Florida politicians weigh in on Obama’s security speechby Dara Kam | January 7th, 2010
Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican running for U.S. Senate:
“The attempted terror attack on Christmas Day was a somber reminder that we are a nation still at war. The facts surrounding the failed bombing plot are alarming. It is troubling to hear that this attempt was not stopped long before the plan was enacted.
“As more details emerge on who knew what and when, it is important that all facets of our homeland security redouble their efforts to protect the American people as we fight the ongoing war on terror.
“While I appreciate that a review has been conducted, it is much more important that our entire intelligence community proactively works to make sure this type of attempt doesn’t happen again.”
Attorney General Bill McCollum, a Republican running for governor:
“I am thankful President Obama is fully engaged on national security issues and the business of keeping Americans safe. Our approach must not be reactionary and it must not be passive. We must successfully execute a coordinated and proactive intelligence and counter-terrorism strategy to ensure the safety of our citizens.
“I founded the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare more than two decades ago because there are individuals and organizations in this world that will stop at nothing in their attempts to attack Americans and American interests.
“We cannot afford to treat the threats presented by al-Qaida and allied organizations as simple law enforcement issues to be addressed in a courtroom. We are waging a War on Terror, and we must carry it out as such. Most importantly, the need to gain immediate information from terrorist detainees must trump the interests of civil prosecutions.
“Protecting Americans from radical Islamic terrorists must be President Obama’s chief priority. I look forward to learning more about the actions he plans to take to deter future terrorist attacks.”
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, a Democratic running for governor:
“Especially when it comes to something as important as our national security and protecting America from terrorism, it’s refreshing to hear a president who accepts responsibility, demands accountability and is willing to say, ‘The buck stops with me.””
U.S. Sen. George Lemieux, R-Florida:
“The system did not work and we should treat this situation as if the worst had happened. The position of Director of National Intelligence was created to connect the dots and only by good fortune, and not because of lessons learned, did we avoid a tragedy.”