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House Proceeding 02-25-10 on Feb 26th, 2010 :: 0:18:45 to 0:24:20
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Jim McDermott

0:18:43 to 0:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: our energy industry out of business. and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. woolsey of california. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to take the time of ms. woolsey. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is

Jim McDermott

0:18:45 to 0:24:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Jim McDermott

0:19:10 to 0:19:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: recognized for five minutes. >> mr. speaker, earlier today we heard some pretty accusations from my republican colleagues when they were talking about an amendment i offered to the intelligence authorization act. while my amendment is being removed from the manager's amendment up in the rules committee, i want to take this

Jim McDermott

0:19:31 to 0:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: opportunity to clear up a few things. when president obama took office last year one of his first executive orders was to extend the army field native's guidelines on interrogation tactics. those guidelines prohibit interrogators in all federal

Jim McDermott

0:19:53 to 0:20:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: agencies from using brutal interrogations in any circumstance. that is the law today. so to get the facts straight, brutal interrogations are illegal right now. but this executive order doesn't completely solve the problem. the president can't include criminal penalties in executive

Jim McDermott

0:20:14 to 0:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: orders and current u.s. law doesn't outline what institutes a brutal my amendment would have expanded on the president's executive order to clearly define what institutes a cruel, inhuman or degrade -- degrading interrogation so it's unmistakable what kinds of techniques are unacceptable.

Jim McDermott

0:20:36 to 0:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: it also creates criminal penalties for those who use those kinds of interrogations and to be clear i didn't invent this concept myself. the amendment was based on the army field manual definition of acceptable and unacceptable interrogation tactics which as

Jim McDermott

0:20:57 to 0:21:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: senator john mccain has said is effective 99.9% of the time. one of the most important things to rember about these kinds of interrogations is that they simply don't work. brutal interrogations are not an effective tool to collect information and what's worse,

Jim McDermott

0:21:19 to 0:21:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: they actually may produce unreliable information. as former c.i.a. official bob bear has said, what happens when you torture people is they figure out what you want to hear and they tell you that. an endless string of studies have shown us that when people's minds or bodies are subjected to

Jim McDermott

0:21:40 to 0:22:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: the kind of trauma these brutal interrogations entail their brains don't function properly. for example, during training exercises american special operatives, special op operate -- operating soldiers, had difficulty information after they've been put through food or sleep deprivation. why are the republicans

Jim McDermott

0:22:03 to 0:22:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: defending a tactic we know doesn't wo? interrogations like those hurt our reputation abroad. the world was horrified when they saw what american soldiers were doing in abu ghraib. as former secretary of state colin powell has said, people are now starting to question whether we're following our own high standards.

Jim McDermott

0:22:25 to 0:22:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: brutality like that hurts our credibility and undercuts our reputation in the global community. i'm a veteran. i wear my vietnam pin well. and proudly. i served in the navy, i'm passionate about protecting this country and keeping our soldiers safe. more than anything this amendment was designed to

Jim McDermott

0:22:46 to 0:23:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: protect them. several soldiers have gone and done a far better job than i have in explaing why we need laws like this. retired colonel stewart harrington said that cruelty in interrogations, quote, endangers our soldiers on the battlefield by encouraging reciprocity, closed quote.

Jim McDermott

0:23:08 to 0:23:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: the golden rule, if you will. retired admiral john huston has said, quote, getting our interrogation policies back on track will preserve our standing to fight for humane treatment of american soldiers who are captured. i couldn't agree more. without clear laws that define acceptable and unacceptable

Jim McDermott

0:23:30 to 0:23:53( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: interrogation practices, including criminal consequences for violating those laws, we are putting more americans at risk of being treated with the same brutality. just last week two former justice department attorneys who afted the legal justification for the use of brutal

Jim McDermott

0:23:54 to 0:24:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: interrogation got off scot-free. the justice department be a solved them of their wrong doing and home said they had, quote, exercised poor judgment, closed quote, and hadn't broken the law. they took advantage of a gap in our current law and provided legal cover for abuse during interrogations that we all saw on television.

Jim McDermott

0:24:15 to 0:24:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim McDermott: my amendment would have ensured this kind of legal maneuvering

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