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USA Secure ( is a unique round-table of senior industry executives created to educate Americans on the realities of terrorism.

USA Secure is a unique round-table of senior industry executives created to educate Americans on the realities of terrorism. Our forums, white papers and symposiums focus on developing a national strategy and the challenges faced by our nation's first responders. We are a non-profit 501(c)6 organization.

Mission: Our Goals *Develop clear homeland security priorities and strategies from the perspective of the private sector; *Communicate those strategies to government entities; *Promote private sector involvement in government decision-making with regard to implementing homeland security measures; *Ensure that members receive, and exchange views on, the most current and relevant perspectives on critical homeland security issues; *Provide a coordinated industry response to governmental proposals involving homeland security matters and a focused analysis of these governmental proposals; and *Provide expert technical assistance to plan and implement appropriate facility plans, assessments and counter-measures to address eco-security, crisis management and homeland security concerns.

U.S. envoy to OSCE: Russians "simply need to leave" Ukraine (Video)

U.S. envoy to OSCE: Russians "simply need to leave" Ukraine (Video)
Read more on UNIAN: The ambassador told about the OSCE's role in Ukraine and noted human rights violations in the Russian-occupied territories.

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Congratulations to Jim Gilmore. Thanks, again, for your service to our country! “American Opportunity is proud of Jim Gilmore and his latest mission to serve the United States of America in Vienna, Austria as Ambassador @usosce”

Newsmax, CBN, Townhall — new faces and a new feel at White House press briefings

Article about John Gizzi in the Post about his growing influence in the White House Press Corps.... Reporters from conservative organizations get a leg up on their mainstream competitors.

[08/22/15]   Look for Jim Gilmore discussing immigration issues this afternoon on CNN with Poppy Harlow.

U.s. Needs Anti-terrorism Plan, Panel Warns

Gilmore Commission (First Report) was released in Dec. 2000.
Take a look back at some of the facts as reported by the Washington Post & Meet the Press.
Washington Post Dec. 16, 2000
The (Gilmore Commission) study also says Congress needs to create a "Special Committee for Combating Terrorism." The report comes as FBI agents and others continue efforts to solve the deadly bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen and to apprehend Osama bin Laden, the Saudi fugitive who has been indicted for masterminding attacks on U.S. embassies in East Africa.
"We are impelled by the stark realization that a terrorist attack on some level inside our borders in inevitable and the United States must be ready," Gilmore said. "It is truly a `national' issue that requires synchronization of our efforts. ... The individual capabilities of all critical elements must be brought to bear in a much more coherent way than is now the case."
full article prior to the Bush Administration taking over.

Transcript where Russert presses Cheney on what they did prior to 9/11 and he responds about meeting in May 2001 with Gen. Clapper and Gov. Gilmore. Gen. Clapper is now serving in the Obama Administration.


MR. RUSSERT: The first meeting on counterterrorism reform, if you will, was held on September 4. In hindsight, should the administration had been more aggressive in dealing with counterterrorism from day one of the administration?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, we actually were, Tim. There was a lot of work done back at the beginning, as I recall, in May. I had, for example, a couple of meetings with Governor Gilmore and General Clapper, who headed up one of the commissions that had reviewed this whole question for the last couple of years. We got a lot of information from a lot of different places. I brought on board my staff Admiral Steve Abbott, who? now the deputy director of the Homeland Security Office, a retired Navy admiral; a number of other people, as we put together a core group, and this was back in, say, May, June time frame, and we worked through the course of the summer on it. The work that had been done there ultimately was reflected in the president? decision on his speech of September 20 when he went before the Congress, announced Governor Ridge was going to head up this new office. There had already been a lot of work done before September 11.

Full Transcript:
NBC Meet the Press 0519| 04/28/2002-12/23/2002 A federal panel warned that the United States is extremely vulnerable to terrorists wielding weapons of mass destruction and called for creation of a national counterterrorism agency and the...

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Serving Veterans Across DHS

DHS recognizes our Veterans. Thanks to all who serve here and abroad..... As we take time on Monday to thank our nation’s veterans for their service and sacrifices, we also recognize the veterans who continue to serve here at home, including across the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Twitter / freecongress: #throwbackthursday Governor ...

One photo from that day at Reagan National Airport's re-opening after the Sept. 11, 2001 attack.... Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.

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12 years ago this month George W. Bush and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore reopened Washington's Reagan National Airport after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 forced it to close. Closing this airport for public safety concerns impacted nearly 70,000 jobs in the region. Airline & hotel employees, and especially taxi drivers were very grateful that day. Normalcy began to return to the region.

