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House Proceeding 02-25-10 on Feb 25th, 2010 :: 3:22:00 to 3:25:50
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James R. Langevin

3:21:58 to 3:22:18( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: with that, i thank you for yielding and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: i yield four minutes to the chairman emeritus of the committee, mr. sensenbrenner. thepeaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sensen brenner: i rise in support of --

James R. Langevin

3:22:00 to 3:25:50( Edit History Discussion )
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James R. Langevin

3:22:19 to 3:22:39( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: mr. sensenner: i rise in support of this bill. the attacks of september 11, 2001, tragically affirmed the urgency of updating our laws to address the clear and present danger provided by clear and present danger. though the memory of this day

James R. Langevin

3:22:40 to 3:23:00( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: may have faded in the minds of some, including some of my colleagues, the threat has not lessened. we continue to face an imminent danger, made clear by the christmas day attack those provisions set to expire are the rove wiring tap provision, section 215rk the business

James R. Langevin

3:23:01 to 3:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: record provisions of the patriot act and third, section 6001, the lone wolf provision of the intelligence reform and terrorism prevention act. of particular importance is the lone wolf provision which closes a gap in the foreign intelligence surveillance act that, if i a loued to expire,

James R. Langevin

3:23:23 to 3:23:44( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: could allow an individual terrorist to slip through the cracks and endanger thousands of innocent lives. when fisa was originally enacted in the 1970's, terrorists were believed to be members of an identified group. that's not the case today and we need to respond accordingly. many modern day terrorists may subscribe to a movement or

James R. Langevin

3:23:45 to 3:24:05( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: certain belief bus not -- do not belong to or identify themselves with a specific terrorist group. allowing the lone wolf provision to expire could impede our ability to gather information about the most dangerous terrorists working today. regarding the lone wolf provision, f.b.i. director

James R. Langevin

3:24:06 to 3:24:26( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: mueller sated -- stated, while we have not used it with regard to an indictment, it continues to be available for whom we lack evidence to put with a particular terrorist group but does present a threat as an international terrorist, unquote. the close call we had on christmas day demonstrates the need for tough lays like the

James R. Langevin

3:24:27 to 3:24:47( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: patriot act. they appear to be stepping up their efforts against us. our national security is at stake and so are the lives of thousands of innocent people, both americans and visitors to our country. our law enforcement officials must be provided with the need tools to keep us safe and we in congress cannot drop

James R. Langevin

3:24:48 to 3:25:08( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: the ball on our national security. we must re-authorize these provisions now. for too long, opponents of the patriot act have transformed it into a grossly distorted caricature that bears no relationship whatsoever to the legislation itself. the patriot act has been misused by some as a spring

James R. Langevin

3:25:09 to 3:25:30( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: board to launch limitless allegations that are not only unsubstantiated but are also false and irresponsible. the fact remains that the u.s.a. patriot act is vital to maintaining america's safety. the white house and attorney general called for extension of the three expiring provisions of the patriot act and i commend the administration for

James R. Langevin

3:25:31 to 3:25:50( Edit History Discussion )

James R. Langevin: recognizing the value of these important national security cools -- tools and for rightly urging the congress to re-authorize each of them. this is your administration, mr. speaker, and majority democrats. not our administration. and they have recognized the reason for that. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of re-authorizing these

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