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Senate Proceeding on May 14th, 2009 :: 0:05:15 to 0:10:30
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Mitch McConnell

0:05:06 to 0:05:26( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: mr. mcconnell: the administration has no plan -- no secure and closing guantanamo without a safe alternative would be irresponsible, dangerous, and unacceable to the american people americans are worried that

Mitch McConnell

0:05:15 to 0:10:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:05:27 to 0:05:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: closing guantanamo by an arbitrary deadline won't keep them as safe as guantanamo has, and they're particularly worried about the administration's repo detainees to detention falities right here on american soil. state and local officials in places like louisiana,

Mitch McConnell

0:05:49 to 0:06:11( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: california, virginia, and missouri have been introducing resolutions to keep terrorists from coming to their communities. and one look at the experience that alexandria, right across the river h ago during the trial of 9/11 conspirator zacarias moussaoui

Mitch McConnell

0:06:12 to 0:06:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: makes it easy to see why these communities are so moussaoui was just one had the presence in alexandria -- the effect his presence had on the city of alexandria was enough for the city's current mayor to state emphatically tt he's absolutely opposed to relocating

Mitch McConnell

0:06:33 to 0:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: prisoners from guantanamo to alexandria. we had this experience, recently. let someone else have it. according to press accounts, housing moussaoui turned parts of alexandria into a virtual encampment. every time he was moved to the courthouse he was transferred in

Mitch McConnell

0:06:54 to 0:07:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: a heavily armed convoy that shut down traffic surrounding community. one security expert recently told "the washington post" that housing detainees from guantanamo would likely be even more complicated than it was moussaoui, with more locations for security personnel to cover and

Mitch McConnell

0:07:16 to 0:07:36( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: according to the same "post kpw-gs "article, one of moussaoui's lawyers said bringing two or three guantanamo detainees to alexandria would be a -- quote -- and alexandria's shiver has warned that multi -- sheriff has warned that multiple detainees could -- qte -- "erwhelm the system."

Mitch McConnell

0:07:37 to 0:07:57( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: based on the moussaoui experience, lol business owners in alexandria also think the arrival of detainees from gu drag on commerce. but even more worrisome for residents is the concern that housing detainees in alexandria could invite terrorist attacks. now, madam president, i ask

Mitch McConnell

0:07:58 to 0:08:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: permission that "the washington post" article that i'm referring to entitled "security worries in the terrorist suspects to alexandria for trial raises outcry" be inserted in the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: the problems that one terrorist alexandria could be duplicated

Mitch McConnell

0:08:20 to 0:08:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: in any city or town, detainees from guantanamo are sent to. although the administration hasn which cities or towns they might choose, we can imagine wha look forward to based on alexandria's experience moussaoui. so a community would have to experience.

Mitch McConnell

0:08:41 to 0:09:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: heavily armed agents patrolling local neighborhoods and snipers. streets locked down and access cut off to local businesses. identification checks and bomb-smelling dogs checking cars. millions of dollars in strained local resources.

Mitch McConnell

0:09:02 to 0:09:24( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: now, madam president, what you get when you've got a terrorist in your hometown. kentuckians don't want to live under these c i doubt any other american would either, especially if you consider that any community that becomes a home to these detainees could have to endure these conditions for

Mitch McConnell

0:09:25 to 0:09:46( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: years, given of terror trials. some of the other locations that have been mentioned as possible destinations for the terrorists at guant in south carolina and kansas. one local official in south carolina possibility by saying he didn't have the police resources to deal with an influx of

Mitch McConnell

0:09:47 to 0:10:08( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: terrorists from guantanamo. an official in kansas said guantanamo detainees would significantly tax his police reso the administration claims that closing guantanamo and tran u.s. soil would make the american people safer. hard to understand that statement.

Mitch McConnell

0:10:09 to 0:10:32( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: but based on the experience of alexandria, it's easy to see why many americans are skeptical. the administration said that when it comes to guantanamo, its highest priority is the of the american people. but sety is our top concern. madam president, the administration should rethink its plan to transfer terrorists

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