Radio Interview with Frank Gaffney: 2012 Priorities for Homeland Security
Jan 17, 2012 -
Congressman Sensenbrenner spoke with Frank Gaffney and Fred Grandy on Secure Freedom Radio about his work as Chair of the the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and priorities for 2012, including the tools of the PATRIOT Act, investigating Fast and Furious, the REAL ID Act, and how the President and his Administration has neglected constitutional checks and balances.
His remarks begin at 14:30 mark.
On the continued important role of the PATRIOT Act:
"The PATRIOT Act is one of the ways we keep our guard up with the interception of technologies and messages. In the 10 plus years that the PATRIOT Act has been on the books, there has been no federal court in the country that has declared unconstitutional any of the 17 expanded powers that the PATRIOT Act gave the intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Not one."
"For example one of the provisions of the PATRIOT Act tore down the wall that the Church Committee and the Clinton Justice Department put up to prevent the FBI and CIA from exchanging intelligence information. And if it weren't for that wall, we might have heard about 9/11. If you want to repeal the PATRIOT Act, you put back up the wall and you hamstring our foreign intelligence and domestic intelligence agencies from being able to try to put together the pieces of the puzzle."
On the REAL ID Act:
"Thirty two states are close to REAL ID mateiral compliance, and fourty four states and territories have indicated they fully intend to meet REAL ID compliance.This was one of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. The REAL ID principle is very simple. Number one is that you get one drivers license period. So you can't go jumping across state lines and have a whole bunch of drivers licenses. The second is the REAL ID Act says illegal immigrants can't get drivers license. When you apply for a driver's license, you have to be able to verify your identity."
"Now, one thing the REAL ID does not do, is it does not set up a national database. It is not a national ID card. It requires states DMV to check an applicant against other states. We have been doing that since the 90s for commercial driver's license, which is a truck driver's license."