McCaul Statement on the Arrest of a Suspect Charged with Sending IEDs to Public Figures
Washington, D.C. - House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the arrest of a suspect charged with sending 13 improvised explosive devices (IED) to prominent public figures:
Chairman McCaul: “I strongly condemn the series of bombs meant to terrorize and intimidate political speech of prominent public figures. This deranged individual does not represent the values of the United States.
“Free speech is the cornerstone of the American experiment in self-government and is enshrined in our Constitution as the first protection guaranteed to our citizens. While free speech is a right, we also have a moral responsibility to use that speech in a thoughtful and civil way. It is incumbent upon all Americans — regardless of political party — to raise the quality of our debates.
“As a former federal prosecutor, I have always had the utmost respect and appreciation for the dedicated men and women at the Department of Justice, FBI, DHS, and other law enforcement officers across this country. I want to thank them for their tireless work and applaud their swift action that led to this arrest today.”