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Senate Proceeding on Jun 3rd, 2009 :: 0:21:30 to 0:29:20
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Joseph Lieberman

0:21:30 to 0:29:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Joseph Lieberman

0:21:31 to 0:21:51( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: quorum call: mr. lieberman: mr. president? the senator f mr. lieberman: i ask unanimous consent the call of the quorum be dispensed. .t objection, so ordered. mr. lieberman: i thank the chair. . president, i rise to speak in morning business about supporting president obama in his efforts to protect the safety and security of the

Joseph Lieberman

0:21:52 to 0:22:12( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: american people and american military and civilian personnel serving us all abroad. this gs to the question of the pending lawsuit by the american civil liberties union that would require the publication of various photographs

Joseph Lieberman

0:22:13 to 0:22:33( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: by americans of detainees. mr. president, on may 13 president obama announced he would not release 2,100 photographs predicting mistreat of detainees in united states custody. they, really, are what we would call prisoners of war but they have a lower status than that

Joseph Lieberman

0:22:34 to 0:22:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: under the geneva convention. many photographs were the subject of a freedom of information lawsuit filed by the american civil liberties union and others were discovered during internal department of defense investigations into detainee abuse. last fall, as part of that lawsuit, the second circuit court of appeals in new york ordered the release of

Joseph Lieberman

0:22:55 to 0:23:17( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: those photographs. but instead of appealing that decision to the supreme court at that time, government lawyers agreed to release the images as well as others that were par the internal department of defense investigation. senator graham and i strongly objected to that decision and

Joseph Lieberman

0:23:18 to 0:23:38( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: wrote a letter to the president we know photographs like the at iss in the aclu lawsuit are, in fact, used by islamist terrorists around the world to recruit followers and inspire attas against american

Joseph Lieberman

0:23:39 to 0:24:00( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: servicemen and women. in particular, there is compel images depicting detainee abuse add abu ghraib was a spur to the insurgency in iraq. and made troops to succeed safely in their mission there.

Joseph Lieberman

0:24:01 to 0:24:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: after consulting with his commanders on the ground including general petraeus, general odierno, president obama decided to reverse the decision of the government lawyers and fight the relea of these photographs and, of course, i feelery strongly tt he made not only a gutsy decision but entirely the right

Joseph Lieberman

0:24:23 to 0:24:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the president said in making that decision, -- and i quote -- "the publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding about what was carried out in the past by a s individuals. in fact, the most direct consequence of releasing them, i believe, would be to further inflame anti-american opinion

Joseph Lieberman

0:24:45 to 0:25:07( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and to put our troops in great danger." that was president obama. i strongly believe this decis was the right one by the president acting as commander in chief. it will protect our troops in iraq, afghanistan, and elsewhere and make it easier and safer for them to carry out the missions we asked them to carry out.

Joseph Lieberman

0:25:08 to 0:25:31( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in fact, this has become in recent days, i heard earlier around the time the president made the decision, after learning that of these photographs was either possible or likely -- before president obama's decision to appeal -- iraq's prime minister maliki said according to the

Joseph Lieberman

0:25:32 to 0:25:53( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: press "baghdad are released jeopardizing remarkable security gains our military and have achieved recent years and putting our troops and personnel at danger." to support the president's decision and establish a

Joseph Lieberman

0:25:54 to 0:26:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: procedure to protect the release of similar photographs in the future senator graham and i introduced the detainee act. that legislation would authorize the secretary of defense after consultation with the chairman of the joint chiefs to certify to the president that disclosure

Joseph Lieberman

0:26:16 to 0:26:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of photographs like the ones at issue in the aclu lawsuit would help danger the lives of citizens and armed services, codifying the exact process that president obama went through in arriving at release of these photos. also, the language of the bill

Joseph Lieberman

0:26:38 to 0:26:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: senator graham and i introduced is clear, we believe, in that it would apply to the current aclu lawsuit and block the release of these photographs and prevent the damage to american lives that would occur from that release. the senate unanimously supported

Joseph Lieberman

0:26:59 to 0:27:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the inclusion of a slightly modified version of the detainee photographic records protection act in the appropriations bill for the in iraq and the senate then approved the supplemental bill by a vote of 86-13 just before we broke for the memorial day recess. mr. president, i rise today, along with my friend and

Joseph Lieberman

0:27:20 to 0:27:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: colleague from south carolina, to strongly encourage our colleagues in the house on the conference committee to include the modified version of the photographic records protection act in the conference report that is currely being negotiated. we know that there are those who

Joseph Lieberman

0:27:41 to 0:28:02( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: are urging the conferees to delete this provision o water it that would be a terrible mistake as president obama well understands: nothing less than the safety and security and lives of our and women, not to mention our

Joseph Lieberman

0:28:03 to 0:28:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: nonmilitary personally deployed abroad, not to mention americans here at home and throughout the world who may be at risk of terrorist attack by an individual recruited to extremism and terrorism as a result of the anger spurred by the release of these

Joseph Lieberman

0:28:24 to 0:28:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: photographs. bottom line? american lives are at stake. senator graham and i feel so strongly about this exile just speak for myself here and allow him in a moment to speak for himself that any decision to eliminate this provision from

Joseph Lieberman

0:28:45 to 0:29:06( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the supplemental act or to water it down so it has no meaning would lead me, certainly, as much as i support what's in the supplemental appropriations act, to oppose that act because i think a failure to backup president obama in this matter wod be as

Joseph Lieberman

0:29:07 to 0:29:22( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i've said, compromise the safety and ultimately i lives of a lot of americans, particularly those in uniform. mr. president, i'm going to that unanimous consent the reminder of my statement be included in the record. the presiding office objection, so ordered. mr. lieberman: i would yield the floor at this time to my

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