Today Rep. Calvert (R-CA) voted against the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2701, the FY2010 Intelligence Authorization Act.
“Any intelligence authorization bill should make its top priority the safety of U.S. citizens,” said Rep. Calvert. “I was deeply disappointed that the bill did not extend current laws, set to expire tomorrow, that prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo detainees to the United States. It is also frustrating that we are now just passing the fiscal year 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act, one day before the end of the fiscal year.”
The bill also allows for potential Justice Department action against intelligence professionals who did what the President—and congressional leaders including Speaker Pelosi—asked them to do and ratified. The bill also omits a Republican amendment—supported on a bipartisan basis and in the House—to prohibit giving Miranda warnings to foreign terrorist suspects in foreign countries in order to protect intelligence collection.
“This bill speaks to the poor management of the House and mixed up priorities that put Americans at risk and persecute the very people tasked with keeping us safe,” said Rep. Calvert.