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House Proceeding 06-23-09 on Jun 23rd, 2009 :: 1:03:40 to 1:22:05
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John R. Carter

1:03:38 to 1:03:58( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: spain and other places to make solar panels that don't crack. we are looking at major breck throughs but we cannot destroy the manufacturing base of america. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009, the gentleman from texas carter is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the

John R. Carter

1:03:40 to 1:22:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John R. Carter

John R. Carter

1:03:59 to 1:04:19( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: minority leader. mr. carter: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the speaker for

John R. Carter

1:04:20 to 1:04:41( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: allowing me to speak tonight. i'm back again to talk about issues that are important, i think, to this house, they're important to the american people, and they're especially important to the concept of leadership in this house of representatives. and just where it's going to go. i want to go back for a moment, before we go into current events, and talk about some

John R. Carter

1:04:42 to 1:05:02( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: past events. when the democratic majority took over the house of representatives and in the leadup prior to that time, when we were having these speeches made by the presumed new speaker of the house, ms. pelosi, about what we could expect from the new congress.

John R. Carter

1:05:03 to 1:05:26( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: now this is not the first time i've mentioned this. but let's remind you again. to all the members of the house. this is a quote from nancy pelosi in 2006. the american people voted to restore integrity and honesty in washington, d.c. and the democrats sfwoned lead the most

John R. Carter

1:05:27 to 1:05:48( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: ethical congress in history. this was the goal that was set up by the speaker of the house and she has now been serving as speaker of the house f two terms. this was her mantra of what this house would stand for. and without getting off into the weeds of the internal politics of rules committee and

John R. Carter

1:05:49 to 1:06:09( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: stuff like that, which bores people to tears, i'm just talking about this honest, ethical and open about it congress that we were promised. and in another speech, the speaker of the house, the then

John R. Carter

1:06:10 to 1:06:32( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: presumed speaker of the house made the statement that what she was going to do was, if the democrats got to be in charge of this house, they were going to drain the swamp. that there was this culture of corruption that had created a swamp and that they were going to drain the swamp and expose

John R. Carter

1:06:33 to 1:06:54( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the corruption. they were going to expose the misdeeds. now, i'm not here to tell you that there weren't misdeeds than brought forward. i'm not sure the democrats had anything to do with exposing them, but they came out through the process at that period of time. and people went to prison. and rightful so.

John R. Carter

1:06:55 to 1:07:15( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: they broke the law. but i will say that the leadership at that time went forward with those efforts and they reach t unfortunate conclusion that several people went to prison, several people d to leave the congress. but that doesn't mean because

John R. Carter

1:07:16 to 1:07:37( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: you issues in the republican party that those are the only issues that were here. and for the last six or eight weeks, i've been trying to say who is going to look at other issues? i'm not accusing anybody. i'm saying accusations are being made by the press. accusations are being made by other people and they seem to

John R. Carter

1:07:38 to 1:07:58( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: fall on deaf ears. they seem to fall on the deaf ears of the leadership of the democratic majority in this congress and they seem to fall upon the deaf ears of the so-called ethics committee. whose job it is to look into these things. and so we keep raising these issues, wondering what's going on

John R. Carter

1:07:59 to 1:08:20( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but now i'm -- i concerns. these concerns are things that i think everybody is going to be concerned about. because if you woke up on sunday morning and you turned on the television, you saw that people are storming the streets of iran. and people are getting killed.

John R. Carter

1:08:21 to 1:08:42( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: because of an election. and that's a pressure point n in our world that is as big a pressure point as afghanistan or iraq or any other place because it has the potential that nuclear weapons could be involved. because we don't know exactly

John R. Carter

1:08:43 to 1:09:03( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: where iran is on their development of their nuclear weapons and we ce they're working on it. they make no bones about it. so we've got a possible nuclear power there where there is a turmoil going on and we're sort of sitting here on -- over here being quiet about it and maybe that's the right thing to do that seems to be the

John R. Carter

1:09:04 to 1:09:24( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: president's -- the president's taking a position of kind of hands off and there certainly is a school that believes that's the rig thing to do, i'm not criticizing that. but i am saying that that's the thing that every american and certainly every member of this body should be concerned about. it could be a world-changing event that comes out of ian.

