- The Washington Times - Monday, August 21, 2006

Since the infamous attack on September 11, there have been few national leaders willing to go beyond gesturing in the direction of national security and have instead toiled tirelessly to strengthen our ability to predict and prevent attacks of terror. Joe Lieberman has been one of these patriots. Knowing our nation and way of life was forever transformed by a foe that will not desist until both are, Sen. Joseph Lieberman has sought to bolster our capacity to fight terror by encouraging the continuous development and deployment of the best technologies.

He is one of the original architects of BioShield, the law designed to promote the creation of countermeasures against chemical and biological weapons of terror. And his doggedness in seeking to create a system that integrates advanced biometrics, enhanced law enforcement powers and rapid deployment of countermeasures to defend the nation against such attacks calls to mind what Daniel Webster said in 1834: “God grants liberty… to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”

In an era where the next attack could be the release, not of anthrax, but of a concoction of grass clippings and home cleaning products into a subway system or dozens of buses or public schools, Mr. Lieberman’s proposal to create an advanced national defense system should have been lauded and adopted. Instead, it has been attacked, mostly by Democrats — because it would provide incentives to drug companies, impose limits on trial lawyers and equip law enforcement and the military with high-tech surveillance systems — as a threat to civil liberties, the right to sue and a sop to corporate interests.

Mr. Lieberman is a lonely soldier indeed. Though he has received scant support from his own party and in spite of attacks from Moveon.org, which has adorned its efforts to defeat him with anti-Semitic screeds, Mr. Lieberman has never wavered in his efforts to protect this nation against weapons of chemical and biological terror.

He has guarded and defended our liberty by strengthening our biomedical shield, our surveillance tools and strategic advantage. His persistence in this regard is a measure of his devotion to his nation and the principles of freedom that gave birth to it centuries ago.

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