Editor’s Note: In June 2012, Civil Beat sent 10 questions to each of the candidates registered to run for the U.S. Senate in the Aug. 11 primary. Eight of the 11 responded, including Antonio Gimbernat. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read responses by Ed Case, Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle to see how Gimbernat’s positions compare to those of his main competitors. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Gimbernat’s response.

1. President Obama has significantly increased the use of drones to assassinate terrorist targets. The policy has been criticized for denying due process rights for at least one American living abroad, and for the collateral killing of civilians. Do you support this policy — why or why not?

I believe for us not to use modern technology would be a disgrace to previous generations who worked so hard to advance humanity to where we are now.

Therefore, I am pro utilizing modern technology such as drones for gathering intelligence.

Furthermore, if elected, I want to utilize modern video conference call technology & work from home, casting my U.S. Senate votes electronically.

Regarding U.S. citizens imprisoned abroad: U.S. citizens are warned about the dangers of traveling to unfriendly nations before they depart, so for anyone to imply the U.S. engaged in lack of responsibility … is unfounded. Although, I do believe the U.S. should do their best to bring U.S. citizens imprisoned abroad home.

Regarding drones killing alleged innocent citizens: these foreign citizens are clearly accomplices to the enemy … directly & or indirectly aiding & abetting the enemy in the commission of their crimes. Therefore I believe the use of drones is justified, sound & founded. ↩ back to top

2. A divided U.S. Congress has not been able to come to agreement on how to lower the federal debt, in spite of bipartisan recommendations from the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission and others. What is your evaluation of those recommendations, which include hard decisions regarding entitlement programs, defense spending and taxes?

I have not reviewed the Simpson-Bowles deficit commission recommendations, but I have spoken to several of my constituents who truly believe cuts in the Dept. of Defense budget could resolve our national debt entirely. As I stated before, if elected, I would like to utilize modern video conference call technology & cast my U.S. Senate votes electronically. If all the elected representatives did this… the House of Representatives & U.S. Senate buildings could be turned into museums, where tourist could pay a small fee for a tour. Net revenues could go towards paying off the national debt.

Regarding entitlements, I believe there needs to be a serious overhaul of this legislation to stop undeserving new immigrants from claiming entitlements intended for deserving citizens who have paid taxes for years. This is what is pono. ↩ back to top

3. The major issue for most candidates is jobs and the economy. Can you identify a concrete example of how you as senator would go about stimulating growth both nationally and in Hawaii?

As I stated, I spoke with several of my constituents who claimed cuts in Dept. of Defense spending could resolve the U.S. national debt entirely. We also spoke … asking “What did we ultimately get from the war in Iraq?” We joked, “one would think gasoline prices would have fallen!” but gasoline is at an all time high of close to $5.00 per gallon! I believe Iraq & Afghanistan are in the United Nations jurisdiction & that the U.S. should only get involved at the request of the United Nations. Furthermore, the U.S. should only contribute their “fair share” based on population & economy. The U.S. should not carry the weight of nations who are not pulling their weight.

President Obama gave Haiti $100 million dollars for earthquake relief at the height of the U.S. economic recession! U.S. homeless veterans should have had priority to those funds. President Obama also sent U.S. military equipment & troops (paid by U.S. tax payers) to Haiti, which also was unnecessary spending. Haiti is in the United Nations jurisdiction. Any assistance for Haiti from the U.S. should have been at the U.N.’s request. Although President Obama’s decision to assist Haiti was the ethical decision … on paper… at the height of the U.S. economic recession, it was financially unsound & insane! & People wonder why the U.S. is in debt? HELLO!

So on a national level, if elected to the U.S. Senate, I would provide sound & founded counsel to stop unnecessary spending to improve the U.S. economy.

Regarding creating jobs in the State of Hawaii,

I would support federal funding to provide training in the manufacturing of alternative energy appliances such as solar panels & residential wind turbines. This will create green jobs & stop Hawaii’s dependency on fossil fuels, thereby progressing the State of Hawaii’s sustainability.

Furthermore, my position on gambling is that I am “for” the legalization of gambling in the State of Hawaii with the following strict guidelines:

  1. Gambling casinos will only be allowed in hotel zoned districts such as Ka’anapali, Maui or Waikiki, Oahu.

  2. A ratio of 30% casinos to 100% of the hotels in a resort area will be allowed. (So if there are ten hotels, only 3 casino licenses will be offered). This will keep the majority of hotels family oriented.

  3. Casino licenses will be put up for auction to the highest bidders.

  4. Only hotel guests will be allowed to gamble in the casinos. (note: Hawaii residents will need to “get a room” if they want to gamble).

  5. Gambling privileges will be terminated 2 hours before hotel guests are due to check out of their rooms.

  6. Tax revenue from gaming profits can be used to renovate Hawaii’s infrastructure.

I will support gambling in the State of Hawaii under these guidelines ONLY (or very close to these guidelines).

Gambling would increase tourism immensely, boosting Hawaii’s economy, creating jobs & provide funding to financially strained areas such as where furlough Fridays were introduced. ↩ back to top

4. Sen. Dan Inouye has brought countless dollars to the state over his long career, not only for defense projects but to help with energy, agriculture, education, security and Native Hawaiian issues. Should you be elected to the Senate, Inouye could leave office during your time in office. How would you work to continue funding important projects in the islands, especially as a junior senator in a body that values seniority?

