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Senate Proceeding on May 20th, 2009 :: 4:04:00 to 4:08:44
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Joseph Lieberman

4:03:56 to 4:04:18( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: help the administration in court and i want to thank senator lieberman, who above all else puts his country and the security of our men and women ahead of any political calculation. and with that, i very much appreciate his leadership and his friendship, and i'd like to recognize what h did. mr. lieberman: madam the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. lieberman: well, i thank my

Joseph Lieberman

4:04:00 to 4:08:44( Edit History Discussion )
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Joseph Lieberman

4:04:19 to 4:04:41( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: friend from south carolina for his kind words first but also again for working together on this in a bipartisan way. senator graham here in the united states senate, he serves in the united states air force. and when we travel with him, he usuall remains behind to do

Joseph Lieberman

4:04:42 to 4:05:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: some time, to be of service in the battle it's the kind of person he is. he's an extraordinarily skilled lawyer and we approached this trying to do what was right from a legal point of view but also understanding what the president president, to his great credit, understood and expressed in the decision he's made on these photos.

Joseph Lieberman

4:05:03 to 4:05:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: these are old photos. they -- they portray, i fear, behavior that is unacceptable and, in fact, has been made illegal by the detainee treatment act and the military commissions act, which senator graham played "the" leading part in drafting.

Joseph Lieberman

4:05:24 to 4:05:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and this behavior portrayed in these pictures already has also been made illegal by executive order of president obama. so what purpose is served by putting these pictures out what good purpose? none. it's a kind of voyeurism, frankly,

Joseph Lieberman

4:05:46 to 4:06:08( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: just for the sake of seeing the pictures. and maybe in a normal time that would be okay, probably would be be. disclosure and transparency are values that our -- our country, our government holds high, but there's something different now

Joseph Lieberman

4:06:09 to 4:06:30( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and this is what president obama recognized. we're at war. so when you're at war, you've got to ask the question that the president asked general petraeus, general odierno and others: will the public release of these pictures endanger america, american military

Joseph Lieberman

4:06:31 to 4:06:53( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: personnel, american government personnel serving overseas? and the answer came back loud and clear: mr. president. so then the president acting really with strength and decisiveness and stepping into what i'm sure he knew was a

Joseph Lieberman

4:06:54 to 4:07:14( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: politically controversial ground did what he thought was right for the country as commander in chief and i -- as senator graham said, we applaud him greatly for that. we're at war, and you don't do things when you're at war that

Joseph Lieberman

4:07:15 to 4:07:39( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: you might do at other times. but this proposal basically codifies into law the process that preside reaching the decision he made to fight the release of these pictures. and i have a full statement t i'd ask unanimous consent to enter into the record as if read. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. lieberman: but bottom line,

Joseph Lieberman

4:07:40 to 4:08:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i hope, again, this can be bipartisan amendment, which it is, but supported by members of the senate across the aisles. and when we do that, we're all going to be saying we know we're at war and that we have no higher responsibility than to protect the security of our country which would be endangered if these pictures go out and the security of our military personnel.

Joseph Lieberman

4:08:02 to 4:08:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i just want to say for a quick moment, and i speak now as chairman of the homeland security committee, which i'm privileged to lead, these pictures will be a recruiting device for al qaeda and the rest of the terrorist ilk, pictures will go up

Joseph Lieberman

4:08:23 to 4:08:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: instantaneously on jihadist terrorist recruiting web sites. and not just people elsewhere but people here in the u.s. be drawn to those web sites and perhaps pictures into a life of terrorism who central target

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