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Senate Proceeding on May 18th, 2009 :: 0:06:45 to 0:12:40
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Mitch McConnell

0:06:45 to 0:12:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:07:12 to 0:07:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: fight. from updating monitoring terrorists overseas to fighting an insurgency in iraq to combating the taliban in afghanistan. two years later we're still engaged in the same battle and in many of the same debates. while most of these issues senate's had an opportunity to

Mitch McConnell

0:07:34 to 0:07:54( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: express itself very clearly. rarely has it done so with as much unity as on the question on whether to send terrorists from guantanamo to u.s. soil. on that question the vote w 94-3. something's changed. a number of democrats who voted

Mitch McConnell

0:07:55 to 0:08:15( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: against sending detainees from guantanamo to the u.s. have expressed a willingness to do so in contradiction of their earlier vote. what changed? america's still at war against terror networks around the world. the detainees held at guantanamo are still some of the most dangerous terrorists alive. indeed over the past two years the

Mitch McConnell

0:08:16 to 0:08:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: winnowed down to an even higher percentage of committed killers than were there before. and americans still don't want these men in their neighborhoods they saw what alexandria, virginia, endure add few years ago when one terrorist was held there. and they don't want armed agents

Mitch McConnell

0:08:40 to 0:09:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: patrolling their streets, i.d. millions of their tax dollars diverted to secure terrorists. when we voted on this question two years ago, the prospect of shipping terrorists to u.s soil s not imminent. even though administration expressed a desire to close the facility at some point. the new administration, on the other hand, set an arbitrary

Mitch McConnell

0:09:02 to 0:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: date for closure before it had a chance to review the intelligence and the evidence of the 240 men who were down at guantanamo now. so i think it's perfectly appropriate, mr. president, as we look to the american people, to another vote on this issue. later this week we'll have an opportunity to do that as the

Mitch McConnell

0:09:24 to 0:09:48( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: senate takes up the supplemental war spending bill. the administration requested funds within this bill to close guantanamo and take this opportunity to clarify their positions. and so we will have a number of amendments this week on the supplemental that will allow the senate it express itself once again on this most important issue.

Mitch McConnell

0:10:11 to 0:10:31( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: for permitting a to enter her house. with some regularity we in the west are reminded of the tyranny that exists in this troubled land. in 2007 buddhist monks and other peaceful protesters were put down by government authorities. scores were slain. hundreds more were imprisoned or

Mitch McConnell

0:10:32 to 0:10:53( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: had to flee the country simply to survive. in 2008, terrible cyclone. this natural disaster was exacerbated by a man spd made disaster, the dismal relief and response effort byhe government peace and developmental council which

Mitch McConnell

0:11:17 to 0:11:39( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: first the government refused to permit a doctor to see her despite her very poor health. then the government took the pretext to drag her into this trial. it in this context that the obama administration issued an executive order extending another year of sanctions

Mitch McConnell

0:11:40 to 0:12:00( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: against the burmese regime. i applaud the administration for taking this step and look fo administration once it concluded the burmese government. government of burma should abe ware that the actions troubling to the democracies the world over. this is reflected not only in the administration's new

Mitch McConnell

0:12:01 to 0:12:19( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: executive order, but also in the strong support the burmese people enjoy here in the united states senate. my colleagues and i on both sides of the aisle will continue to follow the trial with great interest and deep concern. mr. president, i suggest the

Mitch McConnell

0:12:28 to 0:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: absence of a quorum.

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