Susan Collins Uncovering Security Lapses at U.S. Federal Buildings
Imagine this frightening scenario: Government inspectors set out to test the security of ten high-traffic federal buildings in four major U.S. cities, where thousands of people work and visit each day. The covert operators obtain the components to make the bombs, at a cost of less than $150 each, from items available at most hardware stores.
Jul 14, 2009 - 3:35:00 PM
Susan Collins Responsibly Reporting Suspicious Activity
An alert citizenry is one of our best defenses against terrorist attacks. Signs on the New York City subway system read "If You See Something, Say Something." In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Capitol Police ask those who work on Capitol Hill to pay close attention to their environment to "help be the eyes and ears with our local law enforcement." Regular announcements in airports and train stations across the country encourage travelers to report unattended baggage.
Apr 25, 2009 - 9:29:04 AM
Susan Collins Federal Help for Better Cell Phone Coverage in Maine
Chief Deputy Sheriff Everett Flannery of Kennebec County recently met with me to discuss the challenges that Maine's inadequate network of cell phone towers poses for law enforcement. He was in Washington at the invitation of my colleague Senator Olympia Snowe to testify on this problem before the Senate Commerce Committee.
Jun 21, 2007 - 6:05:20 PM
Susan Collins Reaffirming Americans' Postal Privacy Rights
One of the most basic protections that we have as Americans and hold dear is the right to privacy. We want to be assured that the government respects our constitutional rights in many aspects of our lives, including our right to privacy when sending and receiving domestic, first-class mail. As Americans, we want to know that when we write a letter to a friend or relative, only the person to whom that letter is addressed will be opening and reading that letter. Fortunately, our laws providing this protection are very clear.
Jan 13, 2007 - 1:51:12 PM