John Thune on Homeland Security

Last Updated : Dec 15, 2010

Summary

Senator Thune supported the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act. He stated that the reauthorization bill was a good compromise measure that took into account civil liberties concerns while continuing to allow open communication between law enforcement and the intelligence community as they combat terrorism.

In 2006, Senator Thune supported the Military Commissions Act to ensure that detainees receive military tribunals. He stated that the legislation established a constitutional framework for trying detainees and bringing our military commission process in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, and protected our sources and methods for collecting intelligence while providing for a fair system of prosecuting detainees.

Senator Thune opposed President Obama's decision to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and opposes bring the terrorists there to the US for trial. He called the move a flawed decision.

 

The Reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act

In March of 2006, Senator Thune released a press statement noting his support for the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act.

 

Support for the Military Commissions Act

In September of 2006, Senator Thune issued a press statement noting his support for the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Senator Thune summarized the legislation as doing the following:

 

On Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay

In December of 2009, Senator Thune released a press statement noting his reaction to a recent decision made by the Obama administration to move the prisoners from Guatanamo Bay to the US.

 

Official Website Statements

 

 

Voting Record

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Final Passage

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the conference report for the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - HR 1540. This final version of the legislation passed 86-13. John Thune voted in favor of the legislation.

John Thune voted in favor of the legislation.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Senate Passage

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - S 1867. 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 93-7. John Thune voted in favor of the legislation.

John Thune voted in favor of the legislation.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Cloture

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - S 1867. 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 cloture motion passed 88-12. John Thune voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

John Thune voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Udall Amendment to Repeal Provision

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations bill. This legislation contained provisions to allow for the arrest and indefinite detention of US citizens if they were merely suspected of allying with al-Qaida. Senator Udall offered an amendment to remove this specific section. The attempt failed 38-60. John Thune voted against the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

John Thune voted against the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

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. John Thune voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

John Thune voted in favor of the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

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. John Thune voted against the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

John Thune voted against 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. John Thune voted in favor of the Protect America Act of 2007.

John Thune voted in favor of 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. John Thune voted in favor of the Military Commission Act of 2006.

John Thune 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. John Thune voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act.

John Thune voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Reauthorization Act.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 370; Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility Safe Closure Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Prohibits federal funds from being used to: (1) transfer any detainee at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to any facility in the United States or its territories; (2) construct or enhance any facility in the United States in order to house any such detainee; or (3) house or otherwise incarcerate any such detainee in the United States or its territories.

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