Rick Santorum on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Jan 19, 2012

Summary

Senator Santorum is a strong supporter of homeland security legislation. While in office, he voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act and its reauthorization, the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and the legislation that created the department of Homeland Security.

In November of 2011, Senator Santorum compared the actions taken today to curtail threats from muslim extremists to the actions taken by President Lincoln during the civil war. He stated bluntly that the US is at war and that the threats need to be dealt with her at home.

At a Presidential forum in late 2011, Senator Santorum stated that the PATRIOT Act did not violate civil liberties and reasserted his support for the legislation.

In January 2011, Senator Santorum was asked if he would have signed the 2012 NDAA if he were President. Acknowledging that the legislation granted the President the right to arrest and detain US citizens, Senator Santorum then stated that indeed would have signed the legislation, but as President would have maintained the previous standard of a right to a trial. 

 

Reagan Debate

In September of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in the Republican debate at the Reagan library. He discusses his support for the creation of the department of Homeland Security.

 

CNN National Security Debate

On November 22, 2011 Senator Santorum participated in the CNN national security debate. He stated that he supported a private version of the TSA. He also noted his support for the PATRIOT Act.

 

Huckabee Forum

In December of 2011, Senator Santorum participated in a foum that was moderated by Mike Huckabee. He states that the PATRIOT Act does not violate civil rights. He is asked about previous statements where he asserted that President Lincoln ran over civil rights in the Civil War and noted the differences between then and now.

 

South Carolina GOP Debate

In January of 2012, Senator Santorum participated in the South Caroline GOP debate. He is asked if, as President, he would have signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. The legislation granted the President the ability to arrest and indefinitly detain US citizens accused of being allied with al-Qaeda. He responds in a manner that indicates that he would have signed the bill, but that as President, he would maintain the previous rights of citizens to a trial to protest their detention.

Voting Record

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. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Military Commission Act of 2006.

Rick Santorum voted in favor of 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. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act.

Rick Santorum 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. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

Rick Santorum 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. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

Rick Santorum 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. Rick Santorum voted in favor of the PATRIOT Act.

Rick Santorum 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. Rick Santorum voted to give President Bush the Authorization for the use of force.

Rick Santorum voted to give President Bush the Authorization for the use of force.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

This representative has not been identified as sponsoring or cosponsoring significant legislation related to this title.

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