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Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: at that time. later we expect to see an amendment by virginia senator jim webb dealing with out of combat or time off requirements for u.s. troops. now live to the senate floor. the presiding officer:

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: the senate will come to order. the chaplain will now lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pchray. eternal lord god, you promised that those who passionately seek you, will find you. so we fervently

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: ask for your presence. deliver us from worries and detractions that hinder our pursuit of you and guard our hearts and minds with your peace as frail children of time and fate,

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: we're lost without the wisdom of your providence. speak to our leaders and draw them into intimacy with you. remind them that neither death nor life, angels or prince palts, powers or things present or things to come,

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: heights or depths, can separate them from your love. rescue them from misplaced priorities that major in minors and minor in majors. keep their minds alert and their hearts at full attention as they

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: wait for the unfolding of your will. we pray in your hallowed name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states

Rear Adm. Barry Black

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Rear Adm. Barry Black: of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: clerk: washington, d.c., september 19, 2007. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable benjamin rdin, a senator

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: from the state of maryland, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: robert c. byrd, president pro tempore. the presiding officer: the majority leader is recognized. kid kid this morning the senate

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: will resume debate open the department of defense authorization measure and have a period of an hour to discuss the specter-leahy habeas corpus amendment prior to a vote to invoke cloture. members

Harry Reid

0:02:58 to 0:03:12( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: have until 10 00 to file germane second-degree amendments to the pending amendment. yesterday there were amendments with respect to restructuring the debate format for the iraq amendments and the

Harry Reid

0:03:12 to 0:03:25( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: defense authorization bill. our staffs have been working on this and we hope something can be worked out on that. mr. president, additionally other members have amendments on various topics dealing

Harry Reid

0:03:25 to 0:03:39( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: with the defense authorization bill. we hope we can get a process going where we can move through these as rapidly as possible. i announced yesterday that we would vote "no" later than 10:30 a.m.

Harry Reid

0:03:39 to 0:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: this friday because of the jewish holiday which begins at sundown. some members need that time to fly to their homes to be ready for yom kippur that starts, as i indicated, at sundown. we are also

Harry Reid

0:03:51 to 0:04:04( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: going to have a vote at noon on monday everyone should be aware. i am -- and it is not going to be a judge's vote. it will be an important vote. i'm well aware of the many schedule issues facing

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: members. we have so much work to do prior to the scheduled columbus day recess. we have to extend a number of bills because of the fiscal year ending. i encourage members to be mindful of the schedule and

Harry Reid

0:04:19 to 0:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: need for flexibility. mr. president, i would ask consent the distinguished senator from oklahoma be allowed to speak for up to seven minutes on an issue dealing with the war in iraq, a fallen soldier; that

Harry Reid

0:04:28 to 0:04:52( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: that time not be taken away from the debate on the habeas corpus amendment. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. reid: thank you very much, mr. president. these remarks are

Harry Reid

0:04:52 to 0:05:08( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: so important. i have had the duty -- i feel it's my duty to call home and speak to 55 mothers and fathers and husbands and wives and children of nevadans who have died in the war. it is a difficult

Harry Reid

0:05:08 to 0:05:23( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: situation. last week i talked to a grandmother whose 19-year-old grandson was -- committed suicide a week after he went back for a second tour of duty. he killed himself in iraq. these are real

Harry Reid

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Harry Reid: difficult situations. i know how strongly members feel. so, i certainly appreciate the feeling of the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma

Harry Reid

0:05:36 to 0:05:56( Edit History Discussion )

Harry Reid: is recognized. mr. inhofe: i thank the majority leader for his comments will it would be my intention after i conclude my remarks concerning a fallen marine that the floor be given to the senator from south

James Inhofe

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James Inhofe: carolina, senator lindsay graham for a period of approximately 15 minutes. mr. president, today i rise to remember the life of one of america's heroes, marine corporal david, jeremy david allball

James Inhofe

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Speech By: James Inhofe

James Inhofe

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James Inhofe: from luther, oklahoma, graduating from nearby para high school and before graduating he was chosen to be a united states marine in the first batallion marines. he died on july 5th conducting combat

