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Senate Proceeding on Apr 27th, 2009 :: 0:30:30 to 0:46:35
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Jeff Sessions

0:30:28 to 0:30:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: that offered a resolution not long ago that passed 94-3 to say that these terrorists we have in guantanamo should not be released into the united states. it passed this senate 94-3. so i was alarmed on friday to

Jeff Sessions

0:30:30 to 0:46:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

0:30:51 to 0:31:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: times" by the first line of which said this -- quote -- "the obama administration is preparing to admit into the united states as many as seven chinese muslims who have been imprisoned at guantanamo bay in the first release of the detainees into this country, according to the

Jeff Sessions

0:31:15 to 0:31:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: current and officials." "the times" report was followed by an associated press story over the weeke entitled -- quote -- "holder close to making decisi holder being attorney general eric holder. "which detailed an emerging plan

Jeff Sessions

0:31:40 to 0:32:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to release a group of uighers held at guantanamo into the united possibly northern virginia, mr. president. three weeks ago on april 2 i wrote the attorney general. i'm a member of the judiciary committee, served in the department of justice for 15 years. and i wrote him on exactly this issue. to explain my concerns about

Jeff Sessions

0:32:03 to 0:32:23( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the serious and legal issues raised by any proposed release of guantanamo detainees. i explained the 17uighers currently held at guantanamo received military traing,

Jeff Sessions

0:32:24 to 0:32:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: including firearms traing, in terrorist camps in afghanistan for potential terrorist actions against chinese interests. close quote. i further explained that the federal law specifically, title 8, united states code section 1182, a-3-d clearly prohibits

Jeff Sessions

0:32:46 to 0:33:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the and they're all aliens -- who have engaged in various forms of terrorist activity or traing, including military-type training -- and i'm quoting from the statute now -- quote -- "from or on behalf of any

Jeff Sessions

0:33:07 to 0:33:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the traing was received was a terrorist organization." the uighers at guantanamo receive military traing includg fully all the ak-47's in the camps run by the movement designat as a terrorist organization by both the united

Jeff Sessions

0:33:29 to 0:33:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: states and the united nations since 2002. accordingly under the clear letter of the federal immigration law, these detainees are not eligible for admission into the united states. in my letter, i called upon the attorney general, who i supported for that job and have respect for, to explain -- quote -- "what legal authority, if

Jeff Sessions

0:33:51 to 0:34:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: any, you believe the administration has to admit into the united states uighers and/or any other detainee who participated in terrorist-related activities covered by the action 1182 a-3-b

Jeff Sessions

0:34:13 to 0:34:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: he has not responded in any i'm a member of theudiciary committee. that is a respectful and proper request i made of him. i have not heard from him at all, and yet we read in the paper that there is a plan afoot to do this release. the current stories in "the

Jeff Sessions

0:34:34 to 0:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: times" and associated suggest that the administration is knowingly and willfully acting contrary to law and to the will of congress, and doing so in a manner that is directly at odds with our government's obligation to keep america's communities safe from d terrorists and militants.

Jeff Sessions

0:34:55 to 0:35:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and let me just say, the attorney general has a responsibility to uphold the and protect civil rights. but i would say this: the primary responsibility of the attorney general of the united states is to ensure that decent people who follow the law are protected from criminals and

Jeff Sessions

0:35:17 to 0:35:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: terrorists and those who would do them harm. if he's not the one that's going to lead the effort to protect us from those who would harm us, who is? sometimes i wonder what they think their goal is. so some will claim that the uighers held at guantanamo are

Jeff Sessions

0:35:38 to 0:35:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: not dangerous because the courts in previous a agreed that these individuals are not enemy combatants against the united states. but this argument overlooks the fact that the uighers aren't deemed enemy combatants against the united states because the

Jeff Sessions

0:35:59 to 0:36:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: organization they were affiliated with, the eastern turk stan islamic movement, is not closely enough associated with al qaeda or the taliban to justify that determination. but make no mistake about it, these detainees are trained militants with ties to a terrorist organization, albeit

Jeff Sessions

0:36:21 to 0:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: one targeting chinese interests rather than american tr-rs. they should not be ushered into american comnities by this administration. "the los angeles times" story illustrates the danger. "not long after being granted access to television, some of the uighers were watch soccer game when a woman with

Jeff Sessions

0:36:44 to 0:37:04( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bare arms was shown on the screen, one of the group grabbed the the ground, according to the officials." according to the news story, the officials at guantanamo had to censor the tv shows and showed only pretaped programs so they

Jeff Sessions

0:37:05 to 0:37:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: wouldn't offend the uighers. if these detainees cannotandle mere telised depictions of western culture without violent outbursts, why are we releasing them into our towns and communities? let me ask. what if they walked down the street, even though this seems

Jeff Sessions

0:37:26 to 0:37:49( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: like an obvious question, our administration seems little concerned about it. rather than sounding alarm bells, the director of national intelligence, dennis bl iowa r opposed release -- dennis

Jeff Sessions

0:37:50 to 0:38:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: blair detainees. he said you can't just put them on the street. his solution was not to just put them in detention or release them to their home country or to china, who wants them. rather he said -- quote -- "if we are united states, we need some sort of assistance for them to start a new life." so this administration seems

Jeff Sessions

0:38:12 to 0:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: more concerned about the welfare of the dangerous frankly, than it does about the american people and of the views of the citizens of our country who, by overwhelming polling data, oppose the release of these guantanamo

