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John Spencer on Homeland Security

 


Don't prey on fears of extreme civil libertarians

Dear Senator Clinton, I have re-read your statement on December 16, 2005 on the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act many times, including your other statements on national security. Your actions on the floor of the US Senate betrayed the mission of the Patriot Act and NSA wiretapping. Surveillance is not a "government fishing expedition"--as you described when you attempted to scuttle the reauthorization of the Patriot Act that night.

The government is seeking to ensure the lives and safety of all Americans, including our peace of mind. Why must you prey on the radical fears of extreme civil libertarians whose mistrust of public institutions and authority has too often been accompanied with a counter-productive level of anarchy? Rather than take the NSA and FBI to task for doing too much, why not praise them for finally doing enough?

You described Congress as proceeding in "haste". Does this mean you regret voting for the original Patriot Act?

Source: Open letter to Sen. Hillary Clinton Aug 22, 2006

Patriot Act ensures safe & free America during war on terror

Dear Senator Clinton,

I believe the USA Patriot Act ensures that Americans will be both "safe and free" during the war on terror. Your failure to articulate support for those wiretapping provisions presently being utilized -- effectively -- by the National Security Agency (NSA) is your way of playing politics with national security.

You described the USA Patriot Act as a "risk" to our "Constitutionally guaranteed rights and liberties". What's more of a risk, violent terrorist acts or a necessary/temporary sacrifice during this war on terror?

The Patriot Act already included "four year sunset" provisions. Can you please explain to me why you feel the need to re-vote on this law every six months? You also wanted to delay re-passage of this law by three months. That's the equivalent of a three month filibuster, one where you would have spoken out of both sides of your mouth to millions every day to every news outlet -- all in preparation for 2008.

Source: Open letter to Sen. Hillary Clinton Aug 22, 2006

Let generals decide troop levels, not politicians

Spencer said he would leave questions about troop levels and strategy to the commanders on the ground. "I think troop levels and war efforts are not left to pinhead politicians but to generals," he said. "There is a command structure, and our military is very competent. When they are on a mission, they tell the president they need more or less, and the president should give them that. But for senators to sit in the chamber and voice their opinions is nonsensical to me. It's not their job."
Source: Brian McGuire, The New York Sun Dec 27, 2005

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