The attacks of September 11, 2001 forced us to change the way we think about national security and how we protect our country here at home. The emergence in recent years of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the continue threat from al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, serves as a constant reminder of the dangers that still face our country. As a U.S. Senator, I strive to make sure our armed forces and law enforcement officials are provided with the tools they need to fight the war on terror and prevent further attacks against U.S. citizens in the future. As long as there are forces in this world who oppose the democratic ideals on which our country was founded, we must remain vigilant as a nation in striving to preserve liberty and stand up to aggression.