Jeff Sessions

0:38:34 to 0:38:54( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the country. 75-plus percent. so what is surprising about the recent news reports about the possible release of guantanamo detainees is that they come on the heels of another announcement earlier last week which made me think the pwoefpld was coming to under -- the obama administration was coming to

Jeff Sessions

0:38:55 to 0:39:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: understand the dangerous nature of the eastern turkish islamic movement. this past monday president obama's treasury department issued u.s. treasury department -- listing abdul hok as a designated terrorist. this announcement which follows

Jeff Sessions

0:39:16 to 0:39:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: on the heels of a similar announcement from the united nations is significant for three reasons as well as a fourth: he is a leader the eastern turk stan islamic movement. he is listed as a ringleader in planned attacks on the olympic games in china. he is listed as a member of a

Jeff Sessions

0:39:37 to 0:39:57( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: council within al qaeda. he is but more importantly perhaps, abdul is directly tied to the uigher detainees held at guantanamo bay. according to a recent article by

Jeff Sessions

0:39:58 to 0:40:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thomas excerpts from the proceedings detainees, one after another, testified they none other than abdul, who -- quote -- "was the one responsible for the camp."

Jeff Sessions

0:40:21 to 0:40:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: just as these detainees testified that he led the camp and ran their traing, they admited to traing on what they it was unbelievable to me that we're talking about releasing these dangerous detainees into

Jeff Sessions

0:40:43 to 0:41:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the that we are doing so just one week after the treasury department denounced the trained the uigher detainees in the this is what treasury said." abdul hoch commands a terrorist

Jeff Sessions

0:41:04 to 0:41:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: tkpwraoub that fractured international unity at the 28 olympic games in china. today we stand together with the world in terrorist and isolating him from the international financial system." so, within a week of our government seeking to condemn and isolate this brutal terrorist, we're now talking

Jeff Sessions

0:41:26 to 0:41:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: about p loose, turn loose his pupils into the united there was a time not long ago when no senator would be -- would need to come to the floor

Jeff Sessions

0:41:47 to 0:42:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to explain that it is dangerous and unlawful to rel extremist militants trained by terrorists into the united states. i would just note, i they're not here lawfully. they were captured on the battlefield. they were brought to guantanamo. how much time do i have? the presiding officer: the

Jeff Sessions

0:42:09 to 0:42:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: senator has used the ten minutes. mr. sessions: mr. president, i would ask unanimous consent to have three the presiding officer: without objection. mr. sessions: so they're not -- why here? we captured them. we took them to guantanamo. and now we want to release them.

Jeff Sessions

0:42:30 to 0:42:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: china back. they're rightly concerned about the people who attempted to bomb the games, olympic games. we don't have to release them here. we don't have to release them. well, they say they'd like to generate -- quote -- "generate goodwill with foreign governments."

Jeff Sessions

0:42:51 to 0:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and now we understand, according to the associated press, mr. holder is in europe, where he is europeans, without generating too well, that's aupb uneasy -- that's an uneasy statement for me. that sounds a little due police

Jeff Sessions

0:43:12 to 0:43:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: to us for me for an attorney general to b in europe where he is -- quote -- "to reassure skeptical europeans without generating too much opposition back home. i suggest he needs to be focused on security in the united states. and i think we need to consider why it is we feel that a nation we have favorable trade relations with -- china -- who

Jeff Sessions

0:43:35 to 0:43:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: successfully conducted olympic game why they aren't able to detain people who are committed to a group that was designed to attack

Jeff Sessions

0:43:57 to 0:44:17( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: if another country captured terrorists that were attacking the united states, let me and they were -- we would like to have them and hold them in custody, what would we think if they released them into their community and gave them some assistance in payments from the government? wouldn't we think that that government was aiding terrorism?

Jeff Sessions

0:44:18 to 0:44:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: how did we get in this position? i don't think they thought this through. i would note that we have released certain -- there's no question that china has certain well-known problems with human rights, and i've been one of their critics. but are those problems any worse

Jeff Sessions

0:44:41 to 0:45:01( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: than the problems in algeria, sudan, saudi arabia, all countries to which the united states has returned guantanamo so i call on the attorney general holder to answer my letter of april 2, well before he plans to release any of the terrorists into the -- militants

Jeff Sessions

0:45:02 to 0:45:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: into the streets of america. if he's able to travel half way around the world to reassure skeptical europeans, perhaps he can answer my simple, direct, two-page letter from this skeptical senator. so, mr. president, we know that as many as 60 former guantanamo

Jeff Sessions

0:45:26 to 0:45:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: bay detainees who were released overseas have returned to the battlefield including some in senior roles with al qaeda. that stark reality is w united states senate voted 94-3 to support senator mcconnell's resolution that concluded with these words: it a sense of the senate that detainees housed at

Jeff Sessions

0:45:47 to 0:46:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: guantanamo bay cuba including senior members of al qaeda should not be released into american society nor should they be transferred statewide into facilities in american communities and neighborhoods. close quote. i would note that now vice president biden and now secretary of state hillary clinton, members of the senate

Jeff Sessions

0:46:08 to 0:46:29( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: then voted for the resolution. mr. obama -- senator obama did not. made statements that indicate that he understands the dangerousns of these individuals and that he give more thought to those words he has

Jeff Sessions

0:46:30 to 0:46:35( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: ised and that he follow the law -- the plain law as i see it and not release any of them into the united states.

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