Rick Perry on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Dec 05, 2011

Summary

Governor Perry has not been vocal in his support or opposition to the PATRIOT Act or other Homeland Security provisions. In June of 2007, Governor Perry signed Senate Bill 11 into law. The legislation expanded wire taps in Texas into kidnapping and money laundering cases, and expanded the criminal street gang database.

 

Aggressive Stance to Protect the Homeland

In September of 2004, Governor Perry released a statement noting steps that Texas was taking to increase homeland security efforts in Texas.

 

Foiled Terror Attack

In August of 2006, Governor Perry issued a statement noting a foiled terror attack and the need to remain vigilant against terror attacks. 

 

Senate Bill 11

In June of 2007, Governor Perry signed Senate Bill 11 into law. The legislation expanded wire taps in Texas into kidnapping and money laundering cases, and expanded the criminal street gang database.

 

CNN National Security Debate

On November 22, 2011 Governor Perry participated in a debate on CNN focusing on national security. He stated in that debate that he supported an extension of the PATRIOT Act, and strengthening it as new technologies arise.

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