Threats to Texas | Terrorism:
Texas is home to many valuable resources, making us a valuable target for terrorist organizations seeking to destroy us and our way of life. Efforts to reduce our vulnerability to terrorist attacks and guard life and property in Texas include protecting our critical infrastructure and key resources across all sectors and disciplines and executing a coordinated hazard mitigation effort.
When it comes to potentially vital information on would-be terrorists, a key finding of the 9/11 Commission was the need for law enforcement to transition from a mentality of “need to know” to “need to share.” The sharing of all relevant law enforcement information is critical to protect our nation from future terrorist attacks. Through new technologies, such as TDEx and LiveScan, law enforcement agencies in Texas at the local, state and federal levels are sharing information as never before.
Admiral James Loy, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, has testified that “information from ongoing investigations, detentions and emerging threat streams strongly suggests that al-Qaeda has considered using the Southwest Border to infiltrate the United States.”
Governor's Anti-Terrorism Initiatives
Governor's Related News
Mar 04, 2013 - Gov. Perry: Release of Criminal Aliens into our Communities is Unconscionable
Gov. Rick Perry, in a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton, called on the Obama Administration to provide state and local law enforcement with information regarding the release of criminal aliens into Texas communities. The administration has failed to coordinate with or provide details to states where detainees have been released.
Sep 19, 2012 - Statement by Gov. Perry on Fast and Furious Report
If a member of the Attorney General's inner circle had the knowledge and power to stop Fast and Furious, the Attorney General had the knowledge and power to stop it. The only other possibility is that he is incompetent.
Jun 28, 2012 - Statement by Gov. Perry on Congressional Vote to Hold AG Holder in Contempt
The U.S. House of Representatives today sent a clear message that it will not allow the Obama Administration to hide its lawless, reckless and deadly actions from the American public. The American people deserve to know what they are hiding, how high this lawlessness goes and why the President's lawyer and best friend is stonewalling.
Jun 25, 2012 - Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding SCOTUS Decision on Arizona Law
Today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold Arizona's right to check the legal status of individuals within its borders is a victory not only for the people of Arizona, but for the rule of law. No state should be held hostage to a federal government that refuses to enforce the laws of the land.
Jun 20, 2012 - Statement by Gov. Perry on President Obama’s Decision to Exert Executive Privilege in “Fast and Furious” Case
At the heart of this scandal is the tragic death of a U.S. border patrol agent, slain by a drug cartel member wielding a gun placed into circulation by his own government, and it's unconscionable that President Obama and Attorney General Holder are refusing to cooperate with this investigation.
Jun 15, 2012 - Statement by Gov. Perry on Obama Administration’s Immigration Announcement
The Obama Administration's election-year tactic to bypass Congress and arbitrarily grant amnesty to potentially millions of illegal immigrants is another example of its blatant disregard for our Constitution, our rule of law and our democratic process, Gov. Perry said.
Dec 12, 2011 - Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Obama Administration’s Decision to Slash Number of National Guard troops at U.S.-Mexico Border
President Obama's decision to slash the number of National Guard troops patrolling and securing our southern border is proof that this administration has no intention to truly secure the border or listen to the American citizens, communities and law enforcement who care about border security and public safety. -Gov. Perry
Aug 23, 2010 - Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Bullets from Juarez Striking El Paso Building
Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding bullets from a gun battle in Juarez that struck a building on the campus of the University of Texas-El Paso over the weekend: