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Senate Proceeding on Apr 30th, 2009 :: 8:07:05 to 8:17:10
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Saxby Chambliss

8:06:52 to 8:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: quorum call: a senator: the presiding officer: the senator from mr. chambliss: what is the status of the senate right now? the presiding officer: we are in a quorum call. mr. chambliss: i would ask that the quorum call be disp to speak for ten minutes as if in morning business. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. chambliss: i rise to express my disappointment with

Saxby Chambliss

8:07:05 to 8:17:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

8:07:13 to 8:07:34( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the obama administratn's decision to publicize the memorandums from the office of legal of justice. the four memos released by the administration examined whether the c.i.a.'s enhanced terrogation techniques would violate u.s. statutes or international agreements prohibiting torture.

Saxby Chambliss

8:07:35 to 8:07:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: it is important to note that all four memos determined that the techniques did not violate u.s. constitutional law or u.s. criminal law. it is disappointmenting that the white house -- disappointing that the white house released to the public these sensitive memos. there is no meaningful purpose

Saxby Chambliss

8:07:56 to 8:08:16( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: in their release. the memos describe in detail the c.i.a.'s interrogation program, the specific techniques that were used, psychological evaluations of the detainees and even detailed descriptions of some of the detainees themselves. all of this information raises questionsbout how seriously

Saxby Chambliss

8:08:17 to 8:08:38( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the president believes in protecting our national security as well as t legal counsel and the privacy of individuals. i believe that the only reason the obama administration chose to release these memos was perceived political gain, and i also believe

Saxby Chambliss

8:08:39 to 8:09:00( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: ve heard in my home state that the political gain has backlashed. i think if americans read these memos for themselves, they will agree that after the 9/11 attacks the c.i.a. program was necessary to detect and prevent additional american deaths. the program was des

Saxby Chambliss

8:09:01 to 8:09:22( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: explore information held by only the most senio hardened and dangerous al qaeda figures who had perishable information about the attack's planning. since its inception in 2002 fewer than 100 individuals were held in this program which had significant safeguards including

Saxby Chambliss

8:09:23 to 8:09:44( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: detailed assessments to determine that the detainees were senior members of al qaeda, not mere foot soldiers, who likely had actionable intelligence on terrorist threats and who posed a significant threat to the united states interest before the c.i.a. could detain them. out of the 100 or so detainees, the c.i.a. has held, only three

Saxby Chambliss

8:09:45 to 8:10:08( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: were subjected to the most serious yet legal interrogation techniques. these three were, one, khalid sheikh mohammed, the mastermind of the september 11 attacks whose deadly plan resulted in the murder of some 3,000 innocent a

Saxby Chambliss

8:10:09 to 8:10:31( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: secondly, abu senior member of al qaeda who the c.i.a. assessed to be the third or fourth-ranking member of the terrorist group and who had been involved in aspects of every alaeda attack against america.

Saxby Chambliss

8:10:32 to 8:10:52( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: thirdly, ab al rahim key information obtained by these detainees led to the capture or arrests of even more terrorists. these detainees who have been in the inner circle of al qaeda and who have occupied some of the post important position in that group's hierarchy held

Saxby Chambliss

8:10:53 to 8:11:13( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: information that simply could not have been obtained from any other source. in fact, the memos reveal some of the invaluable information we have gained from the c.i.a. program. these include prevention of numerous terrorist attacks such as the west coast airliner plot which sought to replicate the

Saxby Chambliss

8:11:14 to 8:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: hicking of airplanes and crash them into buildings on the west coast of the united one memo describes the of this plot by stating -- and i quote -- "the introgation of k.s.m. -- which is khalid sheikh muhammad -- led to the discovery

Saxby Chambliss

8:11:35 to 8:11:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: of a k.s.m. plot, the second wave to use east asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into angeles." the same memo describes how interrogations provided information on two operatives who planned to build and detonate a dirty bomb in the washington, d.c.

