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House Proceeding 02-25-10 on Feb 25th, 2010 :: 1:53:25 to 1:58:30
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Alcee L. Hastings

1:53:11 to 1:53:31( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise seek recognition? mr. hastings: madam speaker, i'm pleased to offer an amendment to this act and i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 3 printed in house report offered by mr. hastings of flora. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 1105, the gentleman

Alcee L. Hastings

1:53:25 to 1:58:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Alcee L. Hastings

1:53:32 to 1:53:53( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: from florida, mr. hastings, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the gentleman from florida is now recognized. mr. hastings: madam chair, i'd like to correct some things because i've been here all day listening to our colleagues

Alcee L. Hastings

1:53:54 to 1:54:14( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: complain about the process. this is the beginning of the process and it's an importt one, one that has not been undertaken in four years such that we have not had an authorization bill for al that time. now, i'm sure that my colleagues know that when this measure is

Alcee L. Hastings

1:54:15 to 1:54:37( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: completed and on the other side of the other body that we will have a conference and many of the discussions that are being heard here today are likely to be addressed in that conference report. now i've stated time and again that the intelligence community is not diverse enough to do its

Alcee L. Hastings

1:54:38 to 1:54:58( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: job of obtaing and analyzing foreign countries' secrets. diversy is a mission imperative. we need people who blend in, speak the language and understand the cultures in the countries that we are targeting. the intelligence community is our nation's first line of

Alcee L. Hastings

1:54:59 to 1:55:21( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: defense against the increasing dangers and threats we face around the world. from the scourge of terrorism to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to hostile governments, intelligence work is often unseen and mostly thankless. now i keep hearing all this talk

Alcee L. Hastings

1:55:22 to 1:55:42( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: about mir an dieing people on the -- mirandizing people on the battlefield. i don't know that that is a methodology that is being employed with any regulator. i've had the honor and privilege of meeting many of our intelligence professionals during my oversight travel as a member of the intelligence committee to more than 50 countries.

Alcee L. Hastings

1:55:43 to 1:56:03( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: i cannot overstate how much all of us, democrats and republicans, every member of this house and every president that i've known, appreciative and humble by their service and, yes, i will stand and say that when this authorization measure passes that i do support the men and women in the 16 elements of the intelligence services and

Alcee L. Hastings

1:56:04 to 1:56:24( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: appreciate them very much. i'm proud to support this measure for several reasons. it substantially increases funding for human intelligence collection and counterintelligence activities. tools that have been underroared in the past year. the bill -- underresourced in the past year.

Alcee L. Hastings

1:56:25 to 1:56:46( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: the bill supports the critical efforts of war fighters in iraq, afghanistan and pakistan and provides additional funding to address significantly emerging issues in of a can, latin america and elsewhere and i would -- issues in africa, latin america and elsewhere and there's no place we should focus as much attention as we have

Alcee L. Hastings

1:56:47 to 1:57:07( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: with iran, as yemen. it is going to be critical for us to pay attention to that area of e world. this bill also adds fund and authorities for language programs. chairman reyes and i and countless other members on this committee have brought this issue repeatedly for to us make progress in languages and i

Alcee L. Hastings

1:57:08 to 1:57:29( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: might add we ve been successful. if you see the new people entering the service, if you visit our operational activities, you begin to see more and more people that are in the service. i do have something to crawl about and that is the gays in the military provision that allows among other things that we are putting people ou of the

Alcee L. Hastings

1:57:30 to 1:57:50( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: service who are farsi and arabic speakers because they're gay and i think that's ridiculous. in the environment that we are operating in. but we still don't have enough women. we still don't have enough arabs, we still don't have enough north koreans and i could go on and on. while the intelligence community has made some progress in hiring

Alcee L. Hastings

1:57:51 to 1:58:11( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: people with diverse backgrounds, education and experience, including indeed more women and minorities, this progress has been at a glacial speed. the intelligence community has been historically slow to recognize the wealth and abundance of talent and skills that reside in first, second and even third generation americans.

Alcee L. Hastings

1:58:12 to 1:58:32( Edit History Discussion )

Alcee L. Hastings: we still don't have an intelligence work force that looks like our country. we are -- aren't even close. the bottom line is that we, until we have every segment of society participating in the intelligence community, our capabilities will not rise to the level need to defeat

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