I find this question’s condescending implication that if elected I would be “junior” or some how less of a senator … to be unfounded & immature. Furthermore, I believe I answered this question, within question 3. ↩ back to top

5. The Akaka Bill on federal recognition for Native Hawaiians has consistently stalled in the U.S. Senate because of GOP opposition. Do you support federal recognition, and if so, how would you go about securing it?

As I explained to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs:

It is my understanding that Polynesian ethnicities & cultures are clearly recognized by the United States & United Nations.

I believe the current plight of the Hawaiian culture is from legal & illegal immigration, & from pollution.

If elected I will support tougher rules & regulations on these issues. ↩ back to top

6. Regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, what would your goals be in terms of health care policy as a senator? Would you support universal health care?

If elected to the U.S. Senate, I will support what the medical professionals’ needs are… to provide “state of the art” heath care services.

Furthermore, in addition to taxes on cigarettes & alcohol; I believe a health care tax on GMOs, RBST & fast foods high in high fructose corn syrup (GMO), fat & cholesterol is justified to finance health care research for obesity, diabetes & other related illnesses. If elected, I will strive to achieve what is “pono”. ↩ back to top

7. The filibuster has been used by both parties to block legislation. Do you support this controversial parliamentary maneuver? Why or why not?

I believe the filibuster is a double edge sword. It can be used both for ethical & unethical reasons (depending on how liberal or conservative you are). So the merits of one’s case better out weigh the filibuster. Yet, what is truly pono will ultimately prevail. ↩ back to top

8. Global warming is real, and rising sea levels will certainly impact Hawaii. What steps would you take as a U.S. senator to mitigate the effects of global warming?

I recently received a suggestion to adopt the following policy which I believe is to curtail global warming:

We should have the U.S. government partner with experts to show rainforest landowners & their countries how to harvest the rainforest more sustainably. (Currently, cutting down rainforest for TIMBER yields $600 per acre. but if sustainable resources are harvested, the land will yield $2,000 MORE!). If we then divide the new $2,600.00 yield between: (1) the U.S. gov. (2) the experts (3) the rainforest land owners (4) the land owners governments … each will make $650 per acre. With 2.8 billion acres of rainforest in the world, plus income taxes on the experts, in theory, this policy has the maximum potential of yielding $2.25 trillion for each government per year. This would eliminate the deficit & if combined with some deficit reduction measures (i.e. those of senators Coburn & or Lieberman), it has the potential to eliminate the national debt & perhaps even the looming entitlement shortage.

Furthermore, I would support tax breaks/carbon credits as an incentive for corporations to invent innovative ways to reduce green house gases & carbon footprints from their factories & products. This is one of the reasons I support HART & Honolulu Rail, to reduce automobile emissions/pollution. ↩ back to top

9. The Citizens United decision has resulted in nearly unlimited amounts of money being spent on behalf of many candidates. Massachusetts candidates Scott Brown and Eilzabeth Warren have pledged to reject super-PAC money in their Senate contest. Would you be willing to do that in your race — why or why not?

As of July 5, 2012, I have not received .01 cent in campaign contributions. 3 of the candidates running for the same seat I am have raised $200,000 or more. So I am not against accepting a reasonable amount of money for advertising & travel expenses.

However, federal election campaign laws ~ Section 441e: Contributions & Donations by Foreign Nationals; in conjunction with: 22 U.S.C. Section 611(b) “The term “Foreign Principal” includes… (3) a Partnership, Association, CORPORATION, Organization, or other Combination of Persons organized under the Laws of a Foreign Country”; means … If a U.S. corporation has factories in foreign countries operating under foreign law… the U.S. corporation is prohibited from making campaign contributions & or producing or financing independent political broadcasts (AKA: electioneering communications) “for or against” a U.S. candidate(s).

I believe this research to be accurate to the best of my knowledge … & if so … It contradicts the U.S. Supreme Court Justices’ ruling on Citizens United v. F.E.C. ↩ back to top

10. What is an issue you think is important to address as a U.S. Senate candidate — one that perhaps has not been given sufficient attention during the campaign?

I grew up in the seaside town of Balboa, CA during the 1980’s.

If you didn’t know, Balboa is a popular summer beach destination for vacationing tourists.

Most of my childhood was pleasant & that of what any young boy growing up in a seaside town would experience.

It wasn’t until I graduated from high school & enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1986, that I became a victim of several crimes committed by U.S. Navy Personnel; crimes similar to what occurred in the 1991 Tailhook Scandal & the 2004 Abu Ghraib prison scandal; which because of my naïve young age, traumatized me & induced depression which lead to my untimely discharge from the U.S. Navy.

Upon returning Home, I was subjected to civilian corruption, where community members were engaging in illegal marijuana sales & use, insider trading, malicious slander & defamation of character.

The military abuse & civilian corruption overwhelmed me in 1988 & induced me to have a nervous breakdown, which turned into a police standoff where I was beaten & then admitted to a lock down psychiatric hospital for a 72 hour evaluation.

This ultimately lead to myself filing civil complaint no#: 08-387C (2008) against the United States in the United States court of federal claims. (Note: all complaints filed in the U.S. court of federal claims are against the United States).

So if elected to the U.S. Senate, I would like to propose a congressional investigation of human rights violations & sexual harassment crimes committed by U.S. civilians & military personnel both domestic (Tailhook scandal) & abroad (Abu Ghraib prison scandal); which could be why people like Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma & why foreigners are attacking the U.S.; questioning: Are Americans are as innocent as they portray themselves to be? Should the U.S. be held accountable for vexation restitution to victims? I believe this study could help curtail future terrorist attacks & redress & rehabilitate those victims who suffered & or are suffering from PTSD. ↩ back to top