Hillary Clinton on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Jan 21, 2011

Summary

Senator Clinton voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act and in favor of it's reauthorization. She has remained comparatively silent about the act itself.

Senator Clinton also remained mostly silent on Guantanamo Bay until she decided to run for the Presidency. In 2007, she stated in testimony that detainees had been abused in the prison, and that it discredited the Bush administration. She stated that Guantanamo harmed our national interests, compromised our standing overseas, and should be shut down immediately.

As Secretary of State, HIllary Clinton stated that she would not oppose civilian trials for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay if the Attorney General decided to hold them instead of military tribunals.

 

Security Council Testimony

In April of 2007, Senator Clinton testified about the need to close Guantanamo Bay.

 

This Week - November 2009

In November of 2009, Secretary of State Clinton appeared on This Week and was asked about a recent decision by the Attorney General to hold civilian trials for 9/11 members. 

 

Meet the Press - Tribunals vs Civilian Trials

In November of 2009, Senator Clinton appeared on Meet the Press and reiterated that she would support the decision to hold civilian trials if that was indeed the decision.

Voting Record

FISA Amendment Acts of 2007

In February of 2008, the Senate voted on the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007. The legislation passed the Senate with bipartisan support 68-29, but was never raised in the House. 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. Hillary Clinton cast a "No Vote"

Restore Habeas Corpus

In September of 2009, the Senate voted on an amendment to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners a Guantanamo Bay. The measure received a majority of the votes, but not enough to pass. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Protect America Act of 2007

The Protect America Act of 2007 dealt with certain aspects of electronic surveillance and the overall war on terror. In the vote to pass the legislation, most Republicans supported the bill and only about 1/3 of the Democrats supported the legislation. Hillary Clinton voted against the Protect America Act of 2007.

Hillary Clinton voted against the Protect America Act of 2007.

Military Commission Act of 2006

The Military Commissions Act passed in response to a supreme court ruling which stated that stated that military tribunals established by the Bush administrations did not align with the UCMJ. The Act defined unlawful enemy combatants and allowed for the military tribunals to be held. It passed the Senate 65-34. Hillary Clinton voted against the Military Commission Act of 2006.

Hillary Clinton voted against the Military Commission Act of 2006.

USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act

In March of 2006, congress reauthorized the USA PATRIOT Act. Despite the fact that the PATRIOT Act had become a controversial topic, only 4 Senators opposed the act in the actual vote. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act.

Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004

In October of 2004, congress passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. The act was meant to reform national intelligence, and it created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The act passed the Senate with only 2 dissenting votes. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

The Homeland Security Act of 2002

In November 2002, the Senate passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Among other things, the act created the Department of Homeland Security, and set forth the jurisdiction of that department. In the vote, almost all Republicans supported the legislation and only a small percentage of Democrats opposed it. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

The Patriot Act

In October of 2001, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act. Although the act passed the senate with 1 dissenting vote and 1 \"No Vote\", it has become one of the more divisive pieces of legislation. This is partly due to the expansion of governmental wiretapping privileges. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act.

Authorization for the Use of Force

Three days after the attacks of September 11, the senate authorized the use of military force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. The vote was unanimous. Hillary Clinton voted to give President Bush the Authorization for the use of force.

Hillary Clinton voted to give President Bush the Authorization for the use of force.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 185; Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

Repeals provisions of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that eliminated the jurisdiction of any court to hear or consider applications for a writ of habeas corpus filed by aliens who have been determined by the United States to have been properly detained as enemy combatants (or who are awaiting such determination) and actions against the United States relating to the detention of such aliens and to military commissions (thus restoring habeas corpus rights existing prior to the enactment of such Act).Allows courts to hear or consider legal challenges to military commissions only as provided by the Code of Military Justice or by a habeas corpus proceeding.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 4; Improving America's Security Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to make the United States more secure by implementing unfinished recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to fight the war on terror more effectively, to improve homeland security, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S 1237; Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2082; Extending Provisions of the PATRIOT Act - Cosponsor

A bill to amend the USA PATRIOT ACT to extend the sunset of certain provisions of that Act and the lone wolf provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to March 31, 2006.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 2167; Extending Portions of the USA PATRIOT Act - Cosponsor

Amending the USA PATRIOT Act to extend from December 31, 2005, to February 3, 2006, provisions of that Act and the "lone wolf" provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Session-109; Bill Number-S 12; Targeting Terrorists More Effectively Act of 2005 - Cosponsor

A bill to combat international terrorism, and for other purposes.

References

[1] Website: All American Patriots Article: Senator Clinton Calls for Closure of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center Author: NA Accessed on: 01/21/2011

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