Dear friend,
Afghanistan has fallen back into the Taliban’s hands after 20 years of American bloodshed and sacrifice. Biden’s “Saigon moment” is nothing short of disastrous for a president who has already failed to manage the humanitarian crisis unfolding at our southern border. This is an embarrassment to the United States and a slap in the face to the thousands of 9/11 victims, Gold Star families, and wounded veterans who have suffered because of the Taliban. Adding insult to injury, Twitter is continuing to harbor this Islamic militant group.
In other news, my letter last month to the Federal Bureau of Prisons director asking why federal inmates were skipping out on restitution caught the Justice Department’s attention. Read on for more about yesterday’s DOJ announcement


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As Kabul falls, China cheers & Twitter’s hypocrisy astounds

Just a few weeks ago, Biden assured the American public that his decision to pull out of Afghanistan would not result in the Taliban taking over the country. Less than one month from the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the terrorist group that harbored al Qaeda is back in power, and the Biden Administration’s failed foreign policy decisions are to blame. China is happy about the move though as it looks to exploit Afghanistan’s rare earth mineral deposits, which will allow them to further dominate this market. I am following this one closely, as these materials are vital to America’s national security.
As if all this isn’t enough, Big Tech is effectively supporting terrorism while it continues to censor conservative voices in the U.S. Twitter’s CEO has said that the company will continue to allow the Taliban to use the platform—while President Donald Trump remains banned. The double standard here is astounding.


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DOJ investigating federal inmates not paying their debts

Last month, I sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal requesting clarification on how the Bureau oversees federal inmates’ bank accounts after reports revealed that inmates are skipping out on their financial obligations—such as restitution, fines, special assessments, child support, alimony, costs of incarceration, and costs of prosecution—and participating in illicit activities financial activities. On Thursday, the Justice Department issued a directive instructing the federal prison system to revamp how it monitors government-run prison deposit accounts that have at times been used by inmates to shield themselves from paying debts and for suspicious or illegal activity.
The Justice Department's actions are a good first step toward overhauling the broken inmate trust fund account system, but we still have work to do, and I will continue holding them accountable to law-abiding American taxpayers.
Federal inmate accounts are not subject to the criminal and regulatory scrutiny that those of non-incarcerated Americans face. Under the Bank Secrecy Act, everyday account holders who move more than $10,000 in cash can be flagged with a suspicious activity report, potentially prompting an investigation; however, that law does not apply to the Bureau of Prisons because even with $100 million in accounts, the agency is not considered a “financial institution.” The program operates with little oversight, enables federal inmates to avoid paying child support and other debts, and fails to scrutinize inmate accounts for suspicious and potentially criminal activity. Of the 28 inmates who have over $100,000 in their account (totaling over $3 million), 5 are pedophiles, 9 are drug dealers and 3 are murderers.


This Saturday: North Texas U.S. Service Academy Day

Attending a U.S. Military Service Academy offers high school graduates an opportunity to pursue a college education and serve their country. As a member of Congress, I have the honor each year of nominating candidates for appointment to these academies. The application process is rigorous, so to help students and parents understand the requirements, members of the North Texas congressional delegation are hosting a free public event to learn more. Please share this information with students, parents, and educators in your community. For more information, contact Jennifer Alden in my Canton office at 903-502-5300 or

North Texas U.S. Service Academy Day
Saturday, August 28, 2021
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Registration begins at 7:30 AM
Guyer High School
7501 Teasley Lane
Denton, Texas 76210



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