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House Proceeding 02-25-10 on Feb 25th, 2010 :: 2:23:50 to 2:29:40
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Sheila Jackson-Lee

2:23:26 to 2:23:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sheila Jackson-Lee: thank you and reserve the balance of my time. thchair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back. mr. arcuri: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment d by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it.

Dan Burton

2:23:50 to 2:29:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Dan Burton

Dan Burton

2:23:52 to 2:24:12( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 8 printed in house report 111-419. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? mr. barton: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 8 printed in house report 111-419 offered by mr. burton of indiana.

Dan Burton

2:24:13 to 2:24:34( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana, mr. burton, and a member who is opposed is recognized for five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana. mr. burton: first of all, madam chairman, i want to thank the rules committee for making this amendment in order. it's a very straight forward amendment and it's one that i think is very, very important

Dan Burton

2:24:35 to 2:24:55( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: because the c.i.a. has been under such intense criticism over the last several months and maybe the last few years that it's time to let them know and the people of this country know that we really appreciate what they're doing to secure the safety of this country. and what the bill does, it honors the central intelligence agency for its contributions to the security of the united

Dan Burton

2:24:56 to 2:25:16( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: states and our allies. it recognizes the central intelligence agency's unique role in combating terrorism. it praises the central intelligence agency for its success in foiling recent terrorist plots and capturing senior members of al qaeda, it thanks the central intelligence agency for its crucial support

Dan Burton

2:25:17 to 2:25:37( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: of u.s. military operations in afghanistan and iraq, it commends the men and women who gave their lives to defending the u.s. named and unnamed and finally it urges the central intelligence agency to continue its dedicated work in the field of intelligence gathering in order to protect the people of the united states. i believe that all of us would agree with everything that's in

Dan Burton

2:25:38 to 2:25:58( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: this amendment. but i'd like to add just a couple of things that i've been watching during this debate that really concerns me. there is language in here that is going to, i think, have an adverse impact on the central intelligence agency's agents who are out in the field and doing their job and are trying to

Dan Burton

2:25:59 to 2:26:20( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: protect us against the terrorists. you know, some of the things that they say may be abrasive or objectionable to some of the people they're interrogating and the way this language reads it could be interrupted to mean -- interpreted to mean that they're guilty of not following the intent of the law in dealing

Dan Burton

2:26:21 to 2:26:41( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: with the terrorists. also, there's prison sentences for ople who are involved in terrorist or torture activities such as, quo-unquote, water boarding. water boardingas been a technique that's been used in

Dan Burton

2:26:42 to 2:27:02( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: the training of u.s. navy seals and our special forces people over the years. now, let me say that one more time. water boarding and other techniques have been used in the training of our navy seals so they would know how to deal with an enemy if they were captured

Dan Burton

2:27:03 to 2:27:23( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: and it's been used by a special forces military personnel in their training. so it has never been considered torture by our own military personnel. now, we have three navy seals right now that are being court marshaled and they're being court marshaled because they captured an al qaeda terrorist in fallujah in iraq and this al

Dan Burton

2:27:24 to 2:27:45( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: qaeda terrorist took four american contractors, tortured them, dragged them through the streets, burned their bodies and hung them from a bridge. he also cut off the head of a leading person that was over there gathering news and information for the news media.

Dan Burton

2:27:46 to 2:28:07( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: and this guy is really an out and out horrible terrorist. when he was captured he was turned over to the iraqi military for two days and he came back and he said that he d been hit in the stomach and they split his lip and because of that these three navy seals are being prosecuted.

Dan Burton

2:28:08 to 2:28:28( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: they're being prosecuted in a court martial. what message does that send to the people fighting against these people? and we're sending the same message to the c.i.a. operatives who are out there trying to get information that will protect this country and protect the american people around the world against these

Dan Burton

2:28:29 to 2:28:51( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: people who want to destroy us and want to destroy our way of life. and so it really bothers me that -- and i do appreciate the house approving this amendment that i've introduced. obviously it's something that i think is very important. but in addition to that, i don't believe we ought to be sending a message to the c.i.a.

Dan Burton

2:28:52 to 2:29:13( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: or the navy seals or our special forces men and women in the field that we are not going to back them up when they go out and get a terrorist or extract information from them that is vital in securing the safety of the people of this country. one of thel qaeda terrorists areoing to new york, the main al qaeda terrorist that was involved in the 9/11 attack

Dan Burton

2:29:14 to 2:29:34( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: 80 times and he wouldn't give up information, he finally did and he said -- he said that there was an attempt going to made to fly an airplane into a building in los angeles. it seems silly and crazy to me

Dan Burton

2:29:35 to 2:29:40( Edit History Discussion )

Dan Burton: that we are not going to allow our intelligence gathering operatives to do their job. we ought to be supporting them

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