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Senate Proceeding on May 20th, 2009 :: 1:18:55 to 1:29:55
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Saxby Chambliss

1:18:51 to 1:19:11( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: and with that, i yield the floor. a senator: the presiding officer: the

Saxby Chambliss

1:18:55 to 1:29:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

1:19:12 to 1:19:32( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: senator from georgia. mr. chambliss: mr. president, i rise to sak about senate amendment 1144, the protecting america's communities act, which i am offering to h.r. 2346, the supplemental appropriation bl. before i begin my comments, i'd like to ask unanimous consent to add senator coburn as an

Saxby Chambliss

1:19:33 to 1:19:54( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: original cosponsor of s. 1071, which is a collateral stand-alone bill, as well as t to -- as a cosponsor of amendment number 1144. the presiding officer: without objection. amends immigration through prohibit any detainee held at guantanamo bay naval facility from being transferred or

Saxby Chambliss

1:19:55 to 1:20:16( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: released into the united states, a little bit different from the at 11 -- vote that we're going to be taking at 11:30. today there are over 240 terrorists in u.s. custody at the military detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba. let me just tell you about a few.

Saxby Chambliss

1:20:17 to 1:20:37( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: khalid sheikh mohammed, i quite an shamed and unapologetic mastermind of the 9/11 k.s.m. admitted he was the planner of 9/11 and other planned but foiled attacks against the united states. in his combatant status review board, he admitted he swore allegiance to osama bin laden, was a member of al qaeda, was the military operational

Saxby Chambliss

1:20:38 to 1:21:00( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: commander f all foreign al qaeda operations, and much more. who are charged with conspiring to commit the terrible 9/11 attacks remain at guantanamo. in addition, gitmo houses al ray heme

Saxby Chambliss

1:21:01 to 1:21:22( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: responsible for the 2000 u.s. cole bombing that injured 200 sailors and injured 37 others. also residing at gitmo are osama bin laden's personal bod al qaeda camp trainers, al qaeda bomb makers and individuals picked up on the battlefield with weapons trying to kill american soldiers. our young men and women who patriotically serve their country.

Saxby Chambliss

1:21:23 to 1:21:44( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the detainees at guantanamo are some of the most senior, hardened and dangerous al qaeda figures that we have captured. these are exactly the type of individuals we hope never get past our frontlines and enter into the united states. however, as one of the very first a

Saxby Chambliss

1:21:45 to 1:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: obama ordered the closure of guantanamo, but four months later, he still does not have a plan to accomplish this. officials in his have of these detainees could be brought to the united states and some could even be the united states. the disposition of the detainees

Saxby Chambliss

1:22:06 to 1:22:27( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: at guantanamo is not a new issue issue. over the past several years, the mi majority of detainees held at gitmo to other countries. however, the success of these transfers is mixed, at best. according to a defense intelligence agency report from december 2008, 18 former

Saxby Chambliss

1:22:28 to 1:22:48( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: detainees are confirmed and 43 are suspected of returning to the fight after b from guantanamo. this rresents a recidivism rate of over 11%. just two months later, this figure rose to 12%. these individuals do not even represent the dangerous terrorists that we

Saxby Chambliss

1:22:49 to 1:23:10( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: have captured. the most dangerous detainees remain at gitmo. this data has likely risen december, but the department of defense refuses to release the information under instructions from the administration. if we start to release or transfer the most hardened terrorists left at guantanamo,

Saxby Chambliss

1:23:11 to 1:23:32( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: these numbers will only increase further. one thing that is clear: we know that these detainees have remained loyal to al qaeda and osama bin laden despite being captured and remain a danger to our national security. we have statements from detainees vowin that it is their goal to kill americans,

Saxby Chambliss

1:23:33 to 1:23:53( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: claiming that they pray every day against the united states. al qaeda searches every day for operatives who can invade our enhanced security mechanisms in its quest to commit another attackgainst our homeland. it is important to rember that most detainees held at guantanamo were captured on the battlefields in afghanistan or

Saxby Chambliss

1:23:54 to 1:24:15( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: iraq and were determined to be a threat to our nation's security. whatever theiries to terrorist groups or activities, these individuals should never be given the privilege of crossing our borders, even if incarcerated. to do so would be nothing short of an invitation for al qaeda to operate inside our homeland.

Saxby Chambliss

1:24:16 to 1:24:36( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: k.s.m. and other high-value detainees at gitmo are no different and do not conceal their intent to harm americans if given the chance. my amendment would prevent those terrorists at gitmo from ever having that chance. article 1, section 8, of the constitution grants congress the right to establish a uniform

Saxby Chambliss

1:24:37 to 1:24:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: rule of naturalization. the supreme court has determined that the power of congress to exclude aliens from the united states and to proscribe the terms and conditions on which they come in is absolute. my legislation capitalizes on the clear and absolute authority of congress to determine who enters our borders by first

Saxby Chambliss

1:24:58 to 1:25:19( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: adding to the list of those inadmissible to the united states, those detained at gitmo as of january 1 of this year. however, because congress delegates to the executive branch parole authority, this administration could still bring those terrorists detained at

Saxby Chambliss

1:25:20 to 1:25:40( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: gitmo into the united states. parole authority is granted to the at aliens, who are otherwise not qualified for admission to the united states, permission to enter our country on a case-by-case basis, essentially a waiver for those who are otherwise inadmissible. although aliens paroled in t united states are not considered

Saxby Chambliss

1:25:41 to 1:26:02( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: admitted for purposes of our immigration laws, they are within the borders of our country and, therefore, become eligible to apply for asylum or seek other legal protections. to deal with this, my legislation also eliminates parole authority for the executive branch as it to those individuals detained at

Saxby Chambliss

1:26:03 to 1:26:26( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: guantanamo as of january 1, 2009 2009. as such, there is no bis for president obama to allow these detainees to be transferred to u.s. soil. the protecting america's communities act also provides protections for american citizens in the event that this president decides to try to exercise some other authority to bring these guantanamo detainees

Saxby Chambliss

1:26:27 to 1:26:48( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to the the authority granted him via article 2 of our constitution. again, we know that if the detainees were transferred to the united states, they would seek legal protection under the generous legal rights our constitution grants our citizens. however, our courts and our legal system were not established to try individuals

Saxby Chambliss

1:26:49 to 1:27:09( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: detained on the battlefield. because of the nature of the global war on terror and evidence from the battlefield or through intelligence, the detainees are unlikely to be suitable for prosecutn within the united states criminal courts. there is no c.s.i. kandahar in which evidence picked up off the

Saxby Chambliss

1:27:10 to 1:27:30( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: battlefield is carefully marked and the chainf custody is observed. there's too much at sta grant the unprecedented benefit of our legal system's complex procedural safuards to foreign nationals who were captured outside the united states during a time of war. allowing these terrorists to escape conviction or, worse yet,

Saxby Chambliss

1:27:31 to 1:27:51( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to be freed into the united states by our courts because of legal technicalities would tarnish the reputation of our legal system as one that is fair and just. prohibiting the detainees from entering into the united states protecting america's communities act does, is one small step in

Saxby Chambliss

1:27:52 to 1:28:13( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the right direction. further, if these individuals were to be states by president obama to be tried on our article 2 courts and not convicted, the only mechanism government to continue to detain these individuals would be via immigration law. however, the current immigration laws on our books are

Saxby Chambliss

1:28:14 to 1:28:35( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: insufficient to ensure tse detainees would be manned early to -- mdatorily detained and would continue to be detained until ey can succe removed from our borders. although i am adamantly opposed to briing any of these detaineeto the united state states -- and i do not believe that the president has independent authority to do s so -- i believe that we need

Saxby Chambliss

1:28:36 to 1:28:56( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: gislation to safeguard our citizens and our communities in the event that they are brought here. to that end, my legislation makes mandatory the detention of any gitmo detainee brought to the united states. it also strengthens and clarifies the authority of the secretary of the department of homeland security to detain any

Saxby Chambliss

1:28:57 to 1:29:19( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: of these gitmo detainees until they can be this statutory fix is needed because in court decided the case of zabadias v. davis, holding that unless there is a reasonable likelihood that an alien being held by the government will actually be repatriated to their government within a given period

Saxby Chambliss

1:29:20 to 1:29:43( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: of time, that alien must be released and cannot be detained by the united states government for more than six months. we all know that a major issue facing our country in dealing with these folks detaped at gitmo is -- detained at gitmo is finding a country to take them. for chinese uighurs being gitmo that have been cleared for

Saxby Chambliss

1:29:44 to 1:29:55( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: transfer to another country. however, the united states will not tyke them back to china -- will not take them back to china for fearing they will be unfairly treated by the chinese government and no other

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