James Inhofe

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James Inhofe: operations in al anbar province when the humvee was struck by an improvised explosive device. there are no words that can truly express the dedication and self-lessness of this young marine. there are

James Inhofe

0:06:41 to 0:06:57( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: no words that can adequately convey our authority thoughts to his family for their loss. they have given everything for our country, something many find difficult to comprehend and a sacrifice fewer

James Inhofe

0:06:57 to 0:07:09( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: will ever face. i will say these words so as to honor jeremy's last request, a request which america will always oblige her heroes which was "remember me." just before deploying to iraq with his mare unit,

James Inhofe

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James Inhofe: jeremy had a conversation with his brother, army second lieutenant jason allball in which jeremy made two simple requests: if something happens to me, do me a favor, jeremy said. do two things for me:

James Inhofe

0:07:25 to 0:07:41( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: take care of mom and dad and remember me. junior my, jeremy, we remember your life of service and thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation. growing up, jeremy seems destined

James Inhofe

0:07:41 to 0:07:54( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: to become a marine. his brother, jason and i visited with him and said as far back as he could remember, jeremy wanted to be a marine. most kids had the conventional costumes on halloween but jeremy

James Inhofe

0:07:54 to 0:08:07( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: wore fatigues and a backpack to school. his dream bake reality three years ago when two months shy of his 18th birthday, and prior to graduating from high school, jeremy joined the marine corps. his

James Inhofe

0:08:07 to 0:08:19( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: father, john, and his mother, jennifer, seeing how much jeremy loved his country and his desire to serve, supported his decision and gave their permission. that decision could not have been an easy

James Inhofe

0:08:19 to 0:08:34( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: one. all parents can understand their concern, especially papers of our service members who face the possibility that their son or daughter could seek combat in iraq, afghanistan or any place else

James Inhofe

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James Inhofe: in the world. though their concern was great, i'm sure it was surpassed only by the enormous pride they felt for their son, jeremy. jeremy, driven by a sense of duty, was willing to leave the comfort of his

James Inhofe

0:08:46 to 0:08:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: family and friends and the life he knew and answer his call for his country. jeremy arrived in iraq this past april. jennifer said that in jeremy's weekly phone calls he gave the family a much different

James Inhofe

0:08:59 to 0:09:14( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: picture of what was going on in iraq compared to what was being reported in the media. there were a lot of good things being done there. jeremy told his family there were neighborhood watch programs,

James Inhofe

0:09:14 to 0:09:28( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: new schools, hospitals, clinics being built in the area he was asiepd. i know this -- where he was assigned. i know this is true because i saw it for myself in some 15 trips in the areas of operation in

James Inhofe

0:09:28 to 0:09:40( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: iraq. when asked how the local iraqi people treated the marines "they appreciate what we do." jeremy believed in the positive changes he saw happening in iraq and loved being part of it. jennifer wishes

James Inhofe

0:09:40 to 0:09:56( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: so desperately that the american people really knew and understood the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. she hopes that more people will start to talk firsthand to our troops who are over there

James Inhofe

0:09:56 to 0:10:15( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: not only to politicians here in washington. i, too, wish more people would talk to our troops who are over there and see their pride, courage, sense of honor and duty. jeremy ex-willbly filed these

James Inhofe

0:10:15 to 0:10:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: -- exemplified these qualities. jennifer knows that people would be talking to men and women like her own son. like so many of america's fallen heroes, jeremy was young, only 21 years old within an i.e.d.

James Inhofe

0:10:29 to 0:10:44( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: took his life. he joined the marine corps after 9/11. he knew what it meant to serve. he knew what it meant to be a marine. he knew what chances he was taking. jeremy's courage and self-lessness are

James Inhofe

0:10:44 to 0:10:57( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: common for someone like him serving. perhaps his last win, the wish that he be remembered, was his most self-less act. when we remember jeremy we will remember that which is great about our country and

James Inhofe

0:10:57 to 0:11:12( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: his death will force us to remember the sacrifices of those throughout our history who have given their lives in defense of the nation. we remember and we will always remember. reverend jeff coke, pastor

James Inhofe

0:11:12 to 0:11:25( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: of the first christian church where jeremy was honored before being laid to rest said that jeremy paid the ultimate sacrifice so tonight we can sleep easy. i, too, believe this, mr. president. because

