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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

04-911-10 on Mar 23, 2004

Decided Jul 22, 2004
Report: the 9/11 Commission Report
Source: The 9/11 Commission Report, p.393-95
Many of our recommendations call for the government to increase its presence in our lives—for example, by creating standards for the issuance of forms of identification, by better securing our borders, by sharing information gathered by many different agencies. We also recommend the consolidation of authority over the now far-flung entities constituting the intelligence community.

The Patriot Act vests substantial powers in our federal government. The terrorists have used our open society against us. In wartime, government calls for greater powers, and then the need for those powers recedes after the war ends. This struggle will go on. Therefore, while protecting our homeland, Americans should be mindful of threats to vital personal and civil liberties. This shift of power and authority to the government calls for an enhanced system of checks and balances to protect the precious liberties that are vital to our way of life.

Recommendation: As the President determines the guidelines for information sharing among government agencies and by those agencies with the private sector, he should safeguard the privacy of individuals about whom information is shared.

Recommendation: The burden of proof for retaining a particular governmental power should be on the executive, to explain (a) that the power actually materially enhances security and (b) that there is adequate supervision of the executive’s use of the powers to ensure protection of civil liberties. If the power is granted, there must be adequate guidelines and oversight to properly confine its use.

Recommendation: At this time of increased and consolidated government authority, there should be a board within the executive branch to oversee adherence to the guidelines we recommend and the commitment the government makes to defend our civil liberties.


  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Guidelines, supervision, & oversight of new security powers

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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 04-911-10

Lee Hamilton s1sIndiana Democrat (Until 2004) 
Bob Kerrey s1sNE Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) 
Tim Roemer s1sIndiana Democrat 



Republicans participating in 04-911-10

Slade Gorton s1sWA Republican Senator (Former) 
Thomas Kean s1sNJ Former Republican Governor (1982-1989) 
James Thompson s1sIL Former Republican Governor (1977-1990) 



Independents participating in 04-911-10



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 3
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0


















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