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Senate Proceeding on Jul 9th, 2008 :: 1:05:22 to 1:19:05
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Jeff Bingaman

1:00:17 to 1:05:22( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Bingaman

Jeff Bingaman

1:05:08 to 1:05:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Bingaman: e-mail, telephone conversations and the like of millions and millions of americans over a period of five or six years in the wake of 9/11. as i've said repeatedly, had this gone on for months or years or

Christopher Dodd

1:05:22 to 1:05:35( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: a year or so, i wouldn't have raised any objection given the emotions surrounding the attack on our country. but this program, i suggest, would still be ongoing were it not for a whistle-blower that helped

Christopher Dodd

1:05:22 to 1:19:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Christopher Dodd

Christopher Dodd

1:05:35 to 1:05:47( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: identify the program. this is not an issue of whether or not we disagree at all with the importance of revising the fisa legislation, the foreign intelligence surveillance act, to comply with the needs

Christopher Dodd

1:05:47 to 1:06:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: as our enemies gather more sophisticated means by which they can do us harm. it is the age-old question that has confronted this republic of ours for 232 years, and that is: how do you balance

Christopher Dodd

1:06:03 to 1:06:16( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: security with simultaneously protecting the rights under our constitution? every generation that has preceded us has wrestled with this question. the one issue we don't subscribe to is the notion that in order

Christopher Dodd

1:06:16 to 1:06:27( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: to be more secure, you have to give up rights. that is a fundamentally flawed idea. and every generation that has suggested it, adopted it, has regretted it in one case after another, whether it was the

Christopher Dodd

1:06:27 to 1:06:42( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: internment of japanese-americans out of fear or other such cases. in every instance that we've abandoned rights for security, we have come to regret it deeply. and so this morning i offer once again

Christopher Dodd

1:06:42 to 1:07:12( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: this idea, allow the judiciary to do its job. that's what they exist for. it's what the founders educated a coequal three branches of government -- an executive, legislative and judicial branch. we're

Christopher Dodd

1:07:12 to 1:07:29( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: not decidin the case. we're really saying the courts ought to do that. retroactive immunity for companies may have broken the law. they may well soon becoming the law. in my view, this matter will

Christopher Dodd

1:07:29 to 1:07:43( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: not end today, regardless of what we do here, this will end up in the courts. and there not only the wisdom of granting retroactive immunity these companies will be questioned, but more importantly,

Christopher Dodd

1:07:43 to 1:07:58( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the constutionality of that decision. i've spoken at length here about thisis legislation subjugates the role of the courts. even as this body moves forward, mr. president, with this bill, opponents

Christopher Dodd

1:07:58 to 1:08:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: of retroactive immunity can take some solace in knowing that it will still ultimately be the judiciary that decides the constutionality of this action. it can hardly -- as the framers intended. i can

1:08:17 to 1:08:32( Edit History Discussion )

hardly see how it would have been otherwise, or how it would pass muster with our founders. it was, after all, james madison, mr. president, who said -- and i quote -- "i believe there are more

1:08:32 to 1:08:44( Edit History Discussion )

instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. he spoke those words, mr. president, at the virginia

Christopher Dodd

1:08:44 to 1:08:57( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: convention to ratify the united states constitution. i can hardly see how a man who did not simply utter such sentiments, but rather sacrificed everything in the name of them could have envisioned

Christopher Dodd

1:08:57 to 1:09:10( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: america ceding her hard-fought liberty in a moment ofear or weakness. is this the -- is this bill constitutional? this is not for me or any one of us to decide here. i'm not a judge. none of us are. we're

Christopher Dodd

1:09:10 to 1:09:22( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: not a jury in this case. none of us are. we're united states senators who treasure the document that we've sworn to uphold and keep a copy, as i do every day of my life, going back the 27 years that

Christopher Dodd

1:09:22 to 1:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: i've served in this body. what is for this body to decide is how we best safeguard our nation's security. greater security for our citizens is what, of course, all c of us want from this bill. but

Christopher Dodd

1:09:41 to 1:09:52( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: if we've learned tpraepbg this administration, it is that there is a right way to protect our nation and a wrong way. we've learned that even with those of us in this body who act with even the best

