• He voted against the original Patriot Act of 2001 and later for bills reauthorizing the act as a
compromise, believing the new version is still better than what the White House originally proposed
and does modestly improve the Patriot Act by strengthening civil liberty protection without
sacrificing the tools that law enforcement needs to keep us safe.
• Obama wants Homeland Security money targeted more towards high-risk areas such as nuclear
facilities, chemical plants and ports.
• He introduced legislation to enhance disaster preparedness and to strengthen the security of
chemical plants and drinking water security.
• He wants more quality tracking of nuclear technology and spent nuclear fuel so that it doesn't
end up in terrorist hands.
• When asked to describe the Obama doctrine for the use of force when there was no security issue
in the offing, he replied, "Well, we may not always have national security issues at stake, but we
have moral issues at stake."
• When asked, during his presidential interview with Katie Couric of CBS News, to explain a
national security situation when it was appropriate to lie to the American people, Obama was of the
opinion, "I don't think it's appropriate to lie. I mean, you can put together a hypothetical where
there is a national security emergency that is imminent. And you don?t want to provide, for example,
the location of our troops. You don't have to lie in those situations. You simply say, "We're not
• Barack Obama thinks that the problems of terrorism are one of the most terrible threats that the
• "The way we have to approach the problem of Islamic extremism, is we have to hunt down those who
would resort to violence to move their ideology forward. We should be going after al Qaeda and those
networks fiercely and effectively," stated Obama on CNN Late Edition July 13th 2008.
• Human rights and national security are complementary, stated Obama when he was questioned about
whether human rights were more important than American national security.
• Laura Flanders on 11th November 2007 quoted Obama saying, "The threat that we face now is
nowhere near as dire as it was in the Cold War. We shouldn?t allow our politics to be driven by the
fear of terrorism."
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