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Issue Position: National Security

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KEEPING AMERICA SAFE

Protecting America's security is the first responsibility of our government. I will focus on making sure we are safe at home and abroad as a U.S. Senator. I will work with our President and military leadership to protect our interests and our allies around the world in a responsible and thoughtful way.

Safeguarding Security and Civil Liberties

The Patriot Act has helped strengthen America's homeland security. However, certain provisions may infringe on constitutionally guaranteed civil liberties and freedoms. These provisions, dealing with individual terrorism suspects, roving wiretaps and National Security Letters, were renewed in early 2011 and are up for renewal again in December 2015. I oppose renewing those provisions without a sunset provision and more oversight of government activity that could infringe on the civil liberties.

As your next U.S. Senator, I will:

Support increased oversight and time limitations on these Patriot Act provisions, in order to preserve American freedoms and civil liberties while safeguarding our security.

Iraq

I opposed the invasion of Iraq from day one. It was one of the reasons that I endorsed Barack Obama for President -- among the first elected officials in Connecticut to do so. Our men and women in uniform have served our country with honor and have sacrificed immensely, and I was thrilled to see an end to our military involvement there.

As your next U.S. Senator, I will:

Continue to foster good relations with Iraq, ensuring that we do what we can do develop a key ally in the region.
Afghanistan

President Obama's renewed focus on Afghanistan has brought considerable progress. Al Qaeda's capabilities and Taliban control have decreased considerably, and the death of Osama bin Laden was a pivotal step in ensuring prolonged American security. Our efforts training the Afghan police and army officers has been successful, but is still ongoing as we seek to improve security and stability in Afghanistan and the surrounding region, thereby lessening the risk of terrorist activity for the long term. With these successes in mind, the time has come to bring our military involvement to an end.

I support President Obama's plan to withdraw from Afghanistan in a responsible and timely manner, beginning this summer. As the 10th anniversary of the war passes, we should remember the successes we've had while keeping our focus on withdrawing a majority of our troops over the next year.

As your next U.S. Senator, I will:

Support the President's drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, including a withdrawal of 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year and another 20,000 troops by next summer, continuing on a schedule that guarantees the safe removal of all frontline combat troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible.
Encourage a foreign policy strategy that helps bolster security and stability for the entire region around Afghanistan (including Pakistan and Iran).


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