State of Montana Archives: on Homeland Security


John Walsh: Commanded Montana Infantry Battalion in combat in Iraq

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York, Albany, New York in 1990. He received a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 2007.

John served in the Montana National Guard for more than 33 years. As an enlisted man and, later, an officer, John made a career of public service by serving his state and country when they needed him most, even under dangerous conditions.

Source: Montana's Lieutenant Governor website, governor.mt.gov Oct 9, 2013

John Walsh: Commanded Montana Infantry Battalion in combat in Iraq

John earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York, Albany, New York in 1990. He received a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 2007.

John served in the Montana National Guard for more than 33 years. As an enlisted man and, later, an officer, John made a career of public service by serving his state and country when they needed him most, even under dangerous conditions. As the Director of Military Support to Civil Authorities, he led the Montana National Guard's work during the 2000 wildland fire season.

In 2004-2005, General Walsh commanded Montana's 163rd Infantry Battalion during combat operations in Iraq, earning the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman's badge for his actions. This was the largest deployment of Montana Soldiers since WWII. The battalion was awarded the Valorous Unit Citation for outstanding performance in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.

Source: Montana's Lieutenant Governor website, governor.mt.gov Oct 9, 2013

Steve Bullock: Wrap-around services to reintegrate heroes to civilian life

This morning, I went to the airport and welcomed home 45 soldiers from the Montana National Guard who had just spent a year in Afghanistan. I told them I would ensure that we live up to the promise all of us made the day they signed up.

That's why I asked this Legislature to invest in our university system and make certain that we are providing the services and the space to meet veterans' needs-- the wrap-around services that will reintegrate these heroes back into civilian life and on our college campuses. When I got back from the airport, I found out that, while I was gone, a legislative committee cut the funding for these critical services for returning vets. I urge you to restore these funds, live up to the promises we've made and welcome these warriors home with more than just words.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Montana legislature Jan 30, 2013

Jon Tester: Irresponsible to put two wars on credit card

Rehberg, the Republican challenger, once again aimed to connect Tester, the Democratic incumbent, to big government and the "failed policies" of President Barack Obama's administration.

Tester depicted Rehberg as an irresponsible spender during his 12 years in Congress. He described Rehberg as a politician who used a "credit card" to vote for a new federal prescription drug program and two wars, among other spending.

Source: Daily Inter Lake on 2012 Montana Senate debates Oct 14, 2012

Michael Lange: No terrorist military tribunals; no domestic spying

Q: Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?

A: Yes.

Q: Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?

A: No.

Q: Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?

A: No.

Source: Montana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Conrad Burns: Patriot Act only affects your freedoms if youíre a terrorist

JONES: Pres. Bush pushed and pushed to get the Patriot Act approved. Not a single member of Congress, including this one [Burns], read the Patriot Act before it was signed. It was laid out in front of them, ad with a great deal of pressure from corrupt party leaders, they signed that bill. Pres. Bush demanded it, and demanded other bills that have been just as threatening to our freedom, and put great pressures on members of Congress to pass those bills.

BURNS: Pres. Bush took an oath to protect this country. Letís talk about the Patriot Act. You have not given up one freedom, not ONE freedom that you didnít have before, unless youíre a terrorist, or a suspected terrorist, or affiliated with the Mafia, or affiliated with drug kingpins. If you repeal the Patriot Act, the wall goes back up between the FBI and the CIA and the DIA, Defense Intelligence, and they cannot connect the dots. And the Meth Control Act is within the Patriot Act. There are consequences; it is a tool to protect this country.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU (x-ref Jones) Oct 9, 2006

Jon Tester: Build forces to fight terror cells; not take away our rights

Q: What do you think about Executive Authority with regards to warrantless wiretapping?

TESTER: It deals with the freedoms that so many people have fought and died for. If we want to get serious about the War on Terror, we need to make the investments to fight the war on terror. We ought not be taking rights away from honest citizens. If weíve got terror cells around the world, then letís invest in human intelligence. Letís invest in our Special Forces. Letís go after Ďem, and letís be serious, and not get sidetracked by Iraq. Right now, weíre taking rights away from honest people. If they think you fall into their list, youíre a target. By the time they figure out thereís a terror cell, they can get a warrant. The Senator wants to let them have Carte Blanche. The government ought not be taking away our freedoms.

JONES: Weíve lost our Fourth Amendment rights; now thereís no protection to our privacy.

BURNS: The Patriot Act is a tool that is in place now for drug kingpins and organized crime.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

Stan Jones: Patriot Act is terrorism of the worst kind

Our nation is entering a very dark period in our history. We once were a string nation built on a foundation of individual freedom & free enterprise. But now we have lost our way. Pres. Bush & the Republicans AND Democrats in Congress have taken us into an illegal, contrived, and hopeless war on terrorism. None of the laws they have passed will help us fight terrorism.

Under Patriot Act 1 & 2, if you are suspected of being an enemy combatant, you can be tried in secret by a military tribunal. You cannot see the evidence against you, have no right to a jury, and cannot appeal. The president also has authority to impose martial law and suspend habeas corpus, where you can be jailed for life without a trial and without a lawyer.

All of this is terrorism of the worst kind. We the people no longer have the protection of Bill of Rights. This is no longer the America I know. You cannot save America by destroying America. You cannot no longer rely on Democrats or Republicans to preserve your rights

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

Stan Jones: Nobody read the Patriot Act before it was corruptly passed

JONES: Pres. Bush pushed and pushed to get the Patriot Act approved. Not a single member of Congress, including this one [Burns], read the Patriot Act before it was signed. It was laid out in front of them, ad with a great deal of pressure from corrupt party leaders, they signed that bill. Pres. Bush demanded it, and demanded other bills that have been just as threatening to our freedom, and put great pressures on members of Congress to pass those bills.

BURNS: Pres. Bush took an oath to protect this country. Letís talk about the Patriot Act. You have not given up one freedom, not ONE freedom that you didnít have before, unless youíre a terrorist, or a suspected terrorist, or affiliated with the Mafia, or affiliated with drug kingpins. If you repeal the Patriot Act, the wall goes back up between the FBI and the CIA and the DIA, Defense Intelligence, and they cannot connect the dots. And the Meth Control Act is within the Patriot Act. There are consequences; it is a tool to protect this country.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

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