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House Proceeding on May 4th, 2009 :: 0:00:30 to 0:05:20
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Frank R. Wolf

0:00:28 to 0:00:49( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: release of detainees at guantanamo bay could be immeant. abc news and other news outlets say that the president will release these terrorts ithe united states. yet, the president has not been briefed on this situation. the terrorists would not be held in prisons but be released in your neighborhoods. they should not be released

Frank R. Wolf

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Speech By: Frank R. Wolf

Frank R. Wolf

0:00:50 to 0:01:11( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: into the united states. do members realize who these people are? there have been published reports that they are a terrorisorganization affiliated with al qaeda. releasing them is a matter of grave concern, a matter which prompted me to send a letter to the president last friday

Frank R. Wolf

0:01:12 to 0:01:36( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: detailing my reservation of a threat to the united states. i wanted all information about the deteenees, including a detainee who would be released in the u.s.

Frank R. Wolf

0:01:37 to 0:01:58( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: the american information. following the precedent that the administration set in declassifying the office of legal counsel and interrogation memos, they have a moral obligation to the american people to declassify all relevant information related to the uyghur detainees. this administration has already

Frank R. Wolf

0:01:59 to 0:02:19( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: shown it has no qualms about releasing select find -- selected classified documents. choose which information they want to release. it shouldn't release information that conveniently makes the case without making information with profound national security implications

Frank R. Wolf

0:02:20 to 0:02:40( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: available to the arican people. if the -- after learning this decision was imminent, i requested briefings from a number of relevant agencies, but all the agencies have told me that the department of justice, our department of justice is now preventing them from speaking to me directly on this issue. so much for being open. so much for disclosure.

Frank R. Wolf

0:02:41 to 0:03:02( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: is the attorney general preventing agencies from answering members' questions? is this a political decision being made by eric holder, the attorney general? this is not the transparency and accountability the president promised. nor is it the open and constructive relationship they claim they want with congress. this is poor judgment and at

Frank R. Wolf

0:03:03 to 0:03:23( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: worse it's dangerous hypocrisy. is the administration intent on keeping congress and the american people in the dark about critically important national security issues? madam speaker, i have criticized both republican and democratic tad mferingses for actions that i believe undermine the safety and the security of the american peop. i have n received response as

Frank R. Wolf

0:03:24 to 0:03:45( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: to two letters to attorney general eric holder on the transfer of guantanamo bay prisoners. the first letter was dated march 13. the second letter was dated april them for the record, and they still have not answered the letters. and my office has beenold by the white hoe that some of the requests i have asked cannot be answered.

Frank R. Wolf

0:03:46 to 0:04:06( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: when attorney general holder appeared before the subcommittee he poignantly said he would not play hide and seek with the information. what are they now trying to height from the american people? the attorney general is slow rolling the information. as terrorist detainees are potentially going to be released into the united states.

Frank R. Wolf

0:04:07 to 0:04:27( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: according to an "l.a. times" article published last week, quote, the homeland security department has registered concerns about the plan among other government agencies. and information i have received indicates that the uyghurs may be more dangerouthan the public has been led to believe. and just last night, "60 minutes" had a disturbing

Frank R. Wolf

0:04:28 to 0:04:48( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: segment which talks about the guantanamo bay detainees. the story indicated that in saudi arabia alone, of 117 men returned from guantanamo, 11 have shown up again on saudi arabia's most wanted terrorist list. any assessment of the uyghurs must take into account, not

Frank R. Wolf

0:04:49 to 0:05:09( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: only their previous training at terrorist camps but the exposure to the likes of khalid shaikh mohammed who mastermind 9/11, who beheaded daniel peril. the american people -- i -- daniel pearl. the american people, i say to this administration, the american people have the right to know all the facts and i

Frank R. Wolf

0:05:10 to 0:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: think that expediency is clouding their judgment. the stakes are simply too high for this administration to reasonably think that the american people should simply

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