State of Michigan Archives: on Homeland Security


Mark Schauer: Ensure veterans have access to the benefits they've earned

Our servicemen and women are the true heart of America. Teddy Roosevelt once said, "A man who is good enough to give his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards." That's why in Congress, Mark fought to expand health care services for veterans. Mark also helped secure additional resources to help homeless Michigan veterans find jobs.

While Michigan has the 11th largest veterans population in the country, the state ranks 53rd in providing veterans benefits--behind Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. Mark believes we can and must do better. As Governor, Mark will work to ensure veterans have access to the benefits they've earned by strengthening state services that help veterans secure good jobs, quality health care, and affordable housing.

Source: 2014 Michigan gubernatorial campaign website MarkSchauer.com Dec 20, 2013

Rick Snyder: There is a cost to sending our military into harm's way

In April of last year, I made a trip to Kuwait and Afghanistan. On that trip, it was one of the most moving trips of my entire life. It was special to see the service that these fine people give our country. One special thing happened: I was on Forward Operating Base, Kunduz, in Afghanistan. It was with the 125th Infantry, a Michigan National Guard Unit. When I arrived they asked me to do a re-enlistment ceremony. So, I had the opportunity to swear people in to re-enlist in the United States Military, in the Michigan National Guard on the Forwarding Operating Base in harm's way.

To give you some perspective, we had well over 1,000 Michiganders serve and come back this year, and there is a cost and we need to understand that. This last year we lost nine service people that were Michiganders. So, I think it is only fitting that we send out thoughts and prayers at anyone in the Armed Services and all their families.

Source: 2013 State of the State Speech to Michigan Legislature Jan 16, 2013

Jack Hoogendyk: Military tribunals & domestic spying OK

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: Yes.

Q: Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?

A: Yes.

Source: Michigan Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 1, 2008

Fred Thompson: We face a global war declared on us by Islamic fascism

I think weíve got to come to terms with the nature of the threat that our country faces. It is a global war. Islamic fascism has declared it upon us. They look at it as something thatís something thatís been going on for a long, long time. Theyíre perfectly willing for it to go on for a long time more, killing millions of innocent people in the process. They play by no rules, and they are intent on bringing down Western civilization and the United States of America. So we have to understand whatís necessary & the determination that we need to show to friend and foe alike that weíll do whatís necessary to fight on any front that we have to fight on. This is a front in a much broader war, & I think the young people that I talk to coming back from there understand that. In fact, sometimes itís strange to me to think that the average 20-year-old serving in Iraq knows more about what it takes for our national security than the average 20-year veteran on Capitol Hill.
Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Fred Thompson: Spend more than current 4% of budget on military

I think we need to tell the American people the truth, that our security is on the line. Weíre going to have to do some things differently. Weíre probably going to have to spend more than 4% of our budget, as weíre spending right now, on our military. We are bankrupting the next generation and those yet to be born.
Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

John McCain: After 9/11, ask Americans to join military or AmeriCorps

Q: You were critical of Pres. Bush for the lack of asking for sacrifice after September 11th, adding that ďJust go shoppingĒ wasnít enough. What would you have asked?

A: I would have asked Americans, when Americans were ready to serve a cause greater than themselves, I would have told them, first of all, consider the military; also the Peace Corps, also AmeriCorps, also neighborhood watches, also volunteer organizations that we would form up all over America. That way we would all serve this nation.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

John McCain: Let loose smart, tough spies to catch Bin Laden

Q: How would you catch bin Laden?

A: I would establish an organization not unlike the OSS in World War II. People who are smart, people who are tough; people who are used to operating independently, and the smartest and most talented people I know. And I would let them loose, and Iíd say find this guy and do whatever is necessary to get him.

Source: 2007 Republican debate in Dearborn, Michigan Oct 9, 2007

Debbie Stabenow: Push to pass the 9/11 Report

Q: Do you agree we will face another terrorist attack?

STABENOW: we need to push and pass the 9/11 Report. Iíve lead the effort to fight for those things that allow our firefighters and police what they need to do their job and keep us safe. We have tripled the number of border security. Iíve brought in dollars for sheriffs across the state, including Mike.

BOUCHARD: Thatís just more talk-versus-reality in Washington. I sit on Committee that represents law enforcement - sheís never visited. We need someone who understands security. Security funding has turned into pork barrel spending. They are well intentioned, but no results. If you donít fix a problem - people die.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

Debbie Stabenow: Critical balance between staying safe and keeping our rights

Q: Whatís the balance between civil rights and homeland security and how are we doing balancing?

BOUCHARD: We need to keep our state safe. We canít give up basic rights to stay safe. I have very big differences than her. Iím a member of the joint terrorism task force with the FBI - what can I do personally to mitigate and respond to the need. Thereís a list of things that they need to do and fix.

STABENOW: Iím a member of the Banking Committee that tracks money of terrorists. There is a critical balance between what it takes to stay safe and keep our rights. Iím proud of having the Detroit Regional Chamberís endorsement because of protecting businesses in Michigan. Iím championing an effort with Congressional colleagues to protect our middle class way of life.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids, x-ref Bouchard Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: Canít give up basic rights to stay safe

Q: Whatís the balance between civil rights and homeland security and how are we doing balancing?

BOUCHARD: We need to keep our state safe. We canít give up basic rights to stay safe. I have very big differences than her. Iím a member of the joint terrorism task force with the FBI - what can I do personally to mitigate and respond to the need. Thereís a list of things that they need to do and fix.

STABENOW: Iím a member of the Banking Committee that tracks money of terrorists. There is a critical balance between what it takes to stay safe and keep our rights. Iím proud of having the Detroit Regional Chamberís endorsement because of protecting businesses in Michigan. Iím championing an effort with Congressional colleagues to protect our middle class way of life.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: If we donít fix terrorist security, people die

Q: Do you agree we will face another terrorist attack?

STABENOW: we need to push and pass the 9/11 Report. Iíve lead the effort to fight for those things that allow our firefighters and police what they need to do their job and keep us safe. We have tripled the number of border security. Iíve brought in dollars for sheriffs across the state, including Mike.

BOUCHARD: Thatís just more talk-versus-reality in Washington. I sit on Committee that represents law enforcement - sheís never visited. We need someone who understands security. Security funding has turned into pork barrel spending. They are well intentioned, but no results. If you donít fix a problem - people die.

Source: 2006 Michigan Senate Debate in Grand Rapids, x-ref Stabenow Oct 15, 2006

Mike Bouchard: Proposes ďSkycopsĒ, incentives for off-duty officers to fly

To better help secure our airways and prevent terrorists from hijacking airplanes, I propose that we supplement the Federal Air Marshall program with a program I call ďSkycops.Ē

Skycops utilizes trained law enforcement officers who fly our skies every day for work and personal business to leverage the overextended resources of the Federal Air Marshal Program. My plan calls for a standardized hands-on training class for all personnel who are certified to fly with a firearm.

In addition, this program

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, mikeformichigan.com, ďIssuesĒ Oct 1, 2006

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