State of Montana secondary Archives: on Homeland Security


Mark Perea: Military has been decimated; reinstate fired generals

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, `Expand the military`?

A: Support; the military has been decimated under the current administration. I would also support the reinstatement of many of the generals whom the current president has fired.

Source: Email interview on 2016 MT Governor's race with OnTheIssues Nov 3, 2015

Conrad Burns: Patriot Act merely gives tools like against organized crime

Q: What can ensure the safety of Americans, given that you donít support the PATRIOT Act?

TESTER: The Patriot Act has very little to do with the War on Terrorism and a lot to do with why the terrorists attacked this country, which is to take away our freedoms.

BURNS: The Patriot Act gave the tools to our law enforcement people, the same tools that they had to go after organized crime and drug kingpins. Thatís all it is. He wants to go soft on the war on terror -- but I think theyíre as dangerous as organized crime. He wants to weaken that. I donít want to weaken that. On monitoring phone calls -- I want to know what theyíre doing. Mr. Tester doesnít understand this enemy. It is global. How do you deal with someone that will kill themselves just to take the life of someone they donít agree with? He wants to weaken the Patriot Act, and take away the tools from the people who work for our protection.

TESTER: I donít want to weaken the Patriot Act, I want to repeal it. It takes away your freedoms.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

Jon Tester: Patriot Act has very little to do with the War on Terrorism

Q: What can ensure the safety of Americans, given that you donít support the PATRIOT Act?

TESTER: The Patriot Act has very little to do with the War on Terrorism and a lot to do with why the terrorists attacked this country, which is to take away our freedoms.

BURNS: The Patriot Act gave our law enforcement people the same tools that they had to go after organized crime and drug kingpins. Thatís all it is. Mr. Tester doesnít understand this enemy. It is global. He wants to weaken the Patriot Act, and take away the tools from the people who work for our protection.

TESTER: Let me be clear--I donít want to weaken the Patriot Act, I want to repeal it. Itís two inches think, and it does far more than what Burns said--it takes away your freedoms. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have fought and died for our freedoms. If we lose our freedoms, the terrorists will have won. We need to be very forceful against the terrorists, and get Ďem. Weíre taking away freedoms--first!--and thatís ridiculous.

Source: 2006 MT Senate debate, Tester vs. Burns in Butte Sep 24, 2006

Jon Tester: Critical of President Bush on Patriot Act

[Regarding] the war on terror: Tester was very critical of President Bush regarding the reasons for the Patriot Act, wiretapping and a lack of consultation with our allies.
Source: Letter-to-the-editor about MT Broadcasters Convention debate Aug 15, 2006

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