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Allen Buckley on Homeland Security

2004 former Libertarian Senate challenger (GA)


Keep US military strong, but solely for defense

The US military and intelligence services should remain the strongest in the world to protect us from our enemies and terrorists, but for only those reasons. National defense should exist solely for defense.

One of the primary roles of the federal government is to protect U.S. citizens. A bumper sticker reads: "Were making enemies faster than we can kill them." I think that it's sad but true. Terrorism should be fought primarily through espionage.

Source: Campaign website, www.buckleyforsenate.com, "Issues" May 2, 2008

Bush has overreached in expanding executive power

In the struggle between individual liberties and spying to prevent terrorism, the Bush Administration has overreached to expand the power of the Executive Branch and the federal government. Warrant-less spying is illegal and it must be stopped. A proper balance that protects civil liberties while allowing for the issuance on warrants on a timely basis can be struck.
Source: Campaign website, www.buckleyforsenate.com, "Issues" May 2, 2008

Spend as much as is necessary to get military job done

Q: Should we be spending more on the armed forces under the current circumstances?

A: I'm not close enough to the matter to say whether it is necessary to spend more at this time. Our soldiers need to get whatever equipment that they need to get the job done while making them a safe as possible, within reason.

Source: E-mail exchange between Mr. Buckley and OnTheIssues.org Jun 28, 2004

Strive for best military in world

Q: Your stance on missile defense?

A: I've haven't yet formulated an opinion on Star Wars. I do think that we need to have the best military and the best defense system in the world.

Source: E-mail exchange between Mr. Buckley and OnTheIssues.org Jun 28, 2004

Spend no more and no less than necessary on military

Q: Your opinion on more spending on armed forces?

A: Only if necessary (no more and no less than necessary).

Source: E-mail exchange between Mr. Buckley and OnTheIssues.org Jun 25, 2004

Fight terrorism primarily through espionage

Fight terrorism primarily through espionage.
Source: E-mail exchange between Mr. Buckley and OnTheIssues.org Jun 11, 2004

Fight terrorism via espionage

We need to eradicate terrorism. Terrorism should be fought primarily through espionage. The nature of the military and national defense will need to change as the threats of the world change. Emphasis needs to change to address current and realistically anticipated future threats. For example, do we really need to have troops stationed in Germany? History teaches us that empires don't last. History will repeat itself with respect to our country, if we continue down the imperialistic path.

The lack of a post-combat plan and exit strategy is also inexcusable. A better course of action after Afghanistan would have been to have dealt with the remaining pockets of al-Qaeda throughout the world through espionage, work with other countries and pinpoint military action.

Source: Campaign website, www.BuckleyForSenate.org, "Views" May 18, 2004

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GA Senatorial:
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Jim Martin
Johnny Isakson
Josh Lanier
Rand Knight
Saxby Chambliss
Vernon Jones


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

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Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
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DOC:Bill Richardson
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