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House Proceeding 02-25-10 on Feb 25th, 2010 :: 0:53:15 to 0:55:35
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Mac Thornberry

0:53:11 to 0:53:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: is my colleague from texas, mr. thornberry. i would like to yield him two minutes. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. thornberry: thank you, madam speaker. i agree with much of what's been said on the other side of the aisle about the good provisions in this bill. i'm last disappointed as the ranking member talked about that a number of substantive issues were not even allowed to

Mac Thornberry

0:53:15 to 0:55:35( Edit History Discussion )
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Mac Thornberry

0:53:32 to 0:53:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: be discussed an voted on. - and voted on. but in my mind all of that is dwarfed by the provisions in the last section of the manager's amendment beginning on page 32. i would recommend every republican and democrat in this house read for him or herself this language because it is a devastating blow to the

Mac Thornberry

0:53:54 to 0:54:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: professionalin our intelligence community who we ask to help keep us safe. this language delineates a number of specific acts that it says by law are cruel and degrading treatment. one of those acts is prolonged isolation. and as i mentioned earlier, any

Mac Thornberry

0:54:16 to 0:54:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: prison or county jail, anywhere around the country, sometimes has to put a prisoner into solitary confinement. but under this law if an intelligence community professional does that, he is libel for up to 15 or more years in jail for prolonged isolation.

Mac Thornberry

0:54:39 to 0:55:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: if he does anything that would blasphemy a terrorist religious beliefs or cause him to participate in acts intended to violate his individual religious beliefs, he is guilty of violating a criminal statute and that intelligence professional whom we count on to keep us safe goes to the -- goes to jail.

Mac Thornberry

0:55:01 to 0:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: not the terrorists but the guy that we are or lady we are counting on to keep us safe. there are provision after provision whether it's depravation of sleep, even threatening to use force, the religious provisions as i mentioned, or any act that is

Mac Thornberry

0:55:22 to 0:55:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mac Thornberry: the equivalent of this laundry list, you can't -- the terrorists who would be captured would be treated more gingerly than any criminal in any county jail or any prison

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