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House Proceeding 03-31-09 on Mar 31st, 2009 :: 1:12:15 to 1:14:25
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Rick Boucher

1:12:11 to 1:12:31( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: terrorists and other criminals. madam speaker, i hope my colleagues will oppose this well-intentioned but ultimately misguided piece of legislation. with that i'll yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia. mr. boucher: thank you, madam speaker. i yield to myself the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore:

Rick Boucher

1:12:15 to 1:14:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Rick Boucher

1:12:32 to 1:12:52( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: gentleman is recognized. mr. boucher: and, madam speaker, i strongly urge the passage of the free flow of information act. it is legislation which confers upon reporters a privilege either to refrain from testifying in certain circumstances or to refrain from revealing confidential sources. but the purpose of our

Rick Boucher

1:12:53 to 1:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: legislation is not to protect reporters. it is to protect the public's right to know, to assure that that sensitive information that can only come from an inside source, reporting on something that's happeni disadvantaged of government because of corruption in a bureau or agency or a harm to society that is occurring

Rick Boucher

1:13:16 to 1:13:36( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: because of misdeeds in a large organization like a corporation or a large public charity. can because of an act of conscience by that inside person come to public scrutiny in a way that the public can then take corrective action by passing the statute, by initiating a lawsuit, by initiating a criminal

Rick Boucher

1:13:37 to 1:13:58( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: prosecution. and if that inside person is not assured confidentiality, if there's an opportunity for that person's identity to be exposed, that person is going to be very reluctant to share information with a reporter to bring that information to public light. that person has a tremendous amount to lose if his or her

Rick Boucher

1:13:59 to 1:14:19( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: identity is revealed. that person can be punished by firing from his or her job or through more subtle means. and so in the absence of the ability of the reporter to extend the pledge of confidentiality, there is the very real risk that that vital information will never come to public light.

Rick Boucher

1:14:20 to 1:14:25( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: this legislation is carefully balanced, it has protections for the national security, which are deeply embedded

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