On this date 11 years ago, a series of terrorist attacks stunned the nation and shaped the future of an entire generation. Today, on the anniversary of Sept. 11, cities and towns across the country remember those who were lost in the attacks as well as the servicemen and women who have sacrificed their lives in the War on Terror since.
U.S. Rep. Candice Miller (District 10 - Macomb Township) released the following statement in regard to the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11.
The United States of America is the only nation in the history of the world that was founded upon the ideas of individual freedom and liberty and that all men are created equal. Since our founding, Americans have helped to spread that idea across the globe.
11 years ago today, our nation was attacked by cowardly terrorists who murdered nearly 3,000 of our fellow Americans in an attempt to force a retreat from the cause of freedom. In that effort they failed miserably. Since September 11, 2001, we have seen the sons and daughters of liberty step forward to defend our nation and the cause of freedom. They have worked here at home to strengthen our defenses and on battlefields across the world to defeat those who attempt to inflict harm on our great nation.
Today, every American should take time in their own way to remember those who we lost on that horrific day and say a prayer of thanksgiving for those who have sacrificed so much in the defense of liberty. We also pray for the safe return of those who continue to stand a post on distant battlefields defending our freedom.
On September 11, 2012 our nation remains united in the cause of freedom and ever vigilant in its defense. This stands as a vivid testament that the terrorists have lost and liberty ever endures. God bless America.
Miller, who chairs the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security in the U.S. House, will hold a special hearing today at 10 a.m. to examine the current state of America's border security.
“Eleven Years Later: Preventing Terrorists from Coming to America" will be screened in a live webcast from Washington, D.C. Special guests at the hearing include:
- Kelli Ann Walther, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Screening Coordination Office, Department of Homeland Security
- Kevin McAleenan, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection
- John Woods, Assistant Director, National Security Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations
- Edward Ramotowski, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs
- Charles K. Edwards, Acting Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security
“As the 9/11 Commission Report noted, ‘For terrorists, travel documents are as important as weapons.’ Building on the lessons learned, we have strengthened our outer ring of border security to conduct more rigorous checks overseas, collect biometric data, and continuously check visa holders against the terror watch lists," Miller said, in a prepared statement. "Although progress has been made, the 2009 Christmas Day Bomb plot exposed additional weaknesses in our efforts to prevent terrorists from obtaining a visa, or board a plane headed for the U.S. Our hearing will examine the progress made since then to strengthen this outer layer of border security.”