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Senate Proceeding 03-15-11 on Mar 15th, 2011 :: 0:25:00 to 0:33:55
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Benjamin L. Cardin

0:24:57 to 0:25:17( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: quorum call: mr. inhofe: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: i ask unanimous consent that the quorum call in progress be vitiated. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. mr. inhofe: i yield the floor to the senator from maryland. mr. cardin: mr. president, i ask to be able to speak as if in morning business. the presiding officer: is there

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:25:00 to 0:33:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:25:18 to 0:25:38( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: without objection, so ordered. mr. cardin: mr. president, i rise today to share my thoughts on the hearings held last week in the house of representatives called the extent of radicalization in the american muslim community and that community's response. congressional hearings are supposed to serve as an important role of oversight, investigation or education among

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:25:39 to 0:25:59( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: other purposes. however, this particular hearing billed as a first of a series served only to fan flames of fear and division. my first concern is the title of the hearing, targeting one community. that is wrong. each of us has a responsibility

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:26:00 to 0:26:22( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: to speak out when communities are unfairly targeted. in 1975 the united states joined all the countries of europe and established the conference on security and cooperation in europe, now known as the osce. the united states congress created the u.s. helsinki commission to monitor u.s. participation and compliance with these commitments. the osce contains commitments in

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:26:23 to 0:26:43( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: three areas: security, economics and human rights. best known for its human rights advancements, the osce has been aggressive in advancing these commitments in each of the osce states. the osc stands for religious freedom and protection of minority rights. i am the senate chair of the u.s. helsinki commission.

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:26:44 to 0:27:04( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: in that capacity i've raised human rights issues in other countries, such as in france in the name of national security the parliament banned burkas and wearing of all religious articles or when the swiss restricted buildings of mosques or minerets. these policies were restrictive not only to religious practices

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:27:05 to 0:27:25( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: of muslims, but also christians, jews and others who would seek to wear religious symbols and practice their religion as they saw fit. i have also raised human rights issues in the united states when we were out of compliance with our helsinki commitments. in that spirit, i find it necessary to speak out against the congressional hearing chaired by congressional congressman peter king. rather than constructively using

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:27:26 to 0:27:46( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the power of congress to explore how we as a nation can use all of our tools at our disposal to prevent future terrorist attacks and defeat those individuals and groups who want to do us harm, this spectacle crossed the line and chipped away at the religious freedoms and civil liberties we hold so dearly. radicalization may be the

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:27:47 to 0:28:07( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: appropriate subject of a congressional hearing, but not when it's limited to one religion. when that is done, it sends the wrong message to the public and casts a religion with unfounded suspicions. congressman king's hearing is part of a disturbing trend to demonize muslims taking place in our country and abroad.

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:28:08 to 0:28:30( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: instead we need to engage the muslim community in the united states. a cookie-cutter approach to profile what a terrorist looks like will not work. as f.b.i. director moore recently testified in the senate, during the past year the threat of radicalizeation has evolved. a number of disruptions occurred involving extremists from a

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:28:31 to 0:28:52( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: diverse set of background, geographic locations, life experiences, and motivating factors that propel them along their separate radicalization pathways. let us remember that a number of terrorist attacks have been prevented or disrupted due to the informants from the muslim community who contacted law

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:28:53 to 0:29:13( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: enforcement officials. i commend attorney general holder and f.b.i. director mueller for increasing their outreach to the arab american community. as attorney general holder said -- and i quote -- "let us not forget it was a muslim american who first alerted the new york police to a smoking car in times

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:29:14 to 0:29:34( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: square and his vigilance likely helped to save lives. did he his part to avert tragedy just as millions of other muslim americans are doing their part and fulfilling their responsibility of citizenship. we need to encourage this type of cooperation between our government and law enforcement agencies in the muslim community. as the threat from al qaeda changes and evolves over time,

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:29:35 to 0:29:56( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the piece of the puzzle is even more important to get right. f.b.i. director mueller testified before the house recently that -- and i quote -- "at every opportunity i have and reaffirm the fact that 99.9% of the muslim americans, sikh americans and arab americans are

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:29:57 to 0:30:17( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: every bit as patriotic as everyone else in this room and many of our antiterrorist cases are the result of the responsibility of them. we must live up to our highest ideals and protect civil liberties even in wartime when they are most challenged. the 9/11 commission summed thup well when they wrote the terrorists used our open society

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:30:18 to 0:30:38( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: against us. in wartime government calls for greater powers and the needs for these powers recreeds after the war ends. the struggle will go on. americans must be mindful of threats to vital personal and civil liberties. this balance something not easy,

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:30:39 to 0:30:59( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: must constantly struggle to keep it right. i agree with the speech to the american antidiscrimination committee. he stated "in this nation, our many faces, origins and appearsances must binding us together, not break you apart. the constitution is meant to

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:31:00 to 0:31:21( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: empower not exclude. in this nation, security and liberty are at their best partners, not enemies, ensuring safety and opportunity for all. actions like the hearing held last week that pit us against one another based on our religion and bleervetion weaken our country and do nothing to make our country any safer.

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:31:22 to 0:31:43( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: hearings like the one held last week only serve as a distraction from our real goals and provide fuel for those who are looking for excuses to find fault or blame in our way of life. let us not go the way of other countries but instead hold dear the protections in our constitution that safeguard the individual right to practice

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:31:44 to 0:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: religion. our country's strength lies in its diversity and our ability to have strongly held beliefs and different opinions while being able to speak freely and not fear that the government will imrissen you for criticize -- imprison you for crit siting the government.

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:32:05 to 0:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: on september 11, 2001, our country was attacked by terrorists in a way we thought impossible. thousands of innocent men, women, and children of all races, religion, and backgrounds were murdered. as the 10-year anniversary of that's attacks draw closer, we continue to hold these innocent victims in our prayers and we will continue to fight terrorism

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:32:26 to 0:32:47( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: and brings terrorists to justice. after that atarks i went back to my congressional district in maryland fat and made three visits as a congressman. i visited a synagogue and prayed with the community. then visited a morveg and prayed with the community. then i went to a church and prayed with the community. my message was clear on that day: we all needed to join together

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:32:48 to 0:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: as nation to condemn the terrorist attacks and to take all necessary measures to eliminate safe havens for terrorists. we all stood together on that day regardless of our background or personal beliefs. my other message was equally important: we cannot allow the events of september 11 to demon highs a

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:33:09 to 0:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: particular community, religion, or creed. such actions as mccarthyism hearken back to darker days in our history. national security concerns were used in appropriately and led to 120,000 japanese-americans to be stripped of their profit and rights and placed in interment internment

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:33:30 to 0:33:50( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: camps thoi not a single act of espionage was ever established. the united states should not carry out a crusade against any particular religion as a response to 9/11 or terrorist atafntle the united states will not tolerate hate crimes against any group regardless of their religion or ethnicity and we should not allow our institutions, including congress, to be used to foment intolerance and injustice.

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:33:51 to 0:33:55( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: let us come together as a nation and move forward in a more

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