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Senate Proceeding on May 11th, 2009 :: 1:00:15 to 1:07:40
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Mitch McConnell

1:00:03 to 1:00:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: quorum call: mr. mcconnell: the presiding officer: the republican leader. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that further proc under the quorum call be dispensed with. the pr?iding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, for weeks republicans in congress have been saying what democrats are finally beginning to acknowledge: that the administration has no

Mitch McConnell

1:00:15 to 1:07:40( Edit History Discussion )
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Mitch McConnell

1:00:24 to 1:00:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: plan for closing guantanamo and that closing this secure facility without a safe alternative is dangerous, and frankly unacceptable. over the years guantanamo has housed some of the most hardened trivialities ever captured alive and many of t the worst of the worst. some have already killed

Mitch McConnell

1:00:46 to 1:01:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: innocent americans and many are outspoken about their desire to kill more americans. these men are belong: locked up in a safe and secure prison and isolated from the american people, where they can do no harm. america has not been attacked at home since 9/11 because of the

Mitch McConnell

1:01:09 to 1:01:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: hard work of our armed forces, dedica officials, the men and women at the department of homeland security, and state and local law enforcement officials. but another reason we haven't been attacked is because some of those most likely to do so are locked up down at guantanamo. these inmates aren't spectators. they're the enemy.

Mitch McConnell

1:01:32 to 1:01:52( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: they're the plotters, the planners, the plunders, the ones wh pull the trigger. the administration says our country would be safer if guantanamo is closed and its inmates are transferred or onto u.s. soil if people knew who was down there, mr. president, i think they'd disagree.

Mitch McConnell

1:01:53 to 1:02:13( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: one of the men who's locked away safely at guantanamo is khalid sheikh mohammed, the man who actually organized the 9/11 attack we captured him while he was planning follow-up attacks to 9/11, including a plot to destro if we hadn't captured challenge lead sheikh mohammed, he may very well have succeed in

Mitch McConnell

1:02:14 to 1:02:34( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: carrying out the same kind of attack on the west coast that he carried out on the east coast. this is a man who boasts about using his -- quote -- "blessed right american journalist daniel pearl and he is unrepentant. earlier this year he joined a

Mitch McConnell

1:02:35 to 1:02:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: number of other detainees at guantanamo in declaring themselves -- quote -- "terrorists to the bone." and proclaiming september 11, 2001 as a "blessed day." another inmate who still declares himself a terrorist to

Mitch McConnell

1:02:57 to 1:03:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: the bone is ali sirved in several plots against the united states and the united kingdom, including the 9/11 attacks. during what he described as the -- qte -- "blessed 11 september operation," transferred money to

Mitch McConnell

1:03:19 to 1:03:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: this man is responsible for the deaths of thousands of americans. another terrorist at guantanamo who is responsible for the death of merntion is ab al rahim? al nashiri who mast er minded the

Mitch McConnell

1:03:40 to 1:04:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: attack on the the u.s.s. when he was arrested, he was planning new terrorist attacks, clopping a plot to crash an airplane into a western naval vessel and plan targeting a u.s. housing compound in riyad riyadh in saudi arabia. these are just three of the men locked up safely and securely on

Mitch McConnell

1:04:01 to 1:04:21( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: an island miles from the u.s. in a facility that even the administration acknowledges to be humane and well-run. americans want these men kept out of our neighborhoods and off the battlefield and guantanamo guarantees that. closing this facility by an arbitrary deadline without an alternative i it is dangerous.

Mitch McConnell

1:04:22 to 1:04:42( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: it is unacceptable to the american people and it is unacceptab number of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. now, the attorney general has said tt bh it comes to guantanamo, his chief exern is the safety of the american people. yet at the moment the safest option is clearly the one we're exercising.

Mitch McConnell

1:04:43 to 1:04:55( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: if safy is our top concern, then the administration will rethink its arbitrary deadline for closing guantanamo until it presents us with an equally safe

Mitch McConnell

1:05:11 to 1:05:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: alternative. now, mr. president, on another subject, this week we commemorate n week, r and sacrifice of the men and women across america in law enforcement. we especially honor those police officers who have been tragically duty while protecting our

Mitch McConnell

1:05:32 to 1:05:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: communities and democracy. over 25 years ago i served county executive in jefferson county, kentucky, which includes my hometown of louisville. i got to work with the county's police force and witnessed up close their dedication and their professionalism. in jefferson county, we pioneered new techniques for tracking down abducted children

Mitch McConnell

1:05:54 to 1:06:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: with much success, enough success that other jurisdictions adopted these techniques, eventualleventually leading to congress's establishment of the national center for missing and exploited children. decades later, police officers in louisville are still proud to protect and serve, even with their lives in the balance. and thousands that we've lost ar

Mitch McConnell

1:06:16 to 1:06:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: i was moved to rea hometown paper recently an article about a memorial service in louisville coinciding with national police week. fellow officers and family members of fallen officers gathered to rember them and change them for their service. police forces across kentucky reverently marked national police week as well. at a service in richmond,

Mitch McConnell

1:06:40 to 1:07:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: governor steve 120 police cadets police police officers and this friday in covington, officers will honor their fallen brothers at the northern kentucky law enforcement memorial. this united states senate has the deepest admiration and

Mitch McConnell

1:07:01 to 1:07:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: respect for police officers in every community in the nation. we recognize their work is both an honorable job and a dangerous one. they bravely risk their lives for ours and america is grateful. so, mr. president, unanimous consent that the full articles about the recent ceremonies in both louisville and richmond be printed in the

Mitch McConnell

1:07:23 to 1:07:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: record at this point. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: finally, mr. president, word has me that the health of nob peace price lawyer yet aung san suu kyi has taken a turn for the worse and that the burmese government is not

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