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Senate Proceeding on Jun 10th, 2009 :: 0:19:50 to 0:29:20
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John Ensign

0:19:45 to 0:20:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: are confronted with the news this week of the first of what may be many deadly terrorists being transferred to american soil, i am still left to wonder what the administration's plan for the detention facility at antanamo bay really is. mr. ensign: i recently had the

John Ensign

0:19:50 to 0:29:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Ensign

John Ensign

0:20:06 to 0:20:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: privilege of visiting guantanamo bay. i went down there with senators barrasso, brownbacknd johanns. i would like to start out by saying how proud i am of the job of the men and women in uniform who are stationedded down there are doing. admiral dave thomas and his staff are doing an outstanding

John Ensign

0:20:27 to 0:20:51( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: job and their efforts need to be recognized much these are the kind of individuals who make america great and who keep us safe. this was the type of facility where you don't have a true understanding of is until you go down there and see it in person for yourself. i would actually encourage our

John Ensign

0:20:52 to 0:21:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: president to go down and see firsthand what guantanamo bay is really like, what the facility is like, how the prisoners are treated down there. as we are all aware, six months ago president obama set an an arbitrary timeline of

John Ensign

0:21:13 to 0:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: 2010 to close gitmo. it is now june and it appears he is no closer now this year's january in identifying what his plan is. we have still seen little more than political rhetoric and no concrete plan with how to deal with the prisoners currently being housed at gitmo. so my question to the administration: why are we

John Ensign

0:21:35 to 0:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: rushing to close this world-class facility without first having a plan in place? the administration should work with congress on a bipartisan basis to first come up with a plan if a plan is even possible. and then proceed from there. included in this population are

John Ensign

0:21:56 to 0:22:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: critical figures involved in the 9/11 attacks on the united states and the bombings of a u.s. warship, the u.s. cole. and also terrorists captured from the battlefield in afghanistan. as i stated earlier, one of the most deadly terrorists who was formerly at gitmo and directly

John Ensign

0:22:18 to 0:22:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: responsible for the death of 224 individuals is now in the united states. on our trip we were able to the security measures that have been put in place to evil individuals from escaping or doing harm. these individuals don't view

John Ensign

0:22:41 to 0:23:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: this war that we are in as a document that was found in an apartment of an al qaeda operative in manchester, england, appropriately entitled "the manchester document" lays out how terrorists should act if they're captured and sent down to guantanamo bay. according to the "manchester document" if an individual is

John Ensign

0:23:02 to 0:23:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: detained, he should insist on proving that torture was inflicted upon him, whether it was or not, this is what they -- what they want to use they want to try to show that torture was used on them. according to this document, they want to take advantage of visits to communicate with brothers

John Ensign

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

John Ensign: outside the prison and exchange information that may be helpful to them in their work outside of the prison. they are to master the art of hiding messages a provide information about the enemy's strengths, weaknesses, and movements of the enemy and its members. the terrorists practice this

John Ensign

0:23:45 to 0:24:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: doctrine on a daily basis. basis, they abuse our troops down at guantanamo bay. it isn't the other way around. as spokesman for the pentagon stated that 14% of the over 500 who were released from guantanamo bay have returned to

John Ensign

0:24:06 to 0:24:26( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: some sort of terrorist activity. 14%. some people say, boy, that's a very low recidivism rate. if we think about it, these are mass these are people who want to set out an destroy our country and kill as many americans as they can. do we really want to release

John Ensign

0:24:27 to 0:24:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: some of them on american soil, even if only 14% of them return. and by the way, the people who are released early, these over 500, those were the people who we actually thought were safe. the people who are still there are the most danrous. one of the people who was

John Ensign

0:24:48 to 0:25:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: transferred detonated a car bomb in iraq. another is now a leading al qaeda operative in yemen. and, as i said before, these were supposedly the safe ones. so what would happen if those currently at gitmo returned to the battlefield? mr. president, this document and

John Ensign

0:25:09 to 0:25:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: the actions of those detained at guantanamo bay illustrate what some in this congress seem to have forgotten, we, as are still at war. they are trying to gil americans an destroy -- to kill americans an destroy our very way of life. the prisoners at gitmo realize this, our troops realize this,

John Ensign

0:25:30 to 0:25:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: it is time that we here in washington, d.c., wake up and realize it as well. the facilities in gitmo are state of the art and are some of the most impressive that i've ever seen. and after touring the facilities down there, i believe that it would be next to, if not impossible, to recreate those facilities here in the united states.

John Ensign

0:25:51 to 0:26:13( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: partially because of the fiscal location of the facility itself. guantanamo bay is also the appropriate place to conduct military commissions. the privacy and seclusion of the unique courtroom facilities that have already been built there allow classified information to be protected and allow privacy

John Ensign

0:26:14 to 0:26:35( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: for the 9/11 families who are grieving who have chosen to watch the ongoings down there. too often we forget about those individuals. transferring these hardened terrorists to the facilities in the united states would make each of the facilities where they are transferred to communities in which they are

John Ensign

0:26:36 to 0:26:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: situated terrorist targets. let me repeat that. transferring these hardened terrorists to facilities in the united states would make each one the facilities that they are transferred to and the communities in situated terrorist targets.

John Ensign

0:26:58 to 0:27:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: so would you like to own a small business, gas station or convenience store around one of these prisons that house the terrorists? i know i wouldn't. another thing that struck me while i was down at guantanamo bay was the care and treatment of the detainees. every -- every effort is made to ensure that their religious

John Ensign

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

John Ensign: rights are respected. during my visit to the facility we even paused as part of our tour out of respect for prayer time for the detainees. in addition, there programs an resources provided -- and resources provided detainees with instruconal training and social recreation.

John Ensign

0:27:41 to 0:28:03( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: available to the detainees are over 13,000 books for them to read. 910 magazines, various newspapers in different languages that are distributed weekly. they have access to a vast collection of d.v.d.'s for the detainees. it's almost like they have netflix down there.

John Ensign

0:28:04 to 0:28:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: they also have satellite television, including al-jazeera aimeal-jazeera. detainees are pmitted quarterly phone calls. and received 22,000 pages of mail including privilege attorney-client mail. attorney-client mail as i said.

John Ensign

0:28:26 to 0:28:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: finally, we offer literacy classes, and art classes for the detainees. these detainees are provided better health care than a lot of americans are. does any of this sound like abuse? does any of it sound like abuse? in his first five months president obama has had to make some tough decisions. some of these decisions like his

John Ensign

0:28:48 to 0:29:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: afghan policy i publicly supported. he needs to realize, though, that on this issue of bringing these terrorists to the united states, there is strong bipartisan opposition. if the president were to go down to gitmo, tour the facilities and to be completely honest with himself, i believe that he would come to the same conclusion that i did.

John Ensign

0:29:11 to 0:29:21( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: in the end, there are no superior alternatives to guantanamo bay. the administration must answer this question: how does closing guantanamo, especially without a

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