Rep. Maurice Hinchey Receives Failing Grade on National Security

Oct 30, 2010, 17:20 ET from Keep America Safe

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York representative Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat representing the state's twenty-second district received the lowest possible score from the national security organization Keep America Safe.

Hinchey's grade of F is based on a comprehensive study undertaken by the group, which analyzed every significant national security vote cast by Rep. Hinchey since 2001. Hinchey's failing grade is rooted in his multiple votes to transfer terrorist detainees, currently housed at the naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to U.S. soil, thereby granting them additional Constitutional rights and hindering intelligence gathering.

Hinchey further cast a vote in opposition to placing Guantanamo detainees on the no-fly list.

In keeping with the mission of Keep America Safe, each member's score is an indicator of whether he or she supports unapologetic and strong policies in the war on terror, victory in the wars this country fights, and the strong American military needed in the dangerous world in which we live.

In response to his rating, resident of the 22nd district and board member of Keep America Safe, Debra Burlingame said, "Maurice Hinchey has consistently opposed every major national security measure of the last nine years, from the reauthorization of The Patriot Act to terrorist surveillance to keeping Gitmo open and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed out of the U.S. civilian court system.  But what can you expect from a guy who puts a photo of himself with Fidel Castro on his fundraising literature?"

Keep America Safe's Scorecard Methodology:

A cross-section of votes between 2001 and 2010 was taken to reflect a range of national security topics. Twenty-nine votes were selected in the Senate, and twenty-seven were selected in the House. The votes reflect a range of issues from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Guantanamo Bay and detainee policy to Iran to missile defense. Greater priority was given to the 111th and 110th Congresses.

Senators and Representatives can receive one of four grades:

A (Outstanding) – 100-80%

B (Passing) – 79-60%

C (Needs Improvement) – 59-40%

F (Failing) – 39-0%

NA (Not enough votes were cast to merit an official score)

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SOURCE Keep America Safe