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Senate Proceeding on Feb 13th, 2008 :: 2:04:19 to 2:17:21
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Bill Nelson

2:04:19 to 2:04:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: are 92, the nays are four, three fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn having voted, the motion is agreed to. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: a senator: mr. president?

Bill Nelson

2:04:19 to 2:17:21( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

2:04:34 to 2:04:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the presiding officer: will the senate come to order. mr. nelson: i ask that the quorum call be lifted. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. nelson: while we wait for some of the

Bill Nelson

2:04:49 to 2:05:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: determinations of a particular time agreement with regard to consideration of the bill, the conference report, i wanted to go ahead and lend my support and acknowledge to the rest of the senate that this is

Bill Nelson

2:05:11 to 2:05:33( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: a bill that is very, very necessary that we passed. because what this bill does is by authorizing the activities of the intelligence community, it continues to make the oversight function of the congress,

Bill Nelson

2:05:33 to 2:05:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in particular the senate and the house intelligence committees, poignant and relevant to a community that is not accustomed to having oversight. under the leadership of our chairman and vice chairman,

Bill Nelson

2:05:51 to 2:06:07( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senators rockefeller and bond, as we say in the south, they have cracked the whip with the intelligence community to get them to realize that this is a constitutional government of shared powers

Bill Nelson

2:06:07 to 2:06:24( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that the executive branch doesn't just run the show, particularly on something as sensitive as the collection of intelligence, but rather it needs to be done within the law and one of the ways of

Bill Nelson

2:06:24 to 2:06:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: ensuring that is in the shared powers of two different branches of government having checks and balances upon each other that we in the legislative branch oversee the activities of the executive

Bill Nelson

2:06:44 to 2:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: branch. in this case all of the inlligence community and their activities that are absolutely essential to the protection of our country. so this document is a very important bipartisan document that increases

Bill Nelson

2:07:08 to 2:07:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the accountability in the intelligence community. and it authorizes dozens of critical intelligence programs to keep us safe every day. it includes a new, strong inspector general in the office of the

Bill Nelson

2:07:26 to 2:07:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: director of national intelligence. and inspector generals are increasingly important where billions of dollars are spent outside of public view. and our committee, as well as the american public, has to

Bill Nelson

2:07:42 to 2:08:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: rely on the inspector general as an important part of this oversight of the intelligence community. so, as you look back, we had a complete reorganization several years ago of the intelligence community,

Bill Nelson

2:08:02 to 2:08:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: a director of national intelligence was setup setup, it integrates more this disparate intelligence community, but there's a lot more that needs to be done, and a strong inspector general is one of

Bill Nelson

2:08:21 to 2:08:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the steps in the right direction. now, another thing that this bill does is it makes the director of the n.r.o., the national reconnaissance office, and the n.s.a., the national security agency, subject to

Bill Nelson

2:08:36 to 2:08:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senate confirmation. now, why is that important? that's important because, again, it's part of the checks and balances of the separate branches of government. both of these agencies that are outside

Bill Nelson

2:08:56 to 2:09:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of the public view because of the top secret nature of this work, they oversee large programs that cost vast amounts of money and not every program has been a success. and so by having the confirmation

Bill Nelson

2:09:15 to 2:09:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of the directors of the n.r.o. and the n.s.a. come to the senate, it improves that accountability and responsiveness to the legislative branch of government. and what this authorization also does, itit

Bill Nelson

2:09:32 to 2:09:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: requires an assessment of the vulnerability of some of these major acquisition programs and we have to assess that the program's going to stay on track and that it's not going off the rails with regard

Bill Nelson

2:09:51 to 2:10:10( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to cost. mr. president, we're talking about billions of dollars on some of these by keeping them on track by knowing what to anticipate, it's much easier to plan ahead. and then this bill also provides

Bill Nelson

2:10:10 to 2:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: an annual reporting system that then will help us keep in focus curbing these cost overruns and these schedule delays. and if you don't do that things are going to get out of control. so as the

Bill Nelson

2:10:29 to 2:10:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: intelligence community continues to be more and more sophisticated because of the means, the technical means that it employs, it is more and more important that our oversight tools be in place and

