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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Homeland Security

We cannot make this country 100% safe even if we spent the entire federal budget on security.

Ian Lustick , a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, recently wrote about the War on Terror money feeding frenzy:

“Why, absent any evidence of a serious domestic terror threat, is the War on Terror so enormous, so all encompassing, and still expanding? The fundamental answer is that al Qaeda’s most important accomplishment was not to hijack our planes, but to hijack our political system. For a multitude of politicians, interest groups, professional associations, corporations, media organizations, universities, local and state governments and federal agency officials, the War on Terror is now a major profit center, a funding bonanza, and a set of slogans and sound bites to be inserted into budget, project, grant and contract proposals. For the country as a whole, however, it has become a maelstrom of waste…”

Professor Lustick pointed out that even Dunkin’ Donuts franchises had received $22,000,000 in federal counterterrorism loans.

The Air Marshal program is a prime example of government overreaction.

Before 9/11, this was a force with 33 agents. Now, it has more than 4,000 with a budget of around $800 million.

Some of its information is classified but really should not be. According to reporter Michael Grabell, 18 air marshals have been charged with felonies, and many more have been arrested for other minor crimes. One marshal killed a man who he mistakenly thought was a terrorist.

This is a useless, totally needless agency and a complete waste of taxpayer money. One former Member of Congress said we really did all we needed to do on aviation security when we secured the cockpit doors. This one inexpensive move took away the ability to use planes as they were used on 9/11.

Yet once a federal agency is created, it is almost impossible even to decrease funding, much less to do away with it altogether.

We could spend far less on homeland security and have a far safer nation if we would just adopt a more neutral, non-interventionist foreign policy all over the world, but especially in the Middle East.

More on Homeland Security

November 1, 2017 Press Release

Rep. DUNCAN (R-TN) Statement on Terrorist Attack in New York


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   November 1, 2017   

CONTACT: Don Walker   865-523-3772             


WASHINGTON – “The terrorist attack in New York City yesterday that killed eight innocent people and injured 12 others is a terrible tragedy.

November 17, 2015 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville, said in his view the U.S. can't control the Middle East. But it can control its borders.
November 17, 2015 In The News
The draft legislation, a copy of which was obtained by FP, is backed by Rep. John Duncan.
November 17, 2015 In The News
"Radical Islamic fundamentalists whose goal is to kill people who do not follow their warped religion are both mentally ill and dangerous,” the Knoxville Republican said.
November 16, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON: Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement Monday regarding the Paris attacks and Syrian refugees:

October 29, 2015 In The News
"I think it's the most needless, useless, wasteful program almost probably in the federal government, and that's - that's saying quite a bit," Duncan said.
March 4, 2015 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan and other East Tennessee Republicans in Congress bucked their party’s leaders and voted Tuesday against a $40 billion bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the year.
February 13, 2015 In The News
Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) said he appreciated the panel’s work but is “very skeptical” of some of its conclusions.
January 14, 2015 In The News
The votes were “simply another effort to get the administration to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books instead of making up their own laws, which even the president has said in the past he does not have the power to do,” said U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville.
December 11, 2014 In The News
"We need balanced oversight of our intelligence agencies," said U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., a Knoxville Republican. "Unfortunately, this was a very partisan and misleading report filled mostly with information already known, and I hope that it doesn't cause violence and cost more American lives."