Questions for Candidates
Each candidate and representative is asked to fill out the questionnaire below. It is designed to provide the reader with a better understanding of the person's view and a better feel for how the candidate or representative will respond to future issues.The candidates can answer the questions in an email or using their facebook login on this site. The responses to this questionnaire are shown under the appropriate issue. The candidate can answer as many or as few of the questions as they desire. If you would like a candidate or representative answer these questions, email them.
The PATRIOT Act
The PATRIOT Act was passed after the events of 9-11 and deals with a number of issues relating to homeland security and terrorism. This included provisions for warrantless wiretapping, searches without warrants, and other items. Since that time, it has been reauthorized several times. Do you support the continued reauthorization of this act, or would you move to end the PATRIOT Act?
The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA
) contained provisions that allowed a US citizen who was accused of being allied with terrorists to be arrested and detained indefinitely. This was accomplished by declaring the US Homeland to be a battlefield in the war on terror. This moves the accusation of terrorism from a crime to an act of war and removes the right to a lawyer and to refuse to answer questions. Do you support or oppose this legislation and would you vote to remove those provisions?
The Transportation Security Administration provides security at airports and other areas. Is this the proper role of the federal government, and are these measures feasible given the current spending concerns?
TSA and Enhanced Patdowns
The TSA uses body scanners and enhanced pat downs to check passengers for explosives and weapons. Are these measures consistent with the right to be free from unreasonable search? Do these measures provide adequate safety?
TSA and VIPR Teams
The TSA uses Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams - VIPeR Teams - to conduct random checks at transit stations such as bus terminals and rail station terminals. There are plans to increase the number of these teams and to move them into the streets. Are these actions consistent with the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure? Are these measures needed to provide security?