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Senate Proceeding on May 4th, 2009 :: 0:13:25 to 0:16:45
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Mitch McConnell

0:13:25 to 0:16:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:13:27 to 0:13:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: quorum call: mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that further proceedings under the dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, with the administration still unsureith what to do with the detainees at guantanamo, attorney general holder has described its arbitrary date as one of the most -- one

Mitch McConnell

0:13:50 to 0:14:10( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: of its most d secretary gates said some would be released or transferred overseas, some tried in american courts, and the doesn't know what to do with 50 to tried. clearly the administration lacks a plan and a safe alternative

Mitch McConnell

0:14:11 to 0:14:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: for closing so let me make a suggestion. the administration should reconsider its deadline on guantanamo just as it has reconsidered its commitment to arbitrary withdrawal deadlines in iraq. once the administration has l.a.n. to safely detain, prosecute, or transfer these detainees, congress should be

Mitch McConnell

0:14:34 to 0:14:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: consulted and briefed to evaluate the proposal. with no safe alternative, this is the only sensible approach. no american will penalize the administration from putting safety over symbolism, and europe shouldn't either since it's been far more critical than helpful. it's increasingly clear that working through the problems related to guantanamo will

Mitch McConnell

0:14:55 to 0:15:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: require time and close consultation with congress. the mr. president, 94-3, against sending detainees to american soil, even if only to prisons. let me say that again. the senate voted 94-3 against

Mitch McConnell

0:15:16 to 0:15:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: sending detainees to the u.s. prisons, not to mention the possibility that they would simply be released into our neighborhoods. secretary gates has conceded that no one wants these detainees in their communities. the legal ahority for releasing trained terrorists is in question. a concern that the administration hasn't publicly addressed at all. the administration hasn't

Mitch McConnell

0:15:39 to 0:16:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: decided if it use the military commissions process that congress passed on a bipartisan basis at the suggestion of supreme finally t administration hasn't said how to deal with terrorist that's we leased returning to the d.o.d. confirmed that 18 of the

Mitch McConnell

0:16:01 to 0:16:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: prisoners we released have returned to terrorism an 40 more are suspected of doing so. the people of america want to keep people from guantanamo out of their neighborhoods and off the battlefield. at this point the only way can assure them that neither one of these things can occur is that they have a secure facility

Mitch McConnell

0:16:22 to 0:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: open until they have a sensible plan for the congress to evaluate. we remain a nation at war with ground forces in iraq and afghanistan. despite the best ways to combat international terrorism, the truth remains that we the haven't been attacked at home since that is a record that we want to and it maintaining a saf

Mitch McConnell

0:16:43 to 0:16:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: secure way is a critical part of

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