Joe Walsh on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Oct 06, 2010

Campaign Website Statements

War on Terror:

I’ll work with leaders in Congress to support our troops and make sure our intelligence agencies have the resources they need. I am opposed to closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay and favor the use of military tribunals to prosecute war crimes committed by terrorists. I am also opposed to the transfer of Gitmo prisoners to any prison facility in the United States and especially in the state of Illinois.

 

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. Joe Walsh voted against the legislation.

Joe Walsh voted against the legislation.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 459; Military Tribunals for Terrorists Act 2011 - Cosponsor

Requires trial only by a military commission for any foreign national who: (1) engages or has engaged in an offense relating to a terrorist attack against persons or property in the United States or U.S. government property or personnel outside the United States; and (2) is subject to trial for that offense by a military commission under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Session-112; Bill Number-H R 495; See Something, Say Something Act of 2011 - Cosponsor

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to grant immunity from civil liability to persons who, in good faith and based on an objectively reasonable suspicion, report suspicious activity indicating that an individual may be engaging, or preparing to engage, in a violation of law relating to an act of terrorism.Grants qualified immunity from civil liability to any authorized official who observes, or receives a report of, such activity and takes reasonable action in good faith to respond, consistent with applicable law in the relevant jurisdiction. Provides that an authorized official not entitled to assert the defense of qualified immunity shall nonetheless be immune from civil immunity if that official takes reasonable action, in good faith, to respond to the reported activity.

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