Alexi Giannoulias on Homeland Security
Alexi believes that it is our responsibility to ensure that our troops have the best resources while in active duty and the best support and care when they return home. That is why he was a leader on veterans issues as the Illinois State Treasurer, where he launched the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund to benefit the children of fallen Illinois service members and passed legislation that prohibits the state from publicly auctioning any U.S. Military medal recovered from lost or abandoned safety deposit boxes. And it is why he will continue to lead as a U.S. Senator.
Q: Do you support Congressional oversight of the NSA?
Q: Do you support the Real ID program?
Q: Do you favor detention of suspects and material witnesses without charges and/or probable cause?
Q: Do you favor giving such detainees access to counsel?
A: YES. Q: Any other changes to the Patriot Act?
A: I would only support continuation of the Patriot Act if roving wiretap provisions are overhauled so as to ensure the same privacy protections used in criminal investigations. Specifically, any reauthorization of this provision must be accompanied by strict regulations requiring that such a request must specify either the identity of the target or the communications device being used, and making clear that the wiretap may not jump from phone to phone or other device unless the government "ascertains" that the target identified by the order is actually using that device.
A: I have the utmost trust in the U.S. legal system. I do not believe that we need to torture suspects in hidden jails to garner actionable intelligence or try suspects in secret tribunals to secure a conviction. Richard Reid was tried and convicted by the Bush administration in civilian court and the Christmas Day bomber has provided FBI agents with actionable intelligence after being Mirandized and represented by an attorney.
As State Treasurer, Alexi ended years of a misguided policy in his office by extending health coverage to domestic partners. As a U.S. Senator, he would also work to end the double taxation of couples.
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