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President Obama’s Remarks on National Security

In this address at the National Archives, President Obama outlined his Administration’s approach to national security.  The President emphasized that holding true to America’s fundamental values is essential to national security and disputed the notion that we can sacrifice the Constitution in times of national emergency.  The President discussed the steps the Administration has taken to craft a national security policy that is responsive to modern threats without sacrificing traditional values.  These steps include ending the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, taking steps to close Guantanamo, and establishing a comprehensive legal framework to process the Guantanamo detainees.  The President also promised to adhere to a system of transparency and accountability in his national security policy, communicating with the public, and establishing oversight by the other branches of government. Read the full remarks here.


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