Op-Eds

Jul 21, 2009

A Dangerous Retreat on “Real ID”

When the independent, bipartisan Sept. 11 commission issued its report in July 2004, an alarming fact was emphasized: Terrorists need valid identification to board an airplane. The commission asserted that "for terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons." Congress subsequently passed the Real ID Act, which was quickly signed into law by President George W. Bush. Under that act, states must shift to "secure" driver's licenses and identification cards by verifying that anyone who ...

  • Defense & Homeland Security
Jul 16, 2009

A Torturous Case of He Said, She Said

National security must remain a strategic legislative priority that deserves the vigilant and careful attention of Congress. When it comes to protecting Americans and preserving our freedoms, the interests of the people are best served by a permanent relationship of reciprocal confidence and deference between Congress and the intelligence community. On May 14, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) raised a very serious accusation concerning the credibility of the intelligence briefings Members of ...

  • National Defense