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Senate Proceeding on May 23rd, 2011 :: 2:49:55 to 2:55:50
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Saxby Chambliss

2:49:41 to 2:50:02( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: rise in support of invoking cloture on the motion to proceed to s. 1038, the patriot sunset extension act of 2011. in four days on may 27, fisa provisions, the lone wolf, roving wiretap and two section 315 authorities will expire unless congress acts to reauthorize them. the house has been working on a

Saxby Chambliss

2:49:55 to 2:55:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

2:50:03 to 2:50:28( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: bill, h.r. 1800, that would make the lone wolf provision permanent and extend the other two provisions until december, 2017. senator feinstein and leahy have sponsored bills that would, among other things, extend all three provisions until december, 2013. it seems to me that 1038 with its extension of the three

Saxby Chambliss

2:50:29 to 2:50:50( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: sunsets until june 1, 2015, is a reasonable compromise. although i believe that each one of these two should be made permanent, this bill will ensure that our intelligence professionals have the tools they need to keep our nation safe. there is little disagreement that these provisions should and must be reauthorized. f.b.i. director robert mueller has testified repeatedly that each one of these provisions is

Saxby Chambliss

2:50:51 to 2:51:11( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: important to both national security as well as criminal investigations, but the importance does not end there. because of enhanced information-sharing rules and procedures, other parts of the intelligence community like the national counterterrorism center and the national counterproliferation center,

Saxby Chambliss

2:51:12 to 2:51:33( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: often depend on the information collected under these provisions. losing or changing these authorities could adversely impact the intelligence community's ability to analyze and share important national intelligence information. according to director mueller, with all the new technology, it is easy for a terrorist target

Saxby Chambliss

2:51:34 to 2:51:54( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: to buy four or five cell phones, use them in quick succession, and then dump them to avoid being intercepted. he has testified that the ability to track terrorists when they do this is tremendously important. i couldn't agree more because it's pretty obvious those guys are up to something and it's not good. our enemies often know our own

Saxby Chambliss

2:51:55 to 2:52:15( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: laws better than we do. they understand the hoops and hurdles the government must clear to catch up to or stay ahead of them. keep in mind that the f.b.i. cannot use a roving wiretap until a court finds probable cause to believe that the target is an agent of a foreign power.

Saxby Chambliss

2:52:16 to 2:52:36( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: some critics claim the provision allows the f.b.i. to avoid meeting probable cause as surveillance moves from phone to phone. this claim is simply not accurate. as every roving wiretap must be approved by a fisa court judge. if a target changes a cell phone and the f.b.i. moves to surveil

Saxby Chambliss

2:52:37 to 2:52:58( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: a new phone, the court is notified of that change. all of the prebz -- protections for u.s. person information that apply to any other fisa wiretap also applies to roving wiretaps. in short, while this authority is a tremendous asset for the f.b.i. and has been used 140 times over the past five years,

Saxby Chambliss

2:52:59 to 2:53:20( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: it poses no additional civil liberties concerns and it should be renewed without delay. with regard to section 215, the business records act, over the past several years, the rallying cry against the patriot act has centered on section 215, fisa business records authority. section 215 allows the f.b.i. to

Saxby Chambliss

2:53:21 to 2:53:41( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: seek fisa court authority to obtain business records such as hotel information or travel records. as with each one of the expiring provisions, the f.b.i. must meet the statutory standard of proof. the inspector general from the department of justice conducted several audits of the f.b.i.'s use of section 215 orders and

Saxby Chambliss

2:53:42 to 2:54:03( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: found no abuses of the authority. director mueller testified that the business records sought by the f.b.i. and terrorism investigations are absolutely essential to identifying other persons who may be involved in terrorist activities. the lone wolf provision, the sole expiring provision under the patriot act that has not

Saxby Chambliss

2:54:04 to 2:54:25( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: been used by the f.b.i. prompting some critics to demand its repeal is the lone wolf definition of an agent of a foreign power. recent events have demonstrated that self-radicalizing individuals with no clear affiliation to existing terrorist groups are a growing threat to national security.

Saxby Chambliss

2:54:26 to 2:54:47( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the lone wolf provision provides a counter to that threat, at least in the cases of a non-u.s. person who is readily identifiable with a particular foreign power. the lone wolf provision is a necessary tool that will only need to be used in limited circumstances. it's kind of like those in case of emergency break glass boxes

Saxby Chambliss

2:54:48 to 2:55:10( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: that cover certain fire alarms and equipment. while we may not use it too much, we will certainly wish we had it when the right situation comes up. in conclusion, i am grateful for the leadership of senators reid and mcconnell on this crucial piece of legislation. this bill will ensure that our intelligence and law enforcement professionals can continue doing

Saxby Chambliss

2:55:11 to 2:55:31( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: what they do best, without any additional restrictions. our nation has been fortunate to have not suffered a sequel to the 9/11 attacks, and much of the credit goes to the dedicated work of our intelligence and law enforcement professionals. we owe them not only our thanks but the recognition that their jobs are as difficult as it is,

Saxby Chambliss

2:55:32 to 2:55:50( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: and we should not be taking any steps that will make their responsibility to protect this country any more difficult. mr. president, i urge the vote in support of invoking cloture on the motion to proceed, and i yield the floor and suggest absence of a quorum.

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