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Senate Proceeding on Apr 10th, 2008 :: 0:23:24 to 0:33:19
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Jon Tester

0:17:30 to 0:23:24( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jon Tester

Jon Tester

0:23:10 to 0:23:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jon Tester: prosecute any wrongdoing to the fullest extent of the law. thank you, mr. president. with that, i yield the floor. mr. nelson: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from florida. mr.

Bill Nelson

0:23:24 to 0:23:45( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: nelson: mr. president, we are in morning business? the presiding officer: the senator is correct. mr. nelson: mr. president, a couple days ago we had general petraeus and ambassador crocker in front

Bill Nelson

0:23:24 to 0:33:19( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

0:23:45 to 0:24:07( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of our senate armed servic committee in the morning, and then i had a chance to visit with them again in the afternoon in the senate foreign relations committee. these are two very dedicated and bright

Bill Nelson

0:24:07 to 0:24:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: public servants, and their public service is certainly appreciated and we expressed, i think every senator that questioned them. the bottom line for this senator from the state of florida is that if

Bill Nelson

0:24:28 to 0:24:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: we go back and look at what was the initial reasons stated for the surge which was over a year ago, it was stated that it was to bring some stability and to give some time in order that the sunnis and

Bill Nelson

0:24:51 to 0:25:15( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the shiites could have more reconciliation so that they could start charting a more stable government for themselves themselves. when pressed on whether or not that political reconciliation had occurred,

Bill Nelson

0:25:15 to 0:25:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: both general ne petraeus and ambassador crocker said that they thought that it had. and then when i asked well, what laws had been passed, and they named two or three as if that were the example of political

Bill Nelson

0:25:32 to 0:25:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: reconciliation, which i think it would be one, i further asked have those laws been implemented. and of course with each of the questions that narrowed the focus, the answer was less and less painting a

Bill Nelson

0:25:48 to 0:26:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: picture that political reconciliation had occurred. we would certainly hope that political reconciliation would occur because it would clearly be in the interest of the united states that iraq could

Bill Nelson

0:26:05 to 0:26:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: be stabilized. it's the opinion of this senator that the political reconciliation has not occurred while at the same time the aggressive diplomat effort in reaching out to the other countries in the region

Bill Nelson

0:26:28 to 0:26:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that are very important to bringing about political reconciliation in iraq, that has not occurred. and, therefore, the tremendous succs and effectiveness the surge militarily in fact has not borne the

Bill Nelson

0:26:49 to 0:27:07( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: political fruit of political reconciliation like we had hoped it was. and that is a disappointment to this senator. now, on the subject of iraq, mr. president, i need to bring to the attention of the

Bill Nelson

0:27:07 to 0:27:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: senate that yesterday i had the privilege of chairing a subcommittee in the senate foreign relations committee on the question of whether or not the rapes ofmerican women who are contractor personnel in

Bill Nelson

0:27:36 to 0:28:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: iraq as a result of the war effort there, whether or not these rapes are being prosecuted. and the answer to that is, sadly, no. we had dramatic testimony by a mrs. mary anne kenniston who is a rape victim

Bill Nelson

0:28:00 to 0:28:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and mrs. dawn lemon, who for the first time revealed her identity yesterday in the hearing. in the couple of times that she had spoken publicly on the radio before, she was using a side pseudonym. and

Bill Nelson

0:28:12 to 0:28:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of course that testimony was exceptionally emotional and it was very graphicph as to the trauma that these two women had suffered not only in the act of the sexual assault and in the case of one

Bill Nelson

0:28:37 to 0:28:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of the women a gang rape after she had been drugged by fellow americans, but the trauma of the aftermath of the contractor trying to sweep it under the rug so that it doesn't disturb the waters, and all

Bill Nelson

0:28:56 to 0:29:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of the trauma that each of them went through in the way that they were treated by their fellow american workers and fellow contractors in the aftermath of them not being able to get any help. and in

Bill Nelson

0:29:17 to 0:29:33( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: each case it was not until the military intervened that they actually got any help. and in the case of m. lemon, it was five weeks after the fact when she was finally able to see a u.s. military doctor

Bill Nelson

0:29:33 to 0:29:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: at another base from the forward operating base where the assault took place that she in fact was told by the doctor you need to continue to try to work through this, get help. you were drugged and you

Bill Nelson

0:29:52 to 0:30:20( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: were raped.~ so the second pan until our hearing -- so the second panel in our hearing, mr. president, was the department of justice, the department of state and the department of defense. and to say

Bill Nelson

0:30:20 to 0:30:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that the response on why there had not been a prosecution of 26 identified assaults among contractor personnel -- not u.s. military, contractor american women personnel -- understand that there had

Bill Nelson

0:30:32 to 0:30:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: not been one -- and that there had not been one conviction, was indeed not only deep deeply disturbing but deeply disappointing. the way i tried to conduct that hearing, since chaired the herling

Bill Nelson

0:30:48 to 0:31:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: hearing, was to say that those representatives of the department of state, defense, and justice that we were going to conduct that hearing in a respectfulfu way and at the end of the day what we

Bill Nelson

0:31:09 to 0:31:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: wanted was to graphically bring to light the problem that is occurring not only with the assaults but the aftermath where american women cannot get justice, and that it is the responsibility of their ultimate

Bill Nelson

0:31:25 to 0:31:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: guarantee ers, the very -- guarantee terse, the very departments that are contracting out for the war effort to see that justice is done. and hopefully that may have occurred yesterday to remind

Bill Nelson

0:31:49 to 0:32:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: all of those folks that in a very difficult environment, a war zone, we still have to obey the rule of law and particularly when it comes to the rights of americans and particularly american women to be

Bill Nelson

0:32:09 to 0:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: protected and to have the full extent of the law to support their rights. so i bring this to the attention of the senate, mr. president, because this is not the last time that we are going to hear about

Bill Nelson

0:32:23 to 0:32:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: this. and hopefully the next stories that we will hear in the after aftermath of this drama that played out in front of the senate foreign relations committee yesterday, hopefully this will be more of a

Bill Nelson

0:32:52 to 0:33:01( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: story of success, of how the wheels of the department of justice will continue to turn to do, as the good book says, to love mercy and to do justice. i yield the floor. ms. cantwell: mr. president?

Bill Nelson

0:33:01 to 0:33:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the presiding officer: the senator from washington. canned ms. cantwell: mr. president, i rise this morning to talk about the ensign-cantwell amendment that we're going to be vote ing on in a short time period

Maria Cantwell

0:33:19 to 0:33:32( Edit History Discussion )

Maria Cantwell: here, and i want to thank the many co cosponsors of the amendment, which i think is somewhere in the 20 range, too many to read. and of the actual ensign- ensign-cantwell bill that was recently introduced,

Maria Cantwell

0:33:19 to 0:42:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Maria Cantwell

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