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Senate Proceeding on Jul 8th, 2008 :: 2:09:52 to 2:14:10
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Arlen Specter

2:09:39 to 2:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

Arlen Specter: know what we're granting retroactive immunity on? mr. rockefeller: first of all, i should point out to the distinguished senator from pennsylvania that there was a period when members of the intelligence

John Rockefeller

2:09:52 to 2:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: committee, much less the judiciary committees, were not even able to go to the executivive office building to look at any of the orders that came down president, to attorney general, to national security

John Rockefeller

2:09:52 to 2:14:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

John Rockefeller

2:10:07 to 2:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: advisor and then letter to company. weren't allowed to do that. the chairman and the vice chairman were allowed to do that. nobody else was. that changed. and it changed because this senator and

John Rockefeller

2:10:29 to 2:10:47( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: a number of others put tremendous pressure because it was such a ridiculous situation that i couldn't even talk to my committee members about it so they expanded that to include not just committee members

John Rockefeller

2:10:47 to 2:11:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: but also staff from both intelligence and judiciary committees. so i would say to the good senator that intelligence is difficult, and it is difficult to legislate it on the floor of the senate.

John Rockefeller

2:11:05 to 2:11:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: if the standard is that the -- let me phrase it this way. there is, i think, a common view held by many that members of the intelligence committee and to some extent the judiciary committee, in fact, have

John Rockefeller

2:11:29 to 2:11:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the intelligence; they control the intelligence. it's all theirs. i want to debunk that right now. we control no intelligence. it's entirely controlled -- met ode out meted out or not -- by the executivive

John Rockefeller

2:11:46 to 2:12:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: branch. this executive branch has been extremely cautious, stingy, i would say uncontempt, undemocratic, this doing this. the good chairman of the state from missouri, he and i have fought like beers

John Rockefeller

2:12:04 to 2:12:31( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: bears to, expand the number of people who can have access but i cannot argue that the senator's point is worthy of thought. i think then one has to consider consider, are the people on the judiciary

John Rockefeller

2:12:31 to 2:12:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: committee and the people on the intelligence committee representative of good faith, people of reasonable intellect, people who know their business and people who exercise fair judgment? and that is why

John Rockefeller

2:12:50 to 2:13:06( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: -- i mean -- i've just been handed a note that says something which i've already said, that the public reporting accompanying the senate intelligence committee bill which details with a great deal of specificity

John Rockefeller

2:13:06 to 2:13:28( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: what the companies received from the federal government. that still don't allow me to argue the senator's point. it's just the peculiar and difficult nature of legislating intelligence legislation on

John Rockefeller

2:13:28 to 2:13:57( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: the floor of the senate. but it is not weakened by so doing because of what i've just indicated because of what the inspectors general -- granted, not in time for this -- will come up with, and, second,

John Rockefeller

2:13:57 to 2:14:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: what i call the high standard of people who serve on both the republican and democratic side of the senate and house judiciary and intelligence committee. mr. bond: mr. president, i would like to reclaim my time.

Arlen Specter

2:14:10 to 2:14:24( Edit History Discussion )

Arlen Specter: the presiding officer: there are 34 minutes remaining in opposition. the senator from pennsylvania retains the floor. mr. bond: i would like to retain my time. the presiding officer: the senator from

Arlen Specter

2:14:10 to 2:16:17( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Arlen Specter

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