More than 100 Congressional committees, subcommittees and other groups claim oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Saying, “The nation is not as safe as it could and should be,” more than 60 experts signed an ad in The Wall Street Journal on May 21, 2014, urging Congress to follow the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission and streamline oversight of homeland security.
Among the bipartisan group are the three past Secretaries of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff and Janet Napolitano; the 9/11 Commission members, including chairman Thomas Kean and vice-chairman Lee Hamilton; former heads of the CIA, FBI, NSA and Joint Chiefs; members of Congress and advisors to Presidents. For the list, click here. The news release is here.
- 9/11 Commission chairman Tom Kean and vice-chairman Lee Hamilton wrote the op-ed “Homeland Confusion” for The New York Times.
- Former Senator Gary Hart and Norman Augustine, former members of the Hart-Rudman Commission, which warned of an attack on U.S. soil before 9/11, wrote in The Los Angeles Times, “Why 9/11 Can Happen Again.”
- The Sunnylands-Aspen Task Force, a group of experts in domestic security, issued a report on Sept. 11, 2013.
- The report “Alarms Unheeded” was published on the 13th anniversary of the Hart-Rudman Commission’s final report, which warned of the possibility of an attack at home and urged Congress to review its supervision of domestic security.