Remembering 9/11: Rep. Dicks pushed for increased security funding

PORT ANGELES — Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Bremerton, continues to fight for increased “homeland security” funding he says is still needed one year after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“First, I think we must remember we were attacked by an enemy that is despicable, that has distorted Islam and we have every right to defend ourselves,” Dicks said.

“We did that in Afghanistan with the Taliban and liberated the country. Our cause is justified and the world supports us, but we still don’t have a homeland security bill in place.

“We need to take time and get it right. There’s not enough money for those agencies that need to be strengthened.”

Those agencies include the FBI, Coast Guard, Customs Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service and Border Patrol, he said.

“What bothers me is that (homeland security agencies) have submitted budgets and they have not been funded by the administration. They are underfunding some important activities,” Dicks said.

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