USA Today
Oct. 2, 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush announced that Reagan National Airport, closed since the terror attacks on the United States three weeks ago, would reopen Thursday under tight security. ''There really is no greater symbol that America's back in business than the reopening of this airport,'' Bush said Tuesday from the terminal of the airport, which sits close to the White House and other national landmarks. Bush had been urged by members of Congress and local officials to reopen the airport, one of the nation's busiest and the last one to remain closed after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Under the new rules, flights will be limited, flight patterns varied and armed flight marshals stationed on planes using the airport.

The airport is to reopen Thursday with shuttle flights to New York's LaGuardia Airport and Boston, according to a government fact sheet and lawmakers briefed on the changes.

After three weeks, service will resume to and from Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Newark and Pittsburgh.

Later, flights will be allowed to an additional 10 cities yet to be determined.

"We're doing the right thing. We've taken our time. We can assure the American public as best we can that we've taken the necessary safety precautions," Bush said. "Now, it's time to start flying again."

The airport's past flight paths followed the Potomac River, bringing planes close to CIA headquarters, the White House, the Capitol and the Pentagon.

From now on flights will follow a straight line, over some residential areas, rather than along the river. The river routes were intended to reduce noise.

The Washington Monument loomed in the near distance behind Bush as he made his announcement from a small wooden podium set up between two gates near a U.S. Airways terminal.

Virginia Gov. James Gilmore told the ceremony, "This airport is a beacon and a symbol of freedom, not just for this community but for this entire nation."

The airport underwent a complete renovation in 1997.

Within 45 days, there will be approximately 450 flights a day, just over half the 792 daily commercial flights before the attacks, according to the fact sheet.

Planes can only fly in and out of the airport from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the Boeing 737 will be the largest plane allowed.

All passengers will have to go through two security checkpoints, show identification twice, and be limited to one carryon bag. There also will be expanded identification checks for airport employees and flight crews, and more police and K-9 patrols.

Armed air marshals will be aboard flights in and out of the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration, citing security reasons, would not say if they would be on every plane. But lawmakers briefed on the changes said air marshals would be on all flights originating or ending at Reagan National.

"This is the airport that brings our nation's leaders to Washington to do the people's business. It's the airport that welcomes millions of tourists to our nation's capital," Bush said.

"We want the tourists coming back to see our great monuments," he added.

The airport, located on the Virginia side of the Potomac, is a major source of jobs in the Washington area. Members of Congress from the region have pushed for reopening the airport, a favorite of lawmakers returning to their districts each weekend.

On an average day when it was open, some 42,000 passengers used the airport, and 10,200 people worked there. About 6,000 jobs are at closely connected businesses such as car rental companies, and local business groups estimate that another 70,000 tourism and hospitality jobs depend on the airport.

Overall, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority estimates that the airport pumps $2.4 billion a year into the local economy.

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., chairman of the House Transportation aviation subcommittee, said the White House's National Security Council insisted on some security provisions before the airport could reopen. "There's no reason these things can't be complied with," Mica said.

Pilots said they were ready to fly in and out of the airport.

"We've safely flown in and out of National Airport for many, many, many years," said Capt. John Cox, executive air safety chairman of the Air Line Pilots Association. "We need to get that airport open. Every day that we don't, we stand directly affected by the acts of the madmen."

But an aviation watchdog group had a different view.

"This move would make the capital vulnerable to renewed aviation terrorist attacks and would send the message that the U.S. is not really serious about homeland defense," said Paul Hudson, director of the Aviation Consumer Action Project.

Hudson recommended that National instead be used as the headquarters and training ground for the new Office of Homeland Security, and as the base for Air Force jets flying over Washington.

Presidential Powers - C-SPAN Video Library

Recent panel discussion from July 2013 that was covered by C-SPAN regarding Presidential Power and US foreign policy past, present, and future..... A panel discussion was held on presidential power in foreign and security policy. Attorneys and constitutional experts gave an historical perspective on executive power in relation to Congress, particularly in the use of force.

