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House Proceeding 06-04-09 on Jun 4th, 2009 :: 0:02:25 to 0:08:30
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Peter T. King

0:02:22 to 0:02:42( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: insert the following, section 405, securing aviation from extreme terrorist threat. mr. ng: i ask unanimous consent that the reading be dispensed with. the speaker pro tempore: is there any objection? hearing none, the read so dispensed with. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. the gentleman will suspend. mr. king: mr. speaker, the house is n

Peter T. King

0:02:25 to 0:08:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Peter T. King

0:02:43 to 0:03:03( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the gentleman from new york is recognized for five minutes. mr. king: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this motion to recommit is very basic, it's very direct. it specifies that anyetainee who is housed at guantanamo bay will go on the no fly list. very simply, anyone leased from guantanamo will not be able

Peter T. King

0:03:04 to 0:03:24( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: to fly an american commercial flight. and i'veistened to the debate in the committee, i've listened to the deaait -- debate on the floor and quite frankly, i cannot understand the opposition to this amendment. we are talking about approximately 240 people who are still at guantanamo. these are the worst of the worst, the most hard core.

Peter T. King

0:03:25 to 0:03:45( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. king: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, we can all -- we ha various positions on guantanamo, whether the president was right, whether the president is wrong, whether he's

Peter T. King

0:03:46 to 0:04:07( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: partially wrong or right, whether there's going to be tribunals, what's going to happen. but the reality is that there's a likelihood that some of these detainees could be released into the united states and very simply we are saying if they are, if they are, they should not be allowed to fly an american commercial flights. now, recent reports from defense intelligence agency say that one out of seven of those who have a

Peter T. King

0:04:08 to 0:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: been released already and these are nowhere near as dangerous -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend the. the gentleman from new york. mr. king: thank you, meem. is that one of seven of those who have been relee thus far have returned to the battlefield, have reported to take part in terrorist

Peter T. King

0:04:29 to 0:04:50( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: activities. whether that number is one in seven or one in 14 or one in 15, i'd say to anyone in this house, do you want your son or your daughter or your grandson or your granddaughter possibly being on the same plane as one of those seven or one of those 15? it is too high a riss particular to pay.

Peter T. King

0:04:51 to 0:05:13( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: what the majority did when this was brought up by mr. sadler was -- was to say they'd go on the no-fly list after disposition by the president. disposition is not defined. what does that mean? if the president says this person is dangerous, does that mean he doesn't go on the no-fly list? suppose that case is pending in

Peter T. King

0:05:14 to 0:05:35( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: court, suppose he's released on bail. why are we having this debate? i could see if we were talking about something involving the civil rights of an american citizen or somebody legally in the country and electronic surveillance or stop and frisk. we're taing about somebody who is a detainee in guantanamo and saying they can't fly on an

Peter T. King

0:05:36 to 0:05:56( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: american commercial plane. i know my dear colleague sent a memo he uses a quote from the president saying we must have an abiding confidence in the rule of law and draw process and accountability. i fail to see the question of a balance here. what equities are we balancing.

Peter T. King

0:05:57 to 0:06:17( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: let's assume the worst from those who oppose this amendment or motion to recommit. suppose someone who is in guantanamo, who is pure of heart, has no malice anywhere in his system that person will not be allowed to fly on an american plane. life is tough. if that's the worst thing he has to endure, i don't think

Peter T. King

0:06:18 to 0:06:38( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: that's going to shock the conscience of the republic. supp to violence and does blow up an airliner and hundreds of americans are killed. where is the cost-benefit ratio? what equities are we balancing here? i would say the clear and correct thing to do here is to make it very clear that anyone rel

Peter T. King

0:06:39 to 0:07:00( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: go on the no-fly list. if there are foreign policy considerations, diplomatic consideration, the president, no matr who he or she may happen to the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the gentleman from new york. mr. king: the motion to recommit specifically says the president can certify that that

Peter T. King

0:07:01 to 0:07:23( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: detainee is no longer a threat to american security and the president can take the person off the no-fly list. so if there isn't injustice being done if the president feels strongly about this then the president has the prerogative to exercise his power and take the person off the list. but again, i think this is a debate about politics for those who somehow think if we talk

Peter T. King

0:07:24 to 0:07:45( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: about guantanamo, we're tryin to inject some kind of fear. we're trying to protect the american people. to me, it's a clear issue. if you ask anyone in your constituency, say to them, would they rather be certain their relatives on a plane will not have a detainee from guantanamo sitting next to them, or would they rather have, the fact that that person may have to drive his own car

Peter T. King

0:07:46 to 0:08:08( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: or take a bus rather than fly on a plane? i would say in the interest of justice, in the interest of basic security for the american people and in the interest of doing all we can to make this good bill much better and to give us the absolute security we need that we vote yes on the motion to recommit. and in his statements, the chairman says that by not adopting this motion to

Peter T. King

0:08:09 to 0:08:30( Edit History Discussion )

Peter T. King: recommit or not using this language, that would make our skies more secure. how can our skies possibly be more secure unless we do everything we can to keep guantanamo detainee office our commercial planes? those of us who lived in new york, any american knows the horror of september 11. if we can do anything at all to prevent that without violating

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