Thursday, February 08, 2007

Sergeant At Arms defends Pelosi military jet request, citing 9/11

February 8, 2007

As the Sergeant at Arms, I have the responsibility to ensure the security of the members of the House of Representatives, to include the Speaker of the House. The Speaker requires additional precautions due to her responsibilities as the leader of the House and her Constitutional position as second in the line of succession to the presidency.

In a post 9/11 threat environment, it is reasonable and prudent to provide military aircraft to the Speaker for official travel between Washington and her district. The practice began with Speaker Hastert and I have recommended that it continue with Speaker Pelosi. The fact that Speaker Pelosi lives in California compelled me to request an aircraft that is capable of making non-stop flights for security purposes, unless such an aircraft is unavailable. This will ensure communications capabilities and also enhance security. I made the recommendation to use military aircraft based upon the need to provide necessary levels of security for ranking national leaders, such as the Speaker. I regret that an issue that is exclusively considered and decided in a security context has evolved into a political issue.

6 Comments:

Blogger Prodigal Son said...

The mention of Sgt. at Arms reminds me that is the position Aaron has with the local CRA.

I wonder how Sarge is doing. As I recall, he has a wedding date of March 17th.

I miss you Aaron, you big lug...

5:01 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

The mention of Sgt. at Arms reminds me that is the position Aaron has with the local CRA.

I wonder how Sarge is doing. As I recall, he has a wedding date of March 17th.

I miss you Aaron, you big lug...

5:01 PM  
Blogger Prodigal Son said...

There seems to be an echo in this joint..

5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RC Married!!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous John said...

This site needs to be updated!

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Rats with Fleas said...

Pelosi can go to hell!

4:48 AM  

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