Saxby Chambliss

8:11:56 to 8:12:16( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: area. there is no doubt that the disruption of these attacks has saved american lives. c.i.a. detainees have also confirmed that al qaeda continues to operate against the u.s. and its allies. just recently a statement from none other than director of

Saxby Chambliss

8:12:17 to 8:12:38( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: national intelligence dennis blair acknowledged that the high-value information came from this same c.i.a. interrogation program and that al qaeda continues to plan attacks against america. as a member of the senate intelligence committee, i have seen c.i.a. assessments on the value of information the u.s. has gained from interrogations

Saxby Chambliss

8:12:39 to 8:13:00( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: as well as intelligence on the continuing resolve of al qaeda to attack the united states and to attack its citizens. however, much of this information remains classified, so only half of the story is being told. it is important that americans have an opportunity to see wha they were protected from as a

Saxby Chambliss

8:13:01 to 8:13:22( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: result of the c.i.a. interrogations, interrogations that were not only effective but were deemed by the justice department not to be torture under u.s. and international law. the c.i.a.'s terrorist detainee program was a crucial pillar of u.s. counterterrorism efforts and was the largest source of insight

Saxby Chambliss

8:13:23 to 8:13:45( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: into al qaeda for the united states and its allies. now, as a result of the release of these memos, the program is the largest source of information on u.s. operations to al qaeda and our other enemies. the administration claims it released these memos in an effort to be transparent, but

Saxby Chambliss

8:13:46 to 8:14:10( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the only transparency it has provided is to al qaeda. the group now knows the outer boundaries of wh the united states is cape afbl doing and that we are -- and that tpwhao er longer using these methods nor any others for interrogation. our traditional enemies and terrorists now know some

Saxby Chambliss

8:14:11 to 8:14:32( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: interrogation methods were 100% effective when used in traing. i can only ima our enemies are to learn how to gain secrets from our soldiers. however, i am sure that our enemies will not have the same safeguards, medical and otherwise, in place when they conduct interrogations on our men and women in uniform that might be captured.

Saxby Chambliss

8:14:33 to 8:14:53( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: while giving transparency to al qaeda and our other enemies, the release of these memos will deprive this administration and all future presidents from receiving candid advice from justice department lawyers. the office of legal counsel is supposed to provide the president and the executive branch with thorough

Saxby Chambliss

8:14:54 to 8:15:14( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: legal analysis on a variety of topics. if these talented attorneys have to worry that their confidential and often classied legal advice is going to be released to the public, the public and could result in their prosecution, i guarantee you they will not be able to offer the most straightforward opinions and alternative legal

Saxby Chambliss

8:15:15 to 8:15:36( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: analysis necessary to guide policy. instead policy will now guide these lawyers' advice. finally, it is disingenuous for members of congress to say that they were unaware of the c.i.a. prasm from its -- program. from its inception c.i.a. law enforcement obtained legal

Saxby Chambliss

8:15:37 to 8:15:58( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: guidance from from the department of justice. as you can see from the four classified memos released and from other unclassified memos. the c.i.a. cgressional leaders early on in the details of the program and the specific interrogation techniques that could be used.

Saxby Chambliss

8:15:59 to 8:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: as a member of the senate intelligence committee, i was aware that the c.i.a. was holding high-value detainees and gaining valuable insight into the al qaeda structure. information was leaked public and press reports started to circulate as early as 2005. yet congress continued to fund

Saxby Chambliss

8:16:21 to 8:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the program for several years afterwards. in fact, the senate intelligence committee has noted, the fiscal year 2007 intelligence authorization bill included language which spefically acknowledged that the c.i.a.'s program had been important in collecting valuable intelligence on al qaeda operatives and

Saxby Chambliss

8:16:43 to 8:17:05( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: associates and on planned terrorist attacks against the united states and our allies. this bill was voted out of the senate intelligence committee unanimously by a 15-0 roll call vote. mam president, i hope that in the future this administration places more emphasis on protecting our national security

Saxby Chambliss

8:17:06 to 8:17:11( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: rather than on placating critics of the tools the united states used to prevent another attack

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