Security

A strong national defense is vital in a post-9/11 world. That includes comprehensive border security. In keeping us safe, the government may be tempted to overreach in ways disturbing to those of us who value our liberty above all else. Spying on Americans in the name of security is unacceptable. Finding the right balance between our national security and our freedoms is essential in keeping Americans safe from terrorists who want to kill us because they hate our way of life.

State Rep. Dan Branch (HD-108), Chairman of the Higher Education Committee, explains that the Texas House passed emerging tier one university reform and top 10% college admissions reform, along with adding additional...
First off, I never expected the reactions I would receive concerning my article on SB 1070. I want to thank everyone that commented on the article whether their comments were positive or not.
The construction of a $100 million project, which includes a mosque and 13-story Muslim community center, is scheduled to begin on September 11, 2011, just a few hundred feet from Ground Zero.
The following update was sent in from the Republican Party of Texas:Convention is Two Weeks Away! The 2010 Republican Party of Texas is just two weeks away! And this promises to be the best...
Today, I spoke on the Senate floor and filed an amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill, which will help the President maintain his commitment to strengthening border security and provide resources desperately...
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Friday gave approval to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to begin the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) along the southwest Texas border beginning June 1, 2010. Last month...
The White House has officially characterized the Times Square attempted bombing as an attempted act of terrorism. Furthermore, a U.S. intelligence official says that a foreign connection is likely to be found as the telltale...
After my recent visit and briefing on border violence in El Paso, I introduced legislation yesterday to help keep border communities safe, strengthen the morale and effectiveness of state and local law enforcement officers,...
(The late Richard Nadler was a close friend and mentor to me and others including John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review. His death last summer left a void in the...
The primary election for Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate is tomorrow, and the contenders seem to have resorted to a lot of mud-slinging! A Texas voter said,"I don't like it. I can't remember the last positive ad I'...
The following video clip and quote was sent in from Shirley Spellerberg, who worked hard as a member of the platform committee during the Republican Party of Texas 2010 Convention last week."Now we cannot even use a portion...
In recognition of the State of Israel as a strong and steadfast ally to the United States, Wednesday, I introduced a resolution to express the sense of the Senate that Israel has an undeniable right to self-defense and to...
Two U.S. citizens from New Jersey (Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 21, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26) were arrested Saturday at New York City's JFK Airport as they were trying to make their way to Somalia to join a jihadist group....
Today, I went to the Senate floor to discuss my amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill, which would provide resources desperately needed to secure the border, without adding to the deficit, because the costs are...
The construction of a $100 million project, which includes a mosque and 13-story Muslim community center, is scheduled to begin on September 11, 2011, just a few hundred feet from Ground Zero. This has caused outrage from...
Faisal Shahzad, the prime suspect for the attempted bombing in Times Square was arrested Monday night at New York City's JFK Airport while trying to flee the country.
An SUV parked on 45th Street in Times Square was found loaded with explosives Saturday night. A T-shirt vendor noticed that the SUV was smoking and alerted a nearby police officer prompting Times Square to be evacuated and...
This homegrown terrorism thread keeps getting weirder.Add “Jihad Jamie” to the list of loser-blonde-bimbo jihadi-wannabes. Jamie Paulin-Ramirez has been charged, along with 7 others, in Sweden in the continuing-to-unravel...
Today, I delivered a statement as member of the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing Dawn Johnsen, the President’s nominee to head the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel:
Debra Medina and the race for Texas governor have attained international attention. The British newspaper, Guardian, released an article today likening GOP gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina to Sarah Palin with...

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