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Oklahoma Homeland Security Task Force 2002

Oklahoma Homeland Security Task Force 2002

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I. INTRODUCTION
Oklahoma understands all too well the brutality of terrorism. The April 19, 1995 bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City is seared into the state’s consciousness and taught the nation that terrorism can originate within our own borders. The devastating consequences of international terrorism became a profound reality to the citizens of the entire country on September 11, 2001 when terrorists turned commercial aircraft into suicide weapons of mass destruction and executed the deadliest strike on American soil in our history. Just as the nation dealt with the aftermath of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, we now face a similar challenge to meet the threat of terrorism. In the war against terrorism, there may never be total, unconditional victory. Rather, we are in a protracted battle that will test our resolve and commitment as a people and a nation. There will be victories and setbacks, but we must have the will to sustain the pressure on our foes for the long-term in order to achieve measurable success.
The State of Oklahoma has a responsibility to its citizens, as well as an obligation to the nation, to review its security posture and take steps to enhance security as required. While federal law enforcement agencies and the country’s national security apparatus will be paramount in deterring terrorist acts throughout the United States and in mounting our national defense, there has been and will continue to be a crucial role for state and local government. In the first instance, with appropriate intelligence and associated investigative resources, state and local officials can act as a key force in preventing and deterring terrorism. In light
of the level of danger posed by weapons of mass destruction, prevention must be our first priority. No matter how good the response capability is, it would likely be
overwhelmed in the event of an attack on a massive scale. Should we fail to prevent or deter an attack, state and local governments will certainly lead the emergency response just as they did in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, and the two World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The first response to terrorist events is primarily the task of local government augmented by the state.
Finally, the state must also play a critical role in the realm of investigating and prosecuting terrorists, and those who aid them, under Oklahoma law. Recognizing that the people of Oklahoma have an important role to play in advancing the homeland security effort now underway throughout the nation, Senate President Pro Tempore Stratton Taylor and House Speaker Larry Adair established the Joint Homeland Security Task Force to help the state of Oklahoma consider changes in its laws, regulations and policies in order to meet the challenges brought about by the September 11 terrorist attacks. Specifically, the President Pro Tempore and Speaker charged the Task Force with an examination of specific changes needed in state law or in appropriations to assist Oklahoma in countering terrorism. The composition of the Task Force was bipartisan, equally divided between members of the House and Senate, and inclusive also of expertise from outside the Legislature.
In order to meet the deadline set forth by the President Pro Tempore and Speaker, the Task Force immediately commenced a series of hearings that took place in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Just as the September 11 attacks united our country behind the cause of homeland security, the Task Force conducted its work in a completely non-partisan manner, meeting with a broad range of experts and officials that included state agency heads, private sector representatives, federal officials, and public interest groups.
I. INTRODUCTION
Oklahoma understands all too well the brutality of terrorism. The April 19, 1995 bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City is seared into the state’s consciousness and taught the nation that terrorism can originate within our own borders. The devastating consequences of international terrorism became a profound reality to the citizens of the entire country on September 11, 2001 when terrorists turned commercial aircraft into suicide weapons of mass destruction and executed the deadliest strike on American soil in our history. Just as the nation dealt with the aftermath of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, we now face a similar challenge to meet the threat of terrorism. In the war against terrorism, there may never be total, unconditional victory. Rather, we are in a protracted battle that will test our resolve and commitment as a people and a nation. There will be victories and setbacks, but we must have the will to sustain the pressure on our foes for the long-term in order to achieve measurable success.
The State of Oklahoma has a responsibility to its citizens, as well as an obligation to the nation, to review its security posture and take steps to enhance security as required. While federal law enforcement agencies and the country’s national security apparatus will be paramount in deterring terrorist acts throughout the United States and in mounting our national defense, there has been and will continue to be a crucial role for state and local government. In the first instance, with appropriate intelligence and associated investigative resources, state and local officials can act as a key force in preventing and deterring terrorism. In light
of the level of danger posed by weapons of mass destruction, prevention must be our first priority. No matter how good the response capability is, it would likely be
overwhelmed in the event of an attack on a massive scale. Should we fail to prevent or deter an attack, state and local governments will certainly lead the emergency response just as they did in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, and the two World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The first response to terrorist events is primarily the task of local government augmented by the state.
Finally, the state must also play a critical role in the realm of investigating and prosecuting terrorists, and those who aid them, under Oklahoma law. Recognizing that the people of Oklahoma have an important role to play in advancing the homeland security effort now underway throughout the nation, Senate President Pro Tempore Stratton Taylor and House Speaker Larry Adair established the Joint Homeland Security Task Force to help the state of Oklahoma consider changes in its laws, regulations and policies in order to meet the challenges brought about by the September 11 terrorist attacks. Specifically, the President Pro Tempore and Speaker charged the Task Force with an examination of specific changes needed in state law or in appropriations to assist Oklahoma in countering terrorism. The composition of the Task Force was bipartisan, equally divided between members of the House and Senate, and inclusive also of expertise from outside the Legislature.
In order to meet the deadline set forth by the President Pro Tempore and Speaker, the Task Force immediately commenced a series of hearings that took place in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Just as the September 11 attacks united our country behind the cause of homeland security, the Task Force conducted its work in a completely non-partisan manner, meeting with a broad range of experts and officials that included state agency heads, private sector representatives, federal officials, and public interest groups.

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Recommendations andProceedings of theJoint HomelandSecurity Task Force
Volume I: Report 
 January 31, 2002
 
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Table of Contents
 VOLUME I
INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………..…1EXECUTIVE SUMMARY……………………………………………………………………….5RECOMMENDATIONS……………………………………………………………..................9PROCEEDINGS OF TASK FORCE…………………………………………………………274.1 Vesting Responsibility for Homeland Security in One Office…………………..…324.2 Enhancing Intelligence Gathering Capacity: Issues and Discussions…………..344.3 Cyber and Campus Terrorism Issues………………………………………….…...414.4 Criminal Law Amendments………………………………………...........................444.5 Response Recommendations.............................................................................454.6 Capitol Security……………………………………………………………………..…53
 VOLUME II
 Appendix
 
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I. INTRODUCTION
Oklahoma understands all too well the brutality of terrorism. The April 19, 1995bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City is seared into the state’sconsciousness and taught the nation that terrorism can originate within our ownborders. The devastating consequences of international terrorism became aprofound reality to the citizens of the entire country on September 11, 2001 whenterrorists turned commercial aircraft into suicide weapons of mass destructionand executed the deadliest strike on American soil in our history.Just as the nation dealt with the aftermath of the December 7, 1941 attack onPearl Harbor, we now face a similar challenge to meet the threat of terrorism. Inthe war against terrorism, there may never be total, unconditional victory.Rather, we are in a protracted battle that will test our resolve and commitment asa people and a nation. There will be victories and setbacks, but we must havethe will to sustain the pressure on our foes for the long-term in order to achievemeasurable success.The State of Oklahoma has a responsibility to its citizens, as well as an obligationto the nation, to review its security posture and take steps to enhance security asrequired. While federal law enforcement agencies and the country’s nationalsecurity apparatus
 
will be paramount in deterring terrorist acts throughout theUnited States and in mounting our national defense, there has been and willcontinue to be a crucial role for state and local government. In the first instance,with appropriate intelligence and associated investigative resources, state and

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