I would like to respond to the person who criticized Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers for co-sponsoring the National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act. The co-sponsoring of the bill was a procedural change and in no way infringes on the individual rights of the citizen or the property owner.
Forest Rangers and Fish and Wildlife law enforcement officers do not have the training or expertise to investigate and enforce anti-terrorism laws. Homeland Security does and this bill simply clarifies the coordination necessary between federal agencies to properly keep our borders safe by expediting the process necessary for Homeland Security to quickly gain access to National Parks and Wildlife Preserves, etc. Federal agents from all federal agencies already have legal authority to go anywhere in their investigation leads them, however, they are supposed to coordinate with fellow agencies before they proceed.
I have more than 24 years of law enforcement experience. Fifteen years as a Federal Special Agent. I know the importance of coordinating with other fellow agencies before acting so everyone is aware of what the other federal agency is doing. This is critical to ensure resources aren’t wasted and lives are not placed unnecessarily in danger.
Cathy McMorris grew up in Stevens County and she would not sponsor any bill which takes away our individual liberties. In fact, this bill ensures and safeguards our individual liberties.
Michael J. Brunson,
Capt, USAF (Ret)
Director, District 1
Mary Walker School District