Now I understand that in the great scheme of thing the CFATS program is a relatively minor program within the Department of Homeland Security. It doesn’t even show up as a line item in the budget documents submitted to the Congress. But, here is a list of things that King considers more important to the security of the Homeland:
• Obtaining for the military victims of the 2009 Islamist terror attacks on the homeland, at Little Rock, Arkansas and Fort Hood, Texas, the Purple Heart Medals they deserve;
• Studying security preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; and
• Ensuring the protection of U.S. security contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq (many of whom are veterans, reservists, or National Guardsmen) who have been illegally detained by the governments in Kabul and Baghdad;
I accept that these are legitimate items of inquiry (though maybe not the purview of the Homeland Security Committee), but it would be nice for Rep. King to explain how these items are more important than ensuring that high-risk chemical facilities are adequately protected against terrorist attack.