State of Missouri secondary Archives: on Homeland Security

Sarah Steelman: Federal government should be tracking every movement

Q: What's going on for the REAL ID that the federal government's going to apply? Are you for or are you against that?

A: I'm inclined to be against it because one, it's a federal mandate and two, I don't think the federal government should be tracking every movement. I think they should focus on shutting the borders down and imposing sanctions on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.

Source: Q&A for governor's race, at MO Boys State in Warrensburg Jun 17, 2008

Sarah Steelman: Created terror-free fund: divest from state sponsors abroad

Q: You talked about the things that you've done to stop foreign investments from funding terrorism & I believe the program you're involved with is called the divest terror program, correct?

A: That's what the action is taking.

Q: Specifically, how does that program works and what you've done to support it?

A: In the Treasurer's office, we created a terror-free fund with a pool of money that actually is a part separate from general revenue, because general revenue can't be invested in stocks. We screen that fund to identify companies that have a financial relationship with governments that are state sponsors of terrorism by our government which includes North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and Syria. And so if that financial relationship exists between that government and, let's say, [a foreign bank] then that stock never gets sent to the fund. Those companies come up for a divestment vote on the board I sit on. And sometimes they're removed and sometimes they're not. I always try to remove them.

Source: Q&A for governor's race, at MO Boys State in Warrensburg Jun 17, 2008

Claire McCaskill: Support surveillance with civil rights protection

Playing politics with this issue is not making us safer. I absolutely support surveillance. As somebody who has handled very tough criminal cases, I understand the importance of aggressive surveillance within the framework of laws. And frankly, if they were more concerned about tough surveillance and not about election year politics, they would have gotten a bill through that would have allowed us to have the tools we need to go after terrorists around the globe.
Source: 2006 MO Senate Debate on NBC Meet The Press with Tim Russert Oct 8, 2006

Kit Bond: Oppose the 9/11 commission since Congress was doing the work

FARMER: Farmer criticized Bond for voting against creation of the bipartisan 9/11 commission. Farmer supports establishing a new position of national intelligence director with strong authority.

BOND: Bond said he did so because, “We in Congress have been doing that work.” However, he said the commission “did heighten attention on the need for reform” and that he supported its recommendation that Congress establish a new position of national intelligence director with strong authority.

Source: [Xref Farmer] MO Senate Debate, in Post-Dispatch Oct 21, 2004

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