James Inhofe

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James Inhofe: of jeremy's sacrifice, america can sleep easier but i will rest easier knowing that jeremy lived and know there are rare men and women like jeremy out there, right now, protecting our lives and

James Inhofe

0:11:35 to 0:12:00( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: our freedom and our liberties in this long war against terrorism and tyranny, america will continue to rely on men and women like jeremy, men and women who have been called to duty, men and women

James Inhofe

0:12:00 to 0:12:25( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: willing to put service before self. we will remember the life of jeremy david allball and remember and pray for his father, his mother, father, his grants, and sisters and brother, and today on this deliberative

James Inhofe

0:12:25 to 0:12:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: body we mourn jeremy's passing and forever honor and remember his life. jeremy allball is a living memory to us, of what is really great about america. so, we say, "rest easy, jeremy." semperfidelis.

James Inhofe

0:12:33 to 0:12:49( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: i recognize the senator from south carolina. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, the senate will resume consideration of h.r.

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:12:49 to 0:13:00( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: 1585, the department of defenseuthorization act. the clerk will report. the clerk: calendar 189, h.r. 1585, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2008 for military activities of the department of

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:13:00 to 0:13:16( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: defense and so forth and for other purposes. the presiding officer: under the previous order the senate will proceed to 60 minutes of debate prior to a vote on the motion to invoke cloture on amendment

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:13:16 to 0:13:25( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: 2022 offered by the senator from michigan, mr. levin, with the team equally divided and controlled between the leaders or their designees. who yields time? the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: i yield

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:13:25 to 0:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: to the senator from southna carolina. the presiding officer: the senator from south carolina is recognized. mr. graham: i compliment senator inhofe on that moving tribute to a fallen marine. the issue

Lindsey Graham

0:13:38 to 0:13:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: we have before the senate is one of great importance to the country. it will affect the future of this bill. it really will affect the national security needs of our need. it is a bit complicated but

Lindsey Graham

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Speech By: Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

0:13:50 to 0:14:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: at the end of the day it is not difficult to get your happens around. we're talking about a habeas corpus amendment to the defense authorization bill that will confer upon any combatants housed at guantanamo bay,

Lindsey Graham

0:14:02 to 0:14:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: and maybe or places, the ability as an enemy prisoner to go to federal court of their choosing to bring lawsuits against the government, against the military -- something never been granted to any other

Lindsey Graham

0:14:12 to 0:14:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: priz increase in any other war -- prisoner in any other war. we had thousands of japanese prisoners housed on american territory in world war ii and not one of the germans or japanese prisoners

Lindsey Graham

0:14:25 to 0:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: were allowed to go it federal court to sue the troops that caught them on the battlefield or the government holding them in detention as prisoner of war. to start that process now would be, i think,

Lindsey Graham

0:14:38 to 0:14:50( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: an absolute disaster for this country and has never been done before and should not be done now.| now, the history of this issue. guantanamo bay is the place where international terrorists are sent, people

Lindsey Graham

0:14:50 to 0:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: involved in -- suspected of being involved in the war on terror. sheikh mohammed is there. some very high-value targets are there. bin laden's driver, people that have been involved with al qaeda

Lindsey Graham

0:15:00 to 0:15:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: activity and other terrorist groups are housed at guantanamo bay under the theory that they're an unlawful enemy combatant.mb they do not wear a uniform like the germans and the japanese but they're

Lindsey Graham

0:15:11 to 0:15:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: very much at war with this country. they attack civilians randomly. nothing is out of bounds in terms of their conduct. so they fit the definition if there ever was one of an unlawful enemy combatant.

