Gabrielle Giffords on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Jan 27, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Giffords supports implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 commission. In 2007, she stated that the recommendations of the group emerged from a thoughtful and balanced process. 

In 2007, Congresswoman Giffords signed onto a letter urging President Bush to close Guantanamo Bay. The letter stated that the war on terror cannot be won with might alone and that the prison has undermined America's image as the model of justice and protector of human rights around the world.

 

Implementing 9/11 Recomendations

In January of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords released a press statement noting her support for implementing the 9/11 recommendations.

 

Closure of Guantanamo Bay

In June of 2007, Congresswoman Giffords released a press statement noting her support for the closure of Guantanamo Bay. 

 

FISA Regulation

In February of 2008, Congresswoman Giffords released a press statement noting a letter that she had sent to House Leader Pelosi concerning FISA.

Voting Record

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens

In December of 2011, the House voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - HR 1540. Part of that legislation was a provision to express the authorization of the military to arrest and indefinitely detain US citizens. The only requirement for this was that the person be suspected of allying with al-Qaida. The legislation passed 283-136. Gabrielle Giffords cast a "No Vote"

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010

In October of 2010, the House voted on a funding bill for Homeland Security. Buried within that legislation was language to prevent any funds from being used to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the US or to their home nation. Also in that funding bill was a definition that made photos taken of prisoners at Guantanamo bay classified and unable to be released. The act passed the House 258-163. Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of the act which prevented the movement of prisoners from Gitmo and classified photos of detainees.

Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of the act which prevented the movement of prisoners from Gitmo and classified photos of detainees.

FISA Amendment Acts of 2008

In June of 2008, the House voted on the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008. The legislation passed the House with bipartisan support 293-129, but was never raised in the Senate. The legislation primarily contained provisions to allow for the monitoring of terrorists overseas that were a continuation of expired provisions in the Protect America Act. It also granted immunity to telecommunications companies against their customers for giving information to the government without a warrant. Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008.

Gabrielle Giffords voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008.

Protect America Act of 2007

The Protect America Act of 2007 was a bill that sought to allow electronic surveillance of people reasonable believed to be outside of the United States. The bill lists the requirements for initiating surveillance and gives it a 1 year limitation. The bill passed in the House in a 227-183 vote. Gabrielle Giffords voted against the Protect America Act of 2007.

Gabrielle Giffords voted against the Protect America Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 2826; Habeas Corpus for Detainees - Cosponsor

To amend titles 28 and 10, United States Code, to restore habeas corpus for individuals detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and for other purposes.

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