Christopher Dodd

1:09:52 to 1:10:01( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: of intentions, we can still do lasting damage because we are not, with foresight -- we're not acting with foresight and prudence, but with i am pulsativeness and in too many cases -- impulsiveness

Christopher Dodd

1:10:01 to 1:10:19( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: and in too many cases out of fear. no one suggests we do not have an obligation to monitor terrorist communications with the utmost of vigilance. i want to make sure the government has every tool

Christopher Dodd

1:10:19 to 1:10:37( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: it needs to do so. i have no interest in denying our government what it needs to make our country safe. i want our president to have the capabilities to stop terrorists before they act, before

Christopher Dodd

1:10:37 to 1:10:53( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: they inflict harm on our country, our communities and our families. i think we can and must do that in a way that balances national security with our rights and liberties. but for reasons i've described

Christopher Dodd

1:10:53 to 1:11:06( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: at length in previous debates, this so-called compromise strikes no balance at all, in my view. let us be very clear. the courts have continuously shown an ability to handle cases with sensitive

Christopher Dodd

1:11:06 to 1:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: security issues. chief judge vaughn walker, ronald reagan appointee to the district court, by the way, to the district of california was virtually overseeing all the cases challenging the n.s.a.'s

Christopher Dodd

1:11:17 to 1:11:33( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: warrantls wiretapping program demonstrated this once again. in a case against the government george walker recently ruled -- and i quote -- "fisa s -- this ruling suggests in case against telecommunications

Christopher Dodd

1:11:33 to 1:11:44( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: companies they'll be able to defend themselves. at the very least, this decision highlights how premature it would be for this congress to grant retroactive immunity at this time. the sum and substance

Christopher Dodd

1:11:44 to 1:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: of our tkpwraouplt is very simply this -- argument is very simply this: now is not the time to close the courthouse doors on this issue. mr. president, i can't say it enough. my trust remains in

Christopher Dodd

1:11:57 to 1:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: the courts in cases argued openly, in judges who preside over them and in juries of american citizens who decide them. our courts should not be -- should rather be a source of our pride, not our embarrassment.

Christopher Dodd

1:12:12 to 1:12:22( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: they deserve the chance to do the jobs the framers intended them to do. as complex, as diverse, as relentless, as the assault on the rule of law has been, our answer to it is a simple one. far

Christopher Dodd

1:12:22 to 1:12:35( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: more than any president's lawlessness, the american way of justice remains deep lip rooted in our characters of people -- deeply rooted in our characters of people that no president can disturb. that

Christopher Dodd

1:12:35 to 1:12:44( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: is why even on this day i remain full of hope and faith that we can unite security and justice because we already have over the generations. mr. president, i harbor no illusions about what is

Christopher Dodd

1:12:44 to 1:12:59( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: about to happen with this legislation or its consequences. even as this long fight draws to a close it is worth pausing for a moments to recognize those who have joined us in writing its many chapters.

Christopher Dodd

1:12:59 to 1:13:16( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: they have not been written by any one hand alone. senator russ feingold of wisconsin has fought this battle with me from the very beginning. his leadership has been articulate, his commitment unwavering and

Christopher Dodd

1:13:16 to 1:13:33( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: unyielding. the senator from vermont, senator leahy, chairman of the judiciary committee, who fought valiantly to bring the senate judiciary committee version of this bill that he crafted to the

Christopher Dodd

1:13:33 to 1:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: floor of this body. he's been a staunch opponent of retroactive immunity. the majority leader, harry reid of nevada, has stood with us on this fight. i want to thank him for it as well. it's not been

Christopher Dodd

1:13:50 to 1:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: easy to be the majority leader, taking the position he has and also managing this bill to move forward. but even as he fought and sought to balance his personal opposition to retroactive immunity with

Christopher Dodd

1:14:06 to 1:14:29( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: his responsibilities to move this legislation as leader, he has given us every opportunity to speak out against this legislation. he has worked hard to ensure the world's foremost deliberative body,

Christopher Dodd

1:14:29 to 1:14:47( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: as we're sometimes called, would indeed be offered the chance to deliberate over a matter that goes to the very core of who we are as a republic. congress has passed, i cannot say with certainty

