U.S. Representative Martha McSally believes the Obama administration has been lax in dealing with the threat of terrorism on American soil, and she’ll update her efforts to improve the situation at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 27) in a talk at the Arizona Senior Academy.
McSally chairs the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Subcommittee on the House Committee on Homeland Security. Following a series of hearings earlier this year, she introduced a bill to improve intelligence and information sharing on the threat posed by terrorist attacks. Her bill passed the house in late June and is now before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
“As we heard from experts in the hearings I chaired, the threat to our nation from terrorists seeking to attack our homeland is very real,” McSally said. “Countering this threat and mitigating the risk requires continuous sharing and analysis of intelligence.”
In a CNN interview in July, she said the Obama administration has only 16 people working to counter online radicalization efforts in the United States by the Islamic State and other terrorists groups. “We have 20,000 IRS agents making sure you and I are paying our taxes and making the right deductions, but 16 people responsible for countering radicalization here at home,” she told Wolf Blitzer.
The 49-year-old first-term Republican represents Arizona’s Second Congressional District, which includes Tucson’s east side as well as Vail and much of southeast Arizona.
Prior to serving in Congress, McSally served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2010 as a full colonel. She is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat and first to command a fighter squadron in combat in U.S. history.
Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer