorists insecure and on the run, using all elements of national power. We should reach out, listen to, and work with other countries that can help.” (Ch. 12,...
  • NASA Meets Two More Recommendations

    07/22/2004 10:11:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 165+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/22/04 | Marcia Dunn - AP
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA (news - web sites) has met two more recommendations that are required for the space agency to return to flight, but remains stymied on inspection and repair methods for shuttles in orbit. Inspection and repair, along with the elimination of fuel-tank foam shedding, are the most technically challenging issues facing NASA as it aims for a spring 2005 launch, the head of an oversight panel said Thursday. Despite the lingering hurdles, there is no reason to believe shuttle flights won't resume next March or April, said Richard Covey, a former shuttle commander who is chairman...
  • Current, Ex-Spy Officials Oppose Agency

    04/17/2004 5:33:37 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 9 replies · 163+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 04/17/04 | unknown
    WASHINGTON -- While the Sept. 11 commission appears likely to recommend an overhaul of U.S. intelligence agencies, the idea that a separate domestic spy agency be created outside the FBI is meeting strong opposition from current and former officials. FBI Director Robert Mueller, former Director Louis Freeh, Attorney General John Ashcroft, his predecessor Janet Reno and CIA Director George Tenet all recommended against a new homeland spy agency in testimony before the panel this week. In a rare alignment, the position of the five on the issue dovetails with that of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU maintains that...