Report Card: Texas Homeland Security bill writer sees shortcomings
By TRISH CHOATE
Plenty of blame to go around for DHS procurement problems
WASHINGTON — When a West Texas congressman introduced a bill to create a Department of Homeland Security back in March 2001, it was met with yawns and a general lack of disinterest.
Then terrorists attacked Sept. 11, 2001, on American soil. Suddenly lawmakers came out of the woodwork to support U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry's legislation, because safety at home was suddenly at the forefront.
Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, R-Texas, holds up a newspaper headline about uncovering a plot to explode a 'dirty bomb,' June 11, 2002, in Washington. (AP Photo/Kenneth Lambert)