Lindsey Graham

0:15:23 to 0:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: what they do in the law of war is unlawful and they certainly are enemies of this country. sheikh mohammed's transcript regarding his combat status review tribunal, take time to read it. i can assure

Lindsey Graham

0:15:35 to 0:15:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: you, he's at war with us. we need to be at war with him. the basic premise that i've been pushing now for years is that the attacks of 9/11 against the world trade center, against the pentagon, the

Lindsey Graham

0:15:46 to 0:15:56( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: hijacking of the airplanes were -- was an act of war. it would be a huge mistake for this country to look at the attacks of 9/11 as criminal activity. we're at war, and we should be applying the law

Lindsey Graham

0:15:56 to 0:16:10( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of armed conflict. the people that we're fighting very much fall into the category of warriors based on their actions and their own words. well, what is the law of armed conflict? the law of armed

Lindsey Graham

0:16:10 to 0:16:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: conflict is governed by a lot of international treaties, the uniform code of military justice, and american case law. what rights does an unlawful enemy combatant have? well, our court looked at guantanamo

Lindsey Graham

0:16:26 to 0:16:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: bay. habeas petitions were filed by detainees at guantanamo bay alleging that they were improperly held. the u.s. supreme court in the rasul vs. bush decision in 2004 said there's a congressional

Lindsey Graham

0:16:36 to 0:16:47( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: statute 2, 241, that deals with habeas -- statute, 2241, that deals with habeas rights created by statute. the government argued that guantanamo bay was outside the jurisdiction of federal courts. it

Lindsey Graham

0:16:47 to 0:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: was not part of the united states. the supreme court said, no, wait a minute. guantanamo bay is effectively controlled by the navy. it is part of the united states. the question for the court: did

Lindsey Graham

0:17:07 to 0:17:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the congress under 2241 intend to exclude al qaeda from the statute? and the answer was congress had taken no action. so the issue six years after the war started here, does the congress wish to confer

Lindsey Graham

0:17:19 to 0:17:32( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: upon enemy combatant terrorists housed at guantanamo bay habeas corpus rights under section 2241 2241, a statute that we wrote? that's the issue. now, imagine, after 9/11 someone come on the floor

Lindsey Graham

0:17:32 to 0:17:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: of the senate and -- and make a -- makes the proposal, in case we catch anybody who attacked us on 9/11, i want to make sure they have the right of habeas corpus under 2241 because i want to make

Lindsey Graham

0:17:46 to 0:18:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: sure their rights are -- are -- exceed any other prisoner in any other war? i think you would have gotten zero votes. well, that's the issue. now, last year congress spoke to the courts, and the

Lindsey Graham

0:18:02 to 0:18:14( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: d.c. circuit court of appeals understood what we were saying. congress affirmatively struck from the -- from 2241 the ability of a noncitizen -- noncitizen alien enemy combatant to have accesso federal court

Lindsey Graham

0:18:14 to 0:18:25( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: under the habeas statute. why is that so important? from a military point of view, it is hugely important. ushedz under the law of armed conflict, if there's -- under the law of armed conflict, if there's

Lindsey Graham

0:18:25 to 0:18:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: a question of status, is the person a civilian, are they part of an organized group, are they an unlawful combatant? there are many different categories that can be conferred upon someone captured

Lindsey Graham

0:18:40 to 0:18:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: on a battlefield. under geneva convention article 15, a competent tribunal should be impaneled -- usually one person -- to determine questions of status and the only requirement is they be impartial.

Lindsey Graham

0:18:52 to 0:19:04( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: the -- the question of who an enemy combatant is is a military decision. we should not allow federal judges through habeas petitions to take away from the united states military what is an effectively military

Lindsey Graham

0:19:04 to 0:19:18( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: function of labeling who the enemies of america are. they're not trained for that. our judges don't have the military -- the military background to make decisions as who -- as who the enemy force is

Lindsey Graham

0:19:18 to 0:19:31( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: and how they operate. so a habeas petition would really intrude into the military's ability to manage this war. because if habeas rights were granted by statute to the prisoners at guantanamo bay,

Lindsey Graham

0:19:31 to 0:19:41( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: they could pick through their lawyers any district court in this country. they could go judge shopping and find any judge in this country they felt would be sympathetic and have a full-blown trial,

Lindsey Graham

0:19:41 to 0:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: calling people off the battlefield, having a complete trial as to whether or not this person is an enemy combatant in federal court and let the judge make that decision. well, that's never been done

Lindsey Graham

0:19:52 to 0:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

Lindsey Graham: in any other war and it shouldn't be done in this war. judges have a role to play in war but that is not their role. the role of the united states military in this war, as it has been in every other

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