Christopher Dodd

1:14:47 to 1:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: that my colleagues and i i would have given the opportunity. lastly i want to thank those who took to the blogs, gathered signatures, on-line petitions, created a movement behind the issue, men and

Christopher Dodd

1:15:07 to 1:15:20( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: women young and old who stood up, spoke out, gave us the strength to carry on in this fight, not one of them had to be involved but they chose to become involved for one reason and one reason alone:

Christopher Dodd

1:15:20 to 1:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: their deep love of this country and its constitution and its liberties. they remind us that the silent encroachment of those in power, as madison spoke of, can in fact be heard if only we're willing to

Christopher Dodd

1:15:32 to 1:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: listen. all of us -- my colleagues and citizens around the country -- share a fundamental belief in our constitution, mr. president. we believe our constitution isn't incidental to our security, but

Christopher Dodd

1:15:46 to 1:16:03( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: rather is its very foundation. this notion that it is the rule of law that keeps it safe should not be controversial, should not be a partisan divide. i take a back seat as no one does when it comes

Christopher Dodd

1:16:03 to 1:16:13( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: to protecting america's safety and security, but if history has taught us anything, it simply isn't to sacrifice our freedoms. it -- i do not believe history will judge this president kindly for

Christopher Dodd

1:16:13 to 1:16:26( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: his contempt of the rule of law but will history be kinder to us who have served as these transgressions gather on our watch. i have two young daughters. their generation is going to ask their parents

Christopher Dodd

1:16:26 to 1:16:49( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: and grandparents some very poignant questions: where were you when the president asked you to repudiate the geneva conventions and strip away the rights of habeas corpus? as of today, they will ask:

Christopher Dodd

1:16:49 to 1:17:01( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: where were you when congress was persuaded to she will wealthy corporations that they may have knowingly acted outside of the law to spy on our fellow citizens? where were we in that debate?~ history will

Christopher Dodd

1:17:01 to 1:17:13( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: not forget our role in any of this. just as surely as subsequent generations will ask us all of those questions, it will be clear that we failed to ask ourselves one question, does america stand

Christopher Dodd

1:17:13 to 1:17:27( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: for the rule of law or of men? that question never goes away. it is the same question asked for more than two centuries. it has been with us these past seven years in strong and poignant ways. it will

Christopher Dodd

1:17:27 to 1:17:42( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: haunt us long after this bill passes, long after this administration recedes into history. long after all have passed into history ourselves. indeed generations of leaders and free societies have struggled

Christopher Dodd

1:17:42 to 1:17:56( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: to answer the question for thousands of years. that is the question every generation must answer for themselves. it is a battle for the american soul waged between our better angels an worst fears.

Christopher Dodd

1:17:56 to 1:18:10( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: our founders answered the question correctly. i asked the question, will we? mr. president, let me close with one of my favorite quotations, one i have recited many times on the floor of this chamber, it from

Christopher Dodd

1:18:10 to 1:18:25( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: justice robert jackson's statements during the nuremberg trials in july of 1945, he said that four generations flush with victory and strong with injury stayed the hands of vengeance by voluntary

Christopher Dodd

1:18:25 to 1:18:39( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: submitting their captive enemies to the judgment of the rule of law. it is one of the most significant tributes that power has ever paid to reason. end of quote. mr. president, the tribute that power

Christopher Dodd

1:18:39 to 1:18:51( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: owes to reason is as clear today as when those words were spoken more than a half century ago. that america stands for a transcendent idea. the idea that laws should rule, not men. the idea that the

Christopher Dodd

1:18:51 to 1:19:05( Edit History Discussion )

Christopher Dodd: constitution does not get suspended for vengeance. the idea that when this nation begins to tailor its eternal principles to the conflict of the moment, it riskses walking in the footsteps of the

John Rockefeller

1:19:05 to 1:19:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Rockefeller: enemies we tees spice. as margaret thatcher said, when law ends, tyranny begins. today let us pay tribute to power owes to reason with this votes. i implore my colleagues to vote against retroactive

John Rockefeller

1:19:05 to 1:37:02( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Rockefeller

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