Bill Nelson

2:10:49 to 2:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: effective. now, that's enough alone to pass this bill. now, we've got an area of disagreement that we're coming up here on and we're going to have the -- the minority is going to be offering an amendment

Bill Nelson

2:11:11 to 2:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to take out the part that's in the bill having to do with the army field manual setting the standard for methods of interrogation. this army field manual was released over a year ago. it specifically

Bill Nelson

2:11:32 to 2:11:53( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: prohibits cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and eight techniques in the army field manual are specificallyy prohibited from being used in conjunction with intelligence interrogations forcing the

Bill Nelson

2:11:53 to 2:12:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: detainee to be naked, perform sexual acts, or pose in a sexual manner. placing hoods or sack over the head of a detainee, using duct tape on the eyes, applying beatings, electric shock, burns, or other

Bill Nelson

2:12:18 to 2:12:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: forms of physical pain. the fourth is waterboarding, that's prohibited. the fifth is using military working dogs. the sixth is inducing hyper themma or -- hyperthermia or heat energy. the seventh is conducting

Bill Nelson

2:12:40 to 2:12:54( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: a mock execution. and the eighth is depriving the detainee of necessary food, water, and medical care. now, haven't i just described what america is all about? is that not the standard by which we, as the

Bill Nelson

2:12:54 to 2:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: leader in the world have to announce to the world that that's what we believe and that's how we're going to conduct ourselves and that's how we're going to conductuc ourselves not only among our own people

Bill Nelson

2:13:13 to 2:13:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and how we treat them, but how we're going to treat others? the manual provides that three interrogation techniques may only be used with higher-level approval. the good cop-bad coppin tear gaition

Bill Nelson

2:13:31 to 2:13:54( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: tactic, the false flag tactic where a detainee is made to believe he is being held by another country or separation by which the detainee is separated so he can't coordinate with other detainees on the

Bill Nelson

2:13:54 to 2:14:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: story. those techniques can be used, but it has to be approved at a higher level than the interrogation. and, mr. president, now, there is something that's going to worry everybody, and it's worried

Bill Nelson

2:14:12 to 2:14:31( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: this senator, and it's worried this senator as a member of the intelligence committee. what if all of this doesn't work and the country is in imminent peril? well, the standards that we are going to set, which

Bill Nelson

2:14:31 to 2:14:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: i hope we're going to pass in law, are these standards, the army field manual. that is in law stating clearly what the standards are for our country and our we're going to conduct ourselves. there's

Bill Nelson

2:14:57 to 2:15:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: always a constitutional authority under article 2 as commander in chief that the president can act when the country is in immediate peril. and if he so chose, as commander in chief, to authorize activities

Bill Nelson

2:15:15 to 2:15:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: other than what the army field manual would be in law, then the president would be accountable directly to the american people under the circumstances with which he invoked that article 2 authority

Bill Nelson

2:15:34 to 2:16:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: as commander in chief.~ what we today are setting is not that article 2 power. we are setting statutory power. and it is important that we tell the rest of the world that the standards that we are putting

Bill Nelson

2:16:01 to 2:16:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in law of how we interrogate detain detainees are in compliance with humane treatment that we would expect and hope that our americans would be treated. so i think there should be no confusion, we have

Bill Nelson

2:16:18 to 2:16:41( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: an obligation to set it into law. in that dire emergency ever occurred in the future, the president has his own authority under article 2 of the constitution. but that's not the question here today before

Bill Nelson

2:16:41 to 2:17:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: us. the question is: what do we set as the standards of interrogation? and that has to be that there is no torture allowed under this statutory law. and, therefore, when the amendment is brought up to take out

Bill Nelson

2:17:13 to 2:17:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: these standards set in the army field manual for interrogation techniques, i urge the senators not to take this out ofhis important intelligence reauthorization bill. mr. president, i yield the floor floor. mr.

Edward Kennedy

2:17:21 to 2:17:31( Edit History Discussion )

Edward Kennedy: kennedy: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from massachusetts. mr. kennedy: mr. president, i have 12 unanimous consent requests for committees to meet during today's session of the senate.

Edward Kennedy

2:17:21 to 2:28:28( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Edward Kennedy

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