State of Connecticut Archives: on Homeland Security


Chris Murphy: Concerned about Patriot Act's impact on citizens' rights

When Murphy talked about his decision to oppose reauthorization of the 9/11-era Patriot Act over concerns about the impact on citizens' rights, Bysiewicz argued he only did so because she as a candidate had begun criticizing the homeland security measures. She said prior to that Murphy had cast three votes for the Patriot Act and challenged him to explain.

Murphy said he cast those votes to extend the original bill while another was being finalized. "When the (second) bill was finally negotiated it was the wrong bill, so I voted against it," Murphy said.

Source: Westport News on 2012 CT Senate debate May 28, 2012

Chris Murphy: Impose a war tax to give citizens a stake in battle

The two candidates were asked about national defense and whether they backed a return of the draft. Bysiewicz did not directly respond, but she said she doubted the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would have dragged on as long as they did had there been a military draft in place.

Murphy was unambiguous, calling the reimposition of the draft "a dangerous idea." Instead, suggested a war tax as a way to ensure every American has a stake in the battles the U.S. engages in overseas. "If you want to go into an engagement that's going to cost your country trillions of dollars...then let's pay for it as a nation," he said. "When was the last time you heard of a Victory Garden?...We didn't do that over the last 10 years so it was just easy to put blinders on while other people fought those wars."

Source: Hartford Courant on 2012 CT Senate debate May 24, 2012

Susan Bysiewicz: If we had a draft, Iraq & Afghan wars would be shorter

The two candidates were asked about national defense and whether they backed a return of the draft. Bysiewicz did not directly respond, but she said she doubted the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would have dragged on as long as they did had there been a military draft in place.

Murphy was unambiguous, calling the reimposition of the draft "a dangerous idea." Instead, suggested a war tax as a way to ensure every American has a stake in the battles the U.S. engages in overseas. "If you want to go into an engagement that's going to cost your country trillions of dollars...then let's pay for it as a nation," he said. "When was the last time you heard of a Victory Garden?...We didn't do that over the last 10 years so it was just easy to put blinders on while other people fought those wars."

Source: Hartford Courant on 2012 CT Senate debate May 24, 2012

Chris Murphy: US aid to Israel had nothing to do with 9/11

Whitnum tied Lieberman to Israeli interests in his support leading to the Iraq War. U.S. support for Israel is one of Whitnum's main campaign themes. She said, "some could argue that Lieberman should be tried for treason for his role in Wehrkunde," a reference to Lieberman's speech at a 2002 European convention. "If he had not clamored for war at the European community, we never would have gone to war, many believe." Whitnum made a similar allegation about Lieberman's role on her campaign website under the heading "The Real Reason for the Iraq War".

Later in the debate, Murphy said: "This notion that Ms. Whitnum continues to proffer that Israel or United States aid for Israel had something to do with 9/11 is wrong. I'm not going to let her continue to say it without calling it out for the lie that it is."

Source: Hartford Courant on 2012 CT Senate Debate Apr 16, 2012

Chris Murphy: Keep Groton submarine base open

Asked what to do if another commission is named to close bases around the country, Murphy said the state's investments in the Groton submarine base and its support of training personnel has made it a place to keep open. He said President Obama's plan to enhance the role of air and sea puts Connecticut in a good position.

Both Tong and Bysiewicz said we need to start closing bases overseas, bringing home the troops and support their education.

Source: New Haven Register on 2012 CT Senate debate Mar 3, 2012

Susan Bysiewicz: Close bases overseas and bring troops home

Asked what to do if another commission is named to close bases around the country, Murphy said the state's investments in the Groton submarine base and its support of training personnel has made it a place to keep open. He said President Obama's plan to enhance the role of air and sea puts Connecticut in a good position.

Both Tong and Bysiewicz said we need to start closing bases overseas, bringing home the troops and support their education.

Source: New Haven Register on 2012 CT Senate debate Mar 3, 2012

Richard Blumenthal: Apologizes again for having said he served in Vietnam

McMahon listed Blumenthal statements that her campaign commercials have centered upon, including occasions when he misrepresented his Vietnam War service and draft number.

Blumenthal said he was proud of his military record in the Marine Corps Reserves but on a few occasions out of hundreds of public speeches, he said he served in Vietnam. "I apologize as I have done before to the people of Connecticut, most particularly to our veterans, and I will continue to champion the cause of veterans," he said.

Source: Connecticut Post coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Oct 7, 2010

Linda McMahon: Terrorists only need to succeed once; we must succeed always

Q: Do you consider it good luck or good planning that we have not had a major terrorist attack on American shores?

McMAHON: Both. The terrorists only need to succeed once, while we must get it right every single time.

BLUMENTHAL: While I am thankful that there has not been a successful attack on American shores since 9/11/2001, real threats remain. It is therefore vital that we use both military and non-military methods to target and attack the terrorists where they are. This includes targeting Al Qaeda's organizations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen as well as its affiliates like Al-Shabaab in Somalia. At the same time, we must do more at home to remedy the unacceptable flaws exposed in our homeland security, by improving information sharing, bringing together the best technology and the most effective management strategies to get people working across agencies, and to engage the private sector to collect, understand, and mobilize information in real time to improve our national security.

Source: Connecticut Jewish Ledger coverage of 2010 CT Senate debate Sep 29, 2010

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