Michele Bachmann on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Dec 13, 2011

Summary

Congresswoman Bachmann supports the PATRIOT Act, supported the Protect America Act, and supports FISA legislation to allow the federal government to more easily effect surveillance on electronic devices. In 2007 Congresswoman Bachmann voted in favor of the Protect America Act, and in 2008 she asserted that the expiration of the Protect America Act placed American families into a perilous situation.

Although she was not in Congress when the PATRIOT Act was passed, Congresswoman Bachmann voted in 2011 to temporarily extend certain provisions of the PATRIOT act dealing with electronic surveillance and cell phones. Later that year, she argued for the extension of provisions dealing with the "lone wolf." 

 

Star Tribune Op-Ed

In March of 2008, Congresswoman Bachmann wrote an op-ed in the Star Tribune discussing the expiration of the Protect America Act, and her belief that this expiration places the US in danger.

 

Temporary PATRIOT Act Extension

In February of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann released a press statement noting her support for extending the PATRIOT Act provisions.

 

Fox Business Appearance

Days after the vote to extend provisions of the PATRIOT Act, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox Business and discussed her vote in favor of those extensions.

 

Fox News Appearance

On February 10, Congresswoman Bachmann appeared on Fox News and discussed her vote in favor of the extension and the TEA Party votes against the legislation. She states that she was willing to give a temporary extension to some PATRIOT Act provisions.

 

PATRIOT Act Extension

In May of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke on the House floor about her vote to reauthorize certain provisions of the PATRIOT Act. She notes the portions of the law that she supports and why she supports them. (comments start at 4:45)

 

CNN National Security Debate

On November 22, 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the national security debate on CNN. She noted that the current war was different from previous wars and that new legislation was needed to address the new technologies.

 

CBS Foreign Policy Debate

In Novemebr of 2011, Congresswoman Bachmann participated in the CBS foreign policy debate. She was asked about her support for waterboarding and responds that she does indeed support the tactic.

 

Official Website Statements

 

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

Michele Bachmann 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. Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2008.

Michele Bachmann 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. Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

Michele Bachmann voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 4490; Detainee Transfer and Release Security Act of 2010 - Cosponsor

Prohibits the President from releasing or transferring an individual currently detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of the individual's country of origin or to a third country unless the President certifies to Congress that: (1) such country is not a designated state sponsor of terrorism; (2) such country's government can secure and exercise control over all of its territory; (3) no portion of such country's territory serves as a safe haven for terrorists or insurgent groups, particularly al Qaeda; and (4) there is no confirmed case of any individual who had been detained at Guantanamo who reengaged in terrorist activities subsequent to being transferred or released to such country.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 1399; Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 3138; Resolution Redefining Electronic Surveillance - Cosponsor

Amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to redefine "electronic surveillance" as: (1) the installation or use of an electronic, mechanical, or other surveillance device for acquiring information by intentionally directing surveillance at a particular person believed to be in the United States when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and a warrant would be required for law enforcement purposes; or (2) the intentional acquisition of the contents of any communication when that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy and a warrant would be required for law enforcement purposes, if both the sender and all intended recipients are believed to be in the United States.

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 5440; FISA Amendments Act of 2008 - Cosponsor

Amends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) to authorize the Attorney General (AG) and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to jointly authorize, for periods up to one year, the targeting (electronic surveillance) of persons located outside the United States in order to acquire foreign intelligence information, under specified limitations and requirements. Authorizes the AG and DNI to direct an electronic communication service provider to: (1) immediately provide the government with all information, facilities, and assistance necessary to accomplish an acquisition of communications; and (2) maintain under security procedures any records concerning such acquisition.

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