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Hearings - U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee

Here is how Jim Gilmore spent part of his summer vacation before the Joint Economic Committee.
Jul 31 2013 2:00 PM

WHAT: Hearing - “Lessons from Reagan: How Tax Reform Can Boost Economic Growth"


The Honorable James S. Gilmore III
President and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and 68th Governor of Virginia
Alexandria, VA

The Honorable Laura D’Andrea Tyson
Professor, Business Administration and Economics
Haas School of Business, University of California
Berkeley, CA

Dr. Kevin Hassett
John G. Searle Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute
Washington, DC

Dr. Jane Gravelle
Senior Specialist, Government and Finance Division
Congressional Research Service
Washington, DC

WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WHERE: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Kevin Brady presiding.


Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for webcast hearings, should contact 202-224-5171 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date. The Honorable James S. Gilmore III President and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and 68th Governor of VirginiaAlexandria, VA

Where They Stand

Great panel discussion at Center ofr National Interest today (July 1, 2013) in Washington, DC. More details will follow with the C-SPAN re-air. Thanks to Robert Merry, Marvin Kalb, and David Rivkin.
More from Robert Merry....
Current editor of The National Interest and author of ‘A Country of Vast Designs’, ‘Sands of Empire’ and ‘Taking on the World; Next Book Release: June 26

McLean, VA ·

how and why presidents succeed and fail by recounting the judgments of historians and comparing them to the voters

Subcommittee Hearing: Why Can’t DHS Better Communicate with the American People? | The House...

Congressman Jeff Duncan of South Carolina highlighted Gov. Gilmore's testimony from Feb. 2013 today during a hearing on DHS and communication with the American people. See his opening statement. Mr. Bill Braniff Executive Director National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism University of Maryland

The Asymmetric Threat

Great resource to review and research on The Asymmetric Threat: The site is designed to advance the dialogue on national and global security and provide a wider understanding of the asymmetric threat and how we can help counter it. It is intended to serve as the go-to source for fact-based resources and original research and provide a forum for review and discussion of pertinent themes and events. Meet the people who are are moving forward the discovery, discussion and analysis of the wide variety of topics related to the asymmetric threat. These are the thought leaders. [more]

[06/07/13]   Most recent DHS Newsletter from Secretary Napolitano:

Office of Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The DHS Bulletin provides up to date information on Department of Homeland Security initiatives on which the news media is focused. The Bulletin draws from press releases, statements, op-eds, testimony, blog posts and other public documents to provide an overview of the most newsworthy topics.


Secretary Napolitano and CBP Acting Commissioner Winkowski Participate in Global Entry Enrollment Center and Gallery Ribbon Cutting

This week, Secretary Napolitano and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Thomas Winkowski participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Global Entry enrollment center and gallery at CBP Headquarters to mark the fifth anniversary of Global Entry. Beginning June 10, applicants will be able to complete their Global Entry interview at the new Washington, D.C. enrollment center.

“We take seriously our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of passengers coming to and traveling throughout the United States, while at the same time, helping facilitate lawful travel, trade and tourism. Global Entry is a key part of this administration’s efforts to promote travel and tourism, and to make the travel experience more efficient and more secure.” – Secretary Napolitano.


Senior leaders from across the Department testified recently before Congress.

Testimony of U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp before the Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing entitled “Pending Legislation Regarding Sexual Assaults in the Military”

“As the President has said, there is ‘no silver bullet’ to solving the blight of sexual assault within our ranks. But we will continue our efforts until every victim feels confident in the ability to report sexual assault; every service member feels a duty to intervene and protect; every leader is focused on a command climate intolerant of sexual assault; and every crime is vigorously investigated and prosecuted, and justice is done. We will continue until sexual predators are driven from our service.”

On the Blog: Announcing the New and Improved Blue Campaign

This week, DHS announced the launch of the redesigned Blue Campaign, the Department of Homeland Security’s unified voice for combating human trafficking.

“Human trafficking is often hidden in plain sight, even in our own communities. Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. Increased awareness and training will lead to more tips, which will result in more victims being identified and rescued.” – Secretary Napolitano.

Celebrating Pride

DHS is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace for all DHS employees. DHS has incorporated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) awareness training into basic courses at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and has created the first DHS Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan to help promote a diverse workforce and foster an inclusive workplace for all DHS employees.

“Diversity makes us better as a Department, and the contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender employees strengthen DHS in many different ways every day. As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security, we are taking the opportunity to consider just how much has changed in that time. Working as One DHS means we benefit from the talents and experiences that all of our people bring with them.” – Secretary Napolitano.


This week, Secretary Napolitano completed a Global Entry interview at the new Washington, D.C. enrollment center. The new Global Entry enrollment center and gallery at CBP will provide applicants the opportunity to complete their Global Entry interview at the new Washington, D.C. enrollment center.


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