John R. Carter

1:09:25 to 1:09:46( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: it could be a world-changing event for the negative. so why do i raise this? that very same day that very same day, we heard more from our long-time adversary, the north koreans. you know, i'm

John R. Carter

1:09:47 to 1:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: to say this, but i'm old enough to remember the end of the korean war, i was just a little kid, but i do remember it. we never made peace with t north koreans, we made an armistice. we decided that we would time out, no more war. they went on their side of the 38th parallel and the south

John R. Carter

1:10:08 to 1:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: koreans went on our side of the 38th parallel. since that time, one of the great,my rack louse transformations of an area has taken place in south korea. now when you go to south korea, it's a it has a functioning democratic government. and the south korean -- korean

John R. Carter

1:10:30 to 1:10:51( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: -- the south koreans have a lot of bragging rights, a lot to be proud of. thnorth koreans stayed in their same soviet socialist republic a communist regime and basically, with the opings -- exception of building a gigantic army, they accomplished nothing since 1954

John R. Carter

1:10:52 to 1:11:13( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: or 1956. and -- except to the of -- a lot of trouble in that area and to develop nuclear weapons and a missile system. now, there are some that think the north koreans are just in this business to sell the weapons to other people to give em something they can trade because they basically are

John R. Carter

1:11:14 to 1:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: practically without trade resources. but others like me and others fear that the north koreans are just unstable enough that they can use the weapons in this army to kick open the doors to the second koreawar or worse. a regional war.

John R. Carter

1:11:35 to 1:11:55( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: they've done some things that in the past would have created havoc in countries. i mean they fired missiles in the direction of japan two or thretimes. shot a couple of them over japan. here's a sovereign nation being -- having a missile fired over

John R. Carter

1:11:56 to 1:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: their territory, they don't know what that missile is carrying or what it can do to their country if came down. that's as close to an aggressive act, i think, as you can get without hitting somebody. and now, now they have announced to us specifically and to the world in general they're going to test one of

John R. Carter

1:12:19 to 1:12:42( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: their longer range missiles by firing it at hawaii. hawaii. a state in this union. . they could just as well fire it at texas, or california, or alaska or georgia or maine. a sovereign state of this nation is their -- told us they

John R. Carter

1:12:43 to 1:13:03( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: are going to fire a missile in that direction basically at that state. now, they are pompous and blow hard -- blow hards, but we don't know what they are really going to do. we do know they have tested nuclear weaponsp very recently. so they have nuclear capability.

John R. Carter

1:13:04 to 1:13:26( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: why do i bring these things up in relationpship to the atmosphere that's been created in this house by the failure of leadership to address issues that is part of draing the swamp? it's because i'm going to make the argument that what has gone on in this house conversation about -- between

John R. Carter

1:13:27 to 1:13:48( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: our speaker and the c.i.a., about who is telling the truth and who is not, has a direct influence on these two sunday morning news stories and others. because, yes, we folks sitting around the breakfast table, we get our information about what's going on in the worl from the press.

John R. Carter

1:13:49 to 1:14:09( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: but you better hope, having been a trial judge and told juries this for 20 years, you better hope that somebody's getting better information than there is in the press. no offense to the press. but let's face it, they get it and what we depend on is an intelligence system that doesn't get it wrong.

John R. Carter

1:14:10 to 1:14:30( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: we depend on intelligence system that when they come to us and say, this is what our intelligence tells us, we feel li that's fairly reliable news. that we can depend on. we can't disclose it because it's top secret, but we can depend upon our intelligent professionals to come forward

John R. Carter

1:14:31 to 1:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and give us information. now, we have had this issue about enhanced interrogation of prisers. that's been an issue ongoing throughout the election and now the democrats are in charge it continues to be that we are a torturing nation.

John R. Carter

1:14:53 to 1:15:13( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: and some people label us as torture, and some people label it as enhanced interrogation, whatever you call it there was an issue as to whether or not ?? the members of the intelligence committee of this house were informed about this when they started to do it. now, those members that have

John R. Carter

1:15:14 to 1:15:38( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: had t opportunity to speak have indicated that -- that which was not top sret that there were briefings on this issue. the speaker of the house has said they are lying. i was never told about these enhanced interrogations.

John R. Carter

1:15:42 to 1:16:03( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: she reali pointed out on the floor of the house, the -- that lying to the united states congress is a cr here's the statute. except as otherwise providing this section whoever in any manner within the jurisdiction

John R. Carter

1:16:04 to 1:16:25( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: of the executive,egislative, or judicial branches of the government of the united states knowingly and willfully, falsifies, conceals, or covers up by trick, scheme, or device a material fact makes any material, false, fictitious, fraudulent statement or representation or makes or uses any false writing or document

John R. Carter

1:16:26 to 1:16:47( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: knowing the same to contain materially false or fictitious statements shall be fined under this title imprisoned not more than five years if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism as defined in section 2331, imprisoned not more than eight years or both

John R. Carter

1:16:48 to 1:17:08( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: if the matter relates to an offense under chapter 1009-a, b, 1010, 1017 of section 1591 then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than eight

John R. Carter

1:17:09 to 1:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: years. without going off into what's in these other sections, what this says under our criminal law of the federal government that if you're lying to anybody -- anybody is lying about a material fact, there can be nothing more material than the functions of our intelligence

John R. Carter

1:17:32 to 1:17:52( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: committee and our intelligence community. and their relationship and whether or not something happened. and to accuse them of being unreliable and lying is accusing them of a crime. by this accusatio saying they didn't tell the truth, they

John R. Carter

1:17:53 to 1:18:13( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: never briefed me accusing those people who did that -- made that statement that we briefed of committing a crime. it may be a crime that only puts you in prison for five years. gives you a fine. or it could carry -- whatever these sections pertain to, carry it up to eight years.

John R. Carter

1:18:14 to 1:18:36( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: or could be as little as what was the low as four years. i guess five. whatever it is, whatever the time, that incarceration for that period of time incarceration. this is a serious accusation.

John R. Carter

1:18:37 to 1:18:57( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: these are sear contentions by the speak with her she says they didn't do that, they are lying. they are lying to you. they are lying to the congress. they are lying to the press if they talk to the press. most important they ar lying to congress. now, that's an issue that we should be concerned about because not just we need it resolved.

John R. Carter

1:18:58 to 1:19:19( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that's what i keep raising. i have been a judge in this country for 20 years. and its purpose is to resolve issues. now, my question is, who's going to resolve this issue? this issue needs to be resolved. now, why does it need to be resolved? i gave you two examples.

John R. Carter

1:19:20 to 1:19:40( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: north koreaven iran -- and iran. two hot spots boiling up. we are getting information, we should be, i assume we are getting information fm our intelligence community. if they are liars, can we trust them? can we put the security of hawaii on the shoulders of our intelligence community and

John R. Carter

1:19:41 to 1:20:01( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: trust their report as to whether or not there is nuclear warhead on that missile that they have said they are going to fire at hawaii? can we, the speakers' -- speaker's accusations, trust this community? that's the question i think we ought to talk about.

John R. Carter

1:20:02 to 1:20:23( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: once again the 50th time i have probably said this ithe last six weeks, what i'm asking for is a place, someone to resolve these issues. and i have raised this resolution necessity. the speake she's the lead of sh house. -- of this house. she needs to resolve this issue.

John R. Carter

1:20:24 to 1:20:46( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: this is putting a crimp in our intelligence community. it's making -- if i'm an agent and reporting and i get accused of lying, i'm facing criminal prosecution. intelligence at its best is like every other human endeavor, it has its flaws. so, once again failure to show

John R. Carter

1:20:47 to 1:21:08( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: the leadership that it takes to resolve issues causes consequences we can't imagine until they look us in the face. and that's what i wanted to talk about here tonight. we have talked about the issues with mr. rangel and the rangel rule. we he talked issues about other members of this congress.

John R. Carter

1:21:09 to 1:21:29( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: ms. waters, mollohan, murtha, all these guys. i have talked about those issues. i said i have no -- i don't know whether these accusations are true or not but somebody needs to resolve them. if we are draining the swamp, somebody needs to resolve those issues. if there is a lie going to the congress and we are draining the swamp, somebody needs to drain that part of the swamp

John R. Carter

1:21:30 to 1:21:52( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: that has to do with this lie. that's what this is about. that's all i'm trying to do. i'm raising the question for you, members of this house, and for the american public to think about. what about this culture of corruption? it obviously seems to be here. what about this issue of lying? it needs to be resolved. the security of our nation is

John R. Carter

1:21:53 to 1:22:07( Edit History Discussion )

John R. Carter: at stake. i'm not here by myself and i have been talking way too long without recognizing a really good friend who has come down here just have a friendly vision it about some of these issues -- visit about some of

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