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Liz Cheney on Homeland Security

 


Radical Islamic terrorism threat grows if we do nothing

Q: What issues are really important to you?

CHENEY: The over reaching threat to our freedom, Constitution, and individual liberties. How have these rights been protected? This administration has a massive expansion of the federal government and the complete disregard for the rule of law. Americans should understand that we are really at a fork in the road, and if we head down the wrong road, we are going to look a lot like a European social democracy. The other issue is radical Islamic terrorism, a threat that is getting stronger today. With both these issues there is the potential of very dire consequences if we are to do nothing.

Source: American Thinker Q-and-A on 2014 Wyoming Senate race , Dec 7, 2013

Obama doesn't believe in American exceptionalism; I do

Q: You say that President Obama has undermined American power. He has kept a number of policies from the Bush Administration in place, ratcheted up the use of drones. Why do you see him as someone who does not believe in the strength and greatness of America?

A: You have to look at some of his own speeches. Look at the speech he made at the U.N. in 2009, when he said no world order that elevates one nation above others can long survive. That's not somebody who believes in American exceptionalism. Going to Cairo that year, talking about how America abandoned its values after 9/11. You don't go onto foreign soil, the home of Mohammed Atta, and criticize us. This is a president who is uncomfortable with American strength, uncomfortable with American power. I believe he came into office intending to take us down a notch. I think he came into office believing we're a force for ill in the world.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Wyoming Senate race , Nov 21, 2013

Balance liberty & security, but don't shut down NSA spying

Q: Are there policies that your father was in favor of and you're not? Where do you differ?

A: I think if you looked at the differences between my dad and me, I think the biggest difference is he's never been a 47-year-old mother of five. Another area is he's more confident in the NSA program. My view of the NSA program is the following: I think it saved lives. I think it prevented attacks. And I don't think we can be in a position where we're saying, shut the whole thing down. But I do know that today, with a President who so clearly flouts the rule of law and the Constitution, there are legitimate concerns about whether we have the balance between civil liberties and our security right. That's a question we have to ask constantly.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Wyoming Senate race , Nov 21, 2013

Strengthen our national security

In a number of executive positions, Liz has worked to strengthen the national security of the United States. As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs in the George W. Bush administration, she was the second-ranking official in the state department bureau responsible for U.S. policy in the Middle East. Prior to her service in the state department, Liz practiced law and held positions in President George H.W. Bush's administration.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, cheneyforwyoming.com, "About" , Oct 9, 2013

CIA torture & black sites don't hurt human rights efforts

Q: Have you ever sensed that your efforts for democracy and human rights have been hampered by all the news on CIA exemptions against torture? About the discussion on the McCain amendment about these black sites?

A: No. And I also think that it's important to make sure that we all have all the facts before we undertake discussions about any element, any aspect of the war on terror. There's been a lot of desire and attempt on the part of some members of the media and others to run with stories without all the facts. Our commitment to democracy is one that's very much understood and that has borne fruit and we've developed some very important partnerships throughout the region. In my own personal experience, I was at the State Department until 2003 and then I left for a year. In 2005, I was struck by the different atmosphere in the Middle East. The situation has changed fundamentally now: we were really running to keep up with people in the region who were calling for freedom.

Source: Briefing at Forum for the Future in Manama, Bahrain , Nov 11, 2005

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