Richard "Jay" Edgar
Libertarian Candidate for 4th District US Congress
911 Commission Report
I agree with some of the report but not with all of the report.
Foreign Policy Recommendations
I agree with most of the foreign policy recommendations:
Well said! If we really want to promote freedom in the rest of the world we need to set an example by maintaining freedom here in the United States.
Domestic Security Recommendations
I find much of the domestic security policy recommendations rather Orwellian. I agree that we must protect ourselves from domestic attacks, but we must do so while preserving our civil liberties.
While I don't have an issue with fully checking out foreign nationals, I have a problem with not allowing our own citizens to travel freely within our own country (and even anonymously). An airline may decide to allow anonymous travel, if the traveler agrees to a more stringent search.
This sounds eerily like a National ID card. I fear a day that in order to survive in the United States you need to give up your privacy and are constantly stopped with the demand "Your papers please!"
Any review of laws passed by congress shows that most of them are just a method of getting the federal government to spend more money. I found agreement with the following statement in the report:
I strongly agree with the report recommendation on reorganizing government (although I may not wholly agree on how to reorganize it.) The current national security organization is based on an outdated view of the world. It was created to fight a cold war and organized by greedy politicians in such a way as to extract the maximum tax dollars out of the taxpayer.
One major fault I have with this report (and every government document and mission statement I have seen) is that it does not stress the importance of providing a value to the taxpayer at the lowest possible cost. We should streamline our government agencies so they not only operate better, but so they operate in a cost efficient manner.
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