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House Proceeding 05-14-09 on May 14th, 2009 :: 0:41:55 to 0:46:25
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Frank R. Wolf

0:41:51 to 0:42:13( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: sides? the speaker pro tempor gentleman from california has 13 minutes remaing and the gentleman from wisconsin has 15 1/2 minutes remaing. mr four m from virginia, mr. wolf. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for four minutes. mr. wolf: thank you, mr. lewis, thank you, mr. speaker. simon and garr fun tell has a

Frank R. Wolf

0:41:55 to 0:46:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Frank R. Wolf

0:42:14 to 0:42:34( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: song they -- and garfunkel has a song they sang called the boxer. it says, man hear what is he wants to hear and disregards the rest. to some extent, congress is hearing what it wants to hear and disregarding the rest. the justice department was ready to release into our neighborhoods some of these people almost two weeks ago.

Frank R. Wolf

0:42:35 to 0:42:56( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: i first wrote the attorney general on march 13, two months ago, to ask a series of questions. i share what my friend from virginia said. we are shutting down guantanamo. that'sot the issue that you're dealing with here. you're dealing with what are you going to do and what plan do you have as you shut it down?

Frank R. Wolf

0:42:57 to 0:43:17( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: on april 23, i wrote a second letter to eric holder of the justice department, asking some other questions, just asking what is your plan? how are you going to deal with the holding it? what metropolitan areas will it be? i raise a number of concerns and again no response. the other day we did a third letter.

Frank R. Wolf

0:43:18 to 0:43:38( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: when we are in the committee, some members didn't know, said they could be removed and they could not be removed until they checked with the congress, and that is not the case because eric holder was ready to move them out without making a report. what kind of security will they go to? this administration needs to be upfront with the congress and

Frank R. Wolf

0:43:39 to 0:43:59( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: if the congress doesn't have the desire to know, at least they ought to be upfront with the american people. i think the american people know. do all the members of the congress know the state department listed the etim as a terrist organization in 2002, the same year the embassy in beijing indicated etim planned

Frank R. Wolf

0:44:00 to 0:44:25( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: an attack on the u.s. embassy in kazakhstan? do all the members know this group of militants fought alongside al qaeda and taliban in afghanistan? does the congress know that a month ago, the obama treasury department, to its credit, targeted al qaeda's support

Frank R. Wolf

0:44:26 to 0:44:47( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: network by designating the leader of the turkish party as a terrorist? does congress know he raised funds to further the terrorist activities? does anyone know that in 2005 he was put on the council for al qaeda? did anyone know that in early

Frank R. Wolf

0:44:48 to 0:45:09( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: january, 2008, hawk commanded they attack chinese city, particularly the olympics, where i was disappoint president bush went to the olympics, but there were a lot of american citizens there. so we're asking questions. we're just asking that before they do this, and sometimes i think some people are trying to say that we're -- it's not about closing guantanamo bay or

Frank R. Wolf

0:45:10 to 0:45:30( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: not. guantanamo bay, whether you like it or not, is going to be closed. what we're talking about how do you dispose of and what do you do to the detainees? frankly this congress sometimes, we now see it on the interrogation memos. no one wants to say they knew anything.

Frank R. Wolf

0:45:31 to 0:45:51( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: congress owlingt to know everything, in you have -- if you have the oversight responsibility, you ought to be willing to have it and hold it. so what we're saying, nothing more. i appreciate mr. obey adding some good things in there. i was foreclosed in committee and i thought we would have a unanimous, bipartisan vote and we were shut out.

Frank R. Wolf

0:45:52 to 0:46:12( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: so we're just asking, three letters, eric holder says, no, i will not answer the letters. lastly, no f.b.i. agent was able to come to my office or i understand other offices up here on the hill to give them a briefing. as i said earlier that if attorney general ashcroft --

Frank R. Wolf

0:46:13 to 0:46:25( Edit History Discussion )

Frank R. Wolf: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized one additional minute. mr. wolf: if attorney general ashcroft prohibited f.b.i.

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