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House Proceeding on Oct 15th, 2009 :: 0:49:15 to 0:53:55
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:49:02 to 0:49:24( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: yielding. madam speaker, there are few things that say more about our country and r trust than the freedom of information act. it is one of the most powerful statements of openness and tra it affords ordinary people t ability to peer behind the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:49:15 to 0:53:55( Edit History Discussion )
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Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:49:25 to 0:49:45( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: curtains of power and the many bureaucracy that define the federal, state, and local governments in this contry. it is a despite anything else our government does in the name of the people, there should be no secret. over the years foia laws have been used for a wide range of purposes.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:49:46 to 0:50:07( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: foia helped us discover the ugly truth about the use of agent orange in vietnam, laos, and cambodia during the 1960's. and it was also used to uncover data showed that ford pintos were built with serious fuel system defects that made them more prone to fire and explosions. in some ways f reminder to the public there is

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:50:08 to 0:50:28( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: an avenue to pursue if believe the government is keeping a secret and at the heart of foia is the concept that the people's right to know is more important than the government's desire to keep things secret. the foia las in this country have enabled reporters and citizens from all spectra access

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:50:29 to 0:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: to information that otherwise might never see the light of day. signed into law by preside johnson in 1966, the foia laws allow for the full or partial disclosure of information and documents with only a list of important exemptions. so it was with some dismay when i learned recently that the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:50:52 to 0:51:12( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: house and senate conferees the homeland security appropriations bill had slippedp in a provision that gives the government the option of all photos of detainee abuse exempt from the foia laws. this case has already fo lengthy path. beginning with t by the aclu against the pentagon.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:51:13 to 0:51:35( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: last spring when it appeared the lawsuits might go against the government, the administration responded by asking some peoples of the house and senate to insert language into legislation to make sure that photos stay secret. joining the aclu against the pentagon was the american society of news editors, the associated press, cable news

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:51:36 to 0:51:57( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: network incorporated, the scripps company, beganet company incorporated, the hearst corporation, military reporters and editors, the national press club, nbc universal incorporated, "the new york times" company, the newspaper association of america, the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:51:58 to 0:52:19( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: newspaper c.w.a., the society of professional journalists, and "the washington post," and me. never mind that the photos in question have little value. given that a similar set of photos showing abuse were released under the bush administration. despite some complaints that releasing photos who put service men and women in danger, the

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:52:20 to 0:52:40( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: fact is there was no increase in violence or attack after the previous detainee photos were released. i assume that if we wrf to release the new photos the result would be the same. americans were simply able to find out what was being done in their name. many observers argue that releasing the photos was a clear break from the abuses of the past.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:52:41 to 0:53:01( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: and a signal to our allies and to everyone else that the days of this type of detainee mistreatment were over and that the united states is willing to come to terms with past practices, indeed we have said so. in june i and other house leaders prevailed and foia exemption was dropped from the legislation.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:53:02 to 0:53:22( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: however, the conferees apparently under direct orders quietly put it back into the bill this month. it's hard for me to express how disappointed i am with that decision. i'm sorry because i believe that we had turned a page from the cloud of that marked the previous administration.

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:53:23 to 0:53:44( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: it runs so counter to our principles and stated desire to reject abuses of the past. the foia laws in this country form a pillar of our first amendment principles. it is unfortunate given that this administration promised that openness and transparency would be the norm. we should never do anything to

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

0:53:45 to 0:53:55( Edit History Discussion )

Louise McIntosh Slaughter: circumvent foia, and i believe our country would gain more by coming to terms with the past than we would by covering it up. i hope the president wil follow judicial rulings and consider voluntarily releasing these

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