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Senate Proceeding on May 23rd, 2011 :: 2:29:15 to 2:38:30
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Chuck Grassley

2:29:09 to 2:29:31( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: number of times, but it seems that in recent years we've been discussing only very short-term extensions of these critical tools. that is why i will support the cloture petition on moving to s. 1038 today. this legislation provides a four-year extension of the three

Chuck Grassley

2:29:15 to 2:38:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Chuck Grassley

Chuck Grassley

2:29:32 to 2:29:52( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: expiring provisions without any substantive changes to the existing authorities, and i believe there does not need to be changes to existing authorities. regardless of my support for today's cloture vote and support for the four-year extension, i want my colleagues to know that

Chuck Grassley

2:29:53 to 2:30:13( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: i support a permanent extension of the three expiring provisions. having this debate year after year offers little certainty to agents utilizing these provisions to combat terrorism. it also leads to operational uncertainty, jeopardizes collection of critical

Chuck Grassley

2:30:14 to 2:30:34( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: intelligence, and could lead to compliance and reporting problems if the reauthorization occurs too close to the expiration of the law and we're getting very close to that. if we believe that these tools are necessary -- and i clearly state i believe they are necessary -- we need to provide

Chuck Grassley

2:30:35 to 2:30:56( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: some certainty as opposed to simply revisiting the law year after year. given the indefinite threat that we face from acts of terrorism, it is my view that we should permanently reauthorize these three expiring provisions. this position is supported by

Chuck Grassley

2:30:57 to 2:31:18( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: agents on the ground using these tools every day. i have letters of support from the federal bureau of investigation agents association supporting a permanent reauthorization of the three expiring provisions. the federal law enforcement officers association also supports a permanent extension

Chuck Grassley

2:31:19 to 2:31:41( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: of the provisions. in fact, a very important passage of that letter states -- quote -- "crimes and terrorism will not sunset and are still targeting our nation and american citizens. just like handcuffs, the patriot

Chuck Grassley

2:31:42 to 2:32:03( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: act should be a permanent part of law enforcement arsenal." then we have another letter from the society of former special agents to the f.b.i., and that letter -- quote -- "we urge congress to reauthorize the expiring provisions of the patriot act permanently and without restrictions as the

Chuck Grassley

2:32:04 to 2:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: three expiring provisions are essential to the security of our country." end of quote. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that these letters be a part of the record. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. grassley: in addition to agents on the ground, we've heard strong support for extending the expiring provisions of the patriot act

Chuck Grassley

2:32:26 to 2:32:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: from members of the bush and obama administrations. we've heard testimony from the director of the f.b.i., the attorney general and the director of national intelligence about the strong need to reauthorize these provisions. these same offices have recommended extending the

Chuck Grassley

2:32:47 to 2:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: provisions regardless of political ideology, as both republican and democrat administrations have backed the extensions. the four-year extension we're voting on today is a step in the right direction. extending the three expiring provisions without any substantive amendment that would restrict or curtail the use of

Chuck Grassley

2:33:09 to 2:33:30( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: these tools is very important given the recent actions that led to the death of osama bin laden. now is not the time to place new restrictions and heighten evidentiary standards on critical national security tools.

Chuck Grassley

2:33:31 to 2:33:51( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: a lot has been said about these provisions, and unfortunately most of what has been said is incorrect. congress enacted these provisions and reauthorized them in 2005 following the 9/11 commission report which criticized the way our agents failed to piece together clues.

Chuck Grassley

2:33:52 to 2:34:12( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: in other words, to connect the dots. since that time the three expiring provisions have provided a great deal of information to agents that have helped thwart terrorist attacks. and let's be very basic, what is terrorism about? it's about killing people living in western europe and north america.

Chuck Grassley

2:34:13 to 2:34:33( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: they don't like us. they want to kill us. and we've got to prevent that. they can make continuing mistakes and not get their job done, but once the f.b.i. makes a mistake and lets one of them get away, it's a victory for the opposition.

Chuck Grassley

2:34:34 to 2:34:54( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: we can't afford a failure. now, examples along the lines that we can't have these failures, in testimony before the house judiciary committee, subcommittee on crime, terrorism and homeland security, robert litt, the general counsel of the office of the director of

Chuck Grassley

2:34:55 to 2:35:18( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: national intelligence, testified that a section 215 order was used as part of the investigation by the f.b.i. in

Chuck Grassley

2:35:19 to 2:35:39( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: the khalid aldawasa r eu who was arrested in texas recently. mr. litt also testified the 215 orders were utilized to obtain hotel records in the case where a suspected spy had arranged lodging for intelligence officers. he also discussed the roving wiretap provisions and how it is

Chuck Grassley

2:35:40 to 2:36:00( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: used to help agents track foreign agents operating inside the united states who switch cellular phones frequently to avoid being caught. these examples are limited not because the authorities aren't valuable, but because of how sensitive the investigations are

Chuck Grassley

2:36:01 to 2:36:22( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: that utilize these authorities. while the need for keeping personal national security matters classified may prevent the open discussion of further examples in this setting here on the floor of the senate, it is important to note that these provisions are constantly under strict scrutiny by the inspector

Chuck Grassley

2:36:23 to 2:36:43( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: general at the department of justice and by congressional oversight. in fact, in a march 2008 report, the justice department inspector general examined the f.b.i.'s use of section 215 orders and found -- quote -- "we did not identify any illegal use of section 15 authority." end of quote. further, there are no reported

Chuck Grassley

2:36:44 to 2:37:04( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: abuses of the roving surveillance authority and the lone wolf provision has not yet been utilized, so it is without abuse as well. while i tkpwhrae these three provisions -- while i agree these three provisions should be

Chuck Grassley

2:37:05 to 2:37:25( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: subject to strict scrutiny, oversight authority already exists in the law and does not provide authority for these tools to achieve the goal of oversight. as such, it is important that congress reauthorize these provisions quickly and without amendment. i urge my colleagues to vote in support of the cloture petition

Chuck Grassley

2:37:26 to 2:37:46( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: on the motion to proceed to s. 1038 because it provides a clean reauthorization of these very vital tools for four years without substantive changes. in other words, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. while four years is a far cry from the permanence that i feel is necessary on these

Chuck Grassley

2:37:47 to 2:38:07( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: provisions, it does provide more certainty and predictability than continuing to pass short-term extension after extension. i yield the floor. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the

Chuck Grassley

2:38:08 to 2:38:28( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: senator from kentucky. mr. paul: there's been a lot of discussion of the patriot act, and we're told basically we wouldn't be able to capture these terrorists if we didn't give up some of our liberties, if we didn't give up some of the fourth amendment and allow it to be easier for the police to come into our homes. we were so frightened after 9/11 that we readily gave up these freedoms. we said, well, the fourth

Chuck Grassley

2:38:29 to 2:38:31( Edit History Discussion )

Chuck Grassley: amendment is not that important. we'll just let the government

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