Growing Threats to the Security of Our Nation

Senator Saxby Chambliss
2013-03-15 14:25:56
United States Senator For Georgia Saxby Chambliss Dear Friends, This week, I held an open hearing with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) to discuss the worldwide threats that currently face our nation.�While much of what we do on this committee is classified, as vice-chairman, I believe it is important for the American people to periodically hear from those who have first-hand knowledge of threats to the security of our nation. New threats from al-Qaeda and their affiliates are emerging, and expanding, in places like Yemen and North Africa.� These threats come in many forms like terrorism and espionage from all corners of the globe.� We also must be wary of growing nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, as well as the ongoing conflict in Syria. At the same time, cyber espionage and intrusions to America�s computer networks are a growing threat every day. The United States must secure its own critical infrastructure in the public and private sectors, and we must be able to share information freely with others in private industry and the government without liability to those that cooperate.� Information sharing� will help this country deter cyber intruders.� As we face continuing threats from core al-Qaeda along with new threats from al-Qaeda affiliates, the U.S. is badly overdue for a long-term detention policy that allows us to fully and effectively interrogate terrorist detainees.�For example, last week Osama bin Laden�s son-in-law was captured and indicted in federal court.�While he is finally facing justice for his long affiliation with bin Laden and al-Qaeda, I firmly believe this administration's refusal to detain and interrogate terrorists �oversees is hurting our ability to collect intelligence at a time when we should be maximizing the opportunity to gather intelligence first and foremost.� Combined with these increasing and diverse threats, today's budget problems clearly present a challenge to the entire intelligence community. However,� I'm confident that the men and women of the intelligence community who work so hard every day in defense of this nation will rise to this challenge and not only get the job done, but do it well. You can watch my discussion with the leaders of the intelligence community about these threats here: Opening Statement [link 1] Effects of Sequestration [link 2] Lessons Learned from Benghazi [link 3] Today�s Threats [link 4] Very truly yours, [image = chambliss.enews.senate.gov/images/user_images/CSC-sig.jpg] Should you need assistance with a federal agency, you may contact my office toll free at 800-234-4208, or send an e-mail by clicking the icon at the top of this page that says �e-mail me.� You can also send a letter to one of my office addresses listed at the very bottom of this newsletter. Like me on Facebook [link 5] for instant updates. Or you can follow me on Twitter [link 6] or Instagram [link 7] @senchambliss. Recent News: My Visit with the Rome Chamber [link 8] Chambliss Statement on the Capture of Sulaiman Abu Ghayth [link 9] Senator Chambliss joins Instagram [link 10] � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �
March 15, 2013

Dear Friends,

This week, I held an open hearing with the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) to discuss the worldwide threats that currently face our nation. While much of what we do on this committee is classified, as vice-chairman, I believe it is important for the American people to periodically hear from those who have first-hand knowledge of threats to the security of our nation.

New threats from al-Qaeda and their affiliates are emerging, and expanding, in places like Yemen and North Africa.  These threats come in many forms like terrorism and espionage from all corners of the globe.  We also must be wary of growing nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea, as well as the ongoing conflict in Syria.

At the same time, cyber espionage and intrusions to America�s computer networks are a growing threat every day. The United States must secure its own critical infrastructure in the public and private sectors, and we must be able to share information freely with others in private industry and the government without liability to those that cooperate.  Information sharing  will help this country deter cyber intruders. 

As we face continuing threats from core al-Qaeda along with new threats from al-Qaeda affiliates, the U.S. is badly overdue for a long-term detention policy that allows us to fully and effectively interrogate terrorist detainees. For example, last week Osama bin Laden�s son-in-law was captured and indicted in federal court. While he is finally facing justice for his long affiliation with bin Laden and al-Qaeda, I firmly believe this administration's refusal to detain and interrogate terrorists  oversees is hurting our ability to collect intelligence at a time when we should be maximizing the opportunity to gather intelligence first and foremost. 

Combined with these increasing and diverse threats, today's budget problems clearly present a challenge to the entire intelligence community. However,  I'm confident that the men and women of the intelligence community who work so hard every day in defense of this nation will rise to this challenge and not only get the job done, but do it well.

You can watch my discussion with the leaders of the intelligence community about these threats